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Matt grew up in a small town tucked away in a high Rocky Mountain valley with a ski area literally out his back door.

Matt comes to WHNT from the CBS affiliate in Grand Junction, CO. He has worked in newspaper, radio and in front of the camera getting paid to tell stories since he was 16 years old when he got his first reporting job.

Matt is an Emmy award winning journalist who has covered the big stories and has appeared on national TV. He graduated from Colorado Mesa University on the Western Slope of Colorado with a degree in Mass Communications.

Matt is eager to continue meeting the wonderful people here in the Tennessee Valley.

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    Update: Victims identified in deadly plane crash

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We now know the identities of the three people killed in a plane crash Wednesday afternoon at Huntsville International Airport. Madison County Deputy Coroner David Young identifies the victims as follows: William Christopher II, 57 of Center Point Robin Gary Smith, 60 of Yukon, Oklahoma Kenneth Lynn Rousseau, 67 of Harpersville Robin Smith was a retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol lieutenant, according to a release from their office. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says a Westwind II […]

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    RAW AUDIO: Air traffic controllers and emergency crews respond to crash

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Moments before a plane with three people on board crashed and burned Wednesday, emergency crews had just cleared another emergency call at the airport. WHNT News 19 obtained the tower audio traffic from Wednesday which reveals airport emergency crews had radioed back clear to the tower one minute before reports of the fiery crash started flooding the tower.   In the audio you can hear airport workers frantically reporting, “Airfield is closed.  Airfield is closed.  We […]

  • Homeless Advocate: Problem not solved it has just moved

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Right now dozens of homeless people are camping out under bridges, on private property and in the woods around our city. This is the result of Tent City, the homeless camp under I-565, officially being shut down Monday. The state Department of Transportation ordered the closure last year. The deadline was pushed back several times. Tent City  served as a place for Huntsville homeless for more than 20 years, so the department of transportation’s order to shut […]

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    93-year-old WWII veteran will lead Flag Day pledge Saturday in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Flag Day services at the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Huntsville Saturday will begin with a very special moment. 93-year-old WWII veteran Bob Jones will lead the pledge of allegiance. The Huntsville Elks Lodge will host the ceremony beginning at 11:00 AM Saturday at the memorial. Jones flew B17′s  with the first squadron stationed in England  and Jones flew missions over Africa. Everyone is encouraged to display Old Glory and take part in honoring the symbol […]

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    Police add body cameras in Arab

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) —  Big brother is now attached to the bullet proof vests police officers wear in Arab. High quality HD video and audio recording will now be just business as usual if you are dealing with a patrol officer from the department after local businesses donated more than $2,000 to purchase the new “body cameras” for the force. “This will help us do our jobs better and take the guessing game out of what may have or not […]

  • Photo of a mobile home knocked off its foundation near Scottsboro. (Chris Black)

    National Weather Service confirms tornado struck Scottsboro on Tuesday

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) —  National Weather Service scientists confirms damage left in the wake of a fast-moving storm that hit Jackson County Tuesday afternoon just before 2:00 p.m., was caused by a tornado. There were no tornado watches or warnings issued for the storm because forecasters say it developed in between radar scans and happened so quickly they did not have time to issue the alerts. No injuries were reported with this storm but at least two mobile homes in […]

  • Photo of a mobile home knocked off its foundation near Scottsboro. (Chris Black)

    UPDATE: Mobile homes damaged, trees down in Jackson County (Pictures)

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – A number of trees were knocked down in Tuesday’s line of storms as they moved through Jackson County. Two mobile homes were blown off foundations along Highway 35, south of Scottsboro, according to the Jackson County EMA.   This happened about 2:30 p.m. at K&K Trailer Park.  No one was injured, fortunately. Elsewhere, Hollywood’s fire chief says there are several trees across various roads, and crews are working their way through to see if anyone is […]

  • UPDATE: Wheelchair-bound Moulton woman wins new specialized vehicle in national competition

    UPDATE: This week officials from the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association announced north Alabama’s very own Courtney Boyll is one of three winners of a brand new wheelchair-accessible vehicle. Boyll received tens of thousands of votes online and her story inspired thousands of people around the country. Original Report:  MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Courtney Boyll’s story is one that inspires everyone she comes in contact with. A car accident 20 years ago left Courtney unable to walk. Before the accident, Courtney was […]

  • TEACHABLE MOMENT: Huntsville dad using skate park shooting as lesson for young son

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Monday afternoon as the sun beat down on the smooth concrete inside Lydia Gold Skatepark, a father calmly explained to his son how violence is not the answer. The skate park was host to a violent shootout between two men Sunday evening. The two men chose to pull guns, resulting in a hail of gunfire.  One of them was rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound. A Huntsville skateboarding dad using the shootout at the skate park as […]

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    UPDATE: Florence police find 5 missing children

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police located the five missing children with their mother in Town Creek Saturday. The children were missing since May 21st. Investigators say 12-year-old Jeremiah Rollins, 8-year-old Taylor Rollins, 6-year-old Phoenix Rollins, 3-year-old Kassidy Cunningham, and 2-year-old Austin Rollins were  with their biological mother, Shiree Alann Rollins. Investigators believe that Rollins took the children to avoid a court order. Two of the children have special needs. All 5 children are now in DHR custody.  


    HEMSI Insulated From Some Issues Forcing Ambulance Services To Close

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — This week Hartselle’s only ambulance service shut down. It marks the third such local EMS provider in Morgan County to close their doors in just the last year. WHNT News 19 has followed this story for almost two years now after receiving reports from employees of those now defunct companies of missing paychecks and bounced checks. All three of the failed companies have cited problems with Medicare and Medicaid payments. And that has become the industry’s […]

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    State Sen. Paul Sanford Stands By His Campaign Despite Challenger’s Accusations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Current Huntsville School Board president David Blair was handed a big defeat in the GOP primary for State Senate District Seven seat Tuesday night. But the winner, incumbent Paul Sanford, says he doesn’t believe Blair’s position on the school had anything to do with his opponent losing. Blair’s campaign emailed our newsroom Tuesday afternoon accusing Sanford of election-day shenanigans.  The email alleges Sanford payed black voters to hand out marked ballots outside of several northwest Huntsville precincts. The […]