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Matt is a Colorado native but is now addicted to the southern sunshine, sweet tea, and fried chicken!

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

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

Matt is an Emmy award winning journalist who enjoys getting to tell stories that get people thinking.

He graduated from Colorado Mesa University on the Western Slope of Colorado with a degree in Mass Communications.

When not chasing down the news, Matt can be found wondering the halls at Lowe Mill or hiking on Monte Sano with his puppy #Noah (yes the # is part of Noah's name)

If you have a story that needs to be told or you just want to say hey, email Matt! Matt.Kroschel@whnt.com

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    Photo Gallery: New Jemison & McNair school slideshow

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — School officials are giving us a sneak peek inside the designs for two new public schools in northwest Huntsville named for NASA astronauts. The $65 million Jemison High School and McNair Junior High will share the same campus. Check out the slide show gallery below for the inside look at the new schools.

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    Ebola in the U.S.: What you need to know

    (WHNT) – One confirmed Ebola patient has been diagnosed in Dallas, the Centers for Disease Control announced Tuesday. The virus has claimed more than 3,000 lives in west Africa after being infected, according to a World Health Organization report from last week. Health care professionals say Ebola is a severe disease that carries a high case fatality rate, even with the best of care.  But how should this affect your day to day life? Is there currently anything to be afraid of? WHNT News 19 […]

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    UPDATE: Big plans for Grissom High School once new campus is complete

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville city school leaders broke ground for the new Grissom High School Tuesday morning, and Tuesday night city leaders presented plans for the current school site that they will take over when the school moves out. The site of the new campus is on National Boulevard off of South Memorial Parkway. The $60 million project has been in the planning stages for a couple of years.  One school board member says it’s unlikely the new school will […]

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    Student found with “torture list” inside Lincoln County, Tennessee school

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) — School administrators at Blanche School in Taft are trying to calm some parent concerns after a student was caught at school with a list of names of adults the student wanted to “torture.” Principal Rickey Stafford confirmed with WHNT News 19 Tuesday the student had been suspended from school for two weeks, but was currently back at school serving in-school suspension. Stafford says a team of school staff, other experts and the student’s parents are working […]

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    Mother says she feels helpless over UA social media threat

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) — For some parents with students attending the University of Alabama, this has been a stressful week. A series of social media threats left many parents wondering if the school administration was doing enough to keep their students safe. Sarah Fitch’s daughter lives on campus, but is still afraid to be on campus due to a threat posted on her sorority’s YouTube page last week. “It is the scariest thing I have ever gone through, it’s a […]

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    UPDATE: Proposed Huntsville budget is “lean” but no major funding cuts included

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-– Details on the 2015 Fiscal Year  Capital Improvement Plan were made public for the first time Wednesday evening during a city council work session. The capital budget covers large-scale infrastructure and building projects planned well into the future. This year the city council will actually have to approve two separate capital plans.The newest plan includes funds strictly earmarked for upgrades to roads. The money comes from a one-cent sales tax increase approved by voters last year. Mayor Tommy Battle […]

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    UPDATE: Toddler back from hospital after fall from second-story apartment window

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The mother of a two-year-old boy who fell from a second story apartment window said her son will make a full recovery. The boy suffered several broken ribs and a sprained neck, but has been released from UAB Hospital and is back home recovering. Neighbors awoke to frantic screams for help and to call 911 Tuesday evening on Dallas Street after a small boy reportedly fell from a second story apartment window. Witnesses say the toddler […]

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    Police threaten to ticket parents blocking roads around Arab school

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Police are asking parents to not block roads around Arab Primary School, but soon the warnings will end and tickets will have to be issued if things don’t change. Arab police say parents are lining up too soon to pick up their kids, sometimes two hours before kids are let out for the day. Those cars are blocking access to the school area and neighborhood driveways. Parents have been given flyers asking them to not arrive […]

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    One Year Later: still no safety changes at site of deadly I-565 crash

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — This week marks one year since a young mother, her unborn child and another man were killed in a horrific crash on I-565 near Mooresville Road. For family members, the pain is not going away, neither is their resolve to force officials to make that stretch of roadway safer for drivers. Marissa Baugher, 26, of Athens was pronounced dead at Huntsville Hospital, after another vehicle driven by Frederick Bender, 66 of Hoover, crossed the median and smashed […]

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    Couple who skipped out on court date in daughter’s death back in custody

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A couple that failed to appear in court earlier this month for their trial for criminally negligent homicide in the 2012 death of their daughter is back in police custody. Kristopher and Joy Lynn Speigner were arrested in south Alabama. They have been taken back to Madison County. The two were scheduled to appear for a bench trial in Judge Schuyler Richardson’s courtroom on Sept 4, but they didn’t show up. The couple’s daughter, 18-month-old McKenzie, died after […]

  • UPDATE: Funeral home and family agree to terms, now war veteran can be put to rest

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  UPDATE: After days of back and forth fighting between a family of a war veteran and a local funeral home, the two parties have agreed on signing paperwork and his body can be buried. Family members tell WHNT News 19 they reached the agreement Friday morning and put Mr. Beck to rest at the Hampton Cove Funeral Home Friday afternoon, but there was not military honors because the honor guard could not be brought back in […]

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    NASA awards Boeing & SpaceX contracts to transport astronauts to and from ISS

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded NASA contracts to transport astronauts to and from the International Space Station, the agency announced Tuesday. “This wasn’t an easy choice but its the best choice for NASA and the nation,” said NASA administrator Charlie Bolden. NASA ended its Space Shuttle program in 2011 after a review of the shuttle program and amid a shift in priorities to exploring deep space, including sending humans to Mars. Bolden called the companies’ […]


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