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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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    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’ […]

  • Ray Rice domestic violence incident increasing awareness of the problem

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Next month marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the county, but this year the issue is already in the spotlight following the release of the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then fiancée in a New Jersey casino elevator. The video has sparked outrage but for Angela Gurley the video reminds her of why she has devoted her life to helping domestic violence victims. “I was hit, I was abused by my former […]

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    Huntsville fire crews battle blaze on Eustis Avenue

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Rescue crews raced to a home near Maple Hill Cemetery Thursday evening after the homeowner heard a loud noise upstairs then smelled smoke. When crews arrived they found heavy smoke pouring out of the roof of the home at 719 Eustis Ave. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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    Cracked Not Broken: UAH hosts suicide prevention event

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Talking about suicide can be uncomfortable, yet suicide awareness campaigns nationwide — including one at University of Alabama Huntsville — continue to make strides to remove the stigma attached to talking about the issue. Tuesday evening the university hosted author and Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Kevin Hines, and the Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge Kevin Briggs,   at the Cracked Not Broken event. The event kicks off the  Counseling Center’s HOPE Campaign this month. Cracked Not Broken, is the […]

  • UPDATE: Huntsville horse owner pleads guilty after city confiscates animals

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  UPDATE: The Huntsville woman who claimed animal service workers had been harassing her over the treatment of her city-dwelling herd of horses has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charge and turned over her remaining five horses. Helen Sockwell appeared before a Huntsville city municipal judge earlier this month.  She was given probation. READ PREVIOUS REPORT BELOW Helen Sockwell has been around horses since she was born, but that could be changing. Sockwell is accused of not taking […]

  • Local athletic trainers on the lookout for teens drinking too much water, Gatorade

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — In the wake of two teen athletes dying from drinking too much fluid, local athletic trainers are taking notice and educating players. A Georgia high school football player died last week after drinking too much water and Gatorade during practice. Relatives say the youth complained of cramping during football practice on Tuesday at Douglas County High School, west of Atlanta. Family remembers report the teen drank two gallons of water and two more gallons of Gatorade. Doctors […]

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    Incoming Madison County Superintendent has concerns over capital spending

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Madison County Board of Education approved the Fiscal 2015 budget Thursday night that shows spending $198 million. The budget is tight with all but one of the 30  capital improvement projects currently on the list for the district funded- The new Monrovia High School. Incoming superintendent Matt Massey will not take over until January 1, but he is sharing his concerns with how the board is choosing to spend the remaining capital improvement money. […]

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    Overturned gasoline tanker blocks traffic on Hwy 431 near Gilbert Baugh Ford

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – An 18 wheeler tanker carrying gasoline overturned on Hwy 431 in front of Gilbert Baugh Ford Wednesday. The accident happened around 4 p.m. The Marshall County EMA reports the driver was trapped inside the truck for over an hour and gas is leaking from the tank. The driver was rescued from the truck and transported to Marshall Medical Centers South where he is listed in stable condition. Hwy 431 is closed between George Wallace drive and Arbor Acres Rd […]

  • ‘Extreme couponers’ give back to local homeless people

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Thousands of dollars in food and supplies is now in the hands of local homeless people, but thanks to a local group called the Coupon Patrol, the cost for the goods was only a fraction of what they are worth. The group turned over hundreds of pounds of supplies to several local homeless support groups in the Tennessee Valley Tuesday evening. Members choose a charity each month to donate the goods they are able to buy […]

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    Gulf Coast marks 9th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

    On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, Louisiana, bringing floods that devastated New Orleans.  More than 1,800 people in the region died. On this 9th anniversary, there are different events all over the City of New Orleans to mark the solemn day, WGNO.com reports. City officials will hold a wreath laying ceremony at 5056 Canal Street, where almost 100 unclaimed or unidentified victims of the storm are interred.  The “Hip Hop Caucus” is also holding […]


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