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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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    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’ […]

  • 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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