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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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    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 […]

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    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.  

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    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 […]

  • L to R: Paul Sanford, David Blair (WHNT News 19)

    Sanford Beats Blair for State Senate District 7 GOP Nomination

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — David Blair thanked his supporters at a results watching party Wednesday night after preliminary results showed Paul Sanford with a commanding lead for the Republican nomination for District 7 state senator. “We made a run at and we fell a little short. A disappointment for the team, but I respect the process and the support we have had,” Blair said. With 97% of precincts reporting, Paul Sanford had 7078 votes and David Blair had 2722 votes. “We always love […]

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    GOP Hopefuls Target President Obama In Local Campaign Battles

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — You won’t find President Barack Obama on Alabama’s primary election ballot Tuesday, but the local campaign ads make it seem like he is. Local Republicans have built their campaigns around who would fight Obama the hardest if elected, a ploy WHNT News 19 political analyst Jess Brown says is nothing new in the political arena. “Everybody running on the Republican primary is running against President Obama.  He is the new symbol for Democratic Party liberalism,” Dr. […]

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    Downtown Redevelopment Sites Draw “Huge” Response From Developers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Holiday Inn across from Big Spring Park has closed and sits vacant.  Now, we wait to see what will go there. The City of Huntsville has released a RFP, or Request for Proposals. This step will invite developers from all over the country to submit redevelopment proposals for the site. What will they suggest? It could be a hotel, it could be lofts.  It could be a combination or something entirely different — we’ll just have […]

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    Huntsville Fire Crews Put Out Structure Fire on Joslin Street

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville fire crews are on the scene of a structure fire at 200 Joslin Street in Huntsville. Our crew on the scene says the fire is out, but there appears to be moderate damage to the home. Huntsville Fire crews say the fire started in the attic of a vacant home. They also say that witnesses saw an unknown man running from the home when the fire started. Crews are currently looking for that man.

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    Judge Declares Alabama Accountability Act Unconstitutional

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge declared the Alabama Accountability Act unconstitutional on Wednesday. Judge Eugene Reese says the 2013 law violates the Alabama Constitution’s requirement for the Legislature to have only one subject in a bill. Read the ruling: Judge Declares Alabama Accountability Act Unconstitutional The law provided tax credits for parents who transferred their students out of failing public schools to private schools. The judge’s ruling applied his decision prospectively, so as not to affect tax credits made […]