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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: 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 […]

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    Facebook Bicycle Road Rage Videos Lead to Arrest

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Road Rage. Cyclist across the state say the type of verbal abuse heard in a recent set of viral videos posted by an irate Alabama driver is common. Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Piedmont man after he posted videos on his Facebook page showing his road rage toward bicyclists. In the video, you can hear the driver threatening to run the bicyclist off the road. He also yells at the cyclist as he passes him […]

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    ONE MONTH LATER: Rural Community Rebounds After Tornado

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) — Devastation was widespread throughout Lincoln County after an EF 3 rated tornado hit April 28th. Dozens of homes were damaged and destroyed, and two lives were lost in the storm. But residents are looking back on the last month and say they are humbled. “This was the perfect community to be in for something so horrible to have happened, we have all come together to help support and love each other it has been truly […]

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    UPDATE: I-65 Lane Reopens After Closure From Sinkhole

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It was a rough start to Memorial Day weekend travel plans for thousands of motorists stuck for hours in bumper to bumper traffic on I-65 due to a sinkhole that developed Friday afternoon. Traffic was backed up on I-65 southbound from Hartselle to Priceville with some drivers reporting delays of almost an hour and a half. The sinkhole formed  just south Exit 328 on the inside southbound lane of I-65.  Traffic is currently at a complete […]

  • Logan Johnson, William Chitwood

    Community Rallies to Finish School Memorial Honoring Four Students

    VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (WHNT) — Students knew they were going to do something to deal with the pain this year has brought. They knew even before parents, teachers and volunteers were on board or the funding was in place that a garden was the next step in helping them heal. At Valley Head School this school year, four young students were killed – three siblings killed in a Christmas morning house fire – and another student passed away three weeks […]