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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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    Man wanted in connection with Madison County shooting now in jail

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)–  The man at the center of a shooting investigation in Madison County is behind bars. Investigators  charged 29-year-old Derance Latroy Benford with  kidnapping, robbery and assault. He is being held in the Madison County Jail on a $100,000 bond. The shooting happened outside a Mapco gas station at the corner of Jeff Road and Capshaw Road. Investigators say Benford fled the scene. Sheriff’s investigator Brian Chaffin says information left on their tip line lead them to Benford. Deputies […]

  • UPDATE: Huntsville prepares for the Rocket City Marathon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Rocket City is preparing for a decades old tradition. The Rocket City Marathon starts at 7:00 a.m. Saturday. The course this year is new starting and ending at the Von Braun Center. Organizers call it a gently rolling and fast route through historic downtown Huntsville, the Botanical Garden, and through the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Nearly 2,000 runners are registered for the marathon, all of the runners have worked hard to able to participate, but […]

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    UPDATE: Former owner of organic tomato business arrested, faces various theft charges

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Jamie Lawhorne ran a business in north Alabama selling greenhouses for people to grow organic tomatoes. Many people bought into Cypress Creek Organic Farms hoping to make money. The claims created skepticism, and Lawhorne packed up and moved to North Carolina. There, he tried to sell organic worms through another business, WormzOrganic. Lawhorne, 52, is now in the Huntsville/Madison County Jail. He was booked Wednesday on 23 counts, including charges of theft by deception, sale […]

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    Anonymous donor drops $10,000 check in Salvation Army kettle

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – Answered prayers coming in the form of a $10,000 check secretly dropped in a Salvation Army kettle last week in Jackson County. Tracey Ridgeway is the Salvation Army Director in Scottsboro. She says the check amount is the biggest she has ever seen given during their annual fundraising campaign. “It is a huge blessing,” Ridgeway says. The anonymous donor’s big gift took care of half the fundraising goal for the Scottsboro Salvation Army this year. The […]

  • UPDATE: Man dies after stabbing on Brookmeade St.

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police tell us that a man has died after a stabbing incident on Brookmeade St. Police said this was a domestic situation involving a stepfather and son. During the altercation, one of the two men pulled out a knife, leading to a struggle. One of the men was stabbed and ran away. Police said they found him lying in the street just north of Brookmeade St. He was transported to the hospital, where he later died from […]

  • Plans for new park in Huntsville have some residents seeing red

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Some residents in  west Huntsville are not happy with the possibility that a main street to enter their neighborhood will be permanently closed off to make way for a new city park. The proposed park design for the area off Cedar Street behind Merrimack Hall calls for two city owned lots on either side of Cedar to be joined by removing the street between them. But that same road is a busy street many residents say […]

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    Huntsville police officer charged with bribery, FBI keeping tight-lipped about arrest

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A decorated Huntsville police officer was arrested and charged with bribery by the FBI on Monday. Officer Lewis Hall faces a federal bribery charge.  Details of the case were limited late Monday, but  Federal Bureau of Investigations agents in Birmingham confirmed the arrest to WHNT News 19. Tuesday morning, an FBI spokesperson said no further details would be released. Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris directed all questions to the FBI. In 2011, Hall was named one of […]

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    Police Chief: Huntsville should not be listed on ‘Top 10 Most Dangerous City Report’

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Rocket City has many of which to be proud,  but landing at number 10 on a list of the most dangerous cities in Alabama is not one of them. The recent report by Movoto Real Estate claims you have a one-in-17 chance of being a crime victim inside the Huntsville city limits. But Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris says the data the group used is inaccurate and incomplete. “Just counting the numbers does not give you an accurate picture. It […]

  • UPDATE: #ShutItDownHSV protest march remains peaceful along University Drive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Oakwood University students and other local college students angered by high-profile cases in Missouri and New York gathered for a protest march Friday evening. Students used social media and the Twitter hashtag #ShutItDownHSV to get out the word. An estimated 200 participants gathered at 4:30 p.m. in the Oakwood University Church parking lot and began with a prayer, WHNT News 19’s Matt Kroschel reports. Protesters praying before march, Wynn to University begins. "We are here to say […]

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    Local police make Christmas wishes come true

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Inside the food court at the Jones Valley Target Thursday evening, local police officers passed out Teddy bears and helped kids color inside the lines. The efforts to keep the kids busy were so their parents could go do some much needed Christmas shopping inside the store, all paid for by Huntsville/Madison County Fraternal Order of Police donations. “Christmas Prayers with a Cop” and the FOP dedicated $2,000 for Christmas gift cards for ten needy families from […]

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    Huntsville veteran urges others to call out suspected Stolen Valor violators

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Video of a veteran confronting another man in uniform at a mall and accusing him of impersonating a soldier has  gone viral. Nearly 3 million people have watched it in just a few days. The man who allegedly was faking his service has not yet been charged, but charges could be filed under a newly created Stolen Valor Law. WHNT News 19 watched the video with Still Serving Veterans  Director William (Bill) Koch who himself is a Marine veteran.  […]

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    Constitution Village in desperate need of repair, money hard to find

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– This month Constitution Village in downtown Huntsville is transformed into Santa’s Village. But the lights and decorations can’t hide the signs of neglect at the museum. “This needs to get better we need some help keeping up with this,” Early Works Museum CEO Bart Williams told WHNT News 19 Tuesday. Williams says over the past several years, as money became tight due to the economic downturn, normal maintenance upkeep on the buildings in the village had to […]


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