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Megan Hayes joined WHNT News 19 in May 2012 as a producer and multimedia journalist. Born and raised in Huntsville, she is excited to start her career at home in the Tennessee Valley.

Megan is a Grissom High School graduate, and has a degree in telecommunication and film from The University of Alabama. While in school, she worked as a reporter and student anchor for WVUA-TV in Tuscaloosa and Alabama Public Radio. She also worked for the University of Alabama Panhellenic Association as the event coordinator for two years.

Megan always knew she wanted to pursue a career in journalism and work for WHNT. She comes from a family of journalists and grew up with a passion for visual storytelling and the desire to deliver accurate news.

When she’s not at work, Megan loves to cheer on the Crimson Tide football team! She is an avid runner, which makes up for all of the “Friends” episodes she watches at night. She also has a poodle named Charlie, and he always tunes in to WHNT.

Got a news tip or story idea? Send it to Megan! She loves to hear feedback from WHNT viewers. You can also find her on Twitter @MeganHayesWHNT.

Recent Articles
  • University of Alabama calls second social media threat false

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) — Another social media threat is making its rounds at the University of Alabama. The University posted this statement on its website early Tuesday morning: “Rumors and speculation continue on social media.  UAPD has responded to a series of reports that have proven to be false. Students and parents can find accurate info on the UA homepage. Dr. Steven Hood, Interim VP of Student Affairs, and UAPD officers will be available in the living room of Tutwiler Hall […]

  • Justice Department: Sparkman Middle School sting put 14-year-old in harm’s way

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that a family should be able to sue the Madison County School System after a student raped a teenage girl during a botched sting operation in a boy’s bathroom in 2010. “A school board cannot avoid summary judgment as a matter of law when a school administrator willfully ignores a plan to use a 14-year-old special needs student as bait to catch a student with a known history of sexual and violent misconduct, and as […]

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    Newly constructed Walmart almost finished, shelves starting to be stocked

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Cardboard boxes are being unloaded at the new Walmart location on Memorial Parkway. Slowly but surely, the shelves are starting to fill up. “We have hired a lot of new associates so this is their first time working in retail and they`re getting hands on experience,” said Tonia Robinson-Coonrod, the Walmart store manager. “They`re starting from the ground up so there`s a lot of excitement.” Robinson-Coonrod has worked for Walmart for 19 years. She’s been a store […]

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    Stolen autographed AJ McCarron jersey was supposed to be auctioned off for non-profit group

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  A Huntsville man is asking the public to help him search for a valuable stolen item. We’re not talking about money or jewelry or electronics. He’s looking for a Nike autographed AJ McCarron football jersey. While it may seem like a trivial plea, that jersey had a purpose. It was going to help bring smiles to veterans and active service members all across the world. Justin Crisler runs “Tide for Troops.” He makes t-shirts for all branches […]

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    Hartselle Fire Department prepares to order new breathing apparatus gear

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT ) —  The Hartselle Fire Department is one step closer to getting some new gear. The department applied for a FEMA grant last year so it could update some of its breathing equipment for the crew. The department was awarded the money, and the extra dough will greatly improve the working conditions for the firefighters. The total grant is $176,500.  That should equip them with about 24 new self contained breathing apparatus machines. “Usually about every 15 years, we […]

  • Hartselle City Council reacts to Mayor Hall’s arrest at work session

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  It’s not a vacancy, it’s a leave of absence. That was what the Hartselle city attorney wanted to get across at Monday’s city council work session.  Hartselle Mayor Don Hall was arrested and charged with DUI this weekend. City Council President Bill Smelser will act as Mayor Pro Tempore while Hall takes some time away from the office. The work session was cancelled due to a lack of council members in attendance, but the council used the gathering as […]


    Lawrence Co. officials looking for inmate who didn’t return from work release detail

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputies are currently looking for an inmate who failed to return from a work release detail. Authorities say 24-year-old Christopher Chase Sapp of Hillsboro, AL was incarcerated for failing to appear in court for a prior offense, when he failed to return from work release.  WHNT News 19 is told Sapp was supposed to return from his work release detail Friday night, but never showed. Deputies have been searching for Sapp since Friday evening. The Sheriff […]

  • “Mike and Molly” creator helps lead workshops at Lee Deal Theatre Symposium

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The creative genius behind the show “Mike and Molly,”  is sharing his knowledge with the theatre community in the Rocket City. Mark Roberts was the featured guest speaker at the 2nd Annual Lee Deal Theatre Symposium at UAH Saturday. “We are doing a lot of talking,” said David Harwell, the director of UAHuntsville Theatre. “We’re talking to people about what we love, which is the theatre and the arts in our community. Sound good?” Harwell looked at Roberts. […]

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    San Francisco 49ers star Ray McDonald arrested on domestic violence charges

    SAN JOSE, California (CBS News) - Ray McDonald, a star defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers, was booked into jail early Sunday on domestic violence charges. He posted bail later Sunday and has been released. San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol told CBS San Francisco officers responded to reports of violence around 2:45 a.m., in an upscale neighborhood. McDonald, 29, was subsequently taken into custody without incident and booked into Santa Clara County Jail. The Sacramento Bee reports McDonald was […]


    Man killed, three injured in single-vehicle crash Friday night

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –- Alabama State Troopers confirm a man was killed and three others were injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Friday. It happened around 11:50 p.m. on Lauderdale County 8, just eight miles north of Killen. Officials say 19-year-old Ryan Gaven Gray was was killed  when the 2013 Dodge Avenger in which he was a passenger ran off the roadway and overturned.=The driver of the vehicle, Scott Bennett Jones, 21, also of Lexington,  and two other passengers were […]

  • Tuesday afternoon, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle commented on threats allegedly made against the city by developer Louis Breland. (WHNT News 19)

    Examining the controversial Breland lawsuit

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said the city will not bow to intimidation and threats, and that’s exactly what he says a local developer made recently in a deal involving high-end outdoor store Cabela’s. Developer Louis Breland filed a lawsuit earlier this month, making allegations of illegal conduct.  The complaint does not name the city, but implies city leaders and employees took part in shady business dealings. Mayor Battle called a news conference Tuesday afternoon to address […]

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    “Academy Day” connects high school students with recruiters for military schools

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — High school students in the Tennessee Valley are starting to prepare for their future.  For some, that means serving their country and attending a military academy. Congressman Mo Brooks told WHNT News 19 that the north Alabama area is known for sending the cream of the crop, and a large crop at that. “I wanted to find out more information about the Air Force Academy, that’s like the number one place I want to go to, ” […]


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