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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.

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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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    Olympic medalists lead clinic for young swimmers at Dublin Park in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) —  It was a big day for swimmers in Madison on Saturday.  The Madison Swimming Association hosted a special swim clinic. But this wasn’t your average early morning practice — Olympic medalists were involved. “The most important thing I think we can convey to the kids is that yeah, we ended up achieving some big things in the sport but we’re just like them with dreams and aspirations,” said Ian Crocker, a five-time Olympic medalist. “I remember looking up […]

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    “Kids Care” ambulance refurbished with updated equipment and new look

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Sometimes when babies enter this world too early or with a medical problem, they have to skip the introductions and go straight to the Regional Intensive Care Unit. The “Kids Care” program at Huntsville Hospital is celebrating its 10th year. It’s the only transport program of it’s kind in our area. What sets this ambulance apart from others is the staff. Pediatric-trained medical teams are inside the kids care ambulance to transport infants and children to […]

  • Huntsville zoning board upholds decision to transfer variance to abortion clinic

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Pro-life and pro-choice activists filled the seats at the city of Huntsville’s zoning board meeting Tuesday night to hear an appeal for a prior ruling by the zoning administrator. That decision said a medical variance issued in 1998 would transfer to a new facility operated by the Alabama Women’s Center, where doctors perform abortions. The variance allows the facility to operate as a medical facility even though the neighborhood is zoned residential. The board ruled 3-to-2 […]

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    Fatal motorcycle wreck in Moulton

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A man died Saturday morning after a motorcycle and SUV wrecked. It happened on Highway 33 near College Street around 10:30 a.m. Police said that the SUV and motorcycle collided head on. The driver of the SUV was taken to Lawrence Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Two people were on the motorcycle. The female passenger was flown by helicopter to Huntsville Hospital in serious condition. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Lawrence […]

  • Police consider “zero tolerance” policy a success one week into school year

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Official numbers aren’t in yet but one week after the start of school, and Huntsville Police Department’s “zero tolerance” policy seems to be working. Beginning on Tuesday, August 5, all posted speed limits and other traffic laws will be strictly enforced in both public and private school zones, according to Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris. You should expect a lot of traffic around school zones as the “Zero Tolerance” campaign kicks off.  Morris said Huntsville […]

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    Alabama Securities Commission holds seminars on crowdfunding, answers questions from entrepreneurs

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Alabamians have a new way to raise money to start small businesses. It’s all thanks to legislation Governor Bentley signed in April.  The new law allows someone trying to start a small business in Alabama to use social media to find investors who live in the state.  The “crowdfunding” is limited to raising no more than one million dollars. It’s restricted to Alabama businesses and investors because of federal regulations. This is a hot topic all across the country […]


    UPDATE: Saturday morning wreck in Hazel Green claims 2 lives

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WHNT) — A two-vehicle crash on Saturday claimed the lives of a Hazel Green man and woman. The wreck happened around 10:35 a.m. on U.S. 231, eight miles north of Huntsville. Alabama State Troopers said 85-year-old Richard Carl Hartman was injured when the 2004 Dodge Neon in which he was a passenger was struck by a 2007 Nissan Altima driven by Emma Geddings, 63, of Harvest. . Hartman was transported to Huntsville Hospital, where he later died from his […]


    Decatur business cleans up after rain causes flooding, damage could be close to $100,000

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) —  Cleanup continues this week in Decatur after flooding hit the area hard on Sunday afternoon. The flash floods brought several inches of water into the Superior Carpet building on 14th street.  The building suffered extensive damage to its showroom and the owners tell us the inventory took a big hit.  The rain water ruined all kinds of wood and flooring products the business sells. “It got in our store, another 3 and a half inches or so throughout the […]


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