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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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    Bad behavior in the SEC, fans sound off on Nick Marshall’s absence from SEC Media Days

    HOOVER, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s a college football circus in Hoover this week for SEC Media Days. The Auburn Tigers took the stage first today. In light of a recent citation, Head Coach Gus Malzahn decided to replace quarterback Nick Marshall in the interview lineup. “I would have loved to have seen Nick but I understand Coach Malzahn’s change of heart in deciding to leave him home and I think leaving him at home today was probably a very good […]

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    Auburn fans see nothing but hope for next season

    HOOVER, Ala. (WHNT) — Monday was the first day of the media frenzy surrounding college football. Fans from all over came to the 2014 SEC Media Days in Hoover just to catch a glimpse of their favorite head coach or favorite football player. Auburn University kicked off the four-day circus early Monday morning. “Last season was unreal, unbelievable all the way to the Rose Bowl,” said Ann Rutledge. “It was just a great season and we are looking forward to […]

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    HCS board member cancels “Citizens Work Session” for Monday night

    (HUNTSVILLE, Ala) — School Board Vice President Laurie McCaulley has canceled the Citizens Workshop for Monday night scheduled at Butler High School. The decision comes after U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala took aim at the Huntsville School Board, stating that a proposed Citizens’ Workshop could “cause problems down the line.” Haikala accused McCaulley and the board of “engaging in conversations that will hamper the court’s efforts in this case.” McCaulley believes it all came down to a misunderstanding of her true intent. “I […]

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    Rep. Mo Brooks sounds off on current immigration crisis

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Tensions over the immigration crisis don’t seem to be easing up anytime soon. There have been numerous protests in parts of the country about undocumented men, women, and children coming into the U.S. The Obama administration wants Congress to act and supply funding for those illegally crossing the border. However, the president is getting strong push back from republicans like Representative Mo Brooks. Brooks said the president needs to take responsibility, and find a cheaper solution to the problem. “It […]

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    Lowe Mill expanding, looking for feedback on how to attract out-of-towners

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — If you’re in the Huntsville area, you’ve probably heard of Lowe Mill, the historic textile mill converted into an arts center. It’s a hot spot for locals, but leaders at the arts facility are ready for the mill to be recognized on a national level. They want to know what you think is the missing piece of the puzzle. Lowe Mill is huge. There are more than 100 working artists in the facility, but that number is […]

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    Prime Huntsville real estate now available for lease or purchase near Harvard Road expansion

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s easy to see that the face of downtown Huntsville continues to change. One of the major plans for the area is what city officials call Gateway Boulevard. The project will expand the existing Harvard Road, South of Governors Drive, north to Big Spring Park, ending at Williams Avenue, where Lowe Avenue is now.  It will be four lanes, with a large grassy median, sidewalks, and a bike lane. Plans also call for extending Davis Circle to […]

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    Home Rule Charter presented to Lincoln County voters for August 7th election

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) —  To charter or not to charter? That is the question for Lincoln County residents. When voters go to the polls on August 7th, they will have the option to vote either for or against a home rule charter for their community. A charter commission was established in 2012 and now, the commission is presenting a charter for residents to consider adopting. If the charter is approved, the county would change its current form of government from deriving […]

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    A Home for Woofster: Madison family raises more than $10,000 for son’s service dog

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — You may remember the story we brought you earlier this summer about Everett Bradford, the fearless four-year-old with spina bifida.  Everette is partially paralyzed and uses braces and a walker to get around, but a service dog could help him live a more active lifestyle. After establishing a fundraising page on GoFundMe, his family is one step closer to that dog. “With spina bifida, you can’t walk usually or you have trouble,'” said Mandy Bradford as she kept […]

  • Remembering the reason for the 4th of July holiday season

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The holiday weekend wraps up its reign of fireworks, lake trips, and barbecues all across the country. As we finish with all the fun, let’s make sure that we also take a little time for reflection. It’s vital to remember the reason for the season. “I am with my boyfriend Rick and we just wanted to look at the statues, we’ve been talking about coming by and today just seemed to be a good day to do it,” […]

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    HPD looking for shoplifters, police say offenders assaulted Belk employees

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville Police are investigating a robbery that happened at Belk at Madison Square Mall Saturday evening. It happened around 5:45 p.m. at the Belk location at 5901 University Drive. Huntsville Police said a loss prevention employee was assaulted while trying to stop a woman from stealing merchandise. Police said two males with the female offender then assaulted an employee at Belk. The offenders left the scene with stolen property. No description was given of the men. Huntsville Police have […]

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    Summer child care and day camps could qualify for tax break

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  WHNT News 19 is taking action to save you money. We know paying for child care during the summer can get expensive, and if you’re paying for multiple children, it hurts your wallet even more. However, there’s good news. You may be able to get some of that money back. If you pay for child care or summer day camps while you are working, you might be eligible for a federal tax credit that could in turn lower your taxes. […]

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    Bob Jones Principal Robby Parker recovering from bicycle accident: “Don’t worry, I’ll be back.”

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) —  Bob Jones High School’s fearless leader, Robby Parker, is recovering at home from a serious bicycle accident. Parker was on a 30-mile ride this weekend when his bike malfunctioned and threw him off. He has a broken femur and went through surgery Saturday night to place three pins near his hip. Parker can’t put weight on that side of his body for 8 to 10 weeks, but he told WHNT News 19 he isn’t going to let this injury hold […]