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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
  • Local Jewish community sponsors pro-Israel peaceful demonstration

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — With the latest failed cease-fire quickly becoming a distant memory, the two sides in the Israel-Gaza conflict traded rockets and airstrikes Saturday — as well as blame for not stopping the bloodshed. Israeli airstrikes killed at least five more people in Gaza on Saturday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. The area around central Gaza’s Qassam mosque, in particular, was a frenzy of activity as medical workers sifted through rubble there. WAFA claimed that Israeli […]

  • Taking Action: Huntsville City Schools use social media to let public know about needs and wishes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Huntsville City Schools is using social media to help fulfill needs in the classroom. The system runs a Virtual Volunteer Center to let the public know how they can help make the educational environment a little bit better. “You can find out all the details of the request, the teacher name,” said Rena Anderson as she navigated the site. Teachers can post about three things in the center: monetary donations, supplies, or volunteers. “The great thing […]

  • Inner City Learning Center looking for tutors for after-school program

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  The start of the school year means the beginning of after-school tutoring programs.  The Inner City Christian Learning Center offers a safe place for children to go after the bell rings. Kids can do their homework, participate in Bible studies, and get help in basic school subjects.  However, the center desperately needs tutors to volunteer. “The kids of the inner city, of course people look for them not to succeed, but we know with the help of […]

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    Taking Action: Scammers using fake E-ZPass accounts to collect unpaid tolls

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Traveling for a summer vacation often takes us to other states and sometimes we have to pay to get where we are going. E-ZPass is a company that makes it easier for you to pay when going over a toll bridge. However, scammers are targeting the company. It starts with an email that appears to be from E-ZPass, trying to collect money from an unpaid toll. It uses the correct colors and logo. “It’s so easy now to […]

  • Indians, Tigers take field for alumni football game

    NEW HOPE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s not quite football season yet.   But you wouldn’t know the difference if you drove by New Hope High School on Saturday evening.   The stadium was packed for a game against Madison County. It wasn’t the high schoolers suiting up for this matchup, though.   Former football players took the field to raise money for their varsity football teams. “It’s a way for these guys to be able to give back to their […]

  • Madison County Elementary debuts new academic building

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County school leaders finally revealed some additions they’ve been working to finish up this summer.   The new academic building at Madison County Elementary is open and ready to be used. There was a line out the door Sunday of parents and students who couldn’t wait to get inside.   Hundreds attended the ribbon cutting. “It’s a big crowd. I’m proud to see them out, it seems like they are excited,” said Madison County […]

  • Election nears for Lincoln County, charter still hot topic

    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 […]

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    Update: Two in custody after robbery at PNC Bank in Meridianville

    MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office reports two men are in custody after a robbery at the PNC Band in Meridianville. Madison County Sheriff investigators say two men entered the bank masked and armed. We are told after the robbery the men  fled in a vehicle, and the car was tracked down and two men took off on foot but were captured after a short chase.  Investigators are still looking for a female who was driving the get away […]

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    Taking Action: Addressing safety concerns during downtown Huntsville growth

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Every week, hundreds of people flock to downtown Huntsville to enjoy everything it has to offer. However, there are concerns when it comes to street safety, specifically on Church Street. Many wonder if it’s possible to make the area friendly for both pedestrians and vehicles. There are multiple crosswalks in the area but people don’t always choose to use them. The speed limit in the area is posted as 35 miles per hour. It doesn’t sound […]

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    U.S. citizenship classes coming soon: Can you pass the quiz?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The first day of school is just around the corner, but we’re not talking about algebra and geometry. Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville is getting ready to teach a free class for people preparing to take the biggest test of all, the American citizenship test. The citizenship class is offered along with classes for people learning English as a second language. The course runs on the same schedule as Huntsville City Schools. When kids head […]

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    Huntsville Police investigate shooting, man hospitalized

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police Officers are investigating a shooting that happened on Seminole Drive and Vernon Avenue Saturday afternoon. “I heard at least six or seven shots go off and so I didn’t see who or what was doing the shooting or who even got shot,” Resident Wilma Latimore says. Police cars were scattered throughout the area in front of her home near Seminole Drive and Vernon Avenue Saturday afternoon. Officers worked to process the scene, which is […]

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    Former Lowe Mill workers reunite, enjoy the unveiling of a new mural

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Most of us know Lowe Mill as an arts center in Huntsville, but before it was one of the biggest private arts facilities in the country, it was a textile mill. Former mill workers got together on Saturday for the “Second Annual Workers Reunion.” It was a time for the workers to tell stories, look at old photos, and reminisce about the years they spent making boots for soldiers during the Vietnam War. “Here we have a […]


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