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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
  • Robby Parker Recovers From Bicycle Accident

    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 […]

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    Summertime popular for pet adoptions, shelters seeing influx of animals

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  School’s out for summer and the kids might be getting a little bored halfway through the break. Summer seems to be a popular time for pet adoptions, and while a lot of animals are finding forever homes, there are still plenty of animals who need love. “We’ve had him over a year,” said Debbie Dodd, the director of A New Leash on Life.  Dodd pointed at a big dog she calls Hap. “He was emaciated and in […]


    UPDATE: 16-year-old boy drowns at High Falls in DeKalb County

    GERALDINE, Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office confirms a teen drowned Saturday afternoon at High Falls outside of Geraldine. Officials tell WHNT News 19 the victim is 16-year-old Gavin Paul Brooks.  DeKalb County Coroner Tom Wilson says Brooks is from Union Grove in Marshall County. Multiple rescue teams responded to the call, which came in around 5 p.m. Saturday. “We had folks here swimming,” Sheriff Jimmy Harris said.  “One guy slipped and fell and went under. His friends were […]

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    ARRL Field Day: Amateur radio operators practice communicating without power

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  =Amateur radio operators are exercising their emergency preparedness skills this weekend. All across North America, operators are setting up antennas and radios just like in a real emergency. In Huntsville, hundreds have turned out with their gear to sharpen their skills and have a little fun. “Field day is an emergency communication exercise meets contest,” said operator Chris Reed. “We set up stations to test our emergency communication skills but its also a contest, we try to make […]

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    Pro-life advocates respond to Alabama Women’s Center plan to surrender license

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Alabama Women’s Center clinic administrator Dalton Johnson confirmed Tuesday that north Alabama’s only clinic that performs abortions will soon voluntarily surrender its license to operate, due to new safety requirements recently signed into law. Johnson said Friday will be the last procedure day at the clinic. The license will be voluntarily  surrendered on Monday. For years, we have seen pro-life and pro-choice advocates with signs in front of the clinic on Madison Street in Huntsville. Both groups were […]

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    Taking Action: BBB warns against summer job scams

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Don’t let the heat cloud your judgement.  Online job scammers are at it again this summer. They’re targeting people like students or anyone looking to make fast cash. “One of the ones that we got reported to us was a woman that found a guy on Facebook that was offering an opportunity to have your car wrapped and then you would make money by driving around, advertising for a business,” said Michele Mason with the Better […]

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    VIBE Ready to Offer Upscale Work Space for Professionals in Downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Work outside the office and think outside the box. That idea is now possible thanks to downtown Huntsville’s first co-working space. It’s for business professionals, entrepreneurs, and those just seeking a good cup of coffee and a quiet place to work. VIBE is the newest place for professionals to enjoy the smooth jazz and cool ambiance on the courthouse square. “This is a very unique, sort of a hybrid of meshing an executive lounge with a co-working space,” […]

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    Bike and Build: Group spreads word about affordable housing

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) —  Young bicyclists are rolling through the Tennessee Valley to help with affordable housing efforts through a non-profit organization called, “Bike and Build.” They come from all walks of life. Each member has a different story. “I was working a minimum wage job that I didn’t like, playing music on the side,” said Joel Hardcastle. “It wasn’t exactly satisfying.” “I wanted to have an adventure,” said David Shirk. “I wanted to see the country by bicycle, really get […]

  • UPDATE: Power restored to most Huntsville Utilities customers

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Utility crews haven’t gotten much of a break this weekend as another round of storms caused outages in several areas Saturday night. Huntsville Utilities said thousands of customers were affected by power outages across Madison County due to the storms that came through our area Saturday evening. Here is the latest from Huntsville Utilities as of 2:00 p.m. Sunday:  “After continuous work, starting around 8:30 PM yesterday evening, Huntsville Utilities crews have restored power to all but […]

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    Severe weather expected for Tennessee Valley Saturday evening

    Severe weather is expected throughout the Tennessee Valley Saturday evening. Visit http://www.valleywx.com  for our live blog and the latest updates throughout the evening for your area.

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    Love for Ansley: Fundraising Efforts Underway for Madison Girl

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The north Alabama community is coming together to help a Madison girl and her family get through a tough time. Ansley Abigail Smith is 6 years old and she’s going through much more than an average kindergartner should have to go through. She’s fighting a battle against cancer, stage three rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer in the muscle tissue. Ansley came down with what her parents thought was a typical sinus infection at the end of March. Little […]

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    Taking Action: Your Account is Not Deactivated, Don’t Fall for Credit Card Scam

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s not unusual for you to log onto your banking website and see that your bank has issued a fraud alert. It’s common for banks to do that these days, but it’s making it easier for scam artists to make a fake version. WHNT News 19 is taking action to make sure your pocket book stays safe and out of the hands of thieves. “All of a sudden you’ll hear something on your cell phone and it’s […]


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