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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
  • State Senate Candidate Explains Idea Behind Photo of Kids Holding Guns

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Kids holding guns – that’s what voters are seeing when they open their mailboxes and pull out a flyer in support of Jonathan Berryhill’s run for Senate. The picture is making the rounds on social media. It features the conservative candidate with his wife and six kids on their farm holding a slew of guns. Berryhill, his wife, and two oldest children are holding real guns. The next two boys have pellet guns and of […]

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    Swim Safety: Preparing for Memorial Day

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner.  Many public pools choose this holiday to open up for summer fun. However, a fun day splashing in the pool can turn dark quickly if you’re not paying attention to who is in the water. The CDC says drowning in the second most common cause of accidental death in the United States, and a lot of those cases happen with people close by to the victim. “Parents should be aware […]

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    Taking Action: Business Leaders Concerned About Highway 72 Traffic

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — WHNT News 19 is taking action for concerned business leaders at a shopping center in Madison.  Steven Fleming wrote in to our newsroom and said that he is having issues with traffic flowing in and out of the shopping center his business is located in. The only way to get into the center is through an entrance off Highway 72. There are no turn lanes to get in and a blind spot coming east over the hill makes it dangerous […]

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    SCAM ALERT: IRS Warns Taxpayers of Phone Scam Going Around

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of a new scam that’s sweeping the nation. This scam starts as a simple phone call. The caller claims they represent the IRS. They’ll ask for a certain member of the household and then they’ll try to trick you into giving out personal information. “A local man called our office and let us know that he got a call from someone with a thick accent saying he was with the IRS and there […]

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    Do You Smell That? Cheeburger Cheeburger Reopening Huntsville Store

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Can you smell that? The delicious aroma of onion rings and cheeseburgers is back in the air on Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville. It’s been six months since Cheeburger Cheeburger posted a sign that said it would be closed until further notice.  Now there’s a new sign up that says the restaurant will open May 12. “We have new employees, new attitude, new management, new cleanliness, new health department score, no tax debt, we’re good to go,” said […]

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    Publix Opens With a Boom, What’s Next for Twickenham Square?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The consensus is in, it’s convenient grocery shopping. Downtown residents are taking full advantage of the new Publix that just opened in Twickenham Square. However, now that the anchor tenant in the shopping center is open, many are wondering what business will open its doors next. “There’s been several announcements about restaurants, Cajun Steamer, Taco Mama and a nail salon, a full service nail salon going in so those will all open over the course of […]

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    Hundreds Stand in Line at Verizon Open House in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — They came out in full force Thursday. Verizon Wireless will add 400 new full-time jobs in Alabama, 300 of them at the company’s call center in Huntsville. Thursday, job seekers lined up to try and nab one of the coveted positions at an open house. “I got laid off Friday and I want a job, a good job, a secure job where I know I can go everyday and can go home and not be worried about […]

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    Madison Co. Commission Passes Reimbursement Resolution

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County commission is trying to help spouses of deceased employees. Dozens of the surviving spouses lost insurance when the county switched insurance plans last January.  They thought they’d have coverage for the rest of their lives. But the rug was pulled out from under them. The commission came up with a solution to help offset costs for those left behind. Commissioners approved a reimbursement resolution this morning. It will provide reimbursement for medical costs […]

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    Storm Assistance Possible for Farmers Hit by Storms

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Storm victims are cleaning up their private property, removing trees and boarding up their homes. However, there are some victims who have had their livelihoods disrupted due to last Monday’s storms. Farmers across the Tennessee Valley may have the opportunity to get some help cleaning up their crops. The Emergency Conservation Program helps farmers and ranchers repair damage caused by natural disasters. In rural parts of North Alabama and Southern Tennessee, that funding could be a game […]


    Lincoln Co. Man Overwhelmed by Generosity: “Now I know what angels look like.”

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) — Residents in Lincoln County are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives that were torn apart by Monday’s storms. It’s a tough time for the community, but they’re sticking together and helping each other out. Randy Waller’s home in the town of Kelso was damaged during the severe weather, but his spirit is high. “The house looks pretty good now, you should have seen it two hours ago,” he laughed. ‘I mean it’s just amazing […]

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    Breaking News Update: Huntsville Police Clear Suspicious Device

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville Police say a woman found a suspicious device on her property at Mason Court Saturday morning. Police went out and set up a perimeter and evacuated residents within 500 feet. HEMSI was on scene but no one was injured. The threat lasted about an hour and a half. Police cleared the scene around 11:15 a.m. Officers told WHNT News 19 they found a device but did not comment on what it was. They are still […]

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    Lincoln Co. Sheriff’s Message for Looters: “It’s the lowest scum that I can think of”

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) — Stealing from those who have already lost so much is a heinous crime, and one that will not go without punishment. That’s the message Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder wants looters to hear. “These people are devastated and to take advantage of them is the lowest scum that I can think of,” Sheriff Blackwelder told WHNT News 19. It all started Friday morning. The Sheriff’s Department got reports of people riding around in a truck near the […]