Michelle Stark is WHNT News 19’s morning anchor and technology correspondent. She’s also a busy wife and mother of two, happy to be living in Huntsville and experiencing the South’s legendary hospitality!

You’ll find her anchoring weekdays from 4:30 – 7:00 a.m. and showcasing the latest websites, apps, gadgets, emerging technologies and social media trends.

Michelle is an accomplished broadcaster – with one Emmy® Award and several nominations, including one for a series of reports on technology in schools across the Tennessee Valley.

In 2014, Michelle anchored and co-produced #Virtues – a 30-minute special focused on cyberbullying and social media. It was named “Best Documentary” by the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Alabama Associated Press Broadcasters Association. The Alabama AP also named her “Best News Anchor” in 2011 and “Best Specialized Reporter” for technology coverage in 2015.

As a working mom, Michelle is keenly aware of the pressures modern families face. In 2013, she helped direct the launch of The Great Diaper Drive, in partnership with RocketCityMom.com. It was a major success and is now an annual event in the Tennessee Valley, collecting 80,000+ diapers and wipes for local babies in need. In 2016, the drive was named the Best in Broadcasting “Service Project of the Year” by the Alabama Broadcasters Association.

Before joining WHNT News 19, Michelle was a morning anchor and technology reporter in Boise, Idaho. She’s a Detroit-area native – who graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in International Relations.

She got her start as an anchor, reporter and producer at the ABC affiliate in Lansing and also spent time early in her career as an intern/researcher in Washington D.C. for ABC’s “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”

In rare moments of free time, Michelle serves on the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama’s “Mompreneur Committee” and loves reading, travel, video games and eating fondue. Like all good Southerners she also loves college football and, of course, basketball – Go Spartans!

Have a story idea for Michelle? Email her at michelle.stark@whnt.com. You can also connect via Facebook or Twitter @mstarktweets!


Recent Articles
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  • Where some Alabama lawmakers stand on the GOP health-care bill

    House GOP leaders are struggling to find the votes they need to pass a health-care reform bill called the American Health Care Act. President Donald Trump called for an up-or-down vote Friday, indicating the White House was done negotiating and would move on to other priorities should the effort fail. To win hold-out Republican votes, party leadership has introduced several amendments to the legislation. It’s unclear how many of those changes will be embraced. Here’s where some Alabama lawmakers stand on the […]

  • An app for the young explorer in your home

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  • Here’s how to keep your accounts safer, using better passwords

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  • #ICYMI: Close call with cruise ship, Trump surprises an Alabama boy, plus “All Pink” Starburst are REAL

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  • Headed to the beach on Spring Break? Here are some helpful apps and tools

    Spring Break is here and for many Tennessee Valley school children that means vacation time. If your family is headed south to the lovely beaches of Alabama, check out the official “Gulf Beaches” app for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach. The app is free to download on your Android or Apple mobile device and can help you coordinate your trip more easily. Just search “Gulf Beaches” and it’ll pop up. You can use the app to browse different accommodations and entertainment choices – or […]

  • Word Cookies app offers spelling practice, puzzles

    Love puzzle games? Have a school-aged child who could use a little spelling practice? The Word Cookies app from BitMango offers both in a fun, free package. The game is free for Apple or Android devices and the goal is simple: find all the hidden words. You’ll start with a plate of alphabet letter-shaped digital cookies; connecting each of them to create words. Completing each level builds points and the difficulty factor. The game does feature in-app purchases, so parents, […]

  • ICYMI: Country’s Church takes a stand, plus a welcome home you won’t forget

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  • ICYMI: Busted bus routes and a Supercenter serenade surprise

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  • Next generation ‘Pokémon GO’ arriving this week

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  • Unlimited data plans, compared

    Verizon is bringing back unlimited data… and it’s not the only company to do so. After dumping their unlimited plans several years ago, major wireless carriers have slowly been reintroducing them. Here’s what the new “unlimited” landscape looks like for the big wireless providers in 2017: Verizon Wireless Verizon customers can now get unlimited data, talk and text for $80 a month. The company said the new introductory plan also includes up to 10GB of mobile hotspot usage, as well as calling and […]

  • Pinterest Lens uses your camera to offer inspiration and ideas

    Pinterest is already widely known as a visual social network; a resource for inspiration in DIY, home decor, design, fashion and food. Now the company is branching out with a tool called Pinterest Lens. It lets people discover products and ideas related to whatever their camera has in focus. “So many times you see things and you just can’t come up with the words for it, but you know it when you see it, and that’s the idea behind Pinterest Lens,” Pinterest co-founder […]