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
  • #ICYMI: Remembering lives lost, plus one couple’s secret to a looooong marriage

    Had a busy week? No time to keep up with the latest viral stories on the web? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Here are some of the biggest, most talked-about stories, in case you missed it! Remembering Lives Lost Starting off on a somber note this week; Alabamians are remembering the 6th anniversary of an historic tornado outbreak. A total of 62 deadly twisters hit Alabama on April 27th, 2011, carving out horrific devastation in many communities. In memory of that […]

  • Space Launch System Takes Shape At MSFC

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A huge mechanical arm hovers over a giant metal ring, slowly carving out yet another layer of what will eventually become a prototype part, for the spacecraft designed to take us to Mars and beyond. WHNT News 19’s Michelle Stark recently got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the technology being used to build NASA’s Space Launch System – known as SLS. “The SLS will be the largest rocket ever built in the world,” explained David Beaman, Manager of the […]

  • #ICYMI: Big Spring Park’s new look plus the great giraffe calf name debate

    Were you extra busy this week with springtime things? Were you more disconnected than usual when it comes to the news? WHNT News 19 morning anchor and technology reporter Michelle Stark has you covered. Here are some of the week’s most viral, talked-about stories, in case you missed it! Big Spring Park’s new look Huntsville City Leaders are celebrating the reopening of a downtown gem; Big Spring Park. There’s a lot to like about the new $2 million landscape including wider […]

  • #ICYMI: WHNT News 19 debuts Sky19 plus a McDonald’s joy ride you won’t believe

    Here are some of the most viral stories of the week, in case you missed it! Say hello, Sky19! Technology is constantly improving the way we bring you the news.  An old concept, the helicopter, now has a new twist for our industry. So, we’d like to introduce you to our latest addition to the news arsenal: Sky19! “This is similar, a little lower, a little more control on our part,” said Alex Lynch, a videojournalist at WHNT News 19. “We can […]

  • “Egg A Sketch” app offers digital egg coloring fun for all ages

    Looking for a sweet app to entertain the kids on this Easter weekend? Egg-A-Sketch lets you draw to your heart’s delight on a spinning three dimensional egg. This digital creation tool from Applied Voices, LLC. includes multiple colors and the ability to spin your egg in different directions. You can also hold your egg still to draw a masterpiece by hand. There’s really not much to it but if you’re looking for something that will delight young children (and adults) […]

  • #ICYMI: “Insider Access” to a hot new eating spot, plus a white girl defends her black doll

    In case you missed it, here are some of the most talked about, bizarre and interesting stories from social media this week! “Inside” a chef’s kitchen This week’s “Insider Access” report gave us an exclusive look at one of the hottest new Huntsville eateries. Rocket City Tavern puts its Chef’s table right in the kitchen. Literally, the table is right in front of the cooking surface. Here’s what WHNT News 19 anchor Greg Screws thought of the experience… Want to make a reservation […]

  • Looking for the sold out Nintendo Switch? Here’s how to find one…

    The Nintendo Switch gaming console remains sold out nearly everywhere. It is possible to find one though, with a little determination and some digital tools. Since the system’s launch last month, demand for Switch has surged, in large part because of very strong reviews for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Gamers and parents of gamers searching for a Switch in the Tennessee Valley (or anywhere nationwide) face an up-hill battle. Toys R’ Us, Walmart, GameStop and Best Buy […]

  • #ICYMI: Part of I-85 goes down in flames, wild turkey drives Walmart customers wild

    Here are some of the most notable, shocking and downright wild stories of the week… just in case you missed it! The untold story of “The Burning Bed” The woman who inspired the “The Burning Bed” book and movie has died in The Shoals. Though her story changed domestic violence laws nationwide, few locals actually knew her life story. Granddaughter Molly Wilson told WHNT News 19 that Francine Hughes endured a living hell for more than a decade. Abused by her […]

  • #ICYMI: A “fire baby” boom and celebrating National Puppy Day

    Here are some of the biggest stories from social media this week, in case you missed it! DeKalb County’s double loss In a horrible loss for one community, a Tennessee Valley mother and daughter were both killed on the same afternoon, in different wrecks, at different locations. Mother Julia Yates Patterson was killed Tuesday on Highway 117, in a wreck around 3:00 p.m. Two others were hurt in the same incident and taken to the hospital. About thirty minutes after that initial wreck, just 10 miles […]

  • 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

    Many kids love to explore and if you have one that fits that description, they’ll likely be delighted with LumiKids Backyard. The app is one in a series of similar apps from Lumosity. While it’s not designed to be “brain training” for kids, Lumosity calls it an interactive digital space where children can practice “intuitive and adaptive” play. The setting of the app is a backyard, at nightfall. Users can explore their surroundings in a variety of ways. They can, for example, shine a […]

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

    Details from this week’s federal indictment of Russian hackers charged with compromising hundreds of millions of Yahoo accounts reveal that many people are still not taking routine precautions to safeguard their email accounts — and hackers are exploiting that. As CBS News and the Associated Press reports, the Russian hackers “didn’t have to work very hard to break into people’s email accounts, even those belonging to government officials or powerful executives.” That said, here’s a look at a few simple […]