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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.

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 It was a major success and is now an annual event in the Tennessee Valley, collecting tens of thousands of diapers and wipes for local babies in need.

Michelle also serves on the Community Advisory Council for Huntsville’s Junior League.

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."

Michelle gave birth to her first child here in Huntsville and chronicled her pregnancy You can check out that blog to read about her journey or share your parenting insights and advice!

In rare moments of free time, Michelle loves reading, travel, video games and artsy-crafty projects. Like all good Southerners she also loves college football and, of course, basketball – Go Spartans!

Have a story idea for Michelle? Email her at You can also send her a tech tip via Facebook or Twitter @mstarktweets!

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    Spray sunscreen risks you should know about

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Spray sunscreens are popular. They’re quick and not too messy. They’re also not the best option for young children. Pediatrician Teresa Lynch works at Huntsville Hospital’s Pediatric ER and says she sees the results of spray sunscreen “user error” far too often on young children. “Kids are squirmy and so they move,” Dr. Lynch explained, “And you’re trying to get ’em as quickly as you can.” In fact, Consumer Reports issued a warning recently telling parents […]

  • Gadgets to Make Camping More Convenient

    HUNSTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Summer has arrived in the Tennessee Valley and many families will be spending at least one or two weekends outdoors. If you’re looking for some gadgets to make your camping experience a bit more convenient, check out the devices below! Helio Pressure shower – A portable shower, this pack is small and portable and costs about $100. The tank is large enough for at least five minutes of steady water pressure. Camel Bak All Clear – […]

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    Keep Your Gadgets Safe at the Pool or Beach

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re planning to hit the pool or beach this weekend, or any time this summer, you’re probably also planning to bring along your smartphone. That’s a risky move. Carl Upton, Technical Services Manager at Madison computer repair shop Tech Stars, reminded us of the obvious when we stopped in for a chat, “Water and electronics don’t mix!” Fortunately, there are ways to keep your cherished devices safe from sun, sand and water. One of the […]

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    Device Damage: How to Avoid it During Extreme Heat

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Extreme heat can take a toll on you, your pets and yes, even your gadgets. The damage can also happen much more quickly than you might think. Carl Upton, Technical Services Manager at Madison’s computer repair company Tech Stars, described some of the potential hazards. “You can get anywhere from cracked plastics to cracked screens,” Upton said. And that’s just the start. To avoid the worst, you should never leave a gadget in a hot car, […]

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    Huntsville fire destroys sheds, spreads to house porch

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Fire destroyed two sheds and a porch Thursday morning before crews could contain the flames. A house attached to the porch was spared any damage. Huntsville Fire & Rescue spokesperson Frank McKenzie tells WHNT News 19 the fire was called in at 4213 Hawthorne Ave. around 10:50 a.m. A shed on fire there eventually caught another, nearby shed on fire. The flames then spread to a neighbor’s porch. Multiple crews responded. There were no injuries and […]

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    SSA offers online tool for retirement planning, benefits management

    HUNTSVILLE, Al. (WHNT) – As we approach the 80th anniversary of the Social Security Act, which was signed on August 14, 1935, the Social Security Administration is getting the word out about its newest free online tool. The SSA has developed the online personal accounts to give individuals quick, secure access to their personal Social Security information. Individuals can check their earnings and get estimates of future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits. If you already receive Social Security benefits, you […]

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    FBI using social media to search for Top Ten Fugitive

    HUNTSVILLE, Al. (WHNT) – The FBI is using social media in its search for a top ten fugitive – William Bradford Bishop, Jr. Bishop is accused of using a sledgehammer to murder his wife, mother, and three children in Potomac, Maryland in 1976. Authorities believe he then fled south to Tennessee and possibly into Alabama. In 2014, investigators with the FBI exhumed the body of an unknown man at a Scottsboro cemetery, believing he could be Bishop. Tests later showed […]

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    Takata recall: Are you impacted? Check these websites

    HUNTSVILLE, Al. (WHNT) – The Japanese air bag maker Takata announced Tuesday it is expanding the number of vehicles to be recalled for defective inflators to 33.4 million. The defect can cause air bags to explode and has been linked to six deaths worldwide. Due to the unprecedented nature of the recall, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created online resources to help consumers whose vehicle may have a defective air bag. How to Check Enter your Vehicle […]

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    Weather Where You Live: Viewer photos of ice and snow

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Snow! It fell in the Tennessee Valley on Wednesday, February 18th. Click through the gallery below to see viewer photos showing the weather where they live. You can also send us more pictures at or click the ‘Submit Your Photo’ button below to add them straight to this gallery. We’ll check for new photos and approve them.

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    NASA to send submarine into space?

    Could NASA really send a submarine to explore the liquid methane seas of Saturn’s Moon Titan? There’s a proposal on the table to do just that. This video, from  NASA’s Glenn Research Center, shows how one submarine concept could explore both the shoreline and the depths of Titan. The design was developed for the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, by NASA Glenn’s COMPASS Team, and technologists and scientists from the Applied Physics Lab and submarine designers from the Applied […]

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    Severe weather prep: Gadgets to extend your phone’s battery life

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As severe weather season returns to North Alabama, WHNT News 19 is taking action to keep our viewers prepared. If a storm knocks out power, you may find yourself with just a phone as your tie to the outside world. So, earlier this week, technology correspondent Michelle Stark showcased some free tips for extending your smartphone’s battery as long as possible. What follows here are a couple of devices that will also extend your battery’s life, […]

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    Here’s how to extend your phone’s battery life in severe weather

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The return of March brings the return of severe weather season in North Alabama. When a bad storm hits and power goes out, your smartphone could become your only lifeline to the outside world. Keeping that in mind, here are some tips for keeping your phone’s battery alive as long as possible: Dim the screen – Today’s smartphones have big, vibrant displays that suck up all kinds of power. Turn off extra features – Bluetooth, GPS, […]


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