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 RocketCityMom.com. 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 @michellestarkbabyblog.wordpress.com. 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 michelle.stark@whnt.com. You can also send her a tech tip via Facebook or Twitter @mstarktweets!

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    Need a fun app to keep the kids entertained? Here’s one…

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re about to hit the road for a long car ride and need something to keep the kids entertained, check out “Christmas Santa Run!” from STEM Studios, for Android users. It’s free to download in the Google Play store and offers lots of fun for all ages. The goal? Help Santa collect as many presents as possible while moving up in levels. You’ll need to become a master tapper to avoid falling through the ice […]

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    How all those cyber hacks happen and how they get so massive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We’ve seen some huge hacks in recent years; cyber crimes that impacted federal workers, hospital patients and shoppers alike. Millions and millions of people have had sensitive personal information stolen. If you’re like us, you may have asked yourself “How do these massive hacks keep happening?” and “How can they get so big?” To find out, WHNT News 19 technology correspondent Michelle Stark talked with local cyber security experts; people working daily to prevent hacks in […]

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    Where your personal information goes, after a massive hack

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In recent years, millions and millions of Americans have had information about them stolen in major cyber hacks. You may be one of those impacted. So, what do hackers do with all of that data? They often head to a secretive corner of the Internet, where there’s a growing and lucrative market for your personal info. It’s called the “Dark Web.” You may you may have heard the term if you watch the hit CBS show […]

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    How changing your approach to technology can protect you from major hacks

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Hackers have had a good run in recent years, stealing credit card numbers and personal information for millions of people – maybe even you. So what can you do to protect yourself? WHNT News 19 has reported many times on the need for checking credit reports and monitoring bank accounts to watch for signs of a hack. Unfortunately, those are steps that can only be taken once the damage is done. To protect yourself before hackers […]

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    Here’s how not to get burned by a last-minute online gift purchase

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You have less than a week to finish your Christmas shopping and, if you’re like a lot of people, you’ll be doing it online. While shopping digitally is convenient (you just have to browse, click and ship) it can also burn you if you’re buying at the last minute. There’s just not much time left to correct problems. That said, here are some taking action tips to avoid getting burned by a bad purchase. First, shop […]

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    Mother: Teacher treated my injured son like ‘her own’

    LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) – When a child suffers a serious injury, they can easily fall behind in school. There are doctors appointments to keep and classes missed. For one Lexington student, just getting around was a challenge, but a remarkable teacher stepped in and made a real difference in that child’s life. Mom Heather Springer contacted WHNT News 19 to tell us about Rhonda Beavers, a second grade educator who reached out to her son William in a time of […]

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    Hartselle teacher earns recognition for results

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A loving, caring person who “makes learning fun.” That’s how one parent describes WHNT News 19’s latest Tools for Teachers Award winner. Marie Hatfield wrote to explain how Youlanda Cowart, a kindergarten teacher at Sparkman School, had made a big difference in the education of her two boys. As part of her nomination, Hatfield also described Cowart as a blessing for the entire community. Wanting to see for ourselves, WHNT News 19 paid a visit to […]

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    Feeling uneasy about finances? WalletHub as a new tool that may help

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re feeling a little uneasy about all the money you’re shelling out for the holidays, you might want to check out a new tool from WalletHub. The popular financial website’s “Financial Fitness Tool” uses analytics to offer individual money advice. It’s also free. Once you sign up and create an account, WalletHub can tap into your existing data profile through partner TransUnion. After reviewing factors like your age, income, expenses, debt and savings, the service […]

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    Teacher creates choral department, makes entire school proud

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Many teachers show dedication to the job; taking on extra projects or working long hours. Starting an entirely new program though? When there are no funds to do so? That takes a serious commitment; something one Russellville teacher was willing to make. Just a few years ago, there was no choir at Tharptown High School. Meletha Walker, already an English teacher at the school, decided to change that. She was eager to take on the extra […]

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    Huntsville teacher’s musical talent makes an impact

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When a teacher is the perfect fit for a school, everyone wins; especially the students. Stephanie Plummer is one of those “perfect fit” teachers. As a science instructor at Huntsville’s Academy for Academics and Arts, Plummer spends her days teaching middle school students the ins-and-outs of heat, light, waves and energy. Her classroom may look typical but, as we found out when we surprised Plummer with our Tools for Teachers award, she’s one-of-a-kind. As principal Amy […]

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    Here are the best Black Friday holiday deals on Frozen merchandise

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) Looking for Frozen merchandise for your kiddos this holiday season? Morning anchor and mom of two girls Michelle Stark compiled this list of great Black Friday deals. Enjoy! Disneystore.com Anna/Elsa/Olaf Fleece Throw – $9.97, was $19.95 (50% off) Toddler Anna/Elsa Plush Doll  – $7.47, was $14.95 (50% off) Olaf 18″ Plush – $19.97, was $39.95 (50% off) Anna/Elsa Tees – $7.47, were $14.95 (50% off) Walmart Flashing Frozen Karaoke – $49 Frozen Adventure Elsa Doll – $15 […]

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    Here are the best Black Friday 2015 deals on technology, gadgets

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Getting ready for a Black Friday blitz? WHNT News 19 morning anchor and technology reporter Michelle Stark has been browsing the web for the best deals on technology and gadgets. Check out the list (organized by category) below! Check back for updates too.   Tablets Kindle 6″ reader ($50, was $80) – Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ($100 daily deal, was $120) – Amazon Fire 7″ tablet ($35, was $50) – Amazon Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7″ ($230 […]


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