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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    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 […]


    App could shake up Alabama’s lottery debate in a big way

    ARDMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabamians have been arguing over a lottery for decades now. Opponents call it a tax on the poor; they say it’s morally wrong. Others think the state is missing out on major money that could help our budget crisis. A new app could disrupt that old gambling debate in a big way by offering Alabamians digital access to lottery games. Like a lot of people, Connie Bailey and her mom Laverne Free, occasionally cross the Alabama-Tennessee […]


    The Lottery App: New technology could interrupt Alabama’s gambling debate in a big way

    ARDMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabamians have been arguing over a lottery for decades now. Opponents call it a tax on the poor; they say it’s morally wrong. Others think the state is missing out on major money that could help our budget crisis. Watch WHNT News 19 technology reporter Michelle Stark‘s “Taking Action” report Thursday night, November 19th at 10:00 p.m. A new app could disrupt that old gambling debate in a big way, by offering Alabamians digital access to […]

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    Teacher helps students overcome challenges, brings joy to the classroom

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    Teacher inspires students, helps them grow careers

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    Attention online shoppers! Here are some great Veterans Day deals

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    Teacher’s commitment to kids extends beyond classroom, into home

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    Teacher honored for Madison school’s Thanksgiving tradition

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    North Jackson High’s Jonathan Colvin coaches kids to success

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