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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 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 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!

Recent Articles
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    “All these years” later, a teacher gets the surprise of her life

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When WHNT News 19 gets nominations for our Tools for Teachers Award, we often see them come from current students of a certain teacher, or maybe from their parents. Rare is the nomination that comes years after a student’s involvement with an educator, but that’s exactly what happened with Melissa Ward. The Hartselle educator first taught young Clayton Casteele when he was in kindergarten. Now, he’s in sixth grade and his mom Donna has had time […]

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    Sugar Free: “No sugar” challenges and their dramatic effects

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Sugar. It’s sweet, seductive and quite possibly destroying your waistline, as well as your health. New research is tying sugar to a greater number of health risks than ever before, which may be one reason for the rise in “no sugar” challenges and diets. There are lots of variations involved but all advocate the same thing: saying goodbye to the sweet stuff. Pamela Sparks did just that and, after one year of clean eating, without hitting the gym, […]

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    Tonight at 10: How going “Sugar Free” could change your life

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – How much sugar are you eating? It’s a simple question but for a lot of people, there’s not a simple answer. In our upcoming special report “Sugar Free” (airing Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at 10:00 p.m.) WHNT News 19’s Michelle Stark investigates the new craze of “no sugar” challenges. Maybe you’ve taken one? Or know someone who has? They’re not easy. Despite health warnings tying sugar to an increasing number of problems including weight gain, visceral fat, […]

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    Feds: Apple has unlocked iPhones “many times” before

    (CBS News) – While Apple has pushed back against the FBI by refusing to create a “backdoor” that could allow investigators to unlock the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists, a 2015 court case reveals that the company has unlocked phones for the federal government “many times” in the past. Between 2008 and 2015, Apple repeatedly complied with government requests to retrieve data from locked phones, federal prosecutors in New York argued recently while requesting a court […]

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    Teacher helps students overcome behavioral challenges

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – For children with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or a similar diagnosis, learning in a traditional classroom can be overwhelming. These children often have meltdowns, struggle to keep up, or just struggle to fit in. A special teacher can make a huge difference though; pushing a child to overcome their behavioral challenges and using special techniques to bring out their highest potential. Ian and Jodie Tennant told WHNT News 19 that’s exactly what one Blue Springs […]

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    Don’t fall for this iPhone hoax

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – iPhone users be on alert; there’s another dangerous digital prank circulating on social media right now. Here’s how it works. You might see a post that looks like something “retro” from Apple, telling you you can access a hidden feature on your phone if you manually set your phone back in time to January 1, 1970. Don’t fall for it. If you change the date for any iPhone 5s or newer model, your phone will be […]

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    “NoWait” app finds you open tables for Valentine’s Day

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re panicking a little bit realizing you haven’t made any Valentine’s Day plans yet – don’t. One of the best easy-to-pull-off, last-minute Valentine’s Day options is a nice dinner. The trick, of course, is finding a place that’s not all booked up with reservations. The NoWait app may be able to help. Here’s how it works: A quick search pulls up local restaurants near you without a wait for a table. You can use it […]

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    Music maestro brings joy, fun to middle school classroom

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Many of us have fond memories of playing in our school band and, as anyone who’s ever played an instrument knows, it’s not easy. Band directors have a kind of double challenge: They have to help students master the notes and, at the same time, show them how to play with confidence. At Florence Middle School, one young clarinet player tells WHNT News 19 his director has mastered that balancing act. Brian Jay directs all three […]

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    Huntsville Parks & Rec launches Facebook page

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) There’s a lot to do in Huntsville. So much, in fact, that sometimes it’s hard to know what your options are. Huntsville’s Parks & Recreation Department wants to change that. It coordinates all kinds of community activities at local parks, sports venues and recreation spots. To find out about all of those happenings, you can always check out the department’s website. There are links and details about sporting leagues, community classes and more. You can also check […]

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    Kindergarten teacher helps students grow in more ways than one

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A major transition. That’s how a lot of parents might describe their child’s first year at school. Having the right Kindergarten teacher though, can make a big difference. That teacher can erase fears and boost confidence. One local mom feels her daughter’s teacher, Nancy Ennis, is doing just that. “I feel like she’s her second mother. She’s wonderful,” explained Melissa Henderson, when WHNT News 19 arrived at Harvest Elementary School for an interview. “She has taught […]

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    A Chick-fil-A Diet? Here’s the truth about the viral story

    Could eating Chick-fil-A really make you healthier? Even help you lose a few pounds? The popular restaurant chain is now offering some “great ideas for healthy living” to customers. That includes suggestions like “Eat smaller meals (like an 8-count pack of grilled chicken nuggets) every three to four hours,” on its takeout bag. Chick-Fil-A suggests adding “one healthy habit” to your day, like eating chicken nuggets every three hours — Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) January 27, 2016 While the recommendations […]

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    #iHeartHsv social media campaign is back, and you can win prizes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s time to show our community some love. The Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau is, for the third year in a row, asking social media users to start talking up our area on their favorite platforms – using the hashtag #iHeartHsv on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram alongside their posts, pics and videos. The Visitors Bureau has a specific goal in mind. It wants you to tag your “favorite” spots around Huntsville-Madison County: restaurants, shopping spots, […]


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