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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 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 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 You can also connect via Facebook or Twitter @mstarktweets!

Recent Articles
  • #ICYMI: Huntsville City schools discipline numbers and a grocery checkout attack

    WHNT News 19’s investigative team dug up some interesting numbers this week on discipline in Huntsville City schools. Here’s a quick recap of that story and more, in case you missed it. By the numbers A new report, obtained by WHNT News 19 investigative reporters, shows black students are still being punished at a much higher rate than white students in Huntsville City schools. That’s not what the district wants to see. As part of a consent agreement both the district […]

  • An app to make traveling with pets a lot easier

    Traveling with a pet this holiday season? Check out the BringFido app! It’s free for download for iPhone users. The app uses GPS location tracking to make life easier for dog lovers. Here are just a few of its features: Search pet-friendly hotels near you; sort by distance, popularity, rating and price. Find nearby attractions, including upcoming dog events and local resources such as dog walkers, groomers, sitters, veterinarians and pet supply stores. Share new pet-friendly locations you discover during […]

  • Digital tools to make holiday card sending simpler

    Sending cards this holiday season? You don’t have to stand in line at the post office for hours. Online services like Shutterfly offer cards for all occasions and will mail to your recipients for an extra fee. Cards start as low as forty cents a piece. You can also import your contact list from Excel, Outlook or an iPhone so you don’t have to manually enter addresses. Postable offers 100% recycled cards and a personalized touch. Select from different handwriting styles and upload […]

  • High-tech gifts that won’t break the bank; cool ideas under $50

    You don’t have to go broke trying to buy the best-gifts-ever for your special someone this holiday season. Here are some ideas for $50 or less: AirJamz Air Guitar Pick Let someone live out their rock and roll dreams with the $49 AirJamz Pick. They just have to pick a genre, then an instrument on the corresponding app. After that… it’s time to ROCK. SelfieMic A $25 selfie stick with a rock star microphone. Use when recording videos and using karaoke apps. iClever […]

  • ACLU suing Indiana town over cross display in Christmas decorations

    A central Indiana town is facing a lawsuit from The American Civil Liberties Union. It stems from the display of a cross as part of its Christmas decorations. CBS News and the Associated Press report that, according to The Indianapolis Star, the ACLU’s Indiana chapter and Knightstown resident Joseph Tompkins are behind the lawsuit. They argue that “the Christian symbol on display in the Knightstown town square violates the First Amendment.” The lawsuit also reportedly seeks not just the removal of the cross, […]

  • #ICYMI: Trump’s the man of the year and a veteran’s new job will make you smile

    Been busy with holiday events or shopping? Haven’t had much time to watch WHNT News 19? Here’s a look at some of the stories that stood out this week… in case you missed it! Fire charges filed This week, people in Gatlinburg, Tennessee started putting their lives back together after a devastating fire. Authorities investigating that blaze also made a startling announcement: Two juveniles are now charged with starting the fire. They currently face charges of aggravated arson but could also […]

  • Do your kids love construction equipment or snow? Here’s a holiday app for them!

    What kid doesn’t love construction equipment? Cute smiling dogs? Winter white landscapes? A clever little app from Sago Mini combines all three of those; creating a joyful task-oriented game for toddlers. Holiday Trucks and Diggers is available for free, for a limited time, in Apple’s App Store. The goal is simple. Users pile up mountains of snow using dump trucks, cranes, bulldozers and other heavy equipment. They can then transport the snow to build a giant snow fort. Once the […]

  • #ICYMI: Storm stories to inspire and the great golden beer can search

    A tornado outbreak was the big story in the Tennessee Valley this week. The storms hit many communities hard and, while you’ve almost certainly seen our big picture reports focused on destruction and recovery, you may have missed some of the smaller moments that stood out. Here are just a few of those (and more) in case you missed it! Rosalie’s Recovery A tornado unleashed its fury for the third time in less than 10 years on the tiny town of Rosalie. WHNT News 19’s […]

  • Purdue Engineering Gift Guide offers ideas for education-focused parents

    Many parents are looking for toys this holiday season that well, aren’t JUST toys. That’s where Purdue’s INSPIRE Research Institute can help. The group’s engineers publish an annual Engineering Gift Guide, showcasing products that best promote STEM (science, technology, education and math) education. This year’s list features more than 100 items; encouraging everything from coding to critical thinking. Monica Cardella, Purdue’s INSPIRE Research Institute Director,  said the idea for the list came from her own struggles finding toys that would […]

  • Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday: When will you get the better buys?

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday will both feature some big deals. In fact, many retailers now blur the two traditional shopping days together into one long discount period. For some items though, it can pay (in big savings) to purchase on one day or the other. According to and deal-hunting expert Rebecca Lehmann, a manager of content marketing for Brad’s Deals, here are some categories to consider buying during each day… Black Friday Apple products – The tech giant […]

  • Butterball Turkey Talk-Line offers new “text” option

    The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line® is offering a text option for the first time ever. Cooks (and aspiring cooks) will be able to text questions about food prep, recipes, and more 24-hours a day now through Thursday, November 24th. The Turkey Talk-Line has long been a popular resource for those struggling in the kitchen. If you’d like to text for help, here’s the number: (844) 877-3456. To speak with a Butterball culinary helper in person, you can call the classic Turkey Talk-Line […]

  • Here’s a fun wordsearch app to entertain you this Thanksiving

    Hitting the road for Thanksgiving weekend? Looking for a mental break after the stress of entertaining your in-laws? Here’s a fun app to try. Astraware Thanksgiving Wordsearch is free for download on Apple or Android devices (just head to your app store.) The game lets you touch and drag across a puzzle page, to find more than 100 festive Thanksgiving-themed words. They can be hidden in any direction. If you enjoy classic wordsearch games, this is definitely one to check out. Happy […]