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!

Recent Articles
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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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    Huntsville Utilities issues cold warning, asks customers to conserve

    On Wednesday morning, WHNT News 19 received the following news release from Huntsville Utilities, asking customers in the Tennessee Valley to conserve energy over the next few days. **************** HUNTSVILLE UTILITIES – NEWS RELEASE TVA & HUNTSVILLE UTILITIES ASK CUSTOMERS TO CONSERVE Wednesday, February 18, 2015 – 9:30 AM Through the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) implementation of their Emergency Load Curtailment Program, TVA and Huntsville Utilities are asking customers to reduce their use of electricity as much as possible beginning […]

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    Here’s an app to entertain you (and your kids!) this Valentine’s Day

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Looking for a way to keep your children entertained as you snuggle up with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day? Or maybe something to keep the kids busy when they’re with the sitter? Check out Candy Box – a Valentine’s Day action game from Glenn Collins. It’s free for download in the Apple App Store. The simple but addicting game is easy to play. Just tap the candy boxes to make them bounce. The goal is to […]

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    Facebook After Death: Company Adds “Legacy Contact” Feature

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – More families are facing a hard question when a lovedone dies: What do we do with their Facebook account? Until now, people had few options. Many were locked out of a deceased person’s account because they didn’t know the password. Not any more. Facebook has announced a new feature letting people choose a legacy contact – a family member or friend – who can manage their account when they die. Once someone dies, Facebook will memorialize […]

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    Banking on Life: How a baby’s cord blood could help a child cancer patient

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s probably crossed the minds of all parents once or twice. What if my child was diagnosed with cancer?  One Tennessee Valley family is facing that challenge right now. In a remarkable twist, there’s a chance the family’s newest member, a brand new baby, could be the one to help her older half-brother get well.  How?  Cord blood. The family’s story begins at the end of Erin Bloxham-Curtis’s pregnancy.  Just weeks from giving birth, she, her […]

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    TONIGHT: “Banking on Life,” a family hopes new baby’s cord blood will save older son

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A child with cancer. It’s a terrifying thought for many parents.  For one Huntsville family, it’s reality.  There is hope, though. The family’s newest member — a brand new baby — could be the one to help her older half-brother recover. Ella Grace’s parents banked her cord blood. Now they’re waiting to see if it can work miracles. The Curtis family’s story begins at the at end of Erin Bloxham-Curtis’s pregnancy. She, her husband Russ and […]

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    School delays for Friday, Jan. 16

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Due to weather, the following schools have decided delay on Friday, January 16. Please check back for frequent updates. Cornerstone Christian Academy at Rainsville – two hour delay DeKalb County Schools – two-hour delay Jackson County Schools – Open at 10 a.m. Scottsboro City Schools – two-hour delay

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    WalletHub: Alabama, Tennessee Cities Among Best for STEM Jobs

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville-area educators focus a lot on promoting STEM – science, technology, entineering and math. A new report from WalletHub.com suggests they’re smart to do so. It also pinpoints several cities in Alabama and Tennessee which are among the best for STEM workers. First, a couple of quick facts about STEM occupations. According to the Department of Commerce, STEM professions will expand 1.7 times faster than non-STEM occupations through 2018. The annual average wage for all STEM […]

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    Photos: Tennessee Valley Winter Weather

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Here’s a collection of your winter weather photos from Thursday, January 15th. Check out valleywx.com for the latest weather alerts and more pictures of the sleet, snow and rain!

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    New Year’s Resolution: How to declutter your digital life

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – For many of us, the new year brings new resolutions. Usually those involve weight loss or getting money matters in order. If you want to mix it up though, you might try giving yourself a digital makeover. WHNT News 19 talked with Tennessee Valley experts, and rounded up the following tips for how to declutter your digital life. Step one? Limit your smartphone use. Set limits on your email checking and try to leave work at work. “We […]

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    Got a new gadget? Here’s where to unload the old one

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you got a new smartphone or tablet for Christmas, you may be wondering what to do with the old one? If you’re looking to make some money off an old device with a little life left in it, you might try online. Websites like Gazelle.com and NextWorth.com allow you to trade-in old devices and get money or credit in return. We checked Gazelle and found a 16GB iPhone 5S in good condition, could fetch you as much […]

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    Kids and Technology: Setting Good Habits with New Gadgets

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A lot of Tennessee Valley kids got shiny new gadgets for Christmas. If your child was one of them, chances are good they’re still glued to that tablet or gaming console. So, how can you keep your child from becoming technology obsessed? First, it’s important to understand why it’s not a great idea to let your tablet-savvy toddler play all day. “Too much technology exposure changes the way [childrens’] brains develop,” Stacy Ikard, a Huntsville-area Doctor […]


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