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

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    Star science teacher inspires students to follow his lead

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – When the doors opened, Jonathan Bailey was hit instantly with thunderous applause and a unified cheer: “Surprise!” A shocked smile spreading across his face, the eighth grade science teacher continued walking into the Sheffield Junior High School Cafeteria. At tables all around him, students clapped and shouted congratulations. As he reached the front of the room, the cheers finally died down and WHNT News 19 explained the reason for the impromptu assembly. “Mr. Bailey, you are […]

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    Polling: 4-in-10 Sanders voters would support Trump

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump picked up resounding wins Tuesday in the West Virginia primaries; sending a message that voters there strongly prefer the anti-establishment presidential candidates. Sanders still trails Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in the delegate count; he’s hoping a big win in California could close the gap between now and the convention. Trump meanwhile, is the presumptive GOP nominee after a knockout win in Indiana that forced Texas Sen. Ted Cruz from the race. […]

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    Teacher’s “student first” focus impresses mom, daughter

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – In Ben Cole’s classroom, students spend a lot of time thinking, together. WHNT News 19 found them huddled around small desks, excitedly contributing to their groups. Most students seemed eager to jump in with ideas for the project at hand. Guiding them all the while and stopping between each cluster of students, was Cole. “I want you to think what are these characters truly like,” the fifth grade Moores Mill Intermediate teacher instructed, “Make sure to write this […]

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    Looking for an interesting Mom’s Day gift? You might try one of these…

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Looking for a creative Mother’s Day gift? Instead of the usual chocolate and cards? You might want to try one of the many subscription boxes now available online. These boxes have really taken off in recent years and typically offer a monthly box delivery, in exchange for a fee. Here are just a few your mom might enjoy! Birchbox – Offers beauty products of all shapes and sizes in a monthly delivery. For $10 per month, you’ll […]

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    Teacher brings ancient history to life for modern day students

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s not easy to make history from 2,000 years ago exciting. One local educator though, keeps finding new ways to do just that. From class field trips to special projects, Hartselle Junior High’s Jodi Fuqua never gets tired of looking for ways to engage her modern-day students in the conflicts and conquests of the past. Eighth grader Jordan Heaps isn’t shy about admitting how surprised she was, when she found herself actually enjoying one of Fuqua’s […]

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    What are the odds of other intelligent life in the universe?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – What are the odds that intelligent life evolved on Earth and nowhere else across the cosmos? About one in 10 billion trillion, according to researchers writing in the journal Astrobiology. In other words, it’s very unlikely humanity is unique. In a paper explaining their methods, calculations and findings, called “A New Empirical Constraint on the Prevalence of Technological Species in the Universe,” the researchers explain how they arrived at their conclusion. Using data from NASA’s Kepler […]

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    Popular Science announces “2016 Invention Awards” winners

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    Smartphones can be bad weather lifelines, here’s how wireless providers have upgraded

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The traumatic events of April 27, 2011 proved just how important wireless connections can be when severe weather strikes. If the power goes down and utilities fail, your smartphone might be your only connection to the outside world. That’s exactly what happened for many people five years ago; they found themselves trapped inside homes or in storm shelters, turning to texting or social media for updates. Huntsville resident Lisa Milburn was one of them. WHNT News […]

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    Mixing humor with history in the classroom, to keep kids interested

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    How rude! Words to avoid in emails

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re someone who uses a lot of “I’s” and “me’s” in your emails, you might be coming off as rude, even when you don’t mean to.  A simple “thanks” or an extra exclamation point could also be doing you no favors. Those observations come courtesy of a firm called Outsource-Philippines, which has compiled a list of “ten deadly word sins” that people should keep out of emails, to keep from “giving the recipient the wrong impression.” Other tips? No swearing […]

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    How to use Google search to find your lost Android phone

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Apple users have long used a feature called “Find My iPhone” to locate their missing devices; using an iCloud account. Android users, you can also use the web to help retrieve your lost phone. As CNET reports, a little-known feature lets you recover your Android-powered phone or tablet using a PC. To make your phone findable; you’ll have to do a couple of things first: make sure the Google App installed, Now cards are enabled, Web & […]

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    Your cellphone is even more disgusting than you thought

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Your cellphone may be even dirtier than your toilet. Seriously. Despite their sleek designs, cellphones are magnets for bacteria and germs. Mostly that’s because they go with us everywhere — to the kitchen, to the office and even to the bathroom. According to a CBS News report, a 2011 study on 390 cellphones in the U.K. found “one in six contained traces of fecal matter.” Another study, from an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, showed that “phone […]


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