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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 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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    Taking Action: Our list of top Black Friday tech deals (Updated!)

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Black Friday here! For weeks, many retailers have been touting big savings, putting Black Friday previews online and allowing customers to browse the deals ahead of time. WHNT News 19’s technology reporter Michelle Stark browsed those bargains and compiled this list. Some deals may have been “door busters” and are therefore expired but take a look below, before you buy today! By Store Best Buy Panasonic 50″ Class LED HDTV – $199.99 (several hundred dollars off […]

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    Here’s an app to entertain kids this Thanksgiving

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Thanksgiving is all about friends and family and often, that includes kids. Of course, keeping those kids entertained while you’re cooking up a feast or driving for long distances can be a challenge. The app Hand Turkey may help. It’s free for download and brings the art of hand-traced paper turkeys to the digital age. Youngsters just place their hand on a device screen to create a turkey, which they can then decorate using a variety […]

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    5 tricks for avoiding Black Friday “sales” traps

    (CBS News) – With the U.S. economy in somewhat better shape this year, many retailers eager to kick off the holiday shopping season have already launched their “Black Friday” sales. But experts warn that sprinkled among the real bargains are bogus deals aimed at tricking consumers into buying inferior goods at inflated prices. “When you see something that’s 50 percent off, you think you’re getting a great deal. But it’s not a deal if the 50 percent is coming off […]

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    Should you fly or drive this holiday? Here’s a calculator to help decide

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Millions of Americans visit friends and family during the holidays. Often it’s clear cut whether they should fly or drive to get there. Sometimes though, when a traveler is headed to a city say, several hours away, the choice is less obvious. So should you fly, or drive? BeFrugal.com’s “Fly or Drive Calculator™” may help you decide. It’s pretty easy to use. Just type in some basic information about your trip – where you’re headed, what […]

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    In Pursuit of Cute: The Hidden Risks of Shopping Online Marketplaces

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Etsy.com is a popular online marketplace. Many parents love shopping there, or through similar online platforms, for handmade craft items they can’t find anywhere else. Unfortunately, some of those items, could put your child in danger. A concerned viewer, recently emailed WHNT News 19 after spotting a handmade car seat harness for sale at Etsy.com. She was worried. How could it be legal? Was it regulated? How could it be sold online? Good questions…so WHNT News 19 […]

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    TONIGHT: Hidden Risks for Parents Shopping Online Marketplaces

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Etsy.com is a popular online marketplace. Many parents love shopping there, or through similar online platforms, for handmade craft items they can’t find anywhere else. Unfortunately, some of those items, could put your child in danger. A concerned viewer, recently emailed WHNT News 19 after spotting a handmade car seat harness for sale at Etsy.com. She was worried. How could it be legal? Was it regulated? How could it be sold online? Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 10:00 p.m. […]

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    Taking Action: Avoid heavy coats & car seats

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As the cold weather arrives, it’s normal to bundle up the kids in heavy gear. A bulky jacket and a car seat, however, is a dangerous combination. Generally, safety experts recommend NOT using winter coats underneath the harness of a car seat. The reason? Bulky fabrics can make the harness too loose to be effective in a crash. Consumer Reports offers a simple way to check if your child’s coat is too big to wear under […]

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    2015 ACA health insurance enrollment period begins Saturday

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Obamacare 2.0 federal exchange is now open for window shopping. Though enrollment doesn’t begin until Nov. 15, consumers can now see what health insurance plans are offered in their area by going to the federal exchange, healthcare.gov. Estimated premiums, deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket costs for 2015 are prominently displayed, and shoppers can sort by premium or deductible. “New features will give consumers a comprehensive picture of the plans in their area so they can choose […]

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    Taking Action: Kids ignoring calls? Here’s how to change that

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Kids who don’t call you back. If you’re a mom or dad, you’ve probably experienced this problem. The question is, what should you do about it? Parents in the Tennessee Valley have mixed feelings on this issue. Some think bold measures, like apps that can put a teen’s phone on lockdown, are a good idea. Others think those go way too far. That’s why WHNT News 19 is taking action to help. Annie Neidert knows exactly […]

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    Tonight at 10: Pick up! Getting kids to call you back

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Kids who don’t call you back. If you’re a mom or dad, you’ve probably experienced this problem. The question is, what should you do about it? Parents in the Tennessee Valley have mixed feelings on this issue. Some think bold measures, like apps that can put a teen’s phone on lockdown, are a good idea. Others think those go way too far. That’s why WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to help parents. In a special report, […]

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    Know a veteran who needs a job? Here are some helpful websites

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Veterans often find returning to civilian life a bit challenging, especially when they struggle to find work. If you know someone who served or is transitioning back to the private sector and looking for jobs, check out the following targeted employment websites for vets. Military.com – Offers what it calls “the largest veteran job board” in the world. Search for jobs, create and post resumes, network and look-up nearby career fairs. You can also find a […]

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    Website shows who is financing congressional candidates

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Wondering who financially supports your candidate of choice in the upcoming Congressional election? Now you can “follow the money” online and see exactly who’s giving what to different candidates. The Center for Responsive Politics has created opensecrets.org, which provides a huge amount of information about national-level candidates, including congressional and presidential races. An overview for Alabama’s District 5 race, for example, has a helpful table for the 2014 campaign cycle, including fundraising totals for Republican incumbent […]

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