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!

Recent Articles
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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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    Campaign 2016: Fun tools to help you find your perfect candidate

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Monday’s Iowa caucuses mark the official start of voting in the 2016 presidential election. That means it’s time to get serious about figure out who you’re going to vote for. You could (and really should) spend time researching the candidates in-depth and exploring their individual websites. On the other hand, you could also just turn to a handy online calculator. Project Vote Smart offers a “VoteEasy” calculator at VoteSmart.org. It’s designed to help you find your […]

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    School counselor up for national award; how you can help her win

    HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – Harvest Elementary’s Emily Scroggins loves her work and now she’s hoping love from her community will pay off in a big way. The guidance counselor is a Life Changer of the Year Award nominee. If she’s chosen as a winner, she could receive up to $10,000, to be split evenly between herself and her school! A separate “Spirit Award” through the same program could bring in even more money. Here’s where the community comes in. You […]

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    Mom describes Franklin County teacher: She has control of the classroom and kids who love her

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – She has control of her classroom and kids who love her. That’s how one mom described a Franklin County educator who helped stretch her son’s achievement as a fourth grader. Heather Darracott, mom to little Samuel, thought everyone should know what a great teacher Belgreen Elementary’s Emily Blanton is, so she nominated her for WHNT News 19’s Tools for Teacher’s Award. On a gloomy Thursday recently, WHNT News 19 met up with Darracott to surprise Blanton […]

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    Teacher inspires young readers, while facing challenge at home

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    Teacher feeds hungry children, gives students a “life lesson”

    SKYLINE, Ala. (WHNT) – Help feed hungry children. That’s not usually part of a teacher’s job description. One Tennessee Valley educator though, wants to make sure no kids in her school ever go home without enough to eat on the weekends. She’s even found a way to get her students involved in the effort. Deborah Helms, the family and consumer sciences teacher at Skyline School in Jackson County, calls the “Backpack Buddies” program something “near and dear to her heart.” […]

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    Birthday, lucky numbers? There may be another way to pick winning lottery numbers

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    Teacher’s willingness to take on new challenge impresses administrators

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s always nice to get praise from your boss, especially after taking on a challenging new task. One school administrator was so proud of her teacher’s hard work, she wanted everyone to know. So, she nominated that teacher, Rissa Parrish, for WHNT News 19’s Tools for Teachers award. Walk into Parrish’s Boaz Middle School classroom and you might think, at first, that you’ve stumbled into an art class. On the day WHNT News 19 arrived to […]

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    As 2016 arrives, here are Apple’s best apps of 2015

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    Need a fun app to keep the kids entertained? Here’s one…

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re about to hit the road for a long car ride and need something to keep the kids entertained, check out “Christmas Santa Run!” from STEM Studios, for Android users. It’s free to download in the Google Play store and offers lots of fun for all ages. The goal? Help Santa collect as many presents as possible while moving up in levels. You’ll need to become a master tapper to avoid falling through the ice […]

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    How all those cyber hacks happen and how they get so massive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We’ve seen some huge hacks in recent years; cyber crimes that impacted federal workers, hospital patients and shoppers alike. Millions and millions of people have had sensitive personal information stolen. If you’re like us, you may have asked yourself “How do these massive hacks keep happening?” and “How can they get so big?” To find out, WHNT News 19 technology correspondent Michelle Stark talked with local cyber security experts; people working daily to prevent hacks in […]

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    Where your personal information goes, after a massive hack

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In recent years, millions and millions of Americans have had information about them stolen in major cyber hacks. You may be one of those impacted. So, what do hackers do with all of that data? They often head to a secretive corner of the Internet, where there’s a growing and lucrative market for your personal info. It’s called the “Dark Web.” You may you may have heard the term if you watch the hit CBS show […]


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