Ashtyn Hiron joined the WHNT News 19 team in October 2019 as a Multimedia Journalist/Reporter.

Ashtyn is Australian and grew up in sunny Perth, Western Australia.

Ashtyn moved to the U.S to play college lacrosse where she was a 4 year student-athlete at Jacksonville University, and earned her Communications degree.

She then ventured to snowy Syracuse, New York where she graduated with her Masters in Broadcast and Digital Journalism at the S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Ashtyn reported for our sister station WKRG out of Washington, D.C. where she covered Capitol Hill, and Florida and Alabama lawmakers.

In her free time, you can find Ashtyn exploring local restaurants and breweries, playing pick-up lacrosse, or searching for the most scenic view in town.

Ashtyn is thrilled to learn and grow in Huntsville and to get involved in the community.

If you have any story ideas or comments, she would love to hear from you! You can send Ashtyn an email at

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Recent Articles
  • Rescue Mission offering Thanksgiving meals

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Downtown Rescue Mission is offering turkey dinners for those who need it this Thanksgiving. Workers are proudly signing people up to receive ingredients for their Thanksgiving meal. “I think it’s just in the holiday’s people like to be with their families and they like to have a holiday meal,” said Jay West from Downtown Rescue Mission. The ‘Turkey Box’ provides all the fixings to feed a family of 4 to 6 on Thanksgiving. Inside the box […]

  • Teaching your children to stay safe on Snapchat

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  According to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, 46-year-old Thomas Williams has been charged with soliciting a teenage girl for illicit photos on Snapchat. Experts tell WHNT News 19 that the way we interact is different than in the past. “Media has replaced our face to face interactions,” said Pavica Sheldon, Department chair of Communications at the University of Alabama Huntsville. Interactions that start with a vibrate or a message tone. Snapchat is an app where you can […]

  • Morgan County Jail re-evaluates security after escaped inmate

    DECATUR, Ala. – According to representatives from the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, only one person has successfully escaped from the Morgan County Jail in its 17 years of operation. As of Thursday, the Morgan County Jail houses over 600 people. The jail is supervised by cameras and jail staff 24 hours a day, but it’s hard to see everything. “What you have to understand is that there is not one person watching every inmate every second, we wish it could […]

  • High school seniors learn to vote in mock election

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Voting can be daunting and confusing if it’s your first time. That’s why high schools are holding mock elections. Around 300 seniors from Lee High School and New Century Technology High School learned the ins and outs of voting Wednesday — from signing in, to casting a ballot. League of Women Voters of the Tennessee Valley President Kathy Jones said it’s an experience that teaches them what they’re going to see when they go to the voting […]

  • Emergency warming center open for the homeless

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Grateful Life Community Church opened its emergency warming center on Tuesday for people to stay the night. When the temperatures drop below freezing for more than 24 hours consecutively, Grateful Life Community Church welcomes people and pets. “Two-legged, four-legged, flying, it doesn’t matter,” said Larry Jess, Board Chair at Grateful Life Community Church. Grateful Life Community Church provides people with homes a warm place to sleep, eat, and hang out during the chilly days. “We try to […]

  • Protesters outside Madison City Hall demand release of body camera video

    MADISON, Ala – Protesters gathered outside Madison City Hall to demand that the Madison City Police Department’s body camera video be released, from when Dana Fletcher was shot and killed on October 27. Protesters arrived at 10:30 a.m. with signs and a speaker. They chanted “the same story every time, being black is not a crime,” “raise the stakes and show us the tapes,” and many more. “We are here to support Dana Fletcher’s family and to put pressure on […]

  • Authorities found the “largest distribution of narcotics” in North Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – An 18-month investigation by local, state, and federal law enforcement aimed at combatting illegal drug trafficking in Madison and Morgan counties, lead to the arrest of one person and arrest warrants for another 3. Seven search warrants were executed in the Huntsville, New Market, and Toney areas. 5.4 pounds of cocaine, 1.4 ounces of marijuana, 11 guns, more than $500,000 in cash, and a car were found and taken. “Probably one of the largest drug trafficking organizations […]

  • Heater safety preparations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – From Friday through to next week temperatures are dropping in the Tennessee Valley. Temperatures are predicted to be as low as 19 degrees. With the cold comes heaters and safety is important. Frank Mckenzie, from the Huntsville Fire Department, said the best thing you can do before the winter starts is to have an HVAC certified electrician check your home. He also recommends using space heaters that have Underwriters Laboratories  (UL) on them, this means that they are listed […]

  • Church street closed in downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Church Street will be closed in Downtown Huntsville, between Clinton Avenue and Williams Avenue. The road will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until Friday. Jaye Carter works at the Downtown Express YMCA and said she doesn’t see this impacting their members. “We have a great deal of members who will actually walk here from their homes,” said Carter. “We’ve also experienced a great deal of construction on Church Street throughout the years […]

  • Morgan County commissioner arrested, pleads guilty to lesser charge

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Morgan County Commissioner Don Allen Stisher, turned himself in Monday morning to the Morgan County Sheriff Office. Charged with Receiving Gifts – a Class C Felony. Stisher, 63, was booked and then released. Later in the day, he appeared in the Morgan County Courthouse. Stisher pleaded down to a misdemeanor. Stisher’s attorney, Jacob Roberts, said the felony required an intentional act and this wasn’t an intentional act. “He deposited it in the wrong account… it’s a […]

  • Athens woman celebrates 108th birthday

    ATHENS, Ala – Darthula Moore celebrated her 108th birthday on Friday alongside family at Athens Rehabilitation Center. Moore was born on November 1, 1911. She has lived through 19 presidential administrations, the civil rights movement, and watched generations of her family grow. “Nineteen eleven,” Moore said. Moore’s niece, Velma Lucas, said she can’t imagine life without her. “She means a lot cause she been round here this long, and I want to see her 108 more years,” said Lucas. Moore’s […]

  • How you can help all trick or treaters enjoy their Halloween

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Putting a teal-colored pumpkin on your doorstep or in your yard this Halloween indicates that your house is allergy safe. Allergy safe houses offer trick or treaters non-food products like small games, stick-on tattoo’s, and crafts. “The teal pumpkin project gives them a way to still participate in Halloween and the whole trick or treating process, just like every other kid and make those memories for themselves,” said Stephenie Walker, owner of Rocket City Mom. “Letting trick […]

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