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
  • Harlem Globetrotters in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Harlem Globetrotters are hitting up Huntsville on their Pushing the Limits tour. The team will have a show at the Von Braun Center on Sunday, January 26 at 3pm. Scooter Christensen visited with WHNT News 19 this prior to the show. He gave us a preview of some of the tricks and entertainment that can be expected at the VBC. Christensen says there are new and exciting elements in this show. He highlighted one segment of tricks where […]

  • Beaks and Barks returns to Huntsville Botanical Garden

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Beaks and Barks at The Botanical Garden is back this winter. Dog owners can bring their four-legged friends to the garden to walk around and look for birds. There will be dedicated pet-friendly paths and a no-leash zone. The lack of foliage on the trees during the winter makes it easier to spot the birds. Beaks and Barks runs from January 10- February 29. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for children aged 3-8, and free for members […]

  • Thousands of Cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge for Festival of Cranes

    DECATUR, Ala. – Over 10,000 cranes migrate south for the winter and can be found at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge for the annual Festival of Cranes. The majority of the Cranes that you will find at the Festival of Cranes over the weekend are Sandhill Cranes, but Whooping Cranes will also be there. The Whooping Crane is one of the most endangered birds and the tallest bird. The Sandhill Cranes migrate south for the winter and thousands of them end […]

  • Jerry Hayes weighs out for Healthy Huntsville’s ‘Maintain, Don’t Gain’ Challenge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Healthy Huntsville joined forces with Huntsville Hospital to help people in the Tennessee Valley maintain their weight for the second year. The “Maintain, Don’t Gain” Holiday Challenge kicked off in November before the holiday season and finished in January after the holiday season wrapped up. WHNT News 19 Anchor Jerry Hayes took on the challenge. We followed his journey from start to finish: he weighed in, checked in halfway, and then weighed out. Approximately 1,200 people weighed-in and participated […]

  • Huntsville needs veterans to fill jobs

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As Huntsville grows, so does the number of jobs and many veterans are using the skills they gained in the military in their transition to civilian jobs. Peggy Lee Wright has embarked on many missions in life. “When you’re in the military you’re thrown together in a unit. It doesn’t matter what your race is, what your religion is, where you came from, what part of the country, if you’re rich or poor, you’re put together because […]

  • Do you want to be a clown? Rocket City Clowns is taking applicants

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Rocket City Clowns is now accepting applicants for their Clown School. Rocket City Clowns is a team of nationally certified volunteers that aim to spread joy around North Alabama. They visit hospitals, retirement and rehab organizations, charity, and other community events. Clown School consists of an eight-week basic course. Topics include: Character & skit development Balloon twisting Juggling Proper clown makeup application technique If you are interested in joining, fill out an application here.

  • Madison County school bus drivers refresh on safe driving

    MADISON, Ala. – It’s almost time for students to head back to school for the spring semester, and Madison County schools and Madison Police are collaborating to ensure kids get to school as safely as possible. For many children, school bus drivers are the first school system employees to greet them first thing in the morning. “Every morning when they get on the bus it’s ‘good morning,'” said Christy Bowar, who drives school buses. They’re tasked with getting them safely […]

  • Freedom Powersports of Huntsville starts clothes drive for less fortunate

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s the season of giving and Freedom Powersports of Huntsville is doing their part to help the less fortunate. The clothes drive starts on January 1 and will run through February. There will be a  box in their store on Memorial Parkway for people to donate gently used or new clothes. Daniel Franks, General Manager of Freedom Powersports of Huntsville, said collecting warm clothes for those who need it is important during the winter months. “It’s just really […]

  • Alabamians signing up to lose weight with Scale Back Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Scale Back Alabama is a statewide, free campaign encouraging Alabamians to lose weight and get healthy. In 14 years, Scale Back Alabama reports that it’s helped people lose over 1 million pounds. This year’s theme is “See Healthier, Be Healthier.” It focuses on the benefits of weight loss, which include better moods and attitudes. People can sign up individually or in teams of 2, and weigh in at various locations around Huntsville. Weigh-in week is Jan. 20. […]

  • Hanukkah celebrations begin in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Starting Sunday night, members of the Jewish community are celebrating Hanukkah. Like many holidays, each family has their own traditions and celebrates a little different. During the eight days of Hanukkah, Rabbi Moshe Cohen and his family light their Menorah “The first night we light one candle, the second night we light two candles, and so on,” said Cohen. Hanukkah comes with many important lessons, but there’s one to be learned from the light. “If you have […]

  • Dance the night away at Huntsville’s high energy fundraiser The Ball Fantastic 2020

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thrive Alabama and the Broadway Theatre League are co-hosting the The Ball Fantastic 2020 fundraiser on January 4. The Ball Fantastic is a high energy dance party, raising money for Thrive Alabama. The event will feature celebrity DJ Nina Flowers, a Puerto Rican drag queen who was featured on Season One of the reality television show RuPaul’s Drag Race. The theme for The Ball Fantastic is inspired by BTL’s musical Bandstand, so the theme and dress code of the […]

  • Northrop Grumman donates bikes for fostered and adopted children

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Northrop Grumman donated a total 100 skateboards, bikes, and helmets to the Madison County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association.  Memories of riding around on our bicycle’s as children are fond ones for many of us, and thanks to a generous company, many more children will now get to make memories of their own. 3-year-old Harper Lowhorne was the first to test drive the donated bikes from Northrop Grumman. Employees assembled and loaded the bikes into a truck, ready […]

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