Elijah Baker is officially a southern boy! He moved from Michigan to the Rocket City in September of 2019. He is a WHNT News 19 reporter. He’s interested in getting to know you. Your frustrations. Your remarkable triumph…that story the world ought to hear.
Baker landed his first news job in Alpena, MI where he worked as a solo anchor, reporter and producer for WBKB. He was the first reporter to produce an in-depth special report on race and ethnicity in that community.
He was awarded Best Investigative Story, Best News Reporter, Best News Special, and Best Series in Market 4 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters during the Broadcast Excellence Awards in 2019.
Baker is a BIG church boy. He already feels the Bible Belt welcome. He misses Millie, a dog he got to love in Virginia. For real, don’t hesitate to hit him up with story ideas. He wants to know who you are and what’s going on.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The unseasonable cold is forcing many families to bundle up, but some people without a permanent home may have trouble staying warm. Overnight stays at the Downtown Rescue Mission increased. About 140 men — not counting women and children — slept at the mission the past few nights. Senior director of ministries Jay West says those who walk into the shelter need more than a place to sleep. They need winter gear, and lots of it, especially […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Two served in the Army. Three served in the Marine Corps. And all five served in the Vietnam War. As WHNT News 19 previously reported, the Miller brothers went on their first family trip as veterans. Now they feel the welcome home many say they have always wanted. Five Vietnam veterans are used to spending quality time together. For 10 years, the men bonded over breakfast before marching in the Veterans Day parade in Huntsville. Leo Miller, […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Workers say they were left in the lurch with no job and no pay for their hours of work when a local eatery shut down without warning. WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to find out what happened at Hot Diggity Dogs. Hot Diggity Dogs opened inside Parkway Place Mall in August. Truly Anderson says when she reported for work there Sunday – she found it shuttered. “I was working there only three weeks, that added up […]
MADISON, Ala. – Unpredictable schedules can lead parents to cancel planned after-school events for their children. Sometimes they are just too busy to make the trip. It’s a real problem and those with children can relate, but there’s a solution through North Alabama’s only ride-sharing service for kids. This single mom needed help and found it “I love the fact that my son feels comfortable with [Sheralla Shaw],” said Susan Byrd. She knows about juggling work and childcare. Byrd operates […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The holiday season often centers around children receiving gifts, but some groups in the community want to fill seniors with the joys of Christmas too. The “Be a Santa to a Senior” program wants you to adopt a senior for Christmas. Home Instead Senior Care center wants to provide enough presents for 500 seniors. To help out, The Wine Cellar’s wine seller Brandi Edmonds says all you have to do is pick up an ornament and shop. […]
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Monday was Madison County Schools Superintendent Allen Perkins’s first day on the job. The school board unanimously voted to hire him to fill the remainder of Matt Massey’s term that expires in 2022. Madison County Probate Judge Frank Barger conducted Perkins’s swearing-in ceremony in front of family and school officials. “It’s an opportunity for me to serve our teachers, serve our students, our schools, our community to give them the best that I can actually give […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Severely injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have a chance to rebuild their lives. The first ever Homes for Our Troops golf tournament in Huntsville was in full swing Monday afternoon. Homes for Our Troops builds specially adapted and custom homes for vets. Executive director Bill Ivey said he wants war heroes to regain some of the freedom and independence that they lost in fighting for the country. “We donate these homes to the veterans so they […]
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The new portion of Jordan Road in Madison County opened Friday, but with that, came the closing of another road shutting down for good. Left turns are tough on a specific section of highway 72 in Madison County. You always have to fight against oncoming traffic and mistakes have cost lives in the past. Now, after two years, Madison County has a new section of road open for traffic. Madison County Commissioner Craig Hill said, “It […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – An online petition is calling for 24/7 camera surveillance in apartment complexes to be federal law. The petition would be named in respect of 3-year-old Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney, who was abducted from a public housing complex in Birmingham. In the same light, the Huntsville Police Department has a response to the role they want residents to play. “It’s not until we have something quite as critical or atrocious as a child coming up missing that we start […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – School threats are unpredictable, they can happen any time of the year. Huntsville City Schools are no exception, with the latest coming from a Grissom High School student now in custody. Police take this situation as no laughing matter. A 16-year-old Grissom student is in police custody accused of making a terroristic threat. “We don’t view them as something that’s a joke,” said Huntsville City Schools communications director Keith Ward. The facts Schools across the country face […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Sparkman Homes will be demolished in January. Families have less than three months to move out of the subsidized housing community. On Friday, WHNT News 19 talked to people who live there about their struggle finding a new place to live. Monday, the Huntsville Housing Authority met with residents. Families living in 130 units at Sparkman Homes don’t have a place to go. “Basically, I’m just having a hard time trying to move somewhere,” said resident Vernila […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Housing Authority plans to demolish Sparkman Homes and is removing families out of their homes before the end of January. Most of the people living in the subsidized housing community are having a hard time finding their next place to live. It’s a rainy day at Sparkman Homes Thursday was a rainy day in Huntsville and Willie Hereford is worried. “If you can put a monkey on the moon and you can’t put a family […]