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 Huntsville Solid Waste Disposal Authority (SWDA) says it’s getting complaints about its new recycling program. WHNT News 19 reported residents interested in receiving recycling services – for the first time or otherwise – must enroll in the new recycling program with the Recycling Alliance of North Alabama. Some of your recyclables get dumped at the Huntsville Solid Waste to Energy Facility. That load goes to another plant in Chattanooga for sorting. “We have someone that recycled […]
MADISON, Ala. – The field is ready, the lights are on, and the Toyota Field sign is up on the scoreboard all set for the home opener for the Rocket City Trash Pandas on April 15. The Trash Pandas are hiring, and they’re looking for people to fill a range of jobs in time for opening day. Click here for a job application. The new Toyota Field stadium will be the center of attention, but not without workers to keep […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville police said major crimes decreased across the board in 2019. Look at the numbers Homicides – down 34% Rapes – down 1% Robberies – down 6% And other major crimes (burglaries, larceny, and motor vehicle thefts) decreased by 12 to 16% from the year before. “Naturally as a police department, we’re really excited to see that,” said Huntsville Police Department Lt. Michael Johnson. “It is a byproduct of many different programs that are going on in […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Three tech and research companies gave out of pocket to help a brand new school in Huntsville open its doors. This includes additional updates the school announced Thursday afternoon. Facebook, Sentar, and DESE Research will give a combined $250,000. This is part of the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (ASCTE) goal to raise $35 million. $11 million has already been raised locally for the new high school. Facebook and Sentar will each contribute $100,000. DESE […]
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Raising Men Lawn Care Service is no stranger to anyone’s front yard. Rodney Smith Jr. traveled state to state, mowing the nation multiple times. Now he’s cutting into a new population to get your little ones involved. Smith visited Hazel Green Elementary School on Wednesday to speak to every pre-school class about acts of kindness. “Have any of you guys ever given back to your community?” said Smith to the kids. Smith is the founder of […]
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – It take years to become a master technician, but a new partnership will make that process a much shorter one. This is thanks to Madison County Schools and Woody Anderson Ford teaming up to help students get the education they need at a faster rate. Students who graduate from the Madison County Career Technical Center can become master technicians in the automotive industry by the time they’re 21. The partnership between Madison County Schools and Woody […]
NORMAL, Ala. – Deployed soldiers will receive a lot of love before the holiday hits. The Alabama A&M Teachers of Tomorrow hosted one of its first events as a new student organization. Students created cards thanking soldiers for their service. They had the opportunity to FaceTime a soldier currently stationed in Baghdad to gain insight into his career and life. “A lot of people are buzzed about Valentine’s Day,” said Teachers of Tomorrow president Keon Thomas. “A lot of people […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The cold is forcing the Tennessee Valley to layer up for another night, and that’s leading many organizations to open their doors for people who don’t have a warm place to sleep. The Downtown Rescue Mission expects to see an influx of people filling its shelter. In fact, more people are expected to arrive, given the brutal temperatures they’ll experience on the streets. Shelter officials say they usually see more men than women. The shelter is opening […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day to honor the civil rights icon and his mission for equality. A Huntsville clothing store is working to fulfill Dr. King’s dream by helping advance poor, black communities. There’s a movement inside Zenzele Consignment. It’s called Uhuru, which is Swahili for freedom, and focuses on the social and economic conditions of African people. At Zenzele, freedom isn’t taken lightly. Reclaim the memory of MLK “They tell us over and […]
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Bessie Allen Preparatory School Missions International has served students in Madison County for at least 60 years. Now, the small Christian school is struggling to keep its doors open. Administrators said recent storms have turned what once were small repairs into ones that will cost more than the school can afford. The Bessie Allen school is “an icon” You can’t miss the red schoolhouse in New Market. “This school is an icon here,” said upperclassmen […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – This is your call to take action. Hospitals are experiencing a shortage of blood and need your help to care for patients. In fact, it’s an emergency. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers need donors to give blood. The group has less than a two-day supply of blood. That blood supports 14 hospitals in North Alabama. The holiday season contributes to the small pool of available donors. “All of that,” said district community development coordinator Eric Franchos, “plus the […]
NORMAL, Ala. – The daughter of Malcolm X appeared at Alabama A&M University with a message, a message of empowerment she wants students to hear. They heard it at the school’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday. Students opened up about Ilyasah Shabazz’s message of legacy and freedom. Shabazz shared the importance of freedom and equality for all people, especially for blacks. She said it is her responsibility to help students understand their identities and history. “There were some […]