Joel Porter joins WHNT after working the last three years in South Bend, Indiana.

He previously worked at stations in Grand Forks and Bismarck as a reporter and morning anchor before moving to Eugene, Oregon where he anchored the morning show, reported and filled in on weather.

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Recent Articles
  • Advocates hold vigil in Huntsville for families at Mexican border

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Over 100 people who are concerned about the current immigration policy gathered in Big Spring Park on Thursday night. Leaders from the group Indivisible invited people out to the rally. Group leaders say they support letting people cross the border without separating families. “If I were to put myself in their shoes when my boys were little, I would’ve done whatever it took to make my family safe as well,” Indivisible leader Monica Evans said. “Hopefully, the […]

  • Nuclear power firm moves into Research Park

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A company that builds nuclear reactors has big plans in Huntsville. This week, city leaders welcomed BWX Technologies to the Tennessee Valley. Company leaders have begun moving into their new space on Research Park. BWXT leaders say they’re one of the only companies in the U.S. certified to handle weapons-grade uranium. The company currently has contracts with NASA and the U.S. Navy to build thermal propulsion reactors for submarines and aircraft carriers, as well as space-exploration projects like the […]

  • Madison library offers Adulting 101 courses

    MADISON, Ala. – Most people consider 18-year-olds and up to be adults. But there’s no handbook or guideline — at least, none that are any good — for how to be a grownup. That’s why library leaders in Madison came up with a series of classes to teach young adults some life skills they may have missed. Not many people can fold a t-shirt in three seconds. But Michelle Brightwell can. With a handful of pupils, Brightwell is showing them the […]

  • Challenger Middle School parents, staff heartbroken by girl’s murder

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala.-  Madison County authorities have arrested two men for the murder of 13-year-old Mariah Lopez. Neighbors are shocked and hurt, especially because they didn’t know she was missing in the first place. “She had a lot of friends, just a sweet little girl. Everybody just loved her,” Challenger Middle School substitute teacher Jina Long said. Parents and students from Challenger Middle School are heartbroken over the news. “It bothers me that this girl was out in the woods […]

  • Grissom High School alumni show up for farewell fundraiser for new South Huntsville Library

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  Alumni, neighbors, and families showed up at the old Grissom High School on Friday evening to say goodbye to the old building and get a look at the future development plans for the new South Huntsville Library. Community leaders will soon turn the 50-year-old school into a library. A Friday evening to reminisce as several familiar faces showed up at the former Grissom High School on Bailey Cove Road. “I actually met my husband here,” Grissom High […]

  • Authorities identify body of 13-year-old girl, homicide investigation underway

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A young girl is dead and her grandmother is missing. Madison County Sheriff’s investigators are hoping someone knows where Oralia Mendoza is. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office identified a body found on June 7 at 166 Lemley Drive in Owens Cross Roads as Mariah Lopez. Lopez attended Challenger Middle School. “Because she always waved at me. She always smiled, I think she was a happy girl,” Challenger Middle School student Makia Skaggs said. But last week, Madison County […]

  • Update: Shooting investigation underway on Alpha Lane in Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A young man is in the hospital after being shot outside a home in Madison County. Madison County sheriff’s deputies say the 18-year-old man was standing outside a home on Alpha Lane near Naugher Road and Winchester Road around 6:30 p.m. Monday, when another man drove up in a small dark-colored SUV, got out and shot at least four times, hitting the man. Authorities say the shooter then got back into the vehicle and left. Neighbors […]

  • Oakwood University to build new market to provide fresh produce to Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- By this time next year, leaders at Oakwood University hope to open a brand new venue where people can buy fresh fruits and veggies. On Sunday, school leaders broke ground at the spot where they plan to build Oakwood Farms Market along Adventist Boulevard. Officials want the venue to not only be a great place to purchase local produce and goods, but also a place to enjoy the day with family and friends. The project will cost around $3 […]

  • Another bad year for bees in Alabama

    MADISON, Ala.- Flowering gardens outside mean bees will be paying you a visit. But you may not see as many bees compared to the last ten years. Auburn researchers say it’s been a rough couple of years for beekeepers in northern Alabama. John Horton isn’t just blowing smoke when he talks about his bee colony. “These are little bitty hives, they’re called nucs,” Horton said. Horton has found success raising and selling queen bees from Greenbrier Honey Farm outside Madison. […]

  • Fans in Madison excited for new minor league ballpark

    MADISON, Ala. — Investors are hoping that on Tuesday, April 14th of 2020, baseball fans in Northern Alabama can sit in the stands and root for the home team. What they’ll be shouting is unclear because the team doesn’t yet have a name, but leaders with Ballcorps LLC say this field of dreams is about to become a reality. With packed stands and gold shovels, project leaders can’t wait to bring baseball back to northern Alabama. “It’s one of the […]

  • Thousands of athletes from across the state prepare for the Alabama State Games in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Thousands of people have come all the way to Huntsville to compete in the Alabama State Games. From the wristbands to the orange t-shirts, thousands of Alabamians of all ages made the trip to Huntsville. “It was a long ride down here, kind of noisy,” Jasmine Monroe said. Monroe is in town with a track and field team from Anniston. “Everybody’s excited. We can’t wait to play tomorrow,” Miracle League baseball coach Matt Hurst said. The Alabama State […]

  • The search continues for a missing Lawrence County man

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — Authorities and volunteers conducted a search Sunday for a Lawrence County man they say has been missing since October 2017. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said 47-year-old Steven Patrick White was last seen at his home on Hwy 101 in Town Creek on Friday, October 27. An eyewitness said they saw him leaving his home around 4 p.m. About a dozen search dogs, volunteers and family members combed the woods near Hatton. “We wanted to be sure we didn’t […]