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
  • Huntsville ham radio club celebrating Apollo anniversary at Space and Rocket Center

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Amateur radio operators are camping out at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center this weekend. They’re celebrating the moon landing milestone by hitting the airwaves. The Huntsville Amateur Radio Club is spending the next two days sending and receiving signals from all over the country, even space. These operators are standing by. With some assembly required, the group of radio operators are starting the chatter from their weekend base in Huntsville. “This is the original social media, […]

  • Ardmore woman’s murder happened during drug buy, authorities say

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Madison County authorities arrested two people on Thursday in connection with the shooting death of an Ardmore woman, and said a third suspect turned himself in later that day. Khalib Holden, 18, Adrian Miguel Lopez, 18, and Quintin Sincere Courtney, 20, were all arrested in connection with the murder of Diane Ferguson Ballard, 72. They’re each charged with capital murder and first-degree robbery. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said Friday afternoon that Ballard was killed during […]

  • Neighbors in Muscle Shoals worried about retention pond flooding

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Heavy rains this week make neighbors in the Shoals nervous. Families living off Wilson Dam Road just finished an expensive clean up from February flooding, and they’re worried it could happen again. “Everything 16 inches and below had to be gutted and replaced,” Muscle Shoals resident Tanner Hunt said. Almost a foot of rain in less than a week in February left Hunt’s street underwater. “I called my insurance agent and he said, ‘you’re not covered’,” […]

  • Madison police encouraging neighbors to sign up for the watch

    MADISON, Ala.- You don’t have to be a nosy neighbor and you don’t have to go looking for trouble. Madison police say it’s easy and they want you to join the neighborhood watch. “It was a Saturday afternoon, there wasn’t a lot of workers in the neighborhood, it was just odd,” Madison Police community relations officer Teresa Taylor-Duncan said. Madison police officer Teresa Taylor-Duncan recently came home to find her garage door was open. “My husband came home shortly after, […]

  • Pilgrim’s Pride site redevelopment moves forward

    ATHENS, Ala. – City leaders said ‘Yes’ to the next phase of redeveloping the old Pilgrim’s Pride plant site. In a divided vote, the council agreed to hire a design firm to draw up a master plan for what will eventually become a multi-use park. “For so long, they looked out their windows and there was that big, old metal building,” said councilmember Harold Wales. Ten years after the old Pilgrim’s Pride plant on Pryor Street went out of business. […]

  • Advocates host immigration rally in downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – People were gathering on Friday evening to protest what they say are inhumane conditions for families at the southern border. Organizers invited people to the Lights for Liberty rally. Fired up men and women gathered outside Huntsville City Hall on Friday evening, spurred by recent activity at America’s southern border. “For me, the conversation shouldn’t be how can we make these camps better, but how can we get rid of these camps?” Asha Kiran director of operations […]

  • Stash of oats found in downtown Huntsville restaurant ceiling

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A curious find for workers renovating the former Sam and Greg’s Pizzeria when they happened upon some century-old grain. Most do-it-yourselfers will tell you, you never know what you’ll find hidden in a wall. “We knew this was going to be unusual,” ACW Electric foreman Werner Greene said. Lee Builders and ACW Electric were tasked with renovating the more than 100-year-old store on North Side Square. “When we tore up the floor, we found about an inch […]

  • Long wait for County Line Road intersection to be finished

    MADISON, Ala. – A big traffic snag for drivers west of Huntsville will soon be finished. The intersection at County Line Road and US-72 has been torn up for months. City leaders say in a little over a month, they expect the job to be finished. “Right now, the County Line Road section, the Highway 72 signal is the bottleneck,” Madison city engineer Gary Chynoweth said. Orange barrels and yellow tape are a familiar sight where County Line Road meets […]

  • City councilman Will Culver talks future road projects in west Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – West Huntsville is growing, in many places, at a faster pace than the roads. Huntsville city leaders are making some traffic changes this summer they hope will give a break to some commuters. A few hundred feet from where Will Culver is meeting with concerned neighbors, the intersection at Harbin Road and Wall Triana is marked for a new traffic light. “That’s a very dangerous and busy intersection,” Culver said. “We’ll get several vehicles through that intersection […]

  • Matt Massey reflects on time at Madison County, challenge ahead at magnet school

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala.- This week, Madison County school leaders plan to pick a new interim superintendent. Matt Massey is in his last week as superintendent after his resignation was approved last week. Massey says he’s proud of improved test scores and more kids taking AP courses in the county. Starting Monday, he’ll start work hiring the staff and forming the curriculum for the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering. “Between $30 and $40 million, that’s kind of the going […]

  • Grocery shoppers make last dash to Drake Ave Kroger

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Everything must go. Kroger on Drake Avenue is closing for good on Monday. And many shoppers are making one last trip to the store to grab what’s left. Like much of the store, the meat and deli shelves are bare, sold off at a significant discount. Kroger spokespeople announced within the last few months due to declining sales, they were closing the store. On a sunny and humid Friday, a trip to Kroger is a chance to cool […]

  • Added security means quiet 4th of July at Point Mallard

    DECATUR, Ala.- A month after two people were injured in a shooting at Point Mallard, the water park had one of its biggest crowds of the summer. Hundreds of families were also dodging some showers before the fireworks. The busy 4th of July at Point Mallard wasn’t completely ruined by the rain. “It was really really hot when we first came in, but getting in that pool was refreshing. We loved it, we’re having a blast,”  Hazel Green resident Staci […]

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