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
  • Alabama lawmakers may take up gas tax increase in 2019

    MADISON, Ala. – Next month, lawmakers will head back to Montgomery to prepare for next year’s legislative session. Right now, drivers in Alabama are paying just under 23 cents a gallon in state fuel taxes. The diesel tax is about 22 cents. It’s stayed right there since 1992, and some lawmakers and city leaders argue it makes sense to add some cents to the tax to pay for fixing and expanding Alabama roads. In less than a year, the four-way […]

  • Athens firefighters take families Christmas shopping

    ATHENS, Ala. – Families in Limestone County will have a good Christmas thanks to some first responders. Firefighters in Athens were taking parents and kids shopping to pick out gifts for the family. Walmart in Athens was a little busier on Tuesday evening. Parents brought their kids on a special invite from Athens firefighters to fill the shopping cart. “I was surprised when I got the letter and I thought, ‘I have to go!’ And I thank God for it that […]

  • City of Huntsville encourages carpooling during Cecil Ashburn closure

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  Thousands of people take Cecil Ashburn Drive to Huntsville and back every day.  They have four weeks to make other plans, because Cecil Ashburn is shutting down for construction on January 7th. Drivers are challenged with finding alternate routes. And Huntsville city leaders are urging people to carpool. The City has offered ride-sharing programs for a decade, and now officials are sharing options for how people can catch a ride. Neighbors in Hampton Cove were invited out to […]

  • Madison public works prepares for potential flood weekend

    MADISON, Ala.- We’ve made it to December without any lingering snow or ice threat in northern Alabama. But city workers in Madison say this weekend’s weather could create some problems on the roads. They’re concerned about the potential for flash flooding. Two inches of rain is problematic, especially in places where excess leaves could be clogging storm drains. There are only two weeks until winter arrives. But this year, most of the leaves around Madison County didn’t drop until after Halloween. […]

  • Buglers sound “Taps” to honor former President Bush

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – People around America were honoring late president George H.W. Bush this week. Buglers all over America were invited to shine up their brass to play at the exact same time to honor the former president. Thursday wasn’t a large audience for Bob Baccus at Valhalla Cemetery. Still, he didn’t want to be late. “Will you let me know when it’s 4:30?” Baccus asked a fellow supporter. Separated by several miles, Baccus was one of several buglers standing among […]

  • Virginia College campuses in Alabama to close

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Wednesday was upsetting news for college students in Huntsville as they found out Virginia College is closing sooner than expected. Virginia College is one of four schools in Alabama that are shutting down this month. The Huntsville campus stopped enrolling students in September and was originally slated to close in June 2019. On Wednesday, Education Corporation of America, which owns the Virginia College campuses in Alabama, said they would all close this month. The company also owns dozens […]

  • Alabama A&M Soon Switching to Electric Buses

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Leaders at Alabama A&M University are making some changes they hope will mean burning less fuel. The school will swap out its diesel buses for electric. A&M leaders were awarded two federal grants for almost $5 million. School leaders say they introduced the shuttle buses seven years ago to try and relieve parking congestion on campus. Now, around 3,500 students hop on the Bulldog route every day. “They’ve become so popular that if they don’t see the bus, […]

  • Huntsville Iceplex set for multi-million dollar expansion

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Winter is a busy time for Huntsville’s Iceplex. Hundreds of people of all ages are on the ice every day of the week. City leaders agreed to fund $9 million to expand the nearly 30-year-old skating complex, with $7 million budgeted for 2019. Strapping up their kids in pads, and tying up their skates, parents look for some elbow room at the Iceplex, which becomes an impromptu dressing room. Moms and dads show up early to get […]

  • Huntsville city leaders approve new $10 million parking garage downtown

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  People who spend time in downtown Huntsville know it’s often hard to find a spot to park. But city leaders are about to spend some big bucks to make room for almost 500 more cars and trucks. With a stub on the dash or some change for the meter, you’re always welcome to park in downtown Huntsville. “Economic development is improving, so there are more businesses downtown and that means more people working downtown,” John Hornbuckle said. […]

  • Expansion of US 72 near Providence Main rises to $60 million

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. Thousands of people know the traffic nightmare of driving on US 72 between Huntsville and Athens during rush hour. Project leaders have been talking about expanding 72 east of County Line Road from four lanes to six for the last four years. They hoped if they could find over $30 million to pay for it, they could start. Now, the cost has nearly doubled. One after the other, the night-time parade of headlights on US 72 continues […]

  • Authorities charge woman after crack pipe found in child’s diaper, search for man who ran from the scene

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Sheriff’s deputies are hoping someone can help them find a man wanted for stealing a truck and motorcycle. But deputies say the man’s girlfriend is also in trouble for trying to hide a meth pipe in her baby’s dirty diaper. According to the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, Timothy Dewayne Cline, 34, ran from deputies on Monday, leaving his girlfriend, Jessica Nicole Young, 33, and their five-month-old child sitting in a stolen rental truck. Authorities say they […]

  • Protesters block highway in Hoover after man killed by police

    HOOVER, Ala.- Dozens of people who want to know what happened in the Riverchase Galleria mall shooting on Thanksgiving showed up to protest outside city hall on Monday evening. Protesters even blocked the highway because they say they want to see the video from inside the Galleria. Four days after Emantic “EJ” Bradford was shot and killed inside Riverchase Galleria, this group wants to know why. “I haven’t heard one eyewitness say that there was another shooter yet,” one man […]