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
  • Woman arrested in crab leg fight is off the hook

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A woman arrested after a fight over crab legs in Huntsville won’t face any penalty. On Thursday, Chequita Jenkins was on trial after she was arrested and charged with assault over an incident that happened in February at Meteor Buffet. The man involved, John Chapman, says he was waiting for an order of crab legs when Jenkins pushed him in line, then started hitting him with tongs and punching him. She didn’t deny hitting Chapman, but says […]

  • Creekside Elementary remembers girl and grandmother killed in crash

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – A woman and young girl from Harvest are being remembered after they were killed in a car crash. Linda Bippen and six-year-old Alivia Bippen were killed in a crash Tuesday on Balch Road. Alivia was just a few months from starting first grade. Dozens of families showed up on Thursday evening to remember a little girl who they say was always smiling. The first evening of rain in weeks thankfully didn’t last long. “We are a […]

  • After man dies from snakebite, reptile expert trying to remove stigma of snakes

    NEW HOPE, Ala.- After a man from Alabama died this week after he was bitten by a snake, a reptile expert has some advice to help keep your yard free of snakes. “There is a fear. We try to teach people that there is a way to coexist,” Tanner Stainbrook said. Stainbrook and his wife spend their time trying to remove the stigma of serpents. He raises and keeps some of the same reptiles you’ll find around Alabama. Stainbrook’s goal is […]

  • Harvest woman and child killed in wreck on Balch Road

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Alabama State Police say a woman from Harvest and a child were killed in a crash that happened on Balch Road on Tuesday afternoon. Alabama State Troopers say Linda M. Bippen, was driving on Balch Road north of US-72 when she collided head-on with a pickup truck. Both vehicles flipped and ended up in the ditch. “When they said it was a white vehicle, my mind immediately went to my sister,” neighbor Ruby Moore said. “Look […]

  • A decade of delay, developer says Constellation project ready to move in downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- It’s one of the most sought after properties in downtown Huntsville, but after years of delays, the constellation development seemed to be lost in space. Now, a developer and city leaders say the project is back on. City leaders are promising over a million dollars to make sure the work will begin soon. “This is one of the front doors to downtown,” Downtown Huntsville, Inc. president Chad Emerson said. For over 10 years, the lot along Heart of […]

  • Family greets WWII sailor from Athens, returned home for burial

    ATHENS, Ala. – A sailor who was killed in World War II returned home on Friday. Water Tender 2nd Class Edgar Gross died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor nearly 80 years ago. This process of identifying his remains started in 2011 when some of Ed’s family was asked to give DNA samples. The next step took seven years, as they say in the military, ‘hurry up and wait’. Last fall, Ed’s family got confirmation, which […]

  • Man in Tuscumbia mistakenly sent urine after online order

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – He thought he was ordering some household goods off Amazon. Instead, what a man from Colbert County got wasn’t even close. He wants to know why he was sent somebody else’s urine. It started as a simple Prime order on Amazon. “They said it’d be shipped in two different packages,” he said. Most Prime members know the free two-day shipping is a whiz. “I got an email Thursday morning saying the package had been delivered,” he said. […]

  • New owners to take over former Funky Monkey store

    MADISON, Ala. – Some new owners are taking over the popular vintage store Funky Monkey. A couple announced they’re re-opening the store on Highway 72 and renaming it ‘Vintage 72’. The news comes after WHNT News 19 reported the store abruptly closed after the former owners were in the midst of a bitter divorce. New owners Cody and Mary Kate Nave say they couldn’t pass up an opportunity like this. You’ll still find goods for sale at the former Funky […]

  • Fire kills hundreds of animals at Cullman County farm

    FALKVILLE, Ala. – They couldn’t save them all. A family in Cullman County lost hundreds of their animals in a fire on Tuesday morning. The fire burned a large chicken house that neighbors say had hundreds of dogs, chickens and other animals inside. On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Alabama fire marshal’s office told WHNT News 19 the fire was accidental. “I got up about 6:15 a.m. Something didn’t smell right,” Falkville resident John Powell said. The smell of smoke […]

  • Child dies in Jackson County ATV wreck

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Deputies in Jackson County say a 12-year-old is dead after an All Terrain Vehicle wreck this weekend. “It just seemed this was a sheer accident and a tragic one at that,” Jackson County sheriff’s office chief deputy Rocky Harnen said. Saturday was a heart-sinking call for Jackson County sheriff’s deputies. “They just said it was some uneven ground that may have caused it,” Harnen said. The 12-year-old boy was riding a four-wheeler near Hollytree on Saturday […]

  • Huntsville mom questions jail release policy after special needs son let go

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A mother says she’s concerned after her son was arrested, booked, then turned loose and she had no idea. The mother says her son has Down Syndrome and she was expecting to pick him up from jail on Friday morning. LaQuitta Tate says this happened because her son was making himself a little bit too at home with the neighbors. She says she didn’t worry because she thought he was in a safe place, only to find […]

  • Zierdt Road widening resumes as nearby construction project ramps up

    MADISON, Ala. – For over a year, Zierdt Road has been slow going for people trying to get from home to work and traffic on the road is only going up. Developers are promising the widening project will soon be finished. Eugene Jung is taking no chances with his new giant metal rooster. “It was custom built in Athens, Georgia,” Jung says he bought the sculpture after seeing a similar one in Athens, Alabama, which was at one point stolen. […]

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