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.

If you have a story idea to share, send him an email at joel.porter@whnt.com.


Recent Articles
  • Man in Limestone County confesses to over 20 recent burglaries

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – A man who’s only been out of jail for a year is now back behind bars after a series of break-ins. Eddie Ray Fulmer confessed to Limestone County sheriff’s deputies to over 20 more burglaries since he was paroled. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office says Fulmer and his wife Angel Ballenger were originally arrested at a hotel room in Bessemer on December 28th. Deputies say Fulmer confessed to stealing  guns, chainsaws, and tools from a home on […]

  • Furloughed workers back on the job after shutdown

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.-  Monday was the first day back for hundreds of workers at Redstone Arsenal who were sent home by the partial government shutdown. “It’s been way overdue,” AFGE Local 1858 union president Abner Merriweather said. “It was 35 days that have made history.” On Friday, President Trump opted to give Congress more time to work out an agreement to find nearly $6 billion to pay for a southern border wall. The continuing resolution gave relief to thousands of furloughed […]

  • Madison mayor announces two new hotels coming to town

    MADISON, Ala. – Mayor Paul Finley had plenty to brag about in his State of the City address. From job growth, a perfect score for its school district and rising home values, Finley had plenty of good news to report. “Our hospital is on pace to deliver 200 babies a month in 2019,” Finley said. Madison has nearly doubled in size in 20 years, now with around 50,000 people. Its school district was was one of just six districts to […]

  • Sam and Greg’s Pizzeria set to close, Big Ed’s nearly ready to open

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  A pizza place in downtown Huntsville will close in a few days. Owners of Sam and Greg’s Pizzeria will have to pack up and move when their lease runs out next week. But another local favorite, Big Ed’s is nearly ready to open to customers in Five Points. “Before we opened, I would sit out on the park benches and count cars. Kind of do the math, how much would they have to pay for us to […]

  • Huntsville city council passes $4 million MidCity amphitheater design contract

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville city council members voted to pass a measure that gives the go-ahead on a $4 million design contract for a new amphitheater. The measure passed with a 4-1 vote. Councilman Bill Kling cast the lone dissenting vote. “In my mind, it’s a win-win situation,” Councilman Will Culver said. “We need to send a strong message to this community that we appreciate these developers for coming to Huntsville and doing some incredible things in our community.” More […]

  • Huntsville hopes to expand shuttle bus service to seniors, disabled

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- As Huntsville grows and much of its population reaches retirement age, it can be hard for seniors to get around town. The problem Huntsville’s shuttle bus service faces is limited hours, no routes on weekends and in the case of some routes, some seniors wait about an hour to get home. Still, transportation leaders say if you’re disabled or a senior, they want to hear from you. On most afternoons, the running shuttles in downtown Huntsville welcome dozens of […]

  • AC Marriott named ‘project of the year’ in downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Downtown Huntsville’s newest hotel is now about three months away from welcoming its first guests. On Friday, city leaders picked the new AC Marriott hotel as project of the year. But downtown development leaders say that’s part of several hundred million dollars worth of investment happening downtown over the next year. It may not be red carpet, but to Huntsville developers, fresh poured concrete is just as good. “We have a downtown Huntsville event in May,” Downtown Huntsville […]

  • Limestone County schools encouraging parents, coaches to drive buses

    ARDMORE, Ala. – Limestone County school leaders are trying to get the word out that they’re in desperate need of more bus drivers. This week, the school board said ‘Yes’ to a pay raise for anyone who signs up to drive, which includes coaches. With green grass on the diamond, coach Andrew Smith’s team is eager to take the field. “They know when we come back from Christmas that baseball is here,” Smith said. “They’re excited and ready to get this […]

  • Athens superintendent confirms new high school to open on January 23

    ATHENS, Ala. – High schoolers will start class in their new $60 million school on January 23rd.  It’s a relief for school leaders who announced the news this week, after several construction delays over the past year. “If we were trying to move everybody in the school system right now, it’d be a nightmare,” Athens city schools superintendent Trey Holladay said. Holladay was more guarded this time around before opening the new high school. “We weren’t going to announce anything […]

  • Former Penn’s Hamburgers building torn down in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. – A century old building in Decatur is coming down. Over the weekend, workers began tearing down the building which was the former home of C.F. Penn’s Hamburgers. The building’s owner says the roof was severely damaged in the storm that blew through town last spring. But people who’ve been eating at Penn’s for decades are hoping the diner will open again soon. Before the sun was up on Sunday morning, workers in bright vests were warming up […]

  • Huntsville police clean up homeless camp along busy underpass

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Police had a big mess to clean up on Friday and you likely drove right over it. Officers were out clearing trash and debris from the University and Sparkman Drive underpass, where many homeless people gather. Police say after two days of freezing temps, they want every homeless person in Huntsville to come in from the cold. “If we have a lot of these camps around open areas around town, the property ends up being devalued very […]

  • Redstone Arsenal employees affected by shutdown

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Friday is normally payday for federal workers. But a few hundred NASA workers at Redstone Arsenal are going to have to wait until the shutdown is over before they get paid. Workers say they’re hoping lawmakers reach a deal so they can go back to work. “We’re very concerned about how we’re going to pay our bills. We have mortgage, tuition and utilities,” American Federation of Government Employees Union Local 1858 treasurer Marlyce Alexander said. They, along with […]

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