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
  • Kaepernick ad gives millions in publicity for Nike

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the new poster boy for Nike. Kaepernick has been out of the league for two years, but is part of the 30th anniversary of Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ campaign. It’s the first goal of advertising; get the customer’s attention. “This is not something that’s new to Nike,” University of Alabama marketing professor Robert Morgan explained. This week, one of the world’s biggest brands picked one of the most controversial athletes to […]

  • Baseball fans eager to learn new team name

    MADISON, Ala. — This week, baseball fans will find out who they’ll be cheering for. On Wednesday, owners of the new minor league baseball team will choose its new mascot. It’s about a year and seven months until opening day, and project leaders have a lot of work to do before that team takes the field. The holiday provides a rare day off at the new baseball stadium site in Madison. “I ride my bike around here a lot,” Gabriel […]

  • Austin hosts first game at new stadium

    DECATUR, Ala. — A historic night in Decatur as the town’s two big rival high schools clashed at the brand new football stadium. Kids and parents at Austin High School say they’re proud to finally have a home field. “It’s a great night for the city of Decatur. We couldn’t be prouder. This is a long time coming,” Decatur City Schools Operations and Safety Supervisor Dwight Satterfield said. There are several firsts on this evening. Austin welcomed cross-town rival Decatur High […]

  • Arab schools superintendent says he won’t bring back ‘Dixie’

    ARAB, Ala. – On Thursday evening, parents and students showed up at Arab’s school board meeting, urging school leaders to bring back the Dixie fight song. There was a joining of hands and a spiritual pick-me-up for parents and neighbors outside Arab High School. “It’s just acknowledging he’s the creator that made the grass grow on the football field,” Christian preacher Bo Shedd said. But these men and women aren’t here for a game. They’re showing up at Arab’s school […]

  • Sparkman HS football kicker raising money for cancer research

    HARVEST, Ala. – A high school kicker from Madison County is hoping to raise a few dollars in pledges for cancer research. Miles Tillman says every extra point means another dollar for kids in need. The fundraising effort is called Kicking Out Cancer. With one win under their belt, the Sparkman Senators are a confident bunch. “It’s coming along. It’s early in the season, we still have a lot of kinks to work out,” Sparkman head football coach Laron White […]

  • Paralyzed veteran bullseyes 1,000 yard target

    ARDMORE, Tenn. –  John Rice was paralyzed in a car accident 14 years ago. In ten years, he’s gained back some movement, and he’s finally able to shoot his rifle again. And with some help, Rice has a world record in his sights. It’s an early wake up call and a drive over the Tennessee border for John Rice. Rice, who’s a quadriplegic, needs a little help getting into position. “Conditions are perfect this morning,” said Bill Smith, who has been helping Rice shoot […]

  • Athens City council tables vote on apartment proposal

    ATHENS, Ala. — City leaders in Athens say they want two more weeks to consider a new housing proposal. Neighbors urge the council to reject a new apartment complex on Monday. The group JMJ Development out of Dallas wants to build what they say are 480 luxury apartments along Lindsay Lane and U.S. Highway 72. They asked the city to rezone the land from B-2 to R-2, which is multi-family housing. Supporters of the plan say housing is in demand […]

  • Arab High School hosts first football game without Dixie fight song

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  Some people in Arab are upset after the school superintendent said the marching band can’t play the song ‘Dixie’ anymore. With burgers on the grill, Larry Turner is eager to greet some of his Arab high school classmates from 1988. “We’re so old,” Turner said with a laugh. They picked a good night to come back. Fans are donning blue to cheer on the Knights for their first game on their brand new field. “I was happy, […]

  • Huntsville City School Board to consider cutting workers, investigating issues with new staffing company

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville’s City School Board continues to try to claw back from a multi-million dollar accounting error. The district’s chief financial officer said they risked having less than $2 million in operating funds by September 2019. The district is required to keep $18 million in reserve. On Thursday evening, the board approved the superintendent’s audit report as well as looked for ways to trim spending, including around $700,000 from professional development. “They want us to remember that when […]

  • Paralyzed man from Ardmore hopes to set shooting world record

    ARDMORE, Ala.-  A man from Ardmore was paralyzed in a car accident over ten years ago. Since then, John Rice has slowly been getting back to doing what he loves. “I was drinking a glass of eggnog. I turned up my last swallow, took my eyes off the road and went off the road,” Rice said. Rice’s life changed forever on a short drive in December 14 years ago. “It turned our lives 180 degrees around.” He had a broken […]

  • Unoccupied stolen vehicle found submerged in Elk River

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – A vehicle was found submerged in the Elk River near Cabbage Ridge Road and Hwy 99 at the fish hatchery ramp. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that the vehicle was unoccupied, but are not sure how long it had been in the water. A tow truck company pulled the vehicle out of the water around 4:34 p.m. Deputy Stephen Young confirmed that the vehicle was stolen during a recent home invasion in Lauderdale County. The […]

  • Jacksonville State leaders trying to find room for everybody

    JACKSONVILLE, Ala.- Five months ago, a tornado ripped through Jacksonville State University, causing millions of dollars in damage. Thankfully, nobody was killed, but homes and classrooms were destroyed, and school leaders decided to end the year early. On Tuesday, classes resume on campus, but the rebuilding continues. “It shows the character of the freshman class,” JSU president John Beehler said. “They want to be here. They want to help rebuild.” Freshmen, teachers and campus leaders filed into the stadium for […]