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 gives Remington more time to hit employment target

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  Gun maker Remington’s deal with the city of Huntsville was in the crosshairs at Thursday’s meeting. Huntsville and Madison County governments made a $12.5 million investment to bring Remington firearms to north Alabama several years ago. This week, city leaders agreed to give Remington more time to reach its goal of employing nearly 2,000 workers. “The investment stays the same, they’ve actually exceeded what was in the development agreement,” Huntsville’s director of urban economic development Shane Davis […]

  • Huntsville police host trick-or-treat haunted house

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Parents and kids were invited out to the police station in Huntsville for some trick-or-treating. As the sun was setting in Huntsville, some small animals and superheroes ventured out for some candy. “It was nowhere near this packed last year, so I guess the word got out,” Kennesha Clark said. “But it’s a good thing it did because it’s fun.” Enter if you dare. Huntsville police were working after hours to turn the west precinct into a ghoulish […]

  • Authorities warn residents of several scams circulating the area

    DECATUR, Ala. – With only a week until Election Day, you’re likely receiving phone calls and texts asking for your vote and your money. “Some folks we know. This was an organization we didn’t know,” Decatur Fire Chief Anthony Grande said. Grande was tipped off by several neighbors who told him they’ve been getting phone calls by a group claiming to raise money for the fire department. “The phone number she got the call on was a local number, the paperwork […]

  • Decatur police look for driver who ran over and killed a man

    DECATUR, Ala. – Police are searching for a driver who took off after running over a man early Sunday morning. It happened along 12th Avenue NW in west Decatur around 4:00 am Sunday. Neighbors say the victim, Ricardo Brown, known as ‘Wiggie’ to his friends, was out on the street with friends when the car hit him and took off. Paramedics took Brown to Decatur Morgan Hospital, where he died. Neighbors like Dale Bumpus are used to the traffic. “We […]

  • Man arrested for violent robbery at Wild Bill’s Bar in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. — The Madison Police Department arrested a man in connection to a July 15th robbery at Wild Bill’s Bar and Grill. Police say Kristopher Hurst is one of two men they believe assaulted a female bartender and stole from the Madison Boulevard bar. Kristopher Bryan Braden Hurst, 21,  faces two charges: first-degree Robbery and Assault. Police took Hurst into custody on Oct. 7 and later booked him into the Madison County Jail on a bond of $90,000. The victim, Tanglia Lanford, […]

  • ALDOT work to begin on improved I-565 interchange near auto plant

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The new Mazda-Toyota plant isn’t built just yet, but Huntsville city leaders want to make it easier for you to get there. Next week, work will begin expanding the I-565 interchange near Greenbrier Road. The dreaded 4:00 p.m. drive west on I-565 leaving Huntsville slows traffic to a crawl. “It’s right in the neighborhood of 59 to 60,000 vehicles a day,” ALDOT public information officer Seth Burkett said. You can add at least 4,000 more cars and […]

  • MidCity Huntsville investors break ground on new shopping center

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – For nearly two years, the former Madison Square Mall has been a construction zone but developers say they’re less than a year away from showing off their new investment to people. The MidCity property has been a 100-acre dirt field, a topic of endless speculation for over a year. This week, RCP company reps and city leaders turned shovels to ensure people that phase one is on. “RCP took an interest in us and we took an […]

  • Point Pickup home delivery service opens in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Several big retailers and Amazon are now offering home delivery for just about everything you need. This week, a new company in Huntsville is promising same-day delivery on a variety of goods. An abundance of products makes online shopping more convenient for the casual shopper. “Instead of shipping from Ohio to Huntsville, Alabama, there’s a store right here,”  Eddie Bugniazet with Point Pickup said. “We’ve got the shoes on the shelf. Let’s get them there.” Leaders with […]

  • Alabama Secretary of State criticized over early voting policy

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- The midterm elections are two weeks away. This week, Madison County GOP leaders invited neighbors out to meet some of the candidates. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says they’re hoping for 35 to 40-percent voter turnout. Right now, over 300,000 people are listed as inactive on the voter rolls, and if you happen to be one of them, you’ll still be able to vote on November 6th. There were confident campaigners and hungry voters in Huntsville on […]

  • Man arrested after chase, shootout and setting fire to home in Limestone County

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — A man is in jail after deputies say he stole a car, got into a shootout with deputies, then set fire to a Limestone County home on Sunday. Ronnie Tyler Gwynn Parker faces five counts of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and arson, among other charges. Bullet holes in the windshield and spattered mud on the hood were left on a county patrol vehicle. “We ended up chasing him through a trailer park, into a […]

  • Alabamians flock to TN to load up on lotto tickets

    ARDMORE, Tenn. – Thousands of Alabamians crossed the border to Tennessee to buy what they hope is the winning lottery ticket. The Mega Millions jackpot is now at an estimated $1 billion, the largest jackpot in the game’s history, and the second largest for any lottery ever in the US. The winning numbers are 15-23-53-65-70 and the Mega Ball was 7. For some, Friday is payday. But everyone showing up in Ardmore is hoping for the payday of a lifetime as […]

  • ALDOT inspects parkway overpasses for wear and tear

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A little nighttime roadwork is happening on Memorial Parkway. ALDOT workers are out looking at three overpasses for any cracks, rust or sign of deterioration. This isn’t cause for alarm, ALDOT says they try to inspect the bridges about every two years. Not long after the evening commute begins to die down, road workers flip on the lights for a closer look at the parkway. “They’re going to get underneath them and have an inspector go up […]