Hey y’all. Moving back to Alabama is a reunion for Tiffany.

She joins the WHNT news team as the Sand Mountain bureau reporter after working as a weekend anchor and reporter in Amarillo, TX for three years. Before that, Tiffany braved the cold and tried my hand at reporting in Butte, MT. Spoiler: She only lasted ONE winter before she needed to get closer to home. Tiffany’s first job was in Montgomery, AL as a producer and photographer.

Tiffany grew up in a small town not too far from Troy University, where she graduated college. She is thrilled to live and work in north Alabama.

In Amarillo and Montana, Tiffany covered dozens of fires, local elections, and Panhandle Spirit stories, among other topics. She looks forward to helping tell all of the impactful stories affecting folks here in north Alabama.

Tiffany enjoys getting out in the community, meeting people and telling their stories. She believes journalism should be about informing and helping folks understand what’s going on in the world around them. If she is not covering a story, Tiffany can be found binge-watching tv shows with her husband, her dog, Rascal, and cat, Sophie.

If you have a story idea, please send her an e-mail at tiffany.lester@whnt.com.

Recent Articles
  • Sardis City Council discusses Sunday alcohol sales

    SARDIS, Ala. – The City of Sardis is encouraging residents to give their input on potential for Sunday alcohol sales. At Monday’s city council meeting, Councilman Brian Carnes brought up the idea after hearing from two businesses on U.S. Highway 431. WHNT News 19 spoke with the owner of The 1st Super Store, which is one of the business owners who reached out to Carnes. The owner said she feels they are losing money by not selling alcohol on Sunday […]

  • Jackson County Schools Superintendent “sickened” by substitute teacher arrest

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Jackson County School District substitute teacher Wayland Hester is charged with four felony counts of possession of child pornography. “The response is everybody’s disappointed because this is a well-liked individual,” said Jackson County Schools Superintendent Kevin Dukes. Hester was also a volunteer assistant coach for the Section High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team. In Hester’s position, he could interact with students at any and all Jackson County schools. “Different grade levels and different teachers would use […]

  • Arab restaurant hosts benefit event for Brindlee Mountain Primary School teachers

    ARAB, Ala. – The love just keeps coming for teachers and staff at Brindlee Mountain Primary School. Businesses from across the county and people from across the country have been raising money to restock the classrooms. The Town and Country Restaurant in Arab hosted an event Thursday night from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. where 10% of all of the sales will go to Brindlee Mountain Primary School teachers. The school was hit and extremely damaged by an EF2 tornado […]

  • $3.54 million awarded to help low-income residents in northeast Alabama pay utilities

    NORTHEAST Ala. – It has been a cold few days in northeast Alabama and that has residents cranking up the heat. However, some residents cannot afford to do that. The Community Action Agency of Northeast Alabama (CAANEAL) was recently awarded a $3.54 million grant by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. “It can be very expensive for the lower-income because it uses a larger portion of their household income that comes in, so it can be up to […]

  • Jackson County chief deputy says deputies are understaffed and underpaid

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office officials told WHNT News 19 they are understaffed and underpaid, causing more and more deputies to leave their post for better-paying jobs. “We’re seeing more crime. We’ve got more people in our jails. We’re making more trips to prison each and every day, and we’re doing it with the same manpower as they did 20 years ago,” said Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen. Harnen said his department gets nothing from sales tax. He […]

  • ‘Marshall Mobility’ non-emergency transport helps hundreds in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – The Marshall Medical Center showed off its new non-emergency transport service called Marshall Mobility on Monday afternoon. They started the service in the summer of 2019 after seeing a big need in the community. The service helps wheelchair-bound patients or those who are ambulatory, but still need a way to get around to various places, such as doctor’s appointments or the grocery store, but maybe can’t drive or don’t have a ride. Paramedics help around 200 […]

  • Bridgeport mayor credits hard work, Google for citywide growth during State of the City address

    BRIDGEPORT, Ala. – Things are better than ever in Bridgeport, according to Mayor David Hughes. Hughes spoke to residents, along with other city and state officials Thursday morning to discuss the state of the city, while also thanking various department heads, employees, and community groups. Hughes updated everyone on the status of some streetscaping, drainage, and other utility projects. He also opened up about some new projects, including the opening of several new businesses, including the Dairy Bar, Dollar Store, […]

  • Four Jackson County schools awarded $5,000 TVA STEMready grants

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Four Jackson County schools were awarded $5,000 for TVA STEMready grants. Bridgeport Middle School teacher Crissen Light told WHNT News 19 that getting the grant is incredible. She said preparing her students for the future is why she wrote the grant. “It’s important to start preparing them for a world that’s not here yet,” said Light. “Jobs in 10, 15, 20 years from now, what are they going to look like, and what can we do […]

  • Brindlee Mountain Primary School teachers move in to new classrooms

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Wednesday was move-in day for Brindlee Mountain Primary School teachers. After an EF-2 tornado destroyed their school on Saturday, Jan. 11, they have been working to get everything together to move into Brindlee Mountain high and elementary schools. They spent all day Wednesday lifting and hauling what they could into what may be their new classrooms for the next year or so. “We are so thankful the rain has held off long enough for get those […]

  • Marshall County EMA discusses concerns after heavy rainfall

    MARSHALL COUNTY Ala. – Heavy rain over the last week is making for some soggy land and increasing the risk of more downed trees. Many trees were damaged by the EF-2 tornado that hit Marshall County on Saturday but didn’t fall, leaving EMA employees concerned. Tuesday was another rainy, winter day in Marshall County with more wet weather to come. “I think we’re probably going get forecasted between 1.5 and 2 inches of rainfall over the next six to seven […]

  • Cleanup begins at Union Grove School hit by tornado

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – There’ll be no school this week for kids at Brindlee Mountain schools after an EF-2 tornado ripped apart the elementary school in Union Grove on Saturday. The powerful storm destroyed the cafeteria and eight classrooms. Monday afternoon looked like moving day. Teachers and volunteers were loading up cars and trailers with classroom supplies that weren’t destroyed. “The pictures don’t do it justice. Going inside and seeing it is devastating,” Brindlee Mountain primary teacher Debbie Raney said. […]

  • Blountsville cafe has grand opening

    BLOUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Stacie’s Backwoods Cafe had a grand opening Thursday morning. Stacie Walters bought the business one day after the previous owner closed the cafe. Walters had worked at the popular lunch spot for several years and felt the community needed it back open quickly. “You live in a farm town. you’re in the country,” said Walters. “There’s not many places to choose from. These people needed a place to eat and they needed it in a hurry. They’re tired […]

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