Aaron joined WHNT News 19 in September 2016 as a Reporter/MMJ. Before joining the team; Aaron worked as a Reporter/MMJ in Monroe, Louisiana.

Aaron has covered many topics from the historic ArkLaMiss Flooding to the shooting death of Alton Sterling, and the protests in Baton Rouge.

He is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, but went to school at Middle Tennessee State University. While there, he was a Anchor/Reporter for his college station MT10 and interned at WTVF in Nashville for a year.

Aaron has a huge passion for reporting and storytelling. He loves meeting new people and sharing their stories.

He’s happy to be closer to home and to be here in the Tennessee Valley.

In his spare time Aaron likes to hang with friends, hike, and listen to music. So don’t be surprised if you see him singing or dancing in his car; just wave and join in.

If you have any news tips, comments, questions, or just want to say hi you can email him at aaron.cantrell@whnt.com, find him on Twitter @Aaronthenewsguy, or on Facebook @AaronCantrellWHNT.


Recent Articles
  • Local law enforcement stress the importance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and both the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Huntsville Police Department have a PSA: they want anyone experiencing it to reach out for help. Both agencies said they respond to domestic violence calls on a daily basis. In 2013, there were more than 35,000 reported domestic violence incidents in Alabama, according to data from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Those numbers mean a lot to the Madison County Sheriff`s […]

  • Huntsville woman struck by vehicle gets wheelchair & van donated to her

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  Anita Washington was hit by a vehicle a Huntsville Walmart parking lot in February. Huntsville Police said the man hit her, sped off, exited onto University Drive and hit a fire truck. A short pursuit on foot ensued and ended with the man in custody.  Washington was reported to be suffering from non-life-threatening injuries but went through extensive recovery. It`s been eight months since Anita Washington was hit. She`s gone through countless surgeries and rehab, but yet all […]

  • Authorities identify pedestrian killed after being struck by two vehicles on Memorial Parkway

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A pedestrian died Monday night after being struck by two vehicles, according to Huntsville Police. Authorities have identified the man as Yonidier Jarquin-Zurita, 19. Lt. Michael Johnson with the Huntsville Police said Jarquin-Zurita was hit by the first vehicle in the northbound lanes of Memorial Parkway as he attempted to cross in front of Arby’s south of Governors Drive. Police said because Jarquin-Zurita had no ID, they had to work with federal agencies to identify him. Authorities say […]

  • Local Church springs into action to clean up illegal “junk” thrown on the side of the road

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — When two people were photographed dumping debris on the side of the road, a local church sprung into action to clean up the mess. A local woman posted the photos online of people dumping their junk out on Old Railroad Bed Road and Nick Davis Road. The next day, a group of volunteers from Lindsay Lane Baptist Church East took it as a chance to give back. Campus Pastor Andy King said the trash was in their backyard […]

  • Two Huntsville City School students caught with a firearm on campus within one month

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Columbia High School senior is facing expulsion after bringing a gun to campus. The incident happened only three weeks after a second grader from another school, Blossomwood Elementary, brought a gun to school and shot himself in the hand. Huntsville City Schools Board President Elisa Ferrell said a student reported the gun at Columbia. “The principal was notified, they called the police,” Ferrell said. “The principal and police got the young man up into the office and […]

  • Football head injuries are rare, but the most common injuries occur in the knee & shoulder

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Football is a game millions of people love. It`s even more popular in the Tennessee Valley, but the game comes with risks. “Injuries are innate in football and collision sports. It`s usually due to the size of the athletes, the speed at which they play and just the collision nature of the sport,” said Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Dr. Stanton Davis. Players wear protective gear to help stop injuries from occurring, but sometimes you can get hurt. […]

  • Is Huntsville a safe city?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There are just three months left in 2018 and Huntsville Police responded to 26 criminal homicides already this year. This past weekend five people were murdered. One of those murder investigations happened on Lauderdale Road. Police arrested and charged Marjorie Cappello for killing her husband.  She has since posted bond and been released from jail. Another man was arrested and charged for the shooting death of his girlfriend off of Whitestone Drive. Police also arrested a 20-year-old […]

  • Historic memorial to be built in Huntsville to honor slaves

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As the state of Alabama prepares to celebrate its 200 years of history, the group African-Americans in Huntsville-Madison County has announced plans for a historic memorial. City and state officials, including State Representatives Laura Hall, Mike Ball, and Rex Reynolds joined with the group to support the initiative today. The Wall of Remembrance will honor the contributions of: Slaves brought to Huntsville in the 18th and 19th centuries who are buried in unmarked graves in the Georgia […]

  • Man, teenager facing capital murder charges in Huntsville woman’s stabbing death

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Police say they have capital murder arrest warrants for a man and an underage accomplice in the stabbing death of a woman last weekend. X’Zavier Scott, 20, and the juvenile are being held in the Clarke County Jail until they can be brought to Huntsville to face the charges for Tiffany Kelley’s death. The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office said deputies found Scott and a 16-year-old girl who claimed she had been kidnapped Tuesday night. Police believe Scott […]

  • Huntsville Police investigating Green Cove Road homicide, asking public for help

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Police officers say a woman was murdered on Saturday night in southeast Huntsville and had her car stolen. HPD identified the victim as 29-year-old Tiffany Dawn Kelley. Police say Kelley was at a Dollar General store, north of Green Cove Road, alone around 7:15 p.m. – 8 p.m. before her death. “It’s like a nightmare you just can’t wake up from,” Tiffany’s father Chris Ford said. Police say they responded to a call after 8 p.m […]

  • Huntsville City Schools Superintendent & Board concerned with PESG

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — PESG is supposed to staff different positions for Huntsville City Schools like cafeteria workers and custodial staff, but there are several vacancies and it’s causing disruptions in school. Huntsville City Schools Deputy Superintendent Bob Hagood said last school year they had issues with keeping positions filled with their staffing company, but they have never had pay issues. Huntsville City Schools has already expressed concerns about the company not filling vacant positions, and what they’re offering in pay. […]

  • Huntsville man arrested in connection with Oakwood University student’s death

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Police confirm they have made an arrest in connection with the death of an Oakwood University student. Police said they arrested 19-year-old Jaylun White, from Huntsville, and charged him with murder during a news conference Friday. White’s arrest comes after Huntsville Police discovered the body of 20-year-old Carvell Goodlow of Detroit, Michigan on September 16. #Breaking @HsvPolice has arrested & charged 19-year-old Jaylun White in connection to the death of @OakwoodU student Carvell Goodlow. Police say the […]

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