Chelsea joined the WHNT News 19 team in October of 2016. She comes to the Tennessee Valley from the Rocky Mountains.

She previously worked as an anchor, reporter and sometimes weather girl for KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls, Idaho. While out west she covered stories of local government corruption, wildfires, and cold cases. She also reported about moose on the loose and potatoes.

Chelsea is no stranger to Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama, earning her degree in broadcast journalism. She is thrilled to be back home near family and friends.

When she isn’t out chasing stories, Chelsea enjoys hiking, watching college football (Roll Tide!) and cooking.

She is passionate about Taking Action and Getting Results for you. If you have a story idea, or just want to chat, send her an email at chelsea.brentzel@whnt.com.


Recent Articles
  • WHNT News 19 investigation: A busy year tracking 3M’s environmental impact in North Alabama

    DECATUR, Ala. — Illegal chemical releases, a multi-million dollar settlement, and a federal investigation. Those are just some of the headlines of the year for 3M’s Decatur plant. At the start of 2019, WHNT News 19’s investigative team traveled to Minnesota, the birthplace of 3M. We wanted to understand how and why Minnesota took a different approach from the state of Alabama when dealing with contamination tied to 3M’s PFAS chemicals. The chemicals were found at unhealthy levels in the […]

  • For a decade Alabama regulators asked top state doctor to identify PFAS human health risks

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Newly discovered letters between Alabama’s environmental chief and top doctor reveal their concerns about potential health risks from PFAS chemicals, a position they have not embraced publicly. The letters also show the state’s top environmental regulator has made multiple requests — spanning 11 years — for Alabama to establish PFAS human health standards. The Alabama Department Environmental Director goes as far as to say PFAS chemical concerns have put the state in an “untenable situation” due to […]

  • Decatur City Schools intends to sue 3M over chemicals on Brookhaven Middle School property

    DECATUR, Ala. – The Decatur City School (DCS) system has announced its intent to sue 3M over high levels of PFAS chemicals found at the former Brookhaven Middle School property. The school system says it is seeking clean up of hazardous waste and removal of PFOA and PFOS chemicals in the soil, groundwater and surface water at the Brookhaven site. Lawyers representing DCS sent a 60-day-notice letter to 3M representatives, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), and the Environmental […]

  • Decatur council pushed to sign confidentiality form barring disclosure of citizen health risks without vote

    DECATUR, Ala. – The Decatur City Council was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding ongoing litigation involving 3M and the company’s PFAS chemicals. It appears the proposed agreement would bar elected officials from making public statements even concerning related public health threats unless a majority of the city council approves it. The non-disclosure agreement was apparently going to come up behind closed doors at Wednesday’s special called council meeting. But it never got that far because the council deadlocked […]

  • Alabama AG asks government to set PFAS chemical health standards

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – For years, WHNT News 19 has been reporting about PFAS chemical contamination in the Tennessee River. During that time, state officials have been mostly silent on the issue when asked to comment. WHNT News 19 discovered this week, though, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is looking for answers addressing the problem. The state’s chief law enforcement officer has written top congressional leaders about the need for clear federal health standards concerning the chemicals. [Read Attorney General Steve […]

  • Man charged with killing Huntsville officer evaded jail time, despite frequent brushes with law

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The man charged in the shooting death of Huntsville Police Department officer Billy Clardy III,  is 41-year-old LaJeromeny Brown. Brown, who is currently in the Madison County Jail on a capital murder charge, has a long record of criminal charges, primarily in Hamilton County, Tennessee — the Chattanooga area — dating back more than two decades. In 1997 he pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree attempted murder, records show.  Since then he has pleaded guilty […]

  • Decatur officials mostly silent after chemicals found on former school, landfill properties

    DECATUR, Ala. – It’s been more than three weeks since 3M reported finding high concentrations of manufacturing chemicals on three-decades-old former landfills in Morgan County. But still, Decatur city officials, who asked the chemical manufacturing giant to investigate the properties remain mostly silent on the issue. One of the sites was the longtime home of Brookhaven Middle School. The PFAS chemicals, which have been linked to health problems, are the same type of chemicals that were in the Tennessee River […]

  • Man accused of killing Huntsville officer previously charged with assaulting police

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The man accused of murdering Huntsville STAC agent Billy Clardy III has a lengthy criminal history including charges of assaulting an officer and police impersonation. LaJeromeny Brown, 41, was arrested Friday night after authorities said he shot and killed Clardy during a drug bust. He is currently in the Madison County Jail on a capital murder charge. STAC agents had set up a drug buy at a house on Levert Street on Friday. When officers arrived, Brown […]

  • Study: 3M chemicals contaminated former Decatur middle school site

    DECATUR, Ala. — A preliminary environmental investigation found high levels of manufacturing chemicals on a property that was home to generations of Decatur city middle school students. The study was the result of the City of Decatur asking 3M to investigate the Brookhaven Middle School property and two other landfills back in July.  3M hired GHD Services to complete the environmental investigation. The property investigated is also where the Aquadome recreation center is located. State records indicate the report was […]

  • Following the trail in the mysterious death of a Huntsville FBI photographer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The circumstances surrounding the death of Huntsville FBI photographer Kathleen Miller remain at the center of a five agency investigation. It began with a 911 call around 5:30 p.m., in Graham County, North Carolina, on Oct. 7. The caller told the operator he was flagged down by a distressed man around mile-marker 1 on the Cherohala Skyway. “Literally, you’re out in the middle of nowhere. No cell service,” Graham County Star newspaper editor Kevin Hensley says of the […]

  • Person of interest identified in Huntsville FBI photographer’s death, neighbors receive odd note seeking information

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Graham County Sheriff’s office has at least one person of interest in its investigation into the death of a Huntsville based FBI photographer.  Kathleen Polce Miller,  60, was found dead in the Nantahala National Forest on October 7. Graham County Chief Deputy Chuck Stewart said on Tuesday that the FBI photographer’s husband, Greg Miller, is a “person of interest” in the case at this time. Records show the couple owned a home together in Owens Cross […]

  • Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely seeks dismissal of criminal case against him

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. –  Attorneys for Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely filed motions Tuesday seeking to dismiss 13 criminal charges against the 10-term sheriff. Blakely is challenging the constitutionality of the ethics law under which he was indicted. The motions argue that the Alabama Ethics Act is “unconstitutionally vague.” Blakely was indicted in August on theft and ethics charges, including stealing from his office. He has remained on the job while his criminal case is pending. Blakely has served as […]

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