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
  • Tennessee Riverkeeper wants to join AG lawsuit, clean up millions of gallons of Decatur sewage

    DECATUR, Ala. – The environmental watchdog group for north Alabama wants to join the state’s top law enforcement officer in a sewage overflow lawsuit against Decatur Utilities. On Monday, an attorney representing Tennessee Riverkeeper filed a motion to intervene in the case that was filed by the attorney general back in May. In March, Tennessee Riverkeeper filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue DU. The group planned to file a federal lawsuit alleging the utility violated the Clean Water […]

  • Environmental group looks to intervene in suit over Decatur sewer overflows

    DECATUR – Environmental watchdog group Tennessee Riverkeeper is looking to intervene in a lawsuit between the Alabama Attorney General and the city of Decatur over sewer overflows. The motion to intervene was filed in state court late Monday evening. Tennessee Riverkeeper says in 2019  there were 50 sewer overflows totaling over 6-million gallons of untreated sewage entering Decatur waterways — in violation of the Clean Water Act. The environmental group originally filed an intent to sue the city — but […]

  • WMEL water authority approves $30.5 million contract for Reverse Osmosis treatment system

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala.- The West Morgan East Lawrence (WMEL) Water and Sewer Authority reports it has approved a contract with a Florence construction company to build an advanced drinking water filtration system. The water authority will pay B.H. Craig Construction Company $30.5 million for the construction of its Reverse Osmosis system, pending approval from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. In 2016, WMEL General Manager Don Sims told customers not to drink the water after unhealthy levels of perfluorinated chemicals […]

  • Sulfuric acid leaked at 3M’s Decatur plant, records show

    DECATUR, Ala. – State environmental records show there was an emergency response to a sulfuric acid release at the 3M plant in Decatur on August 15. Pictures submitted by an environmental scientist who works for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) show 3M emergency crews at the scene of the incident. When WHNT News 19 found the pictures, we started asking state environmental regulators and the company about what happened. Sulfuric Acid Release WHNT News 19 reached out to […]

  • Fish kill investigation underway in Jackson County

    STEVENSON, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources confirmed Tuesday it is investigating a fish kill reported in Crow Creek in Jackson County. Next to the dock, near the bank and even on the boat ramp, dozens of dead fish littered the shoreline of crow creek in Stevenson. People who live in the area say they noticed the dead fish Sunday. “Well, this year I’ve been putting in about twice a week at least,” said Charles Hughes, […]

  • Lawyer explains complexity of criminal case against Limestone County Sheriff

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – All four Limestone County judges are recused from the criminal case against Sheriff Mike Blakely. It will be up to the Alabama Supreme Court to appoint an out-of-town judge. Blakely is facing a dozen felony charges and one misdemeanor charge related to how prosecutors say he abused his power. A grand jury indictment accuses the 10-term sheriff of stealing money from law enforcement, inmates, and campaign funds. Blakely is still serving as sheriff but his future […]

  • Limestone County judges recuse themselves in sheriff’s criminal case

    LIMESTONE Co., Ala.- Three judges have recused themselves from the criminal case against 10-term Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. Circuit Judges Chad Wise and Robert M. Baker and District court Judge Matthew R. Huggins filed orders of recusal on Monday. District Judge Doug Patterson also filed an order recusing himself early Tuesday morning. WHNT News 19 has learned appointing a judge to Blakely’s case will be the responsibility of the Alabama Supreme Court. Scott Hoyem from the Alabama Administrative Office […]

  • Alabama sheriff accused of stealing money has access to $4.5 million budget

    LIMESTONE, COUNTY, Ala. – Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely is facing more than a dozen charges of abusing his power and stealing money, but he still has full access to the department, including its multi-million dollar operating fund. Blakely has served as sheriff for 36 years and is arguably the most powerful person in Limestone County. Prosecutors say Blakely stole money from his office, inmates, and campaign. His defense attorneys said on the day of his arrest they will challenge […]

  • Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely indicted on 13 theft, ethics charges

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely was booked into his own jail Thursday morning after being indicted on 13 counts of theft and ethics charges. The 13 charges cover conduct over multiple years, according to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. Blakely has served as the Limestone County Sheriff for 36 years. The first four counts charge Blakely with four separate thefts from his campaign account that total $11,000. Counts five through 10 charge Blakely with illegally taking […]

  • AL Dept. of Education says Douglas football coach allegations are in the hands of local administrators

    DOUGLAS, Ala. – The Alabama State Department of Education says the evaluation of the Douglas High School head football coach’s actions regarding player discipline is in the hands Marshall County school district administrators, despite the possibility that the discipline did not meet state guidelines. Our investigative team has learned head coach Jamison Wadley had his players do a full-body exercise known bear crawls on asphalt as a punishment during their first-period class on Monday. Pictures sent to WHNT News 19 […]

  • Superintendent sides with coach after parental outcry over football player discipline

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – A north Alabama superintendent is standing behind a head football coach after parent complaints about player discipline. Our investigative team is looking into allegations that Douglas football coach Jamison Wadley directed his team to do physical discipline that led to injuries. Parents told WHNT News 19 the Douglas High School football team was instructed to do bear crawls, which is a full-body exercise, walking on all fours on Monday morning. Parents and players told us coaches […]

  • Death of Ivy Anderson inspires young north Alabama racer

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – This week we mourn the loss of a colleague, 22-year-old Ivy Anderson, who passed away suddenly from natural causes. Through her life, Ivy managed a few ongoing health issues, which she largely kept private. She never wanted them to get in the way of her passion, her ambition or her love of journalism. One of those issues was type 1 diabetes. Ivy was born with type 1 diabetes. Doctors diagnosed her with the disease when she […]

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