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
  • Poarch Creek Tribe monument unveiled at Redstone Arsenal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Poarch Band of Creek Indians were honored in Huntsville on Tuesday. The ceremony was held at the Redstone Arsenal Gate 9 Visitor’s Center more than three years after the Poarch Creek tribe donated $1 million to help relocate Gate 9 at Redstone Arsenal. The security access gate needed to be moved three-quarters of a mile to alleviate traffic jams and improve unsafe driving conditions caused by the 20,000 people using the gate daily. A monument sitting […]

  • Poarch Creek Tribe only want paper games in Alabama

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The future of an Alabama lottery is uncertain. The Alabama house didn’t vote on a lottery bill on Tuesday, failing on a procedural motion 53 to 36. The question of a lottery hasn’t been posed to Alabamians on a ballot in two decades. A main point of contention between lawmakers is where the lottery funds would go. The senate has already passed the current proposal that would divert 75 percent to the state’s general fund and 25 […]

  • Huntsville police officer charged with murder seeks rehearing for immunity appeal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Huntsville police officer charged with murder is asking the appeals court for another hearing. Officer William Darby is charged in the April 2018 death of Jeffery Parker. Darby has argued he was acting in self-defense and protecting fellow officers when he shot Parker at his home on Deramus Avenue. The application for rehearing was filed by Darby’s attorney on May 15. The defense team is hoping to overturn a Madison County judge’s ruling not to grant Darby immunity. […]

  • After 3 years of uncertainty, Lawrence County residents have $28.5 million promise of clean drinking water

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — Lawrence County drinking water activists haven’t had many reasons to smile in recent years, but that’s starting to change. People who live in the county can envision a future where they aren’t afraid of what’s on tap. “The people of Lawrence County are glad this problem is fixing to go away,” said former Lawrence County commissioner Mose Jones. It’s been years since they’ve seen or felt any relief. The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority shocked customers […]

  • Bill aims to beef up Alabama public records law

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Making sure that local and state government operates in the open instead of behind closed doors is key to keeping leaders accountable. A new state bill aims to improve transparency in our government. Journalists often file open records requests to help the public better understand government, public schools, and public safety agencies. After all, they’re using your taxpayer dollars and making decisions that affect your everyday life. Senate Bill 237 aims to solidify rules that allow access […]

  • 3M pays $35 million to North Alabama water authority in drinking water contamination settlement

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala.-  WHNT News 19 has learned 3M is paying the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority $35 million in a drinking water contamination lawsuit settlement. According to 3M’s financial filings, the chemical manufacturing giant will also cover the costs of any current and future lawsuits against the water authority alleging  liability or damages “related to 3M PFAS.” The WMEL water authority plans to install a reverse osmosis system with the settlement money. In a statement released Friday, 3M and the non-profit water authority […]

  • Lawrence County residents celebrate 3M drinking water settlement

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Things were different in Lawrence County on Friday. After years of uncertainty and agony, residents were jubilant after learning 3M settled with the West Morgan East Lawrence water authority in a drinking water contamination lawsuit. “Oh! I’m so excited. I’m so glad that 3M stepped up to plate and decided to help us. I’m really glad,” said Brenda Hampton. On Friday morning, Minnesota based corporation 3M released a statement announcing it had reached a settlement with […]

  • 3M settles North Alabama drinking water contamination lawsuit

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala.- 3M and the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority have officially announced a settlement agreement in a drinking water contamination lawsuit. WHNT News 19 first reported on the agreement in early April. In a joint statement released Friday morning, the chemical manufacturing giant and non-profit water authority said the money will be used to install an advanced drinking water filtration system. The statement reads: “3M Company, Inc. (3M) and West Morgan-East Lawrence Water and Sewer Authority (WMEL) […]

  • Deputy placed on leave after homophobic comments has worked as school resource officer, mental health trainer

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – A Madison County Sheriff’s Office deputy placed on administrative leave after posting homophobic comments on social media once worked as a school resource officer and is currently certified to train fellow deputies in working with those who are mentally ill. Deputy Jeff Graves posted anti-LGBTQ Facebook comments on Sunday evening in response to a public posted story about a 15-year-old boy who died by suicide. He wrote, “Liberty Guns Bible Trump BBQ That’s my kind of […]

  • Huntsville police officer charged with murder appeals judge’s immunity ruling

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police Officer William Darby on Monday appealed a Madison County judge’s ruling that he was not immune to prosecution, on self-defense grounds,  for a man’s shooting death last year. Darby’s attorney filed the appeal Monday with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Madison County Circuit Court Judge Donna Pate ruled that Darby was not immune from prosecution for shooting and killing Jeffrey Parker in April 2018. Darby said he had no choice but to shoot Parker, […]

  • Water authority: 3M settlement ‘a momentous day for the community’

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority confirmed Friday it is working with 3M on a settlement that will get a new water filtration system for the community. “This is a momentous day for the community,” said WMEL assistant general manager Jeaniece Slater. “The West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority is proud to announce that we will now be able to put in a permanent advanced filtration system and it won’t cost our customers any extra money. After […]

  • Sources: 3M reaches settlement with West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority in drinking water contamination case

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – WHNT News 19 has learned the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority has reached a settlement with 3M in its drinking water contamination lawsuit. 3M didn’t confirm details but indicated it’s working on an agreement with the water authority. “We can confirm that we hope to finalize a resolution with WMEL shortly,” a 3M spokesperson said in a statement. “We are actively working to finalize a resolution of this litigation. We look forward to announcing the outcome […]

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