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
  • 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 […]

  • WHNT reporter Ivy Anderson’s legacy includes boosting rescue efforts

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — WHNT News 19 reporter Ivy Anderson’s time with us and in this world was short, but the good that grew from her work will continue for a long time. Back in August, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office needed money for its Project Lifesaver program. Project Lifesaver is focused on those with a disability that increases their risk of wandering off. When Ivy learned they needed funding, she helped in the best way she knew how — […]

  • Ongoing investigation finds Huntsville FBI photographer drowned in creek

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- The death of a Huntsville-based FBI forensic photographer remains under investigation, but the preliminary cause of her death is listed as drowning, a Graham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman told WHNT News 19 Monday morning. The investigation into the circumstances of Kathleen Miller’s Oct. 7 death is ongoing at this time, Chief Deputy Chuck Stewart said. Miller’s body was found in a creek in the remote Nantahala National Forest by her husband. She was 60. The Graham County District […]

  • Friends mourn mysterious death of Huntsville FBI employee

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Close friends of Kathleen Miller are grieving the 60-year-old Huntsville FBI forensic photographer’s unexpected death. A multi-agency law enforcement criminal investigation into Miller’s death is ongoing in North Carolina after she was found dead in the Nantahala National Forest on Monday. Gail Jones has been friends with Miller since the two were in middle school. “Kathy was a beautiful person,” said Jones. “She was fun-loving, very smart and very creative.” Jones tells WHNT News 19 Miller grew […]

  • 52 years later, family of murdered Decatur woman still searching for answers

    DECATUR, Ala. —  Mary Faye Hunter’s disappearance made headlines 50 years ago. While much has changed in Decatur, the mystery still lingers decades later. Who killed Mary Faye Hunter and left her near the Tennessee River? She appeared in a home movie that was shot a week before she disappeared in 1967. It’s fuzzy, mysterious and haunting. As time passes, official details on the investigation into her murder are too. Although he never met her, the home movie is a […]

  • EPA: 3M discharged chemicals without required permit, took years to disclose reporting errors

    DECATUR, Ala. –  An Environmental Protection Agency inspection report is shedding more light on the type, volume and company management of chemical discharges by Decatur’s 3M plant into the Tennessee River. The report found high levels of perfluorinated chemicals from discharge sites, noted 3M lacks a state discharge permit for a chemical that it’s already been discharging and pointed out 3M waited three years to inform regulators about hundreds of instances of incorrect discharge information it had filed. The report […]

  • Limestone County veteran investigator alleging sexual assault fired by indicted Sheriff, attorney says

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely has fired a veteran investigator who’s currently suing the sheriff’s office in federal court, WHNT News 19 has learned. Leslie Ramsey filed a federal lawsuit in January, alleging  she was sexually assaulted by the office’s now-chief deputy and improperly demoted and disciplined for complaining about the incident. A law firm representing Ramsey in that suit confirmed the firing Wednesday. It’s not clear why Ramsey was fired, but the law firm representing […]

  • 3M to halt production of some chemicals at Decatur plant

    DECATUR, Ala. —  The 3M plant in Decatur said Thursday it is halting some manufacturing processes. This announcement comes months after the company said it would stop the manufacturing of some perfluorinated chemicals amid a federal investigation. 3M said it told employees, state and federal regulators about the recent manufacturing change this week. However, it’s not clear what manufacturing processes are being put on hold. “The people in Decatur and downstream in West Morgan and East Lawrence deserve better answers. […]

  • Wrongful death lawsuit filed over 2016 Colonial Pipeline explosion

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- The wife of a man killed in a 2016 pipeline explosion has filed a lawsuit against Colonial Pipeline. The family of Anthony Willingham alleges the company placed speed and profit above safety. Nine contractors were working on-site the day of the Colonial Pipeline explosion in Shelby County in October 2016. More than 165,000 pounds of fuel burned and spilled in the leak. Willingham’s family is now accusing the company in federal court of pushing Willingham and his crew […]

  • 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 […]

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