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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
  • Riverkeeper groups put pressure on Gov. Ivey regarding Environmental Management Commission appointments

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Environmental groups are putting pressure on Alabama Governor Kay Ivey regarding her upcoming appointments for the Environmental Management Commission. Seven riverkeeper groups sent Gov. Ivey a letter this week after she made a statement to WHNT News 19 promising she would take recent revelations from a corruption bribery case into account when making the appointments. The riverkeepers are part of the 11 groups who called for the resignation of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management Director Lance LeFleur. “A […]

  • Judge expands class-action lawsuit against janitor who hid cameras in several business bathrooms

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Madison County Judge has approved the expansion of a class-action lawsuit filed against a man who pleaded guilty to planting cameras in the restrooms and changing areas of several businesses. In October 2014, Jeremy Nelson was arrested after police learned he placed video cameras in the restroom and changing areas of Ann’s Dance Studio, Bentley Cadillac Car Dealership and WHNT News 19. Nelson was working as a janitor for James Starkey, owner of Sanitary Solutions at […]

  • Councilman explains decision to use taxpayer money to pay for defense of police officer’s murder trial

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A controversial decision by the Huntsville City council to pay for a police officer’s legal defense as he stands trial for murder is raising questions among some taxpayers. The council voted 4-0 with one member abstaining to pay at least $75,000 of city money for Huntsville Police Officer William Darby’s legal team. Darby was indicted for murder by a Madison County grand jury on August 3. The grand jury found there was enough evidence to charge Darby […]

  • Candidate Peter Joffrion calls for Brooks campaign to return certain contributions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Birmingham bribery and corruption case out involving a coal company executive, a lawyer, and a state legislator is becoming an issue in the District 5 congressional race. Democratic candidate Peter Joffrion is trying to associate his opponent Congressman Mo Brooks with the corruption. Joffrion is calling on Brooks to return certain campaign donations he says are associated with convicted felons. Joffrion is referring to Drummond Company VP David Roberson and Balch & Bingham Partner Joel Gilbert. […]

  • Huntsville police officer charged with murder

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Huntsville Police Department officer has been indicted on a murder charge stemming from on-duty shooting in April on Deramus Avenue. Police confirmed Darby was relieved of his patrol duties immediately after the shooting. He is working in an “administrative capacity” until his day in court. William Benjamin Darby, who graduated the HPD police academy in July 2016, was indicted by a Madison County grand jury in the killing of 49-year-old Jeffery Louis Parker at Parker’s home.  […]

  • Family friend of shooting victim speaks on officer’s murder indictment

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s hard for Rebecca Louthan to explain her feelings about the murder indictment of Huntsville Police Officer William Darby. Darby was charged with the murder of Jeffery Parker, the man Rebecca’s mother was engaged to. “One life has already been taken. Now a man who is only 25 years old. His whole life may not be how he planned it,” said Louthan. “We just try and take everything one day at a time.” A Huntsville Police Department incident […]

  • LeFleur responds to calls for his removal as ADEM director, controversy becomes an issue on the campaign trail

    The head of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management is hitting back at the critics who are pushing for him to leave his post. In a letter to the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, ADEM Director Lance LeFleur refuted claims that he had failed to maintain his department’s integrity. Those claims were made in a letter Black Warrior Riverkeeper sent to the Environmental Management Commission July 30. The letter was signed by 11 other groups, including north Alabama-based Tennessee Riverkeeper. “The […]

  • Walt Maddox rallies supporters in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Three months until the General Election and the candidates for governor are starting to make their presence known on the campaign trail. The democratic nominee Walt Maddox was in North Alabama tonight, visiting his campaign headquarters in the Rocket City. The Democratic candidate for governor Walt Maddox greeted dozens of supporters Wednesday evening. “Together we are going to pass the Alabama education lottery,” said Maddox. He focused on issues like education, healthcare, and roads and bridges and didn’t […]

  • 6,000 fans vote on Madison’s baseball names within 24 hours, Brandiose official say reaction is what they expected

    MADISON, Ala. — On Thursday the owners of the minor league baseball team coming to Madison released a list of the top 10 team names.  Some people love them, while others hate them.   People are definitely talking about the names, and that was the goal of the marketing company behind that list. Jason Klein, co-creator of Brandiose, said Friday that the list of names released Thursday has received multiple reactions, comments and criticism from people in North Alabama, which is the “point.” […]

  • Marshall County Chairman says commission has never received pay increase request for jailers

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. –  County officials say the record contradicts Sheriff Scott Walls statement that a lack of funding and low pay is causing issues in the jail. Walls released the statement on Wednesday following a disturbance at the jail. He cited overcrowding, a lack of funding, and a high turnover rate due to low pay as factors as to why a disturbance broke out. Walls blamed County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson for denying funding and pay increase requests “numerous […]

  • Limestone County Board of Education issues letter of reprimand to Superintendent

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The Limestone County Board of Education issued a letter of reprimand against Superintendent Tom Sisk on Tuesday night. The letter references how Sisk handled the hiring of his daughter as a special education at Johnson Elementary School. The contract offer for Sisk’s daughter was rescinded in June after the school board attorney raised concerns of a possible violation of the nepotism law. The board letter says Superintendent Sisk failed to make himself fully aware of the […]

  • Decatur doctor accused of sexual assault responds to lawsuit

    DECATUR, Ala. – A Decatur doctor accused of sexually assaulting several of his patients is disputing all claims of wrongdoing. Dr. Michael Dick of Alabama Medicine and Rheumatology Clinic responded to a lawsuit filed on behalf of six women who claim to be his former patients. The doctor also filed a protective order asking a judge to stop the victims from sharing their stories with the media. A Birmingham-based attorney responded on behalf of Dr. Dick saying there is “no […]