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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
  • Alabama AG’s Office, WMEL water authority still haven’t met to address drinking water concerns

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Tuesday announcement of its intent to get rid of a rule under the Clean Water Act. The Water of the United States regulation, which included the federal government to have authority over streams and wetlands went into effect in 2015. The attorney general was quick to respond and announce his support on the repeal of that part of the Clean Water Act. However, it’s been […]

  • Athens murder suspect served time in Indiana prison for attempted murder

    ATHENS, Ala. – A man charged with murdering his mother in Athens on Wednesday appears to have served time for an attempted murder charge in Indiana. Athens police arrested Sean Kevin Sutton, 47, Wednesday afternoon. He’s charged with murdering his mother, Emma Sutton, 79, at her apartment on Malone Street. WHNT News 19 has learned Sutton served time previously in the late 90s, for an attempted murder in Indiana. The Indiana Department of Corrections website notes he was sentenced to […]

  • Former Tennessee teacher asks for sentencing delay in student sex case

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins is asking for a 60-day delay in his sentencing hearing, claiming the federal government is making false accusations against him. Cummins, who pleaded guilty in April to taking a 15-year-old student to California to have sex, says his attorneys need more time and evidence to make sure false claims aren’t held against him when he’s sentenced. Cummins was at the center of a nationwide manhunt in 2017. His public defender argues he […]

  • Serial killer confesses to cold case murder of Decatur woman

    LEE COUNTY, Miss. – A Mississippi sheriff claims a convicted serial killer is responsible for the murder of a woman originally from Decatur. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department in Mississippi announced that Samuel Little, 78, confessed to the killing of Nancy Carol Stevens near Tupelo, Miss. in 2005. “He somehow came into contact with her. She struck up a relationship with this person enough that she felt comfortable getting into the RV with him,” Lee County sheriff Jim Johnson said. Investigators […]

  • Uncertainty of trade tariffs lurks in background as officials celebrate Huntsville auto plant groundbreaking

      HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – While Alabama, Mazda and Toyota leaders celebrated at Friday’s groundbreaking of Huntsville’s $1.6 billion assembly plant, the future appears cloudy. They’re excited about the future, but they’re also concerned about potential tariffs on the automotive industry. There’s uncertainty of what will happen if tariffs are placed on imported cars and car parts. “That would be tough for us consumers,” said Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz. “It would raise the prices of all vehicles in the […]

  • Maddox reflects on campaign for Alabama governor

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – An optimistic crowd turned silent after the citizens of Alabama chose incumbent Kay Ivey (R) to lead the state’s highest office. During Walt Maddox’s concession speech, there were a lot of tears and emotion from those in the crowd. He thanked his campaign staff and supporters for a hard-fought race. “I am honored to be an Alabamian, and I am blessed to have spent the last 18 months with you. Thank you for giving me that honor […]

  • Maddox campaign gears up for election watch party in Tuscaloosa

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The rallies, the fundraising, the door knocking – it all comes down tonight. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Walt Maddox says this election is about a choice. Maddox ran on a campaign focused around the state’s shortcomings. He says specifically how Alabama tends to rank near the bottom in education, healthcare and ‘everything else that matters’. Maddox has served as Mayor of the City of Tuscaloosa since 2005. He led Tuscaloosa through its rebuilding process after the city was […]

  • Sen. Doug Jones meets with WMEL leaders to discuss drinking water problems

    TOWN CREEK, Ala. – US Senator Doug Jones is now involved with the West Morgan-East Lawrence drinking water contamination issues. Jones was the first public official to meet with WMEL leaders since the non-profit water authority asked for the state of Alabama’s help in October. In a meeting, Jones called on state officials to investigate the water concerns in Morgan and Lawrence County. The meeting comes five weeks after WHNT News 19’s investigation into the problem found ailing residents in […]

  • Randolph School investigating former employee sexual abuse allegations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – WHNT News 19 obtained an email from the Randolph School regarding allegations of sexual abuse of several former Randolph students by a former faculty member. The school said that faculty member worked for Randolph until the early 1990s, but the administration has not named the accused former employee. The emailed letter says the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees and the school administration have hired a national law firm, Fisher Phillips, to conduct an investigation into […]

  • Excessive force lawsuit filed against City of Huntsville, HPD officers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A man and his mother have filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Huntsville and a number of Huntsville Police Department officers, some of whom are not identified, for excessive force and false arrest in an October 2016 incident with Huntsville Police Department. The lawsuit says Hilton Germany was arrested on false charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he called the Huntsville Police Department for help. The suit also claims HPD officers assaulted his […]

  • AG Marshall, Governor Ivey answer questions about water quality concerns

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — Attorney General Steve Marshall and Governor Kay Ivey spoke with WHNT Saturday morning at a campaign event about water quality and health concerns in Morgan and Lawrence counties. Their response comes after WHNT News 19’s investigation into the issue found ailing residents in Lawrence County are worried state officials are ignoring their plight. Both AG Marshall and Governor Ivey say they are working to address the issues and the contamination level in drinking water from West […]

  • Alabama AG’s office pledges to meet with West Morgan-East Lawrence water authority on drinking water lawsuit

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — Days after it was asked to join a drinking water lawsuit brought by a local water authority against 3M, the Alabama Attorney General’s office has responded, saying it is open to meeting, but offered no commitments. In a letter, Attorney General Steve Marshall told the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority that Minnesota’s successful $850 million lawsuit against 3M over drinking water contamination followed different laws than exist in Alabama. WHNT News 19’s investigation into the issue has found ailing […]