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
  • 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 […]

  • Victim’s friends react after seeing Officer Darby’s body camera video of fatal shooting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Wednesday was a difficult day in the courtroom where Huntsville Police Officer William Darby appeared for an immunity hearing on a murder charge he faces over the death of Jeffery Parker. All parties are now waiting for a judge to make a ruling on the immunity motion. Darby is charged with murdering Parker at his home in April 2018. Parker, 49, had called police and said he was suicidal. When police arrived, they said they found him […]

  • Huntsville Police Department officer charged with murder will argue self-defense in court Wednesday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Huntsville police officer charged with murder is expected to be in court for an immunity hearing Wednesday morning. Officer William Darby is asking a judge to rule that he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed 49-year-old Jeffery Parker in April 2018. Police say Parker called 911 saying he was suicidal. Unlike most criminal court proceedings, the defense has the burden of proof in Wednesday’s hearing. But the defense also isn’t required to prove its […]

  • Trial date set in West Morgan East Lawrence drinking water contamination case against 3M

    DECATUR, Ala. – A trial date has been set in West Morgan East Lawrence water authority’s drinking water contamination case against 3M. A federal judge issued an order for the trial to begin on October 19, 2020, at the federal courthouse in Decatur. The WMEL water authority is suing chemical manufacturing giant 3M to pay for an advanced filtration system that would siphon out perfluorinated chemicals from the drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency lowered the guidance on the levels […]

  • Former trucker says he dumped tons of industrial waste in Lawrence County

    TRINITY, Ala. – WHNT News 19 is continuing to uncover details regarding 3M’s purchase of Lawrence County land that was used as a dump site for industrial waste decades ago. “I would’ve been scratching and clawing away like you are today trying to get something done about it, trying to stop it then before it got out of hand. I mean, it’s totally out of control,” said John Cottingham. Cottingham grew up in Lawrence County. He’s traveled the country as […]

  • Lincoln County jailers will not be charged for inmate’s death

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. – Lincoln County jail guards will not be charged following a seven-month-long investigation into the death of inmate William Hawk. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation presented evidence to a grand jury on Tuesday. District Attorney General Brent Cooper tells WHNT News 19 the potential charges presented by the TBI to the grand jury were reckless homicide and criminally negligent homicide. However, the grand jury did not find probable cause the jail guards committed a crime related to […]

  • 3M bought up undisclosed industrial waste dumping sites in Lawrence County, neighbors wondering why

    TRINITY, Ala. – 3M is buying up land in Lawrence County and residents are worried about what it means for their health. The properties contain decades-old industrial waste and it doesn’t appear the state of Alabama is doing much about it. “I’m not very happy about this,” says Peter Harding. Harding has lived off County Road 222 in Lawrence County for 20 years. “I came home one night and found my neighbors were moving in the middle of the night […]

  • Water authority asking state of Alabama for $58 million to install advanced filtration system

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – It appears the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority is moving forward with its plan to install an advanced water filtration system. The water authority is suing 3M to pay for a reverse osmosis system. The case is ongoing. Now the water authority is turning to the state to front $58 million to build the advanced filtration system. WMEL submitted a pre-application with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) through the Drinking Water State Revolving […]

  • Alabama AG now considering water lawsuit against 3M, water authority lawyers like their chances

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – As we’ve been reporting, residents in Lawrence County have been searching for help after learning there have been potentially harmful manufacturing chemicals in their drinking water for years. We traveled to Minnesota to better understand how that state addressed the problems with the same chemicals in its drinking water and the same maker of those chemicals, 3M. 3M has a plant in Decatur that produced the chemicals for years. While Minnesota sued 3M and won an […]

  • Does Minnesota’s $850 million drinking water clean up create a path for Alabama?

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – The people of Lawrence County asked WHNT News 19 to find answers after potentially harmful levels of manufacturing chemicals were found in their drinking water in 2016. Our quest to find those answers started with the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority, took us to Montgomery and finally nearly 1,000 miles away in Minnesota. Minnesota officials worked aggressively to hold a company accused of polluting the drinking water accountable. The state was able to secure an […]

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