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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
  • 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 […]

  • Gov. Ivey releases statement on drinking water concerns

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey’s office released a statement Wednesday regarding the water quality and health concerns in Lawrence and Morgan counties. A spokesman for the governor told us their office still hasn’t received a letter sent by the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority on October 12. In that letter, the WMEL water authority general manager, Don Sims, asked Gov. Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall to join in its lawsuit against 3M, seeking millions of dollars for […]

  • West Morgan-East Lawrence water authority asking Governor Ivey, AG Steve Marshall for help suing 3M over drinking water

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala — The West Morgan-East Lawrence water authority is asking Gov. Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall to join in its lawsuit against 3M, seeking millions of dollars for drinking water cleanup. WHNT News 19’s investigation into the issue has found ailing residents in Lawrence County are worried state officials are ignoring their plight. The letter sent Friday by the authority argues that 3M, which has a plant in Decatur, has polluted the Tennessee River with the […]

  • US Sen. Doug Jones says feds, state should take action on Lawrence County water problems

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – A WHNT News 19 Taking Action investigation into the drinking water in Lawrence County is catching the attention of federal officials. State officials say the water’s safe to drink but residents remain wary. Alabama Senator Doug Jones is now weighing in and says he hears the people of Lawrence County. “Why your reporting is so important is to bring this attention and to keep this on the radar for state officials,” said Jones. “Frankly, I’m concerned […]

  • Gov. Ivey releases statement on Lawrence County water concerns, Maddox says more should be done

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Walt Maddox, said it’s about time officials take a hard look at fixing the water problems in Lawrence County. Many of the people who live in Lawrence County believe the drinking water is killing them. His opponent, Republican candidate Kay Ivey, hasn’t said much on the issue. However, her office issued its first detailed response regarding the issue since our Sept. 24 report on drinking water and health concerns in Lawrence County. “Governor […]

  • Democratic AG candidate vows to take action on Lawrence County water issue, AG remains silent

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — The people of Lawrence County are afraid the lifeblood of a society, the water supply, is killing them. They feel ignored by officials elected to represent them. They want state officials including the Attorney General to hold the polluters responsible. In Alabama, Attorney General Steve Marshall isn’t saying anything. Marshall also doesn’t appear to be doing anything regarding the contaminated water in Lawrence County. But his Democratic opponent in the November election, Joe Siegelman is talking […]

  • Aderholt challenger in U.S. House race says more should be done to address Lawrence County water issue

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — It’s been more than two weeks since we shed light on issues surrounding Lawrence County’s drinking water, yet few state officials have responded to our requests for answers. Democratic nominee Lee Auman is running for Alabama’s District 4 congressional seat, a position currently held by U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt. After watching WHNT’s Taking Action Investigation, Auman described the report as eye-opening. “I had no idea the extent… so I was a little bit floored to learn […]

  • Governor remains silent on Lawrence Co. water quality issue, AG’s office working to get answers

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – It’s been two years since dangerous chemicals were found in the Lawrence County drinking water. The residents are still worried about the quality of the water supply and many believe it’s killing them. Many of them tell us state officials continue to ignore their concerns. We’ve asked the Governor and Attorney General several times about the drinking water in Lawrence County. The response has been limited. We reached out to Attorney General Steve Marshall’s office a […]

  • Residents concerned about drinking water quality, feel abandoned by State of Alabama

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Ernest Nance is stuck in his bed. He has a number of ailments, including kidney issues and skin lesions. Nance says doctors haven’t figured out the cause of his health problems, but he has an idea. “They don’t know why my wounds won’t heal. They won’t heal,” Nance said. “They don’t know why they won’t heal. And I think it’s because I’m here using the water to bathe. I’m drinking the […]

  • Tonight at 10: What’s in the Water?

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. —  Residents of Lawrence County are concerned about their drinking water. In fact, many believe the water is killing them. “There’s more sick people then there are healthy people,” says Beth McCarley. Two years ago the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority sounded the alarm after finding high levels of PFC chemicals in the water supply. The WMEL water authority installed a new filtration system. But residents still don’t feel safe. Ernest Nance is stuck in his […]

  • Former Grissom student sues Huntsville City Schools over transgender discrimination

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A former Grissom High School student filed a federal discrimination lawsuit Wednesday against school staff members and the city school board. According to the complaint, Zelda  Menefee began making a social transition from male to female in summer 2014, meaning she changed her first name, changed identity documents to indicate a female gender, began wearing female clothing and using female restrooms. She enrolled at Grissom as a freshman in January 2015, the complaint states. Menefee, now 19, […]