Dallas Parker joined the WHNT News 19 news team as a reporter/multimedia journalist in October 2018. She was born and raised in the barbecue capital of the world, Kansas City, Missouri, and is delighted to make Huntsville her new home.
Dallas is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism. During her time at Mizzou, she was a multimedia journalist for the school’s news station, KOMU 8 News, and worked with several other newsrooms throughout the Missouri School of Journalism.
In her free time, Dallas loves having listening parties for new music releases, online shopping, trying new restaurants and traveling.
If you run into Dallas outside the newsroom don’t be afraid to say hello! If you have any news tips, comments or concerns, shoot Dallas an email at Dallas.Parker@whnt.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @ParkerReports or Facebook @DallasParkerReports.
FALKVILLE, Ala. – Despite numerous road closure signs, the residents of Bert Stinson Road in Morgan County say people keep traveling it like it’s a through street. “They come on through and they’re sliding,” said Billy Wherley, a Bert Stinson resident. “They think it’s on further but you’re right here on top of it. They slide and one truck nearly ran up into the gravel pit last night.” Wherley said ATV drivers are using the construction site as a playground. […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It has been 12 years since the Virginia Tech campus shooting, a massacre that left 27 students and 5 faculty members dead. Oakwood University said when the Virginia Tech shooting happened, it did not have a police department on its campus. Soon after, it incorporated its very own department on campus. The department has also put in place a team designed specifically to address reported student behavior before its too late. “Since Virginia Tech we’ve instituted a […]
NORMAL, Ala. – When WHNT News 19 first began looking into students affected by a dorm fire at Alabama A&M, we were told that donations collected on behalf of the university would go toward helping students impacted by the fire without renters insurance. Friday, Alabama A&M said that’s not the case and even after affected students were asked to submit an itemized loss form with their values, the school said those students may not be reimbursed in full. Bailee Redus was […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama legislators are getting closer to making marriage licenses signed by probate judges a thing of the past. Senate Bill 69′s sponsor, Senator Greg Albritton R-Range, said some conservative judges in the state object to same-sex marriages because of personal beliefs and political pressures. A state LGBTQ advocacy group, Blk Pearl, said while SB 69 is a step, it isn’t necessarily a top priority for members of the LGBTQ community. “We need to start thinking about the […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – On this day last year, Huntsville Police Officer Keith Earle died following two on-duty car crashes in the same day. He had an unspecified medical condition that led to the crashes. His death hit HPD hard. The officers at the department’s North Precinct say his death left a void in their precinct that will be hard to fill. “I first met Officer Earle, Keith as I liked to call him, I think it was ’95 when I […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Most parents only wish for one thing when it comes to bringing a baby into the world, good health. Depending on diseases mom and dad may carry, the baby could also be at risk. But what if you had the chance to know your baby’s genetic makeup before birth to determine if the gene for a disease was passed down? “There’s this new class of tests to directly look at the baby’s DNA from mom’s blood,” explained […]
HARVEST, Ala. – Madison County residents were busy driving up and dropping off hazardous items to be properly disposed of Wednesday afternoon. The Solid Waste Disposal Authority says there’s a wide variety of things that qualify as hazardous material. Think about the kitchen and bathroom cleaners we use on a daily basis. When we’re done with them or we buy new ones, we just usually throw the old ones in the trash. The Solid Waste Disposal Authority says we shouldn’t […]
MADISON, Ala. – While neighborhoods see construction work all the time, some parents on this block are concerned about recent work. Not because workers are making too much noise, or taking too long but because they are driving big trucks onto the block in reverse with no guidance. One resident says several children under the age of seven play in these front yards. Lisel Powell, her husband and children moved to Coach Lamp Drive in Madison a few years ago. […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The HudsonAlpha Genomic Services Lab (GSL) has signed an agreement with Discovery Life Sciences to form a new division of their company, HudsonAlpha Discovery. HudsonAlpha co-founder Jim Hudson said this partnership will expand the reach of the genetic science research. The HudsonAlpha Discovery lab will be located on the HudsonAlpha campus in preexisting laboratory space. HudsonAlpha Discovery will combine with the current global biospecimen and analytic services of its parent company, Discovery Life Sciences, to provide the […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If you’ve lived in the area for a while, you’ve probably noticed that the Rocket City is preparing for take off. New developments are popping up left and right and more people are visiting. For a while, the number of hotel rooms could sustain the number of visitors. But things have changed. “Huntsville is growing, we’re hosting more activities, more people are moving into the community and the overall business climate is growing,” said Charles Winters, Executive […]
DECATUR, Ala. – A Decatur woman took to the streets to show just how unhappy she was about a monthly bill she received. Angela Hill said she moved to her Decatur home 5 months ago. She rents the home and lives a very minimalistic lifestyle. “I open my windows and I use the sunlight to light my house, at night I use one tv,” said Hill. She said she doesn’t use a microwave, dishwasher or have central air or heat in […]
MADISON, Ala. – CBD or cannabidiol products are becoming widely recognized for pain relief, and the Madison Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon on a new CBD store Tuesday. Though these products are being sold around the country, James Kenney, owner of Your CBD Shop, said there are still lots of misconceptions. “A lot of people are afraid that it’s marijuana, or it’s illegal or it’s going to make you high, you need a prescription and none of that’s […]