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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 You can also follow her on Twitter @ParkerReports or Facebook @DallasParkerReports.

Recent Articles
  • Officer fulfills dream of serving and protecting her hometown

    DECATUR, Ala. – Brooke White has always dreamed of serving her hometown. She went off to college in Georgia and studied criminal justice where she got her feet wet with the local police department. “I originally thought I wanted to do juvenile delinquency so that I could work with kids that were troubled youth,” White explained. But her plan took a turn. “I applied with the West Point Police Department to do an internship and they sent me to the […]

  • Athlete rider encourages people of all abilities to participate in marathons

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Rocket City Marathon is celebrating over four decades of running this year. Hundreds are registered to get on their marks, get set, and go on Saturday morning. The race directors said the race brings out a variety of participants. “We like to see every person, from every shape and size, every cultural background, every physical ability. We have a woman who partners with her husband. She actually has a team of runners, Shannon Green,” explained Dana […]

  • Christmas comes early for Hartselle High School students

    HARTSELLE, Ala. – The community made Friday very special for some deserving students. Transition teachers at Hartselle High School had an idea to make an Amazon wish list of things they wanted for their classroom. Students got a chance to unwrap the gifts on Friday afternoon. The list was comprised mostly of games and activities that encourage teamwork, communication, and hands-on participation. The transition program’s coordinator said the list’s growth was incredible. “It started with 10 and it just exploded. […]

  • Morgan County investigators foil inmate’s escape plan with just minutes to spare

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Only one inmate has ever successfully escaped the Morgan County Jail to date. John Kaleb Gillespie escaped the jail in October and was on the run for several days. Since then, the sheriff’s office and jail staff have amped up their protocol to prevent an escape from happening again. “We fight every day to keep things out of the jail that aren’t supposed to be here and keep those that are supposed to be in jail, […]

  • Prosecutor warns judge about murder suspect’s bond

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Bernandino Matias, who was charged in the murder of Austin High School sophomore Tania Rico in October, had his first court appearance Tuesday. Prosecutors filed a motion that would require Matias to wear a monitoring device if he is released on bond. He is currently in the Morgan County Jail. According to court records, a detective with the Decatur Police Department said Matias not only confessed to slitting his girlfriend’s throat, but he also said he […]

  • Morgan County deputies complete training in hopes to reduce number of officer deaths

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Below 100 is a national training initiative that focuses on how officers can take steps to save their own lives, even before they face a threat. “The whole initiative is to get line of duty deaths for law enforcement below 100,” said Mike Swafford of the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. “The last time that happened was 1944.” Dozens of Morgan County deputies take to the streets every day. Fifty deputies, 25 jail staff and 20 administrative […]

  • Madison County deputies to attend fallen sheriff’s memorial in Montgomery

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – “He’s been there for so long and had the utmost respect,” said Madison County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Brent Patterson. That’s how the Madison County Sheriff’s Office describes fallen Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams’ interaction with his community. With a law enforcement career spanning 40 years, Williams, affectionately known as Sheriff ‘Big John’ was shot and killed just over a week ago. Local law enforcement officers plan to attend his memorial service Monday. “Anytime you have an […]

  • South Huntsville DMV to get camera, will soon issue driver’s licenses

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The South Huntsville satellite DMV on Bailey Cove Road is getting a new on-site camera thanks to the Madison County Commission. The camera will be used for new license photos.¬†Currently, the location does not have the capability of renewing or replacing driver’s licenses. Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong said each office should be fully functional. “In the next three years, we’re looking at another 14,000 that will move to our region. A vast majority of […]

  • County Leaders: Madison County needs more judges

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – ¬†The Madison County Commission works with the Alabama Office of Courts almost daily. The commission recently renewed an agreement with the state regarding court funding for Madison County in the year ahead. Commission Chairman Dale Strong said the 23rd Judicial Circuit is in dire need of change. “Madison County we’re sitting here with about 360, 370 thousand people and what we’re trying to do is continue the dialogue with the state of Alabama for the urgency […]

  • Dealing with grief during the holidays, mental health resources available

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thanksgiving is coming to an end. The leftovers are being put away goodbyes are being shared. But some families are simply trying to hold it together right now. “This might be your first holiday without your mom, or maybe you lost a son or a daughter, and there’s a lot of pressure to be happy during the holidays when you look at it on tv,” explained Adriane Howard, a licensed independent clinical social worker with Empower Behavioral […]

  • Commission to change two polling places due to accessibility concerns

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Commission agreed to change two polling locations in the county. If you vote at Grace United Methodist Church or Madison Church of Christ expect a change come primary and general elections. Commissioners said they want everyone to be able to cast a ballot no matter their physical ability and its time for a change. “The thing that we’re trying to do is have buildings of public assembly that are set up for handicap […]

  • Sheriff’s office to get cyber security upgrade

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Madison County recently hired an information technology director to evaluate tech set ups for county agencies. Now the Madison County Sheriff’s Office is getting some of that help. Wednesday, the Madison County Commission executed several technology agreements which includes a change in internet providers. “We previously were with AT&T and now WOW! has offered a great package for us. It’ll be faster,” said Commission Chairman Dale Strong. One change, the 911 center will connect to fiber-optic […]

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