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.

Recent Articles
  • University offers trauma counseling after school choir survives fiery crash

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Oakwood University is offering trauma counseling to school choir members who were involved in a fiery bus crash over the weekend. The Oakwood University Aeolians choir returned to Huntsville late Tuesday night. Some of them are preparing for graduation this upcoming weekend. But mental and spiritual counseling staff members want to make sure they’re in the right headspace before the semester ends. “My thought was these are someone’s babies, are the babies okay?” said Kimberly Mann an Oakwood […]

  • Health Care Coalition members simulate flu pandemic

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The North Alabama Health Care Coalition orchestrated a flu pandemic simulation involving over 60 agencies. The idea of the simulation is that health care professionals are exposed to a new flu strain for the first time. Professionals were broken up into teams based on their actual field of work. “We have nursing homes, we have hospitals, home health and hospice agencies, clinics and dialysis clinics, so really looking at it from the whole perspective,” explained Candece Adkins of […]

  • Huntsville Hidden Figure: NASA Executive retires after four decades

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A NASA executive walked out of Marshall Space Flight Center for the last time Monday. Lybrease Woodard, who has been associated with NASA since the late seventies, is saying goodbye to a field she says has a big piece of her heart. Woodard’s career with NASA lifted off in 1977,  the same year she graduated from Huntsville High School. She was part of a program that introduced her to the NASA workforce before she headed off to […]

  • Couple wins ‘Teacher of the Year’ awards at Madison Schools

    MADISON, Ala. – Two teachers in Madison City were selected as teacher of the year at their schools. But being winners isn’t their only connection. The two teachers are actually married. Michael Kelley and his wife Anna Kelley not only share a love for education, but one another. Anna is a first grade teacher at Madison Elementary. Michael teaches third graders at Mill Creek Elementary. They both pride themselves for innovative teaching styles and say it feels amazing to share […]

  • Madison County School Board approves multi-million dollar fine arts center

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Sparkman High School is set to get a brand new fine arts center. This will be the school system’s very first fine arts center and it will include an 800-seat theater, band and choir rooms and additional arts classrooms. The price tag is $17.8 million but the superintendent said the opportunities it will yield are priceless. “This is actually going to be a system facility. So the theater is going to be able to seat about […]

  • Keeping your children safe at swimming pools this summer

    MADISON, Ala. – Pools across the Tennessee Valley are beginning to open up. Madison Fire and Rescue officials say if kids are around or in a pool, adults should remember to be extra attentive. The Centers for Disease Control report drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths in the U.S. Water can be problematic for those who aren’t well informed about the dangers of being in it. Sometimes families grow complacent about pool safety and they shouldn’t. Madison Fire […]

  • Madison County companies named “2019 Best Places To Work”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  Huntsville/Madison County Chamber announced the 2019 winners for Best Places To Work Tuesday afternoon. The winners were announced during a luncheon at the Von Braun Center. Laura Huckabee-Jennings of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce said the companies win based on the feedback of actual employees. Some winning companies said the very best way to make sure you’re a contender next year is to genuinely foster a healthy work environment. Several companies in each category took home trophies: […]

  • State to fund university’s mobile farmers market for underserved communities

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey recently awarded Oakwood University $40 thousand for a special project: a mobile farmers market, much like the campus market, that will serve underprivileged communities in Northwest Huntsville. “Our vision for this mobile unit will be an outfitted bus that will be an actual farmers market,” explained Lisa Dalrymple, Healthy Campus 20/20 Director and Oakwood Associate Professor. Oakwood student health ambassadors will be the face of this project. “The state of Alabama, through the ADECA […]

  • Local scientists selected to update national genetic standards and language

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Dr. David Bick and Elaine Lyon will take part in the American College of Medical Genetics working group. This group will update the standard for interpreting genetic test results. These standards will help provide consistency for the patient — as well as a diagnosis. Bick said it’s important to make sure medical professionals continue to speak the same language. “I know that if I can work with my laboratory colleagues all over the world, I will have […]

  • Couples with money secrets growing more common

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Financial infidelity, or money secrets, in relationships is on the rise. That’s according to a recent study conducted by the National Endowment for Financial Education. Experts say those secrets are nothing to play around with, especially when they affect those you love. When two people are in a relationship, whether they are married or just committed and living together, it often prompts them to be more upfront about joint expenses, income and spending. But technology has made keeping money […]

  • DEA and law enforcement partners hosting Drug Take Back Day Saturday

    Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day. It’s meant to get drugs off the streets all around the country. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said local citizens need to be better informed because it affects everyone. “Substance abuse is not restricted to any class of people or any social aspect of our community,” said Madison County Sheriff Kevin Turner. There will be several take back sites across the Valley. Turner hopes the take back sites will make a much-needed community impact. […]

  • Portion of Winchester Road to be widened

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A section of Winchester Road is about to get a huge facelift. Madison County is planning to make a portion of the road wider to accommodate heavy traffic. District 1 Commissioner Roger Jones said the widening is necessary because the road as it stands is dangerous. “Gosh, there’s way too much traffic for a narrow road. Winchester Road is so traffic congested,” explained Jones. “There’s so many people traveling up and down the road it needs to […]

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