I am fortunate to be able to work with a great news team in the area where I grew up. As a Decatur native, I attended Austin High School before my college days at Auburn University.

I cut my teeth in broadcasting at WSFA in Montgomery. During my 7 years there, I produced news for all newscasts and ultimately received a promotion to Executive Producer. This experience set me up for my next stop, Lake Charles, Louisiana. As News Director at KPLC, I had the opportunity to savor the great culture of southwest Louisiana. I also experienced some of the most trying times the state had ever seen with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In August of 2006, I had the opportunity to come home and work for WHNT News 19. I enjoy being part of this area, telling stories from our community and hopefully helping make a difference. If you have any comments or story ideas you’d like to pass along, feel free to email me at david.williams@whnt.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @davidwhnt.

Recent Articles
  • Huntsville man charged with child abuse; victim under 1

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A local man is facing felony child abuse charges tonight.  The reported victim is younger than 1 year old. John Harlan Rhinehart is accused of the crime. Limited information is available right now, but WHNT News 19 has confirmed through Huntsville Police the case started in December when doctors admitted the child to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. Police say more details uncovered in the following days led investigators to believe the injuries were intentionally caused by Rhinehart. […]

  • Auburn Fans Rally for Monday’s BCS Championship: Photo Gallery

    LOS ANGELES (WHNT) – Auburn Tiger fans gathered at LA Live for a special edition of the radio show Tiger Talk and an evening pep rally Sunday. An estimated 2,500 fans got together to hear from host Rod Bramblett and several former Auburn greats like Stan White, Ben Leard and Reggie Slack. The biggest applause early on came when highlights from the 2013 season were played on a huge outdoor screen at LA Live. LA Live is located next door […]

  • BCS Championship: Malzahn News Conference Photo Gallery

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (WHNT)- Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn addressed members of the media Sunday morning.   This was the final time he’ll face the cameras before Monday’s BCS National Championship Game.     Malzahn answered a variety of questions from how Auburn plans to attack Florida State and how many trick plays he plans to call.    Malzahn said he hoped to keep FSU off balance and quote, “A lot of people say we run trick plays, but we call them special plays.  The bottom line is to […]

  • UPDATE: Victim’s Names Released in Deadly Wreck

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama State Troopers released the names of those killed in an overnight wreck.   Daniel Hose, 22 of Athens and Jonathen Jolley, 23 of Harvest died. The wreck happened about 3 a.m. near the intersection of Jeff Road and Mystic Arbor Drive. Emergency personnel tell WHNT News 19 the vehicle the two men were in clipped a tree.  Both were ejected from the vehicle.

  • Christian Women’s Job Corps of Madison County Holds Ribbon Cutting

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A special day Thursday for the Christian Women’s Job Corps of Madison County.    The organization and several community leaders held a ribbon-cutting for its new offices at the First Baptist Church location in Huntsville. The new space will be used for job readiness classes, computer instruction and a career clothes closet for students to shop for a work wardrobe.  The Christian Women’s Job Corps also has offices at Union Hill Primitive Baptist Church and The […]

  • LifeSouth Issues Emergency Appeal For Blood Donations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The winter weather conditions hitting the south are expected to further impact a blood shortage across the area.    Galen Unold, director of donor recruitment and retention with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, says the cold front and snow will mean blood drives in many affected communities could be canceled.  Unold says all blood types are needed, but blood types AB-positive and negative, and O-negative are in shortest supply.  He said all the LifeSouth donor centers expect to be open […]

  • WHNT News 19 & The Huntsville Times To Host Debate With District 5 GOP Candidates