Elise Morgan is an Emmy nominated journalist who has co-anchored the Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast two years in a row, as awarded by Alabama’s Associated Press. Elise joined WHNT News 19 in November 2006. She anchors WHNT News 19 at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. You can also watch her nightly health reports on WHNT News 19 at 9:00 on WHNT2.

Elise is a native of Texas. Before coming to the Tennessee Valley, she spent two and half years working at TV stations in Dallas/Fort Worth. Prior to that, Elise was the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. anchor at stations across Texas, including the Waco/Temple/Killeen market. She was at the desk during some of the most memorable stories of that time, including 9-11, The Oklahoma City Bombing, and the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.

In addition to her work as an anchor and reporter, Elise taught courses for the government on crisis communications and the media, with an emphasis on terrorism. She also anchored and produced programming for the Law Enforcement Television Network, a national satellite network that trains law enforcement officials. Elise graduated with highest honors from the University of Texas with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Elise has a passion for health that you can see not only in her health reporting, but also in her work around the community. She recently helped organize a health fair open to the Tennessee Valley that offered a number of free tests, including prostate screening, oral cancer screening, bone density, blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure, and free immunizations. Her health reports have covered everything from “Andy’s Story”, a personal look inside her brother’s fight with prostate cancer to possible health hazards associated with using cell phones. On a daily basis, she brings the community the latest health findings, research, personal battles, and interesting tidbits in hopes of helping all of us live the healthiest and highest quality lives we can.

Every Labor Day weekend, you’ll find Elise fighting for those who are battling neuromuscular diseases. For 10 years, Elise has been a co-host of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, helping fund research and services for those affected by muscular dystrophy.

Elise enjoys traveling and has been on a number of adventures including backpacking through Europe and exploring parts of the Middle East. She also enjoys hiking and spending time with her husband, Michael.

Recent Articles
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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – No one looks forward to surgery. But the good news is, if you need to have it, you have more options than ever before, including robotic assisted surgery. Now, more specialties are jumping on board this new technology. Crestwood Medical Center uses the da Vinci Si. They now have two of them. According to ENT surgeon Dr. Mark Hagood, “It lets us approach an area that’s remote to us to visualize with great magnification, super resolution, […]

  • Elise Morgan Bids Farewell to WHNT, Tennessee Valley

    It’s a bittersweet moment as I announce this week will be my last at WHNT News 19. About two months ago, I received a call that I’ll never forget. My mother had just heard from her doctor with news that she had breast cancer. She was in the middle of the grocery store at the time and stood in shock with her cell phone in one hand and her cart in the other. I was the first person she’d shared […]

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    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Spring is a crucial time for crops, and this spring has been colder than usual. With lows expected to dip into the 20’s Tuesday night, those at Isom’s Orchard in Athens are ready to take any precautions necessary to save their peaches. John Isom is a manager at Isom’s Orchard. He says, “We’re running the water today to actually saturate, to get as much moisture as we can in the ground, and that will give us […]

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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’ve ever wondered if one person can make a difference, we have an inspiring story for you. And the best part, it’s a high school junior who’s behind it all. Leila Bond is a junior at Grissom High School this year. Last year she helped organize a book drive for a number of local agencies. With her passion fueling the project, the school collected 1,500 books. Bond says she called the Huntsville Downtown Rescue Mission […]

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    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The city of Athens is using social media to make sure citizens are in the know. Holly Hollman is public information officer for the city of Athens. Hollman says, “Especially with the cold weather we`re going to have coming up, where it looks like we`ll be below freezing, we try to get information out to the public as quickly as possible.” She goes on to say, “The quickest way for us to do that is first […]

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  • Voucher Help: Healthy Food for Seniors

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) There’s help to get good nutrition for seniors who are 60 or older and whose household income meets the maximum requirements. They can get food vouchers to be spent on local fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s through a program called the Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Seniors take the vouchers to listed farmers markets to make their selections.  And it’s not just the seniors who benefit. Emily Sandlin, director at the Council on Aging, says, “The state […]

  • Athens Ready For Main Street

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) Athens is one of a handful of communities statewide that are prepared to get on Main Street. Wednesday Athens hosted a meeting at Athens State University that can help other communities in Alabama do the same. Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks says, “The city of Athens is one of 13 cities participating in the Main Street program. In north Alabama, only Athens and Florence are looking to be certified as a Main Street city.” The goal of the […]

  • Athens Remembers Officers Killed 10 Years Ago

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Thursday marked the 10-year anniversary of a tragic day in Athens history.  On January 3, 2004, two police officers were killed in the line of duty. The City of Athens paid tribute in a special ceremony at the police department. Officer Anthony Mims and Sergeant Larry Russell were shot and killed as they responded to a call.  Mims’ wife recalls her last conversation with her husband about an hour before he was killed. “I was able […]

  • Toxic Teeth: Are Silver Fillings To Blame For Other Medical Problems?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Rita Aaron got her first silver filling, also known as a dental amalgam, at the age of 15 years old. Within two years she had eight of those fillings. After almost 40 years in her mouth, she started to notice some strange symptoms. “Leg pain and hip pain,” Aaron describes it. “The pain would start in my hip and go all the way down to my ankles.” The pain was so intense, she couldn’t sleep. “I […]

  • Woman Claims She Was Mercury Poisoned

    Freya Koss was a successful, active business woman. She was an event planner, played tennis, and even took ballet into her mid-50’s. One night when she was walking out of a theater, she was hit with severe physical symptoms out of nowhere. Koss says, “I had double vision, drooping eyelids, loss of equilibrium, loss of muscle strength, and swollen mandibular glands.” With just one look at her pictures, you can see how dramatic the physical changes were. Koss recalls, “I went […]

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