Ethan Fitzgerald joined WHNT News 19 in October 2019 as a multimedia journalist/reporter. Ethan is from Oregon City, Oregon which is located just outside of Portland.
Ethan started his broadcasting career in Missoula, Montana while he was in college at the University of Montana. Ethan used to ride his bike in -30 degree weather from his dorm room to KPAX-TV where he ran studio cameras and co-produced the morning show.
During his time up north, Ethan eventually ended up anchoring sports for NBC Montana. He covered the Montana Grizzlies, one of the top FCS football programs in the country.
Ethan most recently worked in Dayton, Ohio for WDTN-TV as a reporter and sports anchor. Over a three-year period, Ethan covered the opioid epidemic extensively. Between 2018-2019, Ethan covered a massive tornado outbreak in an urban area, several major union strikes and a tragic mass shooting in Dayton.
Ethan, his wife Stefanie and their 2 cats Griz and Bailey are new to the South. They are always looking for a new adventure.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala – The 19th annual DiscoverE Future City Regional Competition will take place at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration this Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Last year, The Academy for Science and Foreign Language placed 2nd nationally in Washington D.C. after they won regional’s in Huntsville. The top 20 middle schools from Alabama will compete for the all-expenses-paid trip to D.C. Each year, students are tasked with an engineering-based issue to build the project around. “They […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Back in 2018, Huntsville experienced 27 homicides and in 2019 the city saw 19 criminal homicides plus 2 vehicular homicides. Many of the cases have resulted in arrests. However, the survivors, also known as the family members, still deal with the unbelievable on a day-to-day basis. Wednesday night, a room at the Huntsville Library reserved for the Homicide Survivors Support Group sat mostly empty. “We can typically see anywhere from about 4 people to about 12. Maybe […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville City Council chamber was packed Tuesday as residents and community groups made their cases to local senators and representatives. The 2020 Alabama Legislative Session will start on February 4, 2020, and will adjourn on May 18, 2020. Each person that decided to address the politicians got 3 minutes to make their cases. Not every person heard back from their representatives for each topic. The topics themselves came from all across the board. “I am here […]
MADISON, Ala – The City of Madison is the latest city to approve the framework to allow cell carriers to install Small Cell Wireless Facilities on utility poles and other infrastructure. The technology is small and essentially diverts cell traffic from larger towers to localized high traffic areas. If you are on the couch and your device shows full 4G connectivity, but Facebook is still moving slow, that likely means too many people are doing the same thing and it’s […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – January 10 is Alabama’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which comes just before the national day of awareness. In fact, all of January is meant to serve as a month of educating people about human trafficking. David Pinkleton of the Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force and End It Alabama said the state has come a long way in fighting human trafficking. At one time Alabama was graded nationally with a ‘D’ in prevention. Now Alabama has an ‘A’. […]
CULLMAN, Ala – Hundreds of churchgoers filled Temple Baptist Church to hear the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office explain best practices for church security. This comes on the heels of a church shooting in White Settlement, Texas that killed two people. The video seen around the world shows a fast-acting security team taking down the threat in seconds. “We got to protect ourselves. Protect members of our church. That’s a high priority for us,” said Trent Loyd of Flint Creek Baptist […]
MADISON, Ala – After a few students and teachers had flu-like symptoms going into the holidays, Madison City Schools is spraying their 12 buildings with a special ionized cleaning solution. “When the kids came back from Christmas, we haven’t had any cases (flu) that we know of. So we thought we’d go ahead and be proactive and put it out there now. If there’s germs brewing, we can kill them off,” said Bonnie Davis, the head nurse of the Madison […]
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – As the March 3 Alabama primary inches closer, the fight to represent Alabama in Washington D.C. heats up. U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne and Jeff Sessions, who is a former U.S. Attorney General and a former U.S. Senator, spoke to Republicans in Guntersville to make their case to voters. Republicans from all over the Tennessee Valley, even reporters from the Washington Post and NY Times filled Wintzell’s Oyster House Tuesday night. “If we could please, let’s start with […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Drugs, guns and counterfeit checks landed five Huntsville residents in jail after a search warrant was issued earlier this week. Not all of the suspects wanted to surrender to police which led to a brief standoff with the Madison County SWAT Team. Madison County SWAT members surrounded a home on Oakdale Court in north Huntsville on Monday. Windows were smashed and neighbors said the SWAT team barked commands for several minutes before shooting in tear gas. That’s […]
MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – After heavy rain on Thursday and rain all day Friday, several rivers have come close to their crest. Many residents along the Flint River made sure to secure their belongings in their back yards as water levels got higher. “We started worrying a little bit. Definitely thought about tying the trampoline down last night. Making sure it doesn’t float away,” said Ashley Woodcock, a New Market Resident. Many tables and signs along the river near Brown […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s been roughly one year since construction started on 3.4 miles of Cecil Ashburn Drive and in the process, several businesses felt their bottom lines drop sharply in 2019. WHNT News 19 has kept in contact with several small businesses, including Anaheim Chili. “We definitely had slow business. We did. Not everybody was traveling all the way to Monte Sano or Hobbs Island to get over to this area,” said Steven Mink, a cook at Anaheim Chili. […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala – After breaking ground roughly two years ago, the CEO of Huntsville-Madison County 9-1-1 said the 16 million dollar facility should be ready by March. The 30,000 sq ft building will expand the dispatcher/call-taker amount from 36 people to 52 people to better match rapid growth across the Tennessee Valley. It’s that same growth that has actually delayed the project. “We are waiting on some key materials. We are waiting on subcontractors. Everything has to be done in […]