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 – Barring a sudden change in course, the U.S. Space Force is set to become the 6th branch of the U.S. Military. This after the House passed a bipartisan military spending bill equaling roughly 738 billion dollars this week. Included in that framework is the basis of the U.S. Space Force. The Senate is expected to send the deal to President Trump in the coming weeks. The first step for the U.S. Space Force is to select a […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Of the 560 officers to die in the line of duty in Alabama’s recorded history, 320 have died from gunshots. Between 2016 through 2018, officer death numbers were low. Many will say low is still too many. Back in 2004, nine Alabama law enforcement officers lost their lives in the line of duty. That is the state record. So far, in 2019, 7 officers have lost their life. The most recent, Billy Clardy III of Huntsville was […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville police officers from the South Precinct opened their doors to the community on Wednesday night. It was scheduled before the day that Officer Billy Clardy died during a drug enforcement operation. The event was about helping officers help the community. But after a whirlwind last few days, this event was just as much about healing for the officers. Many police officers will tell you there can be a disconnect with the communities that they police and […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Voters in Huntsville can participate in a special election on Tuesday that centers around the school district as officials try to update outdated tax lingo. As the region grows, Huntsville City Schools now serves students in Limestone and Morgan Counties. Meaning, tax levels vary and need to be evened out to accommodate the growth. “Usually the people that live outside of Madison County are the ones that cost us the most to educate. Because we have major […]
MADISON, Ala. – Heritage Elementary students in Madison participated in a unique competition on Thursday. Amazing Shake is a competition that focuses on soft skills, like handshakes, eye contact and professionally navigating a room. Students carried a scorebook and judged graded them on skill sets. In one of the challenges, fifth-graders were asked to enter a room, shake some hands and start a conversation with an adult who graded them with little to no sympathy. “We are going to take […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Police officers around Huntsville want to make sure every parent can give their kids a good Christmas. Members of the Fraternal Order of Police of Lodge 6 joined together this evening for what’s known as Christmas Prayers with a Cop. For 16 years, the group has helped out dozens of families. Mom and dad get to go shopping, while police officers spend time with the kids. Over the years, more than 400 families have purchased gifts for […]
ARAB, Ala. – It’s that time of the year and everyone is getting in the holiday spirit, even the President and First Lady. Three Tennessee Valley residents just returned from the nation’s capitol, where they decked the halls of the White House. It’s easy to imagine a bunch of White House staffers decorating the people’s house. But that’s not exactly how it goes. Randy Harwood, of Arab, is a veteran and one of roughly 70 people to help First Lady […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The streets of downtown Huntsville were filled with families braving chilly weather for the Huntsville Christmas Parade. The theme this year was Christmas Around the World. Three judges graded the floats on creativity, execution, and theme. First place won $300, second won $200 and third won $100. Santa himself took a break from the chilly temperatures up north to enjoy some southern holiday spirit. Santa talked with WHNT NEWS 19 reporter Ethan Fitzgerald about why he loves […]
MADISON, Ala – Autumn Lorenz-Peterson traveled with her family out of Huntsville International en route to Washington D.C. around Thanksgiving when the family lost a small printed photo. The picture shows Lorenz-Peterson with her 2-year-old, Anna. Lorenz-Peterson is wearing her military uniform. Brandon Ray of New Hope found the picture as he made his way to New York. When he saw the woman in uniform, he instantly wondered if she was deployed. It’s not uncommon for troops to carry printed […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As Brandon Ray of New Hope made his way through Huntsville International Airport, en route to New York, he stumbled upon a picture of a solider and what presumably is her daughter. Thanksgiving Day, Ray reached out to WHNT to see if we could help him locate the woman or her family. “My first thought was when I saw it, I figured maybe she was on deployment,” said Ray. Between his post with 18 shares and our […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Huntsville pastor that was ordained by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has passed away. Reverend Homer McCall’s services will follow this weekend. The reverend had a close relationship with Dr. King, who would sometimes pick McCall up from college as he traveled across the South for the civil rights movement. “Homer is a very dear friend,” said Dr. King in a recording shared by McCall’s family. “I have been so busy that I didn’t have time […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – With the recent death of Lowndes County Sheriff John ‘Big John’ Williams, 6 Alabama law enforcement officers have died in 2019 while on duty. “I knew Big John through my affiliation through the Alabama Sheriff’s Association. He was a giant of a man in stature as well as heart,” said Chief David Jernigan of the Madison Police Department. According to The Fallen Officer Memorial Page, a website that keeps track of fallen officer statistics dating back to […]