A Huntsville native, Irene loves working in her hometown.
After graduating from Lee High School in 2010, she went off to the University of Montevallo. There she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Public Relations.
She started at WHNT shortly after graduation as a part-time Production Assistant. From there she went on to be promoted to News Editor. After some time dominating Final Cut X, a position on the web team opened up. She is the newest Interactive Content Producer and absolutely loves it.


Recent Articles
  • AG asks court to set hearing date for Limestone County judge indicted on theft, elderly exploitation charges

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — The Alabama Attorney General’s Office filed a motion asking the Limestone County Circuit Court to set an arraignment date for a judge who was indicted last month on multiple charges. Limestone County District Court Judge Douglas Patterson was indicted Dec. 11 on charges of third-degree theft, financial exploitation of the elderly and using his position for personal gain. According to the motion, the prosecution attempted pre-arraignment negotiations, but the effort was unsuccessful. Prosecutors said there is […]

  • Huntsville officer gets surprise visit from sons on Christmas Eve to continue bedtime story tradition

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Most families hope to spend the holidays together, but sometimes they just can’t. A Huntsville family decided to not let their circumstances keep them apart. Every year on Christmas Eve Officer Jason Potter reads “The Night Before Christmas” to his sons, Kadin and Gavin. This year, Jason had to work a double shift and knew he wouldn’t be able to see his boys before bedtime. His wife Amanda was determined to make it happen, so she packed […]

  • Fort Payne officer loses home in fire on Christmas Eve

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. — A Fort Payne police officer and his family lost their home and their belongings in an early morning fire Christmas Eve. Firefighters responded to the home on Dogwood Circle just after 4 a.m Tuesday. Sergeant JC Brown and his family were able to get out unharmed, Fort Payne Fire Marshal Stacy Smith said. The family has temporary housing, but the police department is asking the community to donate essential items. Their sizes are as follows: JC-36/32 […]

  • Joe Wheeler State Park closed until further notice after extensive tornado damage

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala. — Joe Wheeler State Park officials closed the park until further notice after it suffered extensive storm damage from a tornado that moved through the area Monday. According to a post on the park’s Facebook page, the day-use area and half of the campground was severely damaged. Downed trees destroyed bathhouses and damaged travel trailers. No injuries were reported. There are plans to open the park once power is restored for the Lodge, Marina, Cottage and Golf Course […]

  • Crossville cancer patient had to cancel citizenship ceremony, officials later joined him at clinic for swearing-in

    BIRMINGHAM. Ala. — Wednesday saw a dream come true for a Crossville man, though it came at an especially difficult point in his life. Luis Zavala and his family are originally from Honduras. They have lived in the United States for over 14 years. Family friend, Heather Fann, said Luis applied to become a citizen twice, but was denied both times. Luis was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Since his diagnosis, Luis has undergone several surgeries, multiple rounds of […]

  • Kitten found stuck in pipe in Boaz rescued

    BOAZ, Ala. — A kitten was rescued Tuesday after she got stuck in a pipe in Boaz for several hours during storms Monday. RBI Electrical Service & Repair received several phone calls overnight after a post about the kitten made its rounds on social media. After about 15 minutes, electrical service employees Ricky Burns and Brandon Harris were able to pull the kitten out to safety. Burns took the kitten home to his wife and estimates its 12-weeks-old. The couple […]

  • Lawrence County coroner identifies couple killed during Monday storms

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — The Lawrence County coroner identified the couple that died after storms tore across the Tennessee Valley Monday. Justin Chase Godsey and Keisha Leann Cross Godsey, both from Town Creek, died Monday. The couple’s son, Landen, is in serious condition at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, Town Creek Chief of Police Jerry L. Garrett said during a news conference Tuesday. The National Weather Service confirmed four tornados Monday in Madison, Colbert and Lawrence County. A GoFundMe account […]

  • Fire destroys Laceys Spring home

    LACEYS SPRING, Ala. — A fire destroyed a home in Laceys Spring Tuesday afternoon. The Brindlee Mountain Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire on Heart of Dixie Hwy. Crews said the home was unoccupied at the time. Authorities have not released information on what caused the fire.

  • BLOG: Funeral for Huntsville Police Officer Billy Clardy III

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Family, friends and law enforcement officers gathered at Mayfair Church of Christ Tuesday to say their final goodbyes to Huntsville Police Officer Billy Clardy III. Clardy was shot during a drug-related investigation conducted by STAC agents Friday, Dec. 6, near Oakwood Avenue in Huntsville. Shortly after the shooting, Chief Mark McMurray confirmed Clardy died at the hospital from his injuries. After a pursuit on foot, police said they captured the suspect. He was later identified as 41-year-old […]

  • New Hope man seeking owner of photo found at Huntsville International Airport

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — A New Hope man and his family hope to get a photo they found home for the holidays. Brandon Ray says his wife found the photo while at Huntsville International Airport on Wednesday. The name on the soldier’s uniform is Lorenz. Anyone with information about the people in the photo can contact WHNT News 19 by emailing news.department@whnt.com or by calling the newsroom at 256-533-1919.

  • Madison Hospital named first breastfeeding friendly business in the state

    MADISON, Ala. – Most new mothers will tell you, breastfeeding is difficult, especially once they go back to work. While nursing mothers have the right to breastfeed in public, there are no state laws in Alabama that require employers to support them at work. A North Alabama business has been recognized for supporting breastfeeding, not only for their patients but also for their employees. Baby Elijah is born Baby Elijah is just a day old. His mother will do all […]

  • New lawyer for man accused in Madison County cartel-linked double-murder case

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — A man charged in connection with the deaths of a Madison County woman and her granddaughter was given a new attorney Tuesday after a judge granted the withdrawal of his original lawyer. Ron Smith notified the court on November 12 he had to withdraw from the case due to a conflict of interest. Smith said he couldn’t disclose the conflict. A judge approved the motion November 19 and appointed Huntsville attorney Bruce Gardner to the case. […]

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