Jordan Dafnis joined the WHNT News 19 team in January of 2019. Born in California, Jordan grew up in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Arizona and is very excited to now call the Tennessee Valley her home.
She is a recent graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. During her time at the Cronkite School Jordan was a reporter, anchor and weather reporter for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS.
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Valley Hill Country Club is a well-known establishment in the Southeast Huntsville area. It was founded in 1963 and is the only course in the region with 27 holes. When golfers take to the course they expect to see a whole lot of green, but right now, golfers at Valley Hill Country Club are seeing a lot more brown. Ric Patterson is an avid golfer and was just at the Valley Hill course a few weeks ago. […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Sometimes it seems like everyone around you is in the digital world, on their phones and computers. One local couple is bringing people back to the “real” world, or should we say “fantasy” world, through their new board game, Hedge Lord. The game concept started with Dustin Timbrook’s love of hedge mazes. After a trip to Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina, the couple was disappointed because the property doesn’t have any hedge mazes. The couple’s conversation […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – When NASA moved to Huntsville in the early 1960s, it had a major impact on the growth and evolution of the city and the entire North Alabama region. With that, the space industry’s move to the area also helped push along the fight for civil rights and desegregation. Edna Dailey was just 15 years old in 1962 when she began participating in Huntsville sit-ins. “We would just go in and just sit down. One time a guy […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – 50 years have gone by since man first landed on the moon. We’ve been remembering the astronauts and engineers that helped us get there and the people behind the scenes that made it possible. For a mission as great as putting a man on the moon, many people had to get involved. “My first job, I came in, I was doing what I had done for Graham. I was buying supplies,” said Richard Houchens, a retired NASA […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As we continue to celebrate the 4th of July holiday it’s important to remember the heroes that have served our country. The Department of Veterans Affairs says that around 350 World War II veterans die every day, making it essential to share their stories while their voices can be heard. WHNT News 19 met with two World War II veteran’s who met for the first time this week and has very similar experiences. “They would shoot them […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – According to the most recent US News and World Report ranking, Alabama placed last in education. One organization is working to inspire students to have embrace learning, outside of the classroom. The non-profit FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) wants to help Alabama students come out on top. FIRST Representative Anna Strutzenberg says the organization wants students to know STEM is about more than just working at a computer. “That’s kind of FIRST’s main […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Firework shows with their glittering lights and miraculous sparkle almost seem like magic. But, there is a lot of hard work that goes into making sure the fireworks show we all enjoy on the 4th of July doesn’t go down in flames. Lynn Broad is a pyrotechnician and has been for 39 years. He and his crew began setting up for the fireworks a day in advance, and they worked all day long. The fireworks display those […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In a world of uncertainty one thing is irrefutable, one day we are all going. Having a plan for your passing is probably not at the top of your priority list, it may not have even made the list at all. But creating a plan for those you will leave behind when you pass is something experts say everyone should do. The National Funeral Directors Association says 62.5% of people believe that it’s important to talk about […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Space and technology are part of our regions DNA and some local kids are involved at an early age. The “Time Travelers” are a robotics team that participates through the organization “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” or “FIRST.” On Saturday they brought together three levels of the FIRST program to showcase the sport to the community. Their main goal was to show how much fun this STEM-based sport is. This year the theme of […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – When people are facing a crisis situation they can call Crisis Services of North Alabama. The non-profit is there to answer the phone and provide a listening ear and resources for the caller. But, in order to help people they need staff. The organization says they need more volunteers so that they can help more people in our region. Becky Cecil is the development coordinator for CSNA and she says volunteers are the organization’s lifeblood, “You know […]
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Today the Marshall County Commission held a public hearing to consider an annual tax of up to $25 dollars on license plates to provide funding for 14 full-time school resource officers. Several school officials spoke up for the measure, while some citizens voiced concerns over the cost of the program. Gar Benson is a Marshall County Resident who said at the meeting “It’s not right to make people pay for something they don’t need and they […]
ALABAMA – The National Domestic Violence Hotline says that every minute 24 people are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner. More people in north Alabama are reaching out for help with domestic violence. The nonprofit Crisis Services of North Alabama says last year they received 4,000 more calls to their helpline than ever before. They attribute some of the increase to a shift in culture. Becky Cecil is the Development Manager for Crisis Services of North Alabama […]