Matt is a Colorado native but is now addicted to the southern sunshine, sweet tea, and fried chicken!

Matt grew up in a small town tucked away in a high Rocky Mountain valley with a ski area out his back door.

Matt comes to WHNT from the CBS affiliate in Grand Junction, CO. He has worked in newspaper, radio and television since he was 16 years old when he got his first reporting job.

Matt is an Emmy award winning journalist who enjoys getting to tell stories that get people thinking.

He graduated from Colorado Mesa University on the Western Slope of Colorado with a degree in Mass Communications.

When not chasing down the news, Matt can be found wondering the halls at Lowe Mill or hiking on Monte Sano with his puppy #Noah (yes the # is part of Noah’s name)

If you have a story that needs to be told or you just want to say hey, email Matt!

Recent Articles
  • Wheelchair-bound Moulton “hero” presented keys to brand new mobility van

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Courtney Boyll’s story is one that inspires everyone she comes in contact with. A car accident 20 years ago left Courtney unable to walk. Before the accident, Courtney was on the fast track to play college basketball at the University of Alabama, but those dreams were cut short. “That very moment, I decided that I would never give up, that I would fight, and that I would go on with my life and that I would take […]

  • A fond farewell from Matt Kroschel

    For three years I’ve been lucky to call Alabama home. But three years to the day this adventure ends. Another begins, back in my home state of Colorado with the CBS TV station in Denver. Before I pull out of Huntsville, I wanted to put to paper why leaving is so bittersweet, something I didn’t expect when I first found out I would make this state my new home. I have found nothing but genuine hospitality from the fine people […]

  • President Obama targets payday lending practices during Birmingham speech

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — President Obama came to Alabama Thursday to reveal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new proposals to stop predatory lending practices. President  Obama focused on the need for stronger laws and increased transparency with these businesses. Obama said while payday lending establishments are marketed as a tool to meet consumers’ short-term credit needs, payday loans—and loans with similar structures like title loans or other installment loans—often trap families in an abusive and expensive cycle of debt and fees. […]

  • UPDATE: Circus elephant walk draws hundreds to downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — “The Greatest Show on Earth” pulled into the Rocket City just before 5:00 Wednesday evening and found hundreds of people gathered in downtown to welcome the circus train. The elephant walk started just after 7:00 PM.  The circus will be at the VBC with shows starting Thursday. No that was not a minor earthquake, just the @RinglingBros #elephants unloading in downtown #Huntsville #circus @whnt — Matt Kroschel (@Matt_Kroschel) March 26, 2015 Wow! Hundreds gather to […]

  • UPDATE: Manhunt called off until the morning in Limestone County

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Tracking dogs lost the scent of a wanted man they were searching for in dense woods in northern Limestone County Tuesday evening. Deputies suspended the search until Wednesday morning. Members of several law enforcement agencies are looking for a man they said got into a scuffle with an officer and ran from a traffic stop Tuesday at 3:00 PM. Officials say it happened in the Ardmore area near Sweet Springs Road and Brock Road. They are searching for 32-year-old […]

  • Huntsville maintains top AAA credit rating from Wall Street

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —   The Rocket City continues to enjoy a stellar reputation with the Wall Street credit rating agencies. Standard & Poor’s on Monday awarded the city its top AAA credit rating. S&P gave Huntsville a AAA rating. That's 7 straight yrs w/ the top credit rating. S&P recognized our strong economic base & fiscal policies — Tommy Battle (@TommyBattle) March 23, 2015 Last week Moody’s Investors Service also gave the city its highest rating of a triple A. […]

  • Family feels indigent burial laws need updating

    NEW MARKET, Ala. (WHNT) —  When Faith Owens found out here nephew who she had not heard from in over a decade had terminal cancer and had no other family, she took him into her home where he spent his last days before passing March 9th. Richard Dockins left this world with not a penny to his name, no possessions, not even a photo could be found to be attached to the one line obituary that ran in a local […]

  • UPDATE: Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signs charter schools bill, local superintendent not happy

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT/AP) – Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a bill to allow charter schools in the state.  The governor’s spokeswoman said Bentley signed the GOP-championed bill into law on Thursday. The Alabama Legislature gave final approval to the bill Wednesday after several hours of contentious debate in the House of Representatives. Republicans called the bill a session priority, saying that the schools will spark innovation and provide education choices for families. Democrats argued the new schools would drain education […]

  • Should employers be allowed to ask job applicants if they are convicted of a crime?

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) — Should Alabamians be forced to disclose whether they have a criminal background on employment applications? One Senator doesn’t think so and he is sponsoring a bill that would get that question removed. The “ban the box” legislation has recently gained traction in other states, but not in Alabama — yet. Last session, two democratic lawmakers rallied for a similar bill, but so far the bill has not passed out of committee. Senator Quinton Ross of Montgomery is sponsoring legislation to “ban the box.” […]

  • New proposed legislation at federal & state level targets human traffickers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama lawmakers are expected to vote on legislation that will create a “safe harbor” for victims of human trafficking this legislative session. WHNT learned the Safe Harbor Bill will be filed in the coming month. If it is passed, it would protect victims caught up in human trafficking. Experts say many victims are young teens.  Law enforcement officials say under current law, victims could face prostitution charges, although that rarely happens. At the same time, a series of […]

  • Over 65 years old? You could be paying extra if you’re not taking advantage of state tax exemption

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The “Over 65 Years Old Exemption” applies to anyone in the state, but WHNT found many people are unaware of the exemption, and now the Madison County Tax Assessor’s office is vowing to work harder to make the information easier to find for seniors. Harry Stokes will turn 71-years-old this summer. He says he has paid the property tax for six years without knowing he qualified for the exemption. When he stumbled across the information this past […]

  • Madison County Sheriff pushes for 1/2 cent sales tax increase to fix major problems

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Sighting major funding gaps, and unequal pay among county deputies and other metro law enforcement officers, Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning is asking for a half-cent sales tax increase in the county. Madison Sheriff officials met with our news partners at Tuesday to discus the problems the department currently faces due to budget shortfalls. Currently, Sheriff’s Office officials say the department is down eight deputies in the field and another 24 in the jail. The proposed tax […]

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