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Sarah Macaluso joined WHNT News 19 in June 2016 as a Reporter/MMJ. Born and raised in Florida, she is excited to make the move to the Tennessee Valley.

Sarah has a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication and Film from The University of Alabama. While in school, she worked for WVUA-TV in Tuscaloosa as a reporter and fill-in anchor. At WVUA, Sarah covered a variety of news stories that include an explosion at a textile plant in Brent, the Governor Bentley scandal, and of course, multiple National Championships from the Crimson Tide.

Sarah’s love for reporting is driven by her love for people. She has a passion for telling stories and looks forward to keeping the Tennessee Valley informed.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys exploring the Huntsville area and hanging out with friends. You can also catch her cheering for the Crimson Tide during football season.

If you have any news tips, comments or questions, you can email her at or find her on Twitter @SarahMacaluso.

Recent Articles
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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. If you don’t know someone with the disease — it’s a disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement — including tremors. The Huntsville-Madison County Senior Center hosts a fitness program called Rock Steady Boxing. It’s non-contact boxing with the goal of empowering people with Parkinson’s to fight back. “My neurologist told me about it, recommended that I try it,” said boxer, Fred Gasbarro. For six months, Fred Gasbarro has been […]

  • Huntsville Police will host citizen active shooter class

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  The Huntsville Police Department is opening an active shooter training class to the public for the first time. It’s called CRASE (Citizen Response to Active Shooter). “Most people don’t realize, over the last 15 years, Huntsville, Alabama has had five…by the standards of the FBI — active shooter events,” said Officer John Hollingsworth. In 2010, a gunman opened fire at Discovery Middle School. The gunman killed a 14-year-old student in the hallway. Although, Officer Hollingsworth says it might […]

  • The 911’s call center’s role in criminal investigations

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. –  A string of robberies in Limestone County and a manhunt in Harvest that spanned two counties made the week’s top stories. One common denominator in both of those: the Huntsville Madison County 911 call center. An average day for the Madison County 911 call center involves answering around 600 calls. On Tuesday, a robbery call began an early morning investigation for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. What would turn into a string of robberies…didn’t last long after the […]

  • Local restaurant cited for storing jugs of bleach on food prep tables

    Morgan County Las Vias Mexican Grill 1000 Beltline Road SW, Decatur Violations: Unlabeled toxic cleaners No date labels on cooked chicken, soup or beans Bare hand contact with ready to eat food Score: 80 Hibachi Express  1720 6th Avenue, Decatur Violations: Jug of bleach being stored on food prep table Dirty can opener blade Residue on plastic pans and bins Score: 82 (repeat offender) Lauderdale County Dairy Queen 570 South Court Street, Florence Violations: No date on mushroom sauce Lettuce […]

  • Taking Action: Have you not filed your taxes yet? Here’s what you need to know

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  We’re taking action to help keep you from being a victim of tax fraud. The deadline to file your taxes is April 15th. There are some red flags you should know about before having your taxes prepared by just anyone at the last-minute. “Even though this is down to the wire, you’ve got to be careful who you choose in terms of a tax preparer, if you don’t prepare your own,” said Elizabeth Garcia with the Better […]

  • Huntsville Hospital’s trauma team teaches visitors a life-saving technique

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Hospital’s Trauma and Emergency Services spent the day educating people on how to “stop the bleed.” In the lobby of the hospital, trauma nurses taught visitors and other staff how to apply a tourniquet and the benefits of the skill. Chief of Trauma, Dr. Rony Najjar, says it’s an easy skill to learn. “It’s a very simple process,” said Dr. Najjar. “You can teach it to anyone and everyone and I think it really needs to be […]

  • Missing licenses and cross food contamination in restaurants across the Valley

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  • Madison County Sheriff’s Office: Jennifer Powers case is not cold, still actively investigating

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Investigators have a person of interest in the disappearance of Jennifer Powers and need the public’s help in closing the case. For almost ten years, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies have been searching for Powers. She was last seen at her house on Granto Road in Harvest. It started as a missing person case, following several leads and information from the public, to searching her former home. The circumstances surrounding Powers’ disappearance has […]

  • Felines and Canines Rescue Center weeks away from opening in Owens Cross Roads

    OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. –  Felines and Canine Rescue Center is getting ready to open the doors of its newest facility in Owens Cross Roads. The Chicago-based animal shelter set its sights on north Alabama because of the surplus of homeless dogs and cats. “We went from inception, identifying the need, realizing there was a surplus of animals here and a lack of adopters,” said Development Director, Kelly Thompson. “We coordinated with several people locally throughout northern Alabama to really […]

  • Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce hosts event for teachers to promote financial literacy in the classroom

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. –  The Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event for teachers to help bring new tools to their classrooms. They’re focusing on financial literacy with the help of some local banks. The Chamber is working to make financial literacy material more accessible in the classroom. “Money and Malts is our opportunity to bring financial literacy curriculum to teachers in a fun environment,” said Jill Bruton with the Chamber. The event will take place on March […]

  • Attorney General Steve Marshall presents Bob Jones with Safe School Initiative Award for second year in a row

    MADISON, Ala. – The Attorney General’s Office recently announced the winners of the Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Awards. This year, Bob Jones High School in Madison won for its district. “Safety is number one,” said Principal Sylvia Lambert. “It’s our number one priority.” Lambert says Bob Jones makes school culture the center of school safety. The school hosts “S2S” (student to student) programs, helping students of all ages connect with each other. They also rely on school resource officers. “Our school […]

  • Huntsville Utilities urges customers to prepare for severe weather

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  As we monitor the risk of severe weather, Huntsville Utilities is on standby for any damage or outage reports. The company has a message on what to look out for when severe weather hits. “Anytime we have a situation like this, it’s kind of all hands on deck,” said Joe Gehrdes with Huntsville Utilities. Extra crews are on deck to respond to any damage or outages from severe weather. “The best way is to call that in,” […]

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