I am a news manager and produce many of WHNT News 19’s special projects. I have been working here since October of 2005, but I have been hanging around this station for a good chunk of my life! Growing up in Huntsville, it was a huge dream of mine to work at WHNT.
When I was a student at Buckhorn High School, I started coming to WHNT to job shadow and learn about the business. I knew right away this was the right career path for me. After graduating from Buckhorn in 2001, I headed down to the “loveliest village on the plains” to get my degree in Mass Communication. I spent 4 of the best years of my life at Auburn, and you will still find me at most home games cheering on those Auburn Tigers! War Eagle!
After graduating from Auburn in 2005, I was very blessed to be offered a job as a producer straight out of college. I started as the weekend producer, worked my way up to producing WHNT News 19 This Morning, and then was named Executive Producer of WHNT NEWS 19 at 10pm. I am now a member of the news management team and produce WHNT News 19 at 5. I am proud to have been awarded with 3 regional Emmy awards and an Edward R. Murrow award for some of the special projects that I have produced. I have also been recognized several times by the Associated Press and Alabama Broadcasters Association for some of my work.
Working at WHNT really is a dream come true for me. I am so happy to be in my hometown sharing stories with the wonderful people of the Tennessee Valley.
WHNT – Tropical Storm Nate is dumping heavy amounts of rain as it weakens and moves away from the Gulf Coast. Storm Hunter 19 is in the Gulf Shores area. We will post updates from WHNT News 19’s Aaron Cantrell and keep you updated on the storm as it makes its way to the Tennessee Valley. 7 a.m. #Nate UPDATE: Localized flooded roadway conditions exist, evacuation order lifted pic.twitter.com/po9OKfE68q — City of Gulf Shores (@City_GulfShores) October 8, 2017 NASA […]
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Sunday that he left the Indianapolis Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers because of protests during the national anthem. For the second week in a row, the 49ers had more than 20 players kneeling during the national anthem with their hands over their hearts. Teammates stood behind the kneeling players with one hand on a kneeling teammate’s shoulder and the other over their hearts. The Colts wore black T-shirts with the words “We Will” […]
Associated Press reports 11:35 a.m. Sen. Bob Corker is hitting back against President Donald Trump after a series of Trump tweets attacked the Tennessee Republican. It’s an extraordinary back-and-forth bashing on social media between a Republican president and a senator from his own party. Here’s what Corker is saying: “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.” Trump tweeted that he expected Corker to be an obstacle to […]
GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – As Hurricane Nate impacted the northern Gulf Coast Oct. 7-8, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT) has the following area update for guests visiting in the coming days or months. “We have been in constant communication with both local cities and the county emergency management agency, and we are thankful to be able to relay to our guests that our beach communities only received minimal impact from Hurricane Nate, and we […]
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – President Donald Trump on Sunday approved Governor Kay Ivey’s request for a Presidential Emergency Declaration for the State of Alabama. The President declared that an emergency exists in the State of Alabama and ordered Federal assistance to supplement existing response efforts due to emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Nate beginning on October 6, 2017, and continuing. “I greatly appreciate the quick response from President Trump and FEMA Administrator Brock Long. We have had a great working […]
Gulf Shores, Ala. – WHNT News 19’s Aaron Cantrell and Assistant Chief Photojournalist Shane Hays are in Storm Hunter 19 taking a look at some of the aftermath from Tropical Storm Nate. A lot of roads are flooded and water is coming up to buildings. Nate’s rising water has flooded homes and cars on Alabama’s coast and inundated at least one major thoroughfare in downtown Mobile. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier says he woke up around 3 a.m. Sunday to […]
Gulf Shores, Ala. – Storm Hunter 19 is out in Gulf Shores surveying flooding and conditions from Tropical Storm Nate. WHNT News 19 Assistant Chief Photojournalist Shane Hays and reporter Aaron Cantrell are inside. They were rolling when they saw a transformer explode in the distance. Nate has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves inland over Mississippi and Alabama. The storm’s maximum sustained winds decreased Sunday morning to near 70 mph (110 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center […]
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jennifer Venditti says her son was wading in the same spot at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort on Tuesday where an alligator grabbed 2-year-old Lane Graves less than an hour later. In a Facebook post, Venditti defended Graves’ parents while sharing pictures of her son standing in the lagoon near a Disney World hotel. Graves said she took the photos of her son “between 8 and 8:30 p.m.” The incident happened shortly after 9 p.m. Police found Graves’ […]
SOURCE: CNN WIRE This is the story of a ferocious army determined to rescue their queen from a metal fortress. Or, viewed another way, a swarm of bees who, for two days, followed their queen bee trapped inside a Mitsubishi Outlander. Either way, it makes for a good tale. The Outlander belongs to Carol Howarth, a 68-year-old grandmother, who had no idea she’d picked up a tiny winged passenger when she visited a nature reserve. Later, when she stopped to go […]
SOURCE: TMW Are you ready for another season of Orange is the New Black? We thought so. Season 4 hits Netflix in June, along with many other shows and movies. You’re also running out of time to watch Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and many others before they leave the service for good. Arriving on Netflix in June NOTE: Season 2 of Between will arrive on July 1, 2016 June 1 7 […]
SOURCE: TMW VIA GRAPHIQ It starts with the blare of an early-morning alarm and a pair of sneakers that can withstand a day of walking. The agenda then might proceed as follows: a quick whip around Space Mountain to get your sea legs, a hair-raising tour of the Haunted Mansion, an aerial view of London from Peter Pan’s perspective and a Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream pop before the parade. A staggering 148 million visitors frequented Disney theme parks worldwide in […]
CBS – On Wednesday, CBS revealed its primetime schedule for the 2016-2017 TV season. Eight comedies are in the lineup including “Man With a Plan” starring Matt LeBlanc. Comedian Kevin James is also coming to CBS with a new series, “Kevin Can Wait.” Here’s a look at some of the new shows you can expect along with some old favorites. Of course, WHNT News 19 at 10 follows this lineup every night! MONDAY 7:00 The Big Bang Theory 7:30 […]