News Team

Liz Hurley
Liz Hurley
4, 5 & 6PM Anchor

Liz Hurley is an Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, bringing more than three decades of authority, credibility and sensitivity to the air in her role as Main Anchor at WAFF-TV in Huntsville, Alabama. She currently anchors the 4, 5 and 6pm weekday newscasts and covers NASA and now the burgeoning commercial space industry.

Margo Gray
Margo Gray
4PM & 10PM News Anchor

Margo Gray has served the Tennessee Valley for WAFF 48 since September 2009.

Haley Baker
Haley Baker
Morning News Anchor

Haley joined the WAFF 48 team in February 2018. Her news career spans 15 years in Television News and freelance medical journalism.

Gina Benitez
Gina Benitez
Morning & Noon News Anchor

Gina Benitez is a born and raised South Floridian but has lived all over the country and she’s thrilled that her newest adventure led her to The Tennessee Valley. Watch Gina every weekday morning at 5 & 6 a.m. You can also see Gina anchoring WAFF 48 News at Noon.

Sean Dowling
Sean Dowling
Anchor/Reporter

Sean is thrilled to be joining the WAFF 48 team as a weekend anchor/reporter. He loves telling stories and is excited to help those in the area get the news they need. Before WAFF 48, Sean hosted a nationally syndicated morning show in Dallas and was was a web news reporter for a company in New York City for several years.

Nolan Crane
Nolan Crane
Anchor/Reporter

Nolan Crane is the weekend evening anchor and reporter for WAFF 48 News. He came to Huntsville after being the morning and midday anchor in Lincoln, NE for more than four years.

Matthew King
Matthew King
Reporter

Matthew King joined the WAFF 48 News Team in June 2022. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and interned for WLVT in Knoxville, TN. Watch Matthew weekday evenings as he reports from the Huntsville metro area.

D'Quan Lee
D'Quan Lee
Reporter

D’Quan Lee joined the WAFF 48 News team in March 2022 as a Reporter/MMJ. He’s a graduate of Alabama State University with a degree in Communications with a concentration in radio & TV. He started his career in sports as a play-by-play broadcaster for his alma mater, announcing football and basketball games for the Hornet Sports Network.

Claudia Peppenhorst

Claudia Peppenhorst is an Alabama native and joined the WAFF News team as an MMJ/Reporter in January 2023. She attended Troy University where she was the student news director at TROY TrojanVision News. She is excited to serve the Tennesee Valley, bringing you the latest stories.

Megan Plotka
Megan Plotka
Reporter

Megan Plotka grew up right here in the Tennessee Valley but started her journalism career down in New Orleans. She's excited to get back and report on the issues important to you

Aria Pons
Aria Pons
Shoals Bureau Reporter

Aria Pons is from Florence and joined WAFF in June 2023. She graduated from Louisiana State University and served as the station manager at LSU Tiger TV. She interned at WWL-TV in New Orleans. Aria is thrilled to bring stories to her hometown area as the Shoals Bureau reporter for WAFF 48.

Savannah Sapp
Savannah Sapp
Sand Mountain Bureau Reporter

Savannah Sapp is a graduate of Troy University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. During her undergraduate studies, Savannah worked as a reporter and evening anchor for TROY TrojanVision News. Savannah focuses on stories in the Sand Moutain portion of 48's viewing area.

Sports Team

Carl Prather
Carl Prather
Sports Director

For the last ten years Sports Director Carl Prather has called the Tennessee Valley home! National Championships, Iron Bowls, High School State Championships, and some of the best stories that capture the community of North Alabama, Carl enjoys looking for the next “story” daily.

Cam Derr
Cam Derr
Sports Anchor & Reporter

Cam Derr joined the WAFF 48 Sports team in August 2023 as a Sports Anchor/Reporter. She is a graduate of Emory & Henry College where she was a pitcher for the Wasps softball team.

Digital

Ryan Fay
Digital Content Manager

Ryan joined WAFF as the Digital Content Manager in November 2023.

Zach Shrivers
Zach Shrivers
Assignment Manager

Zach was raised in Athens, Ohio, home of Ohio University and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Kate Norum
Kate Norum
Digital Content Producer

Kate Norum started with WAFF 48 in June 2023. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University. She comes to Huntsville from Atlanta, GA and is excited to learn more about the Tennessee Valley in her role as a Digital Content Producer.

Javon Williams
Javon Williams
Digital Content Producer

Javon Williams graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2022 and joined WAFF 48 in July 2022. During her time at Alabama, she was a sports reporter for the Crimson White newspaper and WVUA 23.

Tennessee Valley Living

Payton Walker
Payton Walker
Tennessee Valley Living Host

Payton Walker serves as the anchor/host of WAFF 48’s lifestyle show, Tennessee Valley Living, airing weekdays at 11:00 a.m. Payton grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Shanika Wright
Shanika Wright
Tennessee Valley Living Producer

Shanika Wright is the producer for Tennessee Valley Living. Before coming to WAFF48, she worked in North Florida as a news and web producer for two and a half years.

Ellen McDonald
Ellen McDonald
Tennessee Valley Living Head Booker & Digital Producer

Ellen McDonald joined WAFF 48 News in May 2023 as the Head Booker and Digital Content Producer at Tennessee Valley Living.

Breona Winn
Breona Winn
Tennessee Valley Living Creative Producer

Breona Winn serves as a Creative Producer for Tennessee Valley Living. She's a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Public Relations and Communication Studies.

Gray DC Bureau

Jon Decker
Jon Decker
White House Correspondent and Senior National Editor

Jon Decker is the White House Correspondent and Senior National Editor for Gray Television and has been a member of the White House Press Corps since 1995.

Peter Zampa
Peter Zampa
Multimedia Journalist

Peter Zampa joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in June 2015 as a multimedia journalist.

Brendan Cullerton
Brendan Cullerton
Multimedia Journalist

Brendan Cullerton joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in March 2022 as a multimedia journalist after spending four years covering state, local, and federal politics for the CBS affiliate in Milwaukee.

Rhyan Henson
Rhyan Henson
Anchor and Multimedia Journalist

I started working at Gray TV’s Washington D.C. bureau in May of 2023. I found my calling for news while attending Butler University during the Ferguson Riots after the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager. During the chaotic times is when I realized how facts and storytelling can really impact a community.

Molly Martinez
Molly Martinez
Multimedia Journalist

Molly Martinez rejoined Gray Television in March 2022 as a multimedia journalist in the Washington News Bureau. She previously covered politics at Gray TV's KFYR-TV in Bismarck, N.D.

Ashonti Ford
Ashonti Ford
Multimedia Journalist

Ashonti Ford joined Gray Television in August of 2023. Ford is a well-traveled watchdog journalist who has worked for newsrooms around the nation, including; Tampa, Kansas City, Decatur, Wichita and Salisbury.

Stetson Miller
Stetson Miller
Multimedia Journalist

Stetson Miller joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in February 2023 as a multimedia journalist after working at WTOP, WJZ in Baltimore and WCBD in Charleston, SC.

Josh Rultenberg
Josh Rultenberg
Multimedia Journalist

Josh Rultenberg joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in July 2022 as a multimedia journalist.

Annie Andersen

Annie has worked at various news outlets in Washington, D.C., including covering the 2020 and 2022 election cycles for C-SPAN. Before that she worked at local stations in Louisiana and Virginia.

Joshua Crompton

Joshua worked at several local stations before moving to Washington, D.C.. There he launched a national morning show, "The National Desk" for Sinclair. He now works as a producer for the Gray Washington News Bureau.

Leah Vredenbregt

Leah Vredenbregt joined the Gray Washington Bureau team in June 2023 as a weekend producer. She is a recent University of Missouri grad who worked for three years in mid-Missouri news, with internships across the country in both local and national news outlets.

Michael Estrabillo
Michael Estrabillo
Video Journalist

Michael is a born and raised Ohioian who got his photojournalism start at his alma mater Ohio University working for PBS in 2007. He has gone on to work for several media outlets both locally and nationally, shooting award winning news and documentary stories, garnering him an Emmy and Edward Murrow award.

Tyler S. Smith
Tyler S. Smith
Photojournalist/Editor

Tyler Smith joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in July 2019 as a photojournalist/editor.

Sarah Meklir
Sarah Meklir
Production Assistant

Sarah Meklir joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau in September 2023 as a production assistant after working as an intern for the DC Bureau in the summer of 2023. She is currently studying journalism at the University of Maryland.