McKinley Strother joins the WAFF 48 News team quickly transitioning from behind the camera to an on-air reporter. His passion is storytelling—something that has brought him all the way to the Valley.
In 2016, McKinley graduated from Elizabeth City State University (#HBCUPride) in North Carolina. The year prior, he started working as a producer at WTKR-News 3 in Norfolk, Virginia. The best part of his experience was being able to tell the stories of his hometown. Right now, McKinley is most excited to go from behind the computer to out in the community.
McKinley is a self-proclaimed foodie. If you have any suggestions on the best restaurants let him know!! Or the best hot yoga studios—a second love of his.
McKinley made the 15-hour drive from Virginia to Alabama in October 2017 and is excited to call the Tennessee Valley his new home.
Are your car doors actually locked? For most drivers, locking your doors is such a habit it has become an afterthought. Law enforcement officers across Alabama are now pushing a social media campaign to ensure you remember.
Every school employee from the cafeteria to the classroom must get a state background check, according to Alabama law. With the start of the school year across the state it appears that process is slower, which has resulted in hundreds of vacancies in school systems.
Paying for school resource officers has proven to be a difficult task for many school systems across the Tennessee Valley. In Scottsboro, the City Council approved a motion to give the city school system $30,000 to help foot the bill.
It has been more than a year for the family of a Huntsville teen shot and killed, and they say their fight for justice continues. Brandon Thornton, 17, was murdered in January 2018, and his family says nothing is being done.
A teen arrested in connection to a 17-year-old Scottsboro teen's death made his first appearance in court Thursday. 16-year-old Jacob Tyler Isbell is charged in connection to the death of Anthony Scott.
Open Door, a local business providing independent work, social and life skills to those on the autism spectrum, opened its own doors this afternoon. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at their Rhett Avenue location.
Tuesday, the NAACP of Madison County celebrated 54 years of voting rights. On this day in 1965, the Voter Rights Act was passed ensuring that every eligible voter has their voice heard free from discrimination. Some say all these years later, there is still more work to be done.
Before students in Scottsboro return to class Wednesday, school leadership is spending the days leading up advocating for student safety. Superintendent Dr. Jose Reyes, Jr. spoke before city council Monday pushing for more school resource officers.
As the new school year nears, Lincoln County, Tennessee school leadership have their eyes focused on several key things: hiring more teachers, building a new school and adding on to old ones as well as building up the virtual academy.
When you walk through downtown Fayetteville there is a new heartbeat to the square that is helping bring in more revenue and excitement. Over the summer, merchants and city leaders have worked hand-in-hand to breath new life into the historic area.
The family of a Scottsboro teen shot in the face is demanding more answers from the police department. A 16-year-old is behind bars for the shooting, but the family of Anthony Scott, 17, believes the charges should be upgraded.
People who live in the Sparkman Homes apartments in Huntsville are no longer in limbo of when the public housing complex will be demolished. Huntsville Housing Authority officials gave residents an Oct. 15 move out date.
At the start of next school year, there will likely be more school resource officer’s on Morgan County schools campuses. Tuesday, the county commission approved a resolution to hire 8 school resource officers for the county school system.
Back-to-school costs get more and more expensive every year, according to the National Retail Federation. To help parents with that financial burden, the Fort Payne City Council approved a budget to pay for all school supplies for the city school system.
The chief of Police in Scottsboro reports issues recruiting and retaining officers in the city, and says it’s becoming standard to be understaffed. Chief Ralph Dawe says despite the shortage the city is still safe.
Taft community residents were vocal Tuesday night with their concerns over incoming chicken houses that are being built near several wellheads that supply water to more than 20,000 Lincoln County residents.
You can add another city to the growing list of north Alabama cities where you can no longer buy pets like dogs and cats at pet stores. The Guntersville City Council adopted an ordinance Monday that limits commercial animal sales in the city.
Franklin County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office investigators need help tracking down a burglar dubbed the 'cookie crook." Investigators say someone broke into and vandalized a church eating snacks but leaving behind everything of great value.
Funding school resource officers in Marshall County has proven itself tough for county school leadership and the sheriff’s office. Wednesday, county commissioners will consider a license fee to help fund SROs in the county.
By the time the first bell rings in August, the Marshall County school system will be different at two campuses. The board of education voted to move K-4 grade levels to DAR Elementary to make room for additional pre-k instruction at Claysville.
A federal court ruling ends a 25-year flag contract for a Huntsville-based company. The court upheld the U.S. Veteran Administration’s Rule of Two, meaning that veteran-owned companies will be given priority over AbilityOne nonprofits as bids are awarded.
After emotional back-and-forth, the Huntsville City Council unanimously approved a resolution to buy the land for the Alabama School of Cyber Technology & Engineering. The magnet school will be in Cummings Research Park (CRP), and costs no more than $1.8 million in taxpayer dollars.