Trent Butler is an award-winning Anchor/Reporter with more than 20 years of experience. Trent and his family are excited about exploring everything Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley have to offer.
Trent grew up in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree in Broadcast News.
Before becoming part of the WAFF 48 News team in June 2015, Trent co-anchored the evening newscasts for WIAT-TV in Birmingham. His tour of the South has also included wonderful stops in Greenville, South Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Fort Myers, Florida.
During his 11 years in Florida, Trent reported on a number of hurricanes, including two which hit Southwest Florida directly in 2004 and 2005. He reported live from the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and the World Series in Cleveland. Trent was voted “Best News Anchor” by the readers of the “News-Press” in Fort Myers.
Some of Trent's fondest memories from Augusta include covering the Masters, of course. He also reported live from the Democratic Presidential Debates at South Carolina State University.
Politics became a major focus during his stop in Greenville, South Carolina. Trent profiled all the candidates for South Carolina governor and reported live from the Republican Presidential debates in Greenville. Trent co-anchored a newscast at WHNS-TV that was honored as the best newscast by the Associated Press.
Trent was part of the news team at WIAT-TV that won an Alabama Broadcasters Association award for the station's election coverage in November of 2014. One of his most challenging assignments was reporting live from a deadly workplace shooting at UPS in Birmingham. Trent also reported from his car when he and thousands of other drivers were stranded during a winter blast in 2014. Once he made it into the station, Trent was part of the team that provided multiple hours of continuous live coverage of the storm that virtually shut down Birmingham.
Trent's Alabama roots run deep. His mother grew up in Talladega and he has fond memories of spending summer days and holidays at his grandmother's home there. Trent has been married to his beautiful wife for more than 20 years. He is blessed with three wonderful children.
Alabama lawmakers are listening but not committing to an offer from the Poarch Creek Indians. Tribe leaders say they will funnel $1 billion to Alabama if the state allows them to add two new casinos, table games like blackjack and craps and gives the Poarch Indians exclusivity.
“It’s game day. We’re so excited, we’re so ready!" That’s how Madison City Schools Superintendent Robby Parker described the first day of class during a live interview with WAFF 48 on Wednesday morning.
Football is still king in Alabama, but some parents are holding off on when they allow their children to play tackle football. Instead, they're replacing the helmets and shoulder pads with flags, as they decide if full contact football is right for their kids.
The recent death of Nigel Shelby, a Huntsville High School freshman, has renewed discussion about critical topics in north Alabama like bullying in schools, and the dangers some young people face for being openly gay.
Police are reminding you to hang on to your cash and credit cards tightly. A man told Huntsville police, after shopping at this Aldi’s grocery store, he noticed he didn’t have his wallet. When he returned to the store, it wasn’t there.
Some Alabama lawmakers and national victims groups are saying it's time for Alabama to create an inventory of sexual assault kits. They say, if it's mandated, kits sitting in evidence rooms would be tested quicker and victims would see justice much sooner.