• Follow me on:

Claire Aiello (pronounced I-L-O) is happy to be part of the WHNT News 19 team. She joined the station in October 2001 as a news producer. Claire produced various newscasts until 2005, when the web job opened up. She jumped at it and has been Interactive Content Manager ever since. She oversees the content on as well as our social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. It takes a team effort to keep our interactive world going! No day is ever the same in news, so that definitely keeps it interesting.

Claire is a two-time Emmy winner. She was awarded an Emmy in 2014 for her role in a weather special titled ‘Before The Storm: A Taking Action Special Report.’ She also won an Emmy in 2013 for her work on ‘Reflections: After The Storm’, a team perspective on the April 2011 tornadoes that devastated Alabama.

In 2011 and 2009, Claire won the award for Best Web Journalism by the Alabama Associated Press Broadcasters Association. She was also nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for her web updates on the April 27 tornado outbreak and aftermath.

Prior to her career with WHNT, Claire worked at WJRD-TV in Tuscaloosa (now WVUA-TV). There, she produced newscasts, ran the assignment desk from time to time, shot breaking news, and even a football game or two. During her time there, the Associated Press awarded her with Best Newscast honors.

Claire is a 1997 graduate of The University of Alabama, where she majored in broadcast journalism and minored in political science. She and her husband Joey met there and love to cheer on the Crimson Tide. They have been married since June 2001 and are blessed to have a son and a daughter.

Claire’s favorite TV show is Downton Abbey. Her kids mostly control the remote, though. Her hobbies include cooking and trying to grow vegetables and flowers. Gardening gets a little more fun every year.

Claire enjoys exercise, and although she survived the Huntsville Half Marathon in 2012, she said it was worse than childbirth, and does other things now including Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp for Women. You may also see her volunteering as a soccer referee for AYSO Region 160 here in Huntsville.

Claire also enjoys singing at church and helping in her children’s school. She is also a member of the Board of Management at the Southeast Family YMCA in Huntsville.

Her favorite movies include the Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies, Love Actually, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Pride and Prejudice. She also loves to attend Broadway Theatre League shows.

Claire is originally from northeast Florida, where her family still lives. She will never root for the Gators, though. She loves to fish when she visits home (saltwater especially).

Send Claire an email:

Recent Articles
  • Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19

    Fire destroys Shiloh Baptist Church in Lauderdale County; was built in 1883

    OAKLAND, Ala. – A Lauderdale County church, dating back to the 1880’s went up in flames Friday morning. As you can imagine, parishioners are stunned to see their church reduced to rubble. “It’s sad, it’s really sad to think about. There are so many memories here,” Birdia Bean explained. Bean is a third generation member of Shiloh Baptist Church. When she got the call her church was on fire Friday morning, she immediately started praying. “The congregation, we are still […]

  • promo291495868

    Local non-profits can apply for PR help through North Alabama PRCA’s Pro-Bono Project

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Non-profit organizations do great work in our communities, often stepping in to help and address a big need.  Not all non-profits operate with a full staff, though, and sometimes budget constraints mean they don’t have money for specialties like public relations. That’s where the North Alabama chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama comes in.  Through the Pro-Bono Project, non-profits can apply for PR assistance. This annual NAPRCA initiative matches public relations volunteers with the selected non-profit to […]

  • A Volkswagen logo is seen on a VW Tiguan on display during German carmaker Volkswagen shareholders' annual general meeting on June 22, 2016 in Hanover. The boss of embattled German auto giant Volkswagen issued an apology to angry shareholders over the emissions cheating scandal that has plunged the group into an unprecedented crisis.  (Photo: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

    Some Volkswagen owners eligible for settlement money — check to see if your vehicle is included

    (MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Luther Strange today announced Alabama’s participation in an interrelated series of settlements with Volkswagen AG and its Audi and Porsche affiliates arising from Volkswagen’s violations of state consumer protection laws and emissions standards. As part of the settlements, some of which are still subject to court approval, Alabama owners of certain 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder engine VW and Audi diesel cars purchased between 2009 and 2015 will be entitled to be paid full, pre-scandal fair market value […]

  • The car ended up inside the apartment on Poplar Avenue. (Photo: Jeremy Jackson/WHNT News 19)

    Car crashes through apartment unit on Poplar Avenue, 1 hurt

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A driver lost control and slammed in to an apartment on Poplar Avenue Monday, injuring one person inside the unit. This happened about 2:30 p.m.  The driver was speeding, then swerved and lost control, witnesses said. The woman who lives in the apartment was taken to Huntsville Hospital with unknown injuries, according to a family member. The Huntsville Housing Authority is putting up wooden boards as a temporary solution for the hole.

  • Tomatoes (Image: Thinkstock)

    Is your garden plentiful? Manna House loves donations of fresh vegetables

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If you have a green thumb, we hope you’re having a banner year in your garden.  If you have tomatoes and zucchinis aplenty, and you’d like to put them to good use, Manna House loves to receive donations. Fran Fluhler, Director of Manna House, said the goal is for people to eat healthy and have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. “If you have excess, come share it. It doesn’t matter if it’s two squash, a zucchini, […]

  • phone

    Grandparents Scam: Know what it is so you’re not duped if you get the phone call

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – An old phone scam is making a comeback, and Sheriff Ana Franklin said at least two people have filed complaints about it in Morgan County.  A caller tries to use a variation of the “Grandparents Scam” to trick people into giving them money. In the past, it’s been a person calling from jail, asking for bail money.  In this case, a “grandson” calls and says he’s been in an accident and needs money, and asks the […]

  • Congressman Mo Brooks, (R)-Alabama District 5 (Image:

    Congressman Mo Brooks says Huntsville religious leaders can contact his office to set up meeting; doesn’t back off remarks about Islam

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – North Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks says if local religious leaders want to meet with him, he’d be glad to have his office staff set up a meeting. However, Brooks also made it clear he’s not backing off comments that caused their current frustration with him. Tonight, several Huntsville religious leaders will read a letter written to Brooks urging him to visit the Huntsville Islamic Center.  The event is at 5:15 p.m. at the Center, located at 1645 Sparkman […]

  • mugs

    Deputies: 4 arrested after holding woman at gunpoint in Pisgah home

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Four teens are in custody after they tied up and held a woman at gunpoint in a home Wednesday morning. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office got a call about a home invasion that happened on Wann Circle in Pisgah. The victim told deputies what two young people did once they were in the home. “Came into her home armed with a handgun, tied her up, and took some other firearms from the residence and left,” Sheriff […]

  • Jonathan Scott (Photo: Huntsville Police Department)

    Huntsville Police: Man shot 16-year-old after reportedly seeing him steal items from vehicle

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Police have released additional information about a shooting Tuesday morning on 10th Avenue in which a 16-year-old was shot and killed.  Jonathan Scott, 50, is charged with manslaughter. The shooting happened in the area of 10th Avenue and 4th Street around 7:00 a.m.  Police arrived and found 16-year-old Mustafa Bearfield dead from a gunshot wound.  Scott was taken into custody without incident. Police say prior to the shooting, Scott had been driving a delivery truck. “[Scott] was […]

  • Photo: Denise Vickers/WHNT News 19

    Vehicle fire causes delays on I-565 East near Huntsville Int’l Airport exit

    MADISON, Ala. – Traffic is delayed on I-565 eastbound in Madison due to a vehicle fire.  The car is on the side of the road, but traffic is at a standstill, we understand. The scene is near mile marker 10, just past the exit to Huntsville International Airport, but some drivers are turning around, going the wrong way on the ramp to the airport to get clear of the delays. Madison Police and Fire are on the scene. We’ll bring […]

  • (Photo: Dion Hose/WHNT News 19)

    I-565 East slow between Governors Drive & South Memorial Pkwy. exit

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Traffic is slow on I-565 eastbound between the exit to Governors Drive and South Memorial Parkway due to a wreck. All lanes are blocked except for the left lane of I-565 East. No word yet about injuries due to the wreck. We’ll update this story on as soon as we learn more information.

  • purple

    June 20, longest day, marked with purple wave to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – You may have seen a lot of people wearing purple on Monday.  Purple ties, purple dresses, purple sweaters – on this longest day of the year, a purple wave helps promote awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease. At WHNT News 19, several members of our news team wore purple. Elsewhere in the Tennessee Valley, thousands of people got involved in the longest day movement — with activities from sunrise to sunset. At the Huntsville Bridge Center, members — naturally […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,037 other followers