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Claire Aiello 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 doesn't have much time for TV, but one program she makes time for is Downton Abbey. What a show! 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 lifting weights and running. She completed the Huntsville Half Marathon in 2012, but training for that burned her out a bit so she's sticking to 5K's and 10K's now. She also volunteers as an AYSO soccer referee.

Claire also enjoys singing at church and helping in her children's school. She and her husband also help coach their sports teams. Claire is a board of management member at the Southeast Family YMCA.

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).

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Recent Articles

    Cullman County woman survives lightning strike from Tuesday’s storms

    VINEMONT, Ala. (WHNT) – A Cullman County woman survived an apparent lightning strike on Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened about 2 p.m. at a home on County Road 1379 in Vinemont. Kelly Allen, Assistant Director of the Cullman County EMA, said the woman was inside her home, standing near a metal door when she felt she was struck.  Another person was near her, but wasn’t as close, and wasn’t struck. Allen said the woman, 27, was treated at the scene […]


    Update: Body found in Marshall County pond appears to be middle-aged white male

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is trying to gather more information about a body pulled from a pond on Saturday. The pond is located near Moon Road and Otinger Drive close to Douglas.  The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is handling the case. Monday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office said the body appeared to be that of a middle-aged white male.  Investigators are waiting for preliminary autopsy results from the Alabama Department of Forensic Science. The Sheriff’s […]

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    Investigators continue search for Limestone County man not seen since July 2013

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to plead with people for tips on a man who hasn’t been seen in close to two years. Jerry Dean Morris is 5’9″ and weighs about 130 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes, and also has a tattoo of the grim reaper on his upper left arm. Family members reported Morris missing in October 2013, and it appears the last time anyone had contact with Morris was […]

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    2 charged with capital murder after investigators find teenager’s body in Blount County

    BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Two people have been charged with capital murder in the death of a 17-year-old girl reported missing earlier this month. The body of Alexis Garcia, 17, was found on Thursday, March 19.   Teams found her body in a wooded area off Tucker Mountain Road in Remlap, in Blount County.  Crews had been searching the area for two days, following up on tips investigators had received. Garcia, of Birmingham, had been reported missing March 5 […]

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    UPDATE: Man in custody after intense standoff with officers in Colbert County

      COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Authorities say a man who led law enforcement officers on a chase earlier today, and then a standoff, is in custody.  He is alive and no officers were injured. The scene was on Old Highway 20, west of Leighton.  The suspect reportedly had a pistol as several law enforcement agencies negotiated with him.  They arrested him around 3:30 p.m. Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said the man was said to have been drinking prior to the […]

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    WHNT News 19 anchor Michelle Stark welcomes new baby girl!

    Michelle Stark, anchor of WHNT News 19 This Morning, gave birth to daughter Clara on Wednesday, March 18. HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Congratulations are in order for WHNT News 19 morning anchor  Michelle Stark!  She and her husband Lance welcomed their second daughter into the world this week. Baby Clara was born on Wednesday night.  She weighs 8.3 pounds and is 21 inches long.  Both mom and baby are doing very well, Michelle tells us! Clara has an older sister, […]

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    Pictures: Huntsville’s 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    The parade, held on Saturday, March 14, went on a 1.7-mile route through downtown Huntsville. It was rather wet at the start, although not a downpour, but if you've been to Ireland you'll know it kind of resembled the weather there!

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    Pictures: Huntsville’s 2015 Mardi Gras Parade

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville's Mardi Gras Parade returned for a second year and brought crowds to downtown to enjoy the celebration. The parade, held February 14, is a fundraiser for the Blount Hospitality House.

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    Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office find missing Harvest teen

    HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) -The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says they have located a missing teenager from Harvest. Maci Hill was located at a residence in the northern part of Madison County this morning. Maci Hill, 15, was reported missing from her home on Wednesday, March 11.  She is 5’6″ and weighs approximately 140 pounds.  Hill has brown hair and hazel eyes. If you have any information about Maci Hill’s whereabouts, please call Inv. Melissa Webster at (256) 533-8858 or email […]

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    Alabama Wildlife Federation’s Wild Game Cookoff brings education, competition & interesting flavors

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A little rain never hurt anyone, and it sure didn't hurt the flavor Thursday evening at the AWF Madison County Wild Game Cookoff. No one left hungry. The event, held at the Huntsville Botanical Garden, raises money for the Alabama Wildlife Federation to support programs and projects.

  • Three seniors at Ardmore High School signed football scholarships this year. (Photo: David Schmidt/WHNT News 19)

    Three Ardmore seniors sign football scholarships

    ARDMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – Three Ardmore High School seniors celebrated signing scholarship letters with colleges on Friday. The school held a signing ceremony for Chris Welling, Ricky Lowery and Dominic Clemons.  The three signed their letters of intent in February, but the school held a ceremony on March 13. Welling signed with Wittenburg University, which is located in Springfield, Ohio.  Lowery signed with Birmingham Southern and Clemons signed with Huntingdon College in Montgomery. Ardmore’s football coach says this is the […]

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    BLOG ARCHIVE: Federal court hearing for school rezoning case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Below, read details of our live blog of the federal school rezoning hearing.  Huntsville City Schools and the Department of Justice are asking a judge to approve a sweeping Proposed Consent Order in the city’s decades-long school desegregation case. This is an archived live blog. You can read the events as they unfolded.


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