Claire Aiello

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 WHNT.com 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).

Recent Articles

  • Bring Old, Unused Pills For Proper Disposal on April 26

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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s time to turn in your old pills and this time, shred your bills at the...
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  • Video: Horse Gets Spooked, Runs Wild Pulling Carriage Through Savannah

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    SAVANNAH, Ga. (CNN) – Downtown Savannah turned into the wild west for a few minutes on Monday afternoon. A carriage...
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  • Trulock: Madison’s Growth Calls for Continued Road Improvements

    Posted on: 4:49 pm, April 16, 2014, by and

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Roads are busy in Madison, and that’s not about to change. However, there’s relief on the...
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  • Huntsville Runners Unite to Honor Boston Marathon Victims

    Posted on: 2:14 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 02:15pm, April 16, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville’s running community honored those injured last year in Boston with a memorial race. Several Rocket...
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  • UPDATE: DeKalb Co. Deputies Arrest Man in Woods Near Matheny’s Bridge Area

    Posted on: 9:44 am, April 16, 2014, by and , updated on: 01:21pm, April 16, 2014

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the man they were looking for in some...
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  • Teenager Charged With Murder Following Fight, Shooting in North Huntsville

    Posted on: 9:00 am, April 16, 2014, by and , updated on: 03:24pm, April 16, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police have charged a teenager with murder following a deadly fight Wednesday morning at 431...
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  • Grand Jury to Review Case of Twin Facing Multiple Sex Charges

    Posted on: 7:01 am, April 16, 2014, by and , updated on: 03:15pm, April 16, 2014

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A man facing multiple sex charges appeared in court Wednesday, and Brian Lucas will now...
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  • Huntsville Sports Reporters Honored at Huntsville-Madison Co. Hall of Fame Banquet

    Posted on: 10:22 am, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 10:24am, April 15, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame inducted 10 new members on Monday, April 14.  The...
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  • BBB’s Secure Your ID Days Are April 26 in Huntsville, May 3 in Decatur

    Posted on: 8:43 am, April 15, 2014, by

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Have you been boxing up old important papers or hard drives? The next Secure Your ID...
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  • Lululemon Now Open In The Village of Providence

    Posted on: 4:30 pm, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 09:09pm, April 14, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Lululemon Athletica, a high-quality yoga and fitness clothing brand, now has a location in The Village...
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  • Three Hurt in Wreck on South Parkway, Traffic Slowed Near Charlotte Drive

    Posted on: 2:14 pm, April 14, 2014, by , and , updated on: 03:17pm, April 14, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A wreck along Memorial Parkway between Charlotte Drive and Byrd Spring Road blocked traffic in the...
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  • Color Dash 5K to Visit Huntsville’s Southeast YMCA This Saturday, April 19

    Posted on: 10:31 am, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 10:34am, April 14, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Color Dash 5K is bringing a wave of color to the Tennessee Valley this weekend...
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