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

  • Teen Reported Missing in Cullman County

    Posted on: 1:10 pm, April 22, 2014, by , updated on: 01:11pm, April 22, 2014

    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to find a missing teenager....
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    Billy Ray Wren (Photo: Cullman County Sheriff's Office)
  • Auburn University’s Haley Center Given All Clear, Classes Resume

    Posted on: 10:29 am, April 22, 2014, by , and , updated on: 03:31pm, April 22, 2014

    AUBURN, Ala. (WHNT) – Auburn University’s Haley Center re-opened Tuesday around 12 p.m. after closing for a bomb threat the...
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  • Man Shot at Sledge Rd. and Hwy. 72 in Limestone County

    Posted on: 9:34 am, April 22, 2014, by , updated on: 01:03pm, April 22, 2014

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting at Sledge Road and Highway 72. A...
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    (Photo by Dion Hose/WHNT News 19)
  • Morgan County Deputy Resigns Over Walmart Shooting Incident

    Posted on: 2:04 pm, April 21, 2014, by and , updated on: 07:00pm, April 21, 2014

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A Morgan County Sheriff’s deputy resigned Monday afternoon following his involvement in a shooting at Walmart...
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  • ‘Palcohol,’ Powdered Alcohol, Gets Thumbs Up from Federal Regulators

    Posted on: 1:13 pm, April 21, 2014, by

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Alcohol has been whipped, vaporized, canned into energy drinks and mixed into Jell-O shots. Now, meet...
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  • WHNT News 19 Hosts Legal Action Line on Thursday, April 24

    Posted on: 11:34 am, April 21, 2014, by , updated on: 08:54am, April 22, 2014

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – This Thursday, April 24, WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to help answer your legal questions....
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  • Appeals Court Grants Hearing for Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman

    Posted on: 3:36 pm, April 18, 2014, by and , updated on: 04:06pm, April 18, 2014

    ATLANTA, Ga. (WHNT) – The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a hearing for former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman,...
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  • UPDATE: Huntsville Police Say Teen Found, Back With Family

    Posted on: 11:14 am, April 18, 2014, by , updated on: 01:45pm, April 21, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police say a missing teenager has been found, and is back with her family. Police...
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  • Courtland Wreck: Driver of Car Dies in Collision with 18-Wheeler

    Posted on: 10:42 am, April 18, 2014, by , updated on: 11:57am, April 18, 2014

    COURTLAND, Ala. (WHNT) – The driver of a car died Friday morning after her vehicle collided with an 18-wheeler. The...
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    (Photo by William Szczepanski/WHNT News 19)
  • Bring Old, Unused Pills For Proper Disposal on April 26

    Posted on: 1:32 pm, April 17, 2014, by , updated on: 12:53pm, April 22, 2014

    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

    Posted on: 11:35 am, April 17, 2014, by

    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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