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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 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).

Send Claire an email: claire.aiello@whnt.com

Recent Articles
  • Photo of Greg Clem, after he came out of the woods early Tuesday afternoon. He's in good condition. (Courtesy: Scottsboro/Jackson County Rescue Squad)

    UPDATE: Missing Jackson County man found alive

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s good news to report in the search for a man who went missing Monday afternoon in a very wooded area of Jackson County. Greg Clem, 48, is alive. Teams had been looking for Clem all night, including during the severe storms. The Scottsboro/Jackson County Rescue Squad confirmed Clem walked out of the woods on Letson Point Road in Hytop around 1 p.m. Monday.  He is in good shape. Clem, 48, is from Limestone County.  He […]

  • UPDATE: Madison Co. Sheriff’s office finds remains of woman reported missing in 2011, makes arrest

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has found the remains of a woman reported missing in 2011, and they’ve also made an arrest. Investigators announced Tuesday they have found the remains of Mary Carrithers, and charged her husband, Charles Carrithers, with murder.  He is being held on a $750,000 bond. Sgt. Brian Chaffin said Mary Carrithers’ remains were found recently in a wooded area off Highway 231 in Morgan County. “In the recent weeks, we came […]

  • TVA crews repair the power lines at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 2nd Street. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Utility crews busy restoring power in Shoals, Decatur, Athens

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Utility crews are working in several areas to restore power from Monday’s storms. Muscle Shoals 4:00PM Tuesday: The power situation has improved through the day.  There are some outages, and TVA crews spent much of the day repairing the transmission lines and power grid at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 2nd Street. The intersection is now open to traffic.  Read more about the situation in Muscle Shoals. Tuscumbia Power is still out in much of the […]

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    Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll moved to Sunday, October 19

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – See characters from Huntsville’s past come alive this weekend at the annual Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll. The stroll was initially scheduled for Sunday, October 12, but has been moved to Sunday, October 19, 2014 due to weather. The stroll is presented each year by the Huntsville Pilgrimage Association. More than 65 characters “come alive” to portray many of the people buried at Maple Hill. These include the city’s founders, political figures and colorful residents as well. […]

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    List of Tennessee Valley Tornado Shelters

    WHNT News 19 has compiled a list of community tornado shelters in north Alabama.  Find the shelter closest to you so you’ll know where to go next time severe weather hits. We’ve listed the shelters by county in alphabetical order.  If you know of a shelter we should add to this list, please email details to interactive@whnt.com.  Please specify if it is a public or private-run shelter. List updated April 2014 CHEROKEE COUNTY Industrial Blvd, next to Leesburg Town Hall […]

  • The church van crashed into a creek off Horton Road on Sunday, Oct. 12. (Photo Courtesy: The Sand Mountain Reporter)

    12 hurt in church van crash in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A dozen people are recovering after a wreck Sunday afternoon involving a church van in Marshall County. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on Horton Road.  The van was carrying people from Red Apple Baptist Church, which is located on Red Apple Road outside of Boaz. State Troopers say the driver of the van lost control and overturned into a creek.  All 12 people inside the van were taken to local hospitals, and a few with more […]

  • Oct. 10: Brandon Montoya’s Sketch

    Brandon Montoya drew this beautiful picture for us! Great job, Brandon — we look forward to meeting you in a few weeks at the October Sketch the Sky party!

  • Oct. 6: Ben Bowman’s Sketch

    Ben Bowman drew this beautiful sketch for us.  Great job, Ben! We’ll see you at the October party in a few weeks.

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    Download the WHNT Alabama SAF-T-Net app as you prepare for severe weather

    (WHNT) – The WHNT Alabama SAF-T-Net app is one of our most popular free apps, and we released an update recently.  The app is available for iPhone and Android. You still get the same great features as before, including current conditions, a slider bar to show you the conditions over the next several hours and ability to plug in different cities. You can also get a 7-day forecast for the different locations you input. The updated app offers ARMOR Radar in […]

  • Marina damage in western Colbert County. The marina is off Riverton Rose Trail about 10 miles from Highway 72.

    Scattered damage in Shoals, Madison & Marshall counties from overnight storms (photos)

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Many of you awoke to overnight storms which left damage scattered throughout different cities.  No injuries were reported, thankfully. The National Weather Service in Huntsville issued a tornado warning at 2:58 a.m. Friday morning for Limestone County and Madison County.  The warning lasted for 25 minutes before it was canceled. We’ve listed various damage reports below.  If you have a picture of storm damage, please email it to photo@whnt.com.  You can also add it straight to this gallery […]

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    UPDATE: Florence Police find missing 20-year-old homeless man

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) — Florence Police found a 20-year-old homeless man was missing since early September. Police sent out a notice Wednesday afternoon asking the public for help in finding Timothy Gene Lee, Jr. Within two hours of the release, Lee was found safe. Florence Police say Lee is homeless and has a drug addiction.  They looked for him in shelters around north Alabama. The Florence Police Department thanks the public for their help in locating Lee.

  • Star Market's location on Bailey Cove Road (Courtesy: Facebook)

    Star Market’s location on Bailey Cove Road to close Friday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Star Market announced Wednesday it will close its location on Bailey Cove Road at the end of the week.  The store will close Friday, October 3. The pharmacy will remain open during normal business hours, as well as the License Department satellite location. The Bailey Cove location has trimmed down aisles and products available for months, as employees fielded questions from customers about future plans for the store.  Employees said they were not notified until Wednesday […]


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