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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 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’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 better every year. More plants produce vegetables than not now, so that’s progress!

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.

Claire also enjoys singing at church and helping in her children’s schools. She volunteers with her son’s Cub Scout Pack and is also a soccer referee for AYSO Region 160 here 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: claire.aiello@whnt.com

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