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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).

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    Former Country Day School teacher sentenced to 20 years in prison

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A former teacher at Country Day School has been sentenced for his conviction on two counts of sodomy. Madison County Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Hall sentenced Naff to 20 years on each count to run concurrently.  Naff must also pay $5,000 in addition to restitution to victims.  He must also register as a sex offender.  Naff will serve 20 years because the sentence does not allow for parole. A large crowd attended the sentencing — so many people […]

  • Rolando McClain talks with reporters after his trial on Friday, July 25. (Al Whitaker/WHNT News 19)

    Rolando McClain found guilty in trial; heads straight to Cowboys practice

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    Bicyclist flown to hospital after hit & run in Guntersville; suspect caught

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  • Firefighters work to put out flames at 2602 Sparkman Drive in Huntsville. (Photo: Dion Hose/WHNT News 19)

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  • ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ coming July 25-27 & August 1-3

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  • COOL VIDEO: Sod ‘floating’ from heavy rainfall in north Alabama

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  • Nathan Thomas Clark (Photo: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

    UPDATE: Jackson County escapee arrested in Henagar

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