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

  • 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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    Photo Courtesy: Thecolordash5k.com
  • VIDEO: Steer Headed to Slaughterhouse Makes a Break for it

    Posted on: 2:18 pm, April 11, 2014, by

    ENGLEWOOD, OH (CNN/WHIO) – A steer headed for the slaughterhouse managed to get free Thursday in Ohio. The animal, known...
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  • Investigators Identify Body Found at Muscle Shoals Marina

    Posted on: 12:18 pm, April 11, 2014, by and , updated on: 09:05pm, April 11, 2014

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - The Colbert County Sheriff’s Office has identified a woman whose body was found in the Tennessee...
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  • Downtown Developments: Holiday Inn Site Update & Constellation

    Posted on: 11:49 am, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 11:51am, April 11, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Holiday Inn across from Big Spring Park has closed and sits vacant.  Now, we wait...
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  • Traffic Slow-Going on Hwy. 72 Near Providence Due to Wreck Between Tanker Truck, Minivan

    Posted on: 11:03 am, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 11:06am, April 11, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Traffic is moving slowly on Highway 72 approaching the Providence area of Huntsville due to a...
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  • Danville Man Killed, Relative Seriously Hurt in Wreck on Hwy. 36 in Hartselle

    Posted on: 10:48 am, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 01:57pm, April 11, 2014

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Danville man died in a two-car collision Friday morning in Hartselle. It happened around 9...
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  • Police: Man Shot During Home Burglary Arrested at Hospital, Suspected of 2 Crimes

    Posted on: 3:11 pm, April 10, 2014, by , updated on: 03:13pm, April 10, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A man suspected in two separate crimes on Friday was released from Huntsville Hospital today after...
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  • Courtroom Blog: Jury Hung, Judge Declares Mistrial in Dr. Iqbal Memon’s Trial

    Posted on: 9:44 am, April 9, 2014, by , and , updated on: 04:52pm, April 10, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The jury couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict in the trial of Dr. Iqbal Memon. Circuit Judge...
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  • Huntsville Developer Announces New Plans for Constellation Property at Parkway & Clinton Ave.

    Posted on: 4:01 pm, April 8, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:41am, April 9, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville developer says there’s new life coming to vacant property at the corner of Memorial...
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  • Fyffe High School’s Basketball Coach Resigns, Stays on as Asst. Principal

    Posted on: 1:04 pm, April 7, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:48am, April 11, 2014

    FYFFE, Ala. (WHNT) – Neal Thrash resigned as basketball coach at Fyffe High school on Monday, saying he had learned...
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