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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, but then the web job opened up and she jumped at it. As the Interactive Content Manager she oversees the content on WHNT.com and our apps as well as our social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Make sure you follow us on each of those platforms!

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 high school 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 hobbies include cooking and gardening. She’s not great at either but tries to keep learning new things. Her current challenge in the garden is deterring deer who roam the neighborhood and eat anything they want overnight. If you have any ideas she would love suggestions. (Because, city limits + shooting deer = illegal.)

You’ll see Claire most mornings at the Southeast YMCA and on the soccer fields with her daughter. She is a volunteer referee through AYSO Region 160. She and Joey are also active in their son’s Cub Scout Pack. The Aiellos are also active members at Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

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


Recent Articles
  • Madison Police: runaway 14-year-old girl found safe

    MADISON, Ala. – Madison Police say a teenager who ran away has been found safe.  Police sent out the message just before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night. 14-year-old Trinity Evelyne Russell had left her home near Sullivan Street and Mill Road on Tuesday, April 11 around 5 p.m.  

  • Traffic slow-moving on South Memorial Parkway near Magna Carta due to wreck

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – If you’re headed to south Huntsville, be aware traffic is slow-moving both north and southbound on Memorial Parkway due to a wreck. It’s near Magna Carta Place, which is just north of Hobbs Road. Police say traffic is down to one lane in both directions. WHNT News 19 has a crew on the scene gathering more information. We’ll update you on the WHNT app and WHNT.com shortly.

  • Gov. Robert Bentley resigns from office: “It is time for me to step down”

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – After a tumultuous day in Montgomery, Governor Robert Bentley has resigned from office. “The time has come for me to look at new ways to serve the people of our great state. I have decided it is time for me to step down as Alabama’s governor.” This comes hours after a House committee began impeachment hearings, and about one hour after Bentley was booked in the Montgomery County Jail on misdemeanor charges.  He pleaded guilty to failing to file a major […]

  • Just before he resigns, Gov. Bentley pleads guilty to two misdemeanor charges

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – As the political drama swirls in our state capitol, Gov. Robert Bentley was booked in the Montgomery County Jail this afternoon, hours before he was expected to resign. Bentley pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges: failing to file a major contribution report, in violation of Code of Alabama §17-5-8.1(c); and knowingly converting campaign contributions to personal use, in violation of Code of Alabama §36-25-6. This, according to Supernumerary District Attorney Ellen Brooks, who was appointed to oversee the […]

  • Gov. Bentley apologizes for failings in personal life, but says he has no plans to resign

    The video above was provided by Governor Robert Bentley’s office. MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Friday morning, Governor Robert Bentley made an announcement on the steps of the State Capitol. Despite speculation about what he might say, he affirmed he plans to stay in office.”I do not plan to resign,” Governor Bentley said. The announcement comes days before the House Judiciary Committee plans to begin impeachment proceedings starting on Monday. Earlier this week, the Alabama Ethics Commission ruled the governor violated state […]

  • Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch as next Supreme Court Justice

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Senate has confirmed Neil Gorsuch, a 49-year-old conservative, to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed Gorsuch to the seat Friday morning. The court has been operating with eight justices since the sudden death in February 2016 of Justice Antonin Scalia and a protracted fight over President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. Senate Republicans refused to consider Garland’s nomination until after the November election, and Trump’s surprise win meant a conservative would succeed Scalia. Gorsuch’s […]

  • House on fire in neighborhood near Max Luther, Meridian Street

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Firefighters have been called to a home on Eastbrook Drive, in a neighborhood near Max Luther and Meridian Street. A fire was reported about 10:20 a.m.  There are no injuries reported at this time. WHNT News 19 is on the scene working to get more information.  We’ll update you shortly.

  • These radio stations simulcast WHNT News 19’s coverage during severe weather

    The following radio stations will carry WHNT News 19’s signal during severe weather in the Tennessee Valley to bring you the very latest information. Please note, the various radio stations, not WHNT News 19, decide when to carry our signal. This depends on the current weather threat and how close it is to their coverage area. The radio stations with the widest geographical reach are with our iHeartRadio partners at: WDRM – 102.1 FM – Huntsville/Decatur/Athens WQRV – 100.3 FM […]

  • Florida woman charged with abuse of foster children back in northwest Alabama

    FLORENCE, Ala. – A Florida woman facing hundreds of counts of child abuse and enticement charges is back in the Shoals.  Authorities confirm 52-year-old Jenise Spurgeon has arrived back in Lauderdale County. She and her husband Daniel Spurgeon are accused of abusing foster children who were in their custody. Daniel Spurgeon remains in Cape Coral, Florida facing charges there. Jenise Spurgeon is scheduled to be in court Friday for an initial appearance.  She is being held without bond at this […]

  • 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. It is important to remember that certain shelters only open under certain conditions. […]

  • GOP race for governor heating up, and it looks like it will include a former Auburn coach

    The Republican race for Governor in 2018 is heating up in Alabama. Already, there are some big names being mentioned, all starting with the letter “T.” Tommy Tuberville, former Auburn football coach, hasn’t confirmed that he’s running, but he has filed paperwork needed to start a principal campaign committee. He’s also loaned that committee $100,000. Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh has also filed paperwork to form her own committee to run for governor. She is the current Public Service Commission Chair. Huntsville […]

  • UPDATE: One lane open on I-65 north over Tennessee River bridge, concrete rail damaged in wreck

    DECATUR, Ala. – One lane of traffic is moving on Interstate 65 northbound over the Tennessee River bridge in Morgan County. Alabama State Troopers say a wreck happened about 8 a.m. on the bridge, and there were injuries. Northbound traffic has been backed up all the way to the Priceville exit, and troopers are trying to divert traffic there so the backup doesn’t extend further down the road. The right lane of the bridge on I-65 north will be closed […]