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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
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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Flags have been ordered to fly at half-staff nationwide until Saturday for the five U.S. servicemen killed in Chattanooga last week. President Obama issued the order after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Shortly before, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley had issued a statewide order for flags to be lowered until Saturday. I have ordered flags in Alabama be lowered to half-staff until Saturday in honor of the 5 military members killed in #Chattanooga last week. — Gov. Robert Bentley (@GovernorBentley) July […]

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    MADISON, Ala. – Lyons HR, a staffing agency, will hold a job fair next week at Dublin Park in Madison. The job fair is Wednesday, July 22 from 4 to 7 p.m.  Lyons HR is hiring for summer jobs as well as temp-to-hire positions at various companies in Madison, Morgan and Limestone counties.  There are immediate openings, and they’re hoping to put more than 60 people to work. The hiring agency says it is hiring for the following positions: Entry […]

  • Amber Alert now issued for woman, five children and a nephew

    AMBER ALERT UPDATE: Police say woman and 6 children found in south Alabama, safe

    FOLEY, Ala. – Police in Foley, in south Alabama, confirm the woman and six children who were the subject of an Amber Alert on Wednesday morning have been found.  They are safe.  The suspect in the case, Eloy Gutierrez, is in custody. The mother and children were found in Gulf Shores.  Foley Police say a citizen who had received the Amber Alert spotted the van and called 911. Eloy Gutierrez, the suspect, was found at a convenience store nearby.  He […]

  • Willie Eggleston (Photo: Family)

    UPDATE: Police say missing Florence man found, safe

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – We are happy to report a missing man from Florence has been found.  Police confirm Willie T. Eggleston is safe.  He was found in Gardendale. Earlier in the day, the State of Alabama had issued a Missing Senior Alert for him.  Florence Police released Eggleston’s picture on Monday, after his family reported they last say him Sunday night at 1018 N Pine Street. Police say Eggleston was found in Gardendale when a person called police about a […]

  • Albertville Police announce arrest & new details in death of 15-year-old Jason Richards

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  • Join these swimmers and make a splash at the 2015 Swim for Melissa!

    Help tiny babies at the 2015 Miracle Bash and Swim for Melissa, August 7-8

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  • Con Kasterborous, North Alabama’s Doctor Who Convention, is July 18-19

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  • A large crowd attended the Lawrence County Commission meeting on July 10 to speak up about the animal shelter issue. (Photo: Daniela Perallon/WHNT News 19)

    Fiery comments at Lawrence County Commission meeting over animal shelter discussion

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  • Our special coverage airs July 13-17 on WHNT News 19 at 5:00 p.m.

    WHNT News 19 is Taking Action For Families

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  • Theodore Dewayne Lockett (Photo provided by: Alabama Department of Corrections)

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