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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

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    Huntsville named top city for people considering retirement

    Where do you want to retire one day? It turns out Huntsville is poised for big things with people considering  what to do post-career. According to a new report by Grandparents.com, Huntsville is the best place to retire in 10 years. It tops the list of the six cities named, in fact. The report says many people are seeking warmer climates instead of harsh winters they’ve had to deal with in other parts of the country, according to research by […]

  • L to R: Bennie and Lillian, two dogs up for adoption on Friends of Rescue's website. (Photos: forrescue.net)

    ‘Doggy-Palooza,’ huge pet adoption event, this Saturday at Lowe Mill

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re looking to adopt a dog, this is where you want to be this Saturday.  ‘Doggy-Palooza’ is coming to Lowe Mill from Noon to 4 p.m. ‘Doggy-Palooza’ will feature canines needing homes from many different local animal rescue groups.  We’ve included links with each so you can get a preview of the pets they have available for adoption ahead of time: -Madison Animal Rescue Foundation -Friends of Rescue (FOR) -A New Leash on Life -Spay […]

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    Madison Academy wins 3A state title, third in a row

    AUBURN, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison Academy’s dynasty continues, and what an era it’s been.  The Mustangs won their third straight 3A state championship Thursday, beating Dale County 70 to 34. The game was played at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. This is Madison Academy’s fourth straight trip to the state title game, and third victory in a row.  Way to go team! WHNT News 19’s Ryan Cody and Chase Horn will have more coverage in our newscasts Thursday evening.

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    Lawrence County team celebrates state championship win

    AUBURN, Ala. (WHNT) – The Lawrence County Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Team won its state championship game Wednesday in Auburn! The team beat Hewitt-Trussville 26 to 18.  The game was held at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. We offer the team our congratulations! We’re very proud of your accomplishment. The team posed for pictures after the game and even rolled Toomer’s Corner. Thanks to Leigh Ann Black for the photos from Auburn!

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    Ardmore Band alumni sisters set up online donation account to help restore stolen funds

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  • L to R: Matthew and Patricia Ayers (WHNT News 19 file)

    Lauderdale County couple pleads guilty in child pornography case

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    Holiday Lights: See local displays and tell us about more!

    See the local Christmas lights displays we’ve featured on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m.  Also, tell us about more cool displays we should feature! Click here for our full Holiday Lights section on WHNT.com.

  • Holiday Lights Showcase: Timber Gap Circle, Hartselle

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    Grissom Marching Band keeps spirits high in soggy Hollywood Christmas Parade

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  • The CARE Center has new thrift store in New Hope

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  • Holiday Lights Showcase: Howell Street, Florence

    (WHNT) – Make sure you drive by this great Holiday Lights display on Howell Street in Florence. Fridays and Saturdays leading up to Christmas, Santa will be there handing out candy canes. You can also turn your radio to hear Christmas music that goes along with this computer-generated light show. We feature Holiday Lights every night through the end of the year on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m. If you know of a display we should showcase, tell us about […]

  • James Pigg (WHNT News 19 file)

    Limestone County man pleads guilty to grandmother’s murder

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