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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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    Triana announces water service interruption for Friday, Sept. 12

    TRIANA, Ala. (WHNT) – The town of Triana, in Madison County, will shut off water service on Friday for five hours. Water will be turned off from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 12 in order for crews to repair a fire hydrant on Wall Triana Highway. Please fill up some water jugs today so you’ll have extra on hand during this time.

  • Police, firefighters, first responders and city leaders gathered around the flag at Huntsville Fire Station 1 on Clinton Avenue. They marked the 13th anniversary of 9/11/01. (Photo: Beth Jett/WHNT News 19)

    Huntsville first responders hold 9/11 memorial services

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Today the nation observes the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.  Here in the Tennessee Valley, many will hold their own memorial services. This morning, Huntsville firefighters, police and HEMSI personnel gathered to remember those who lost their life on September 11, 2001. Crews gathered at 7:40 a.m. at each of the city’s fire stations and public safety precincts for a moment of reflection. Fire trucks then turned on lights and sirens for 30 seconds […]

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    Crowds camp out for free Chick-fil-A at newly rebuilt Florence location

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Many people were excited about the grand opening of Chick-fil-A’s newly rebuilt restaurant in Florence, customers and employees alike. A crowd of people camped outside the store Wednesday night in order to be the first 100 adults in line and win free Chick-fil-A for a year.  Employees rang cowbells and cheered to welcome customers inside and get their prize card.  There were more than 100 people waiting when the doors opened.  In fact, 110 registered last […]

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    Huntsville firefighters called to home on Kildare Street

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville firefighters were called to 2214 Kildare Street just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. This area is just near the intersection of Oakwood Avenue and Meridian Street. WHNT News 19’s Carson Clark reports there was a fire in the back room of the home.  It was put out quickly. No one was injured.

  • Photo of some of the recent construction work at Phil Campbell High School (WHNT News 19 File)

    All-new Phil Campbell High School to open Monday

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s great news for students in the 2015 graduating class at Phil Campbell High School.  They will finally get to attend classes in a traditional high school, under one roof, for the rest of their senior year. The new high school will open to students on Monday.  The building passed final inspection today, and staff will begin moving in Thursday and Friday. It’s been a long time coming.  The old high school was destroyed by […]

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    Youth Services Council to present discussion on current trends in mental health

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – On Friday, September 12, The Youth Services Council will present a discussion on current trends in mental health. This is the group’s 6th Annual Breakfast Conference, and the event will be held at Alabama Rehabilitation Services at 3000 Johnson Road SW, Huntsville, AL 35805. The event is open to any social worker, educator, counselor, civic or community leader or anyone interested in impacting the lives of our children and youth. Registration is from 8:00 to 8:30 […]

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    Update: 6-year-old girl taken from school found in Mississippi, mom in custody

    7:43 a.m. Update: (WHNT) –   Police in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee say 6-year-old Ashlynn Tay Young has been found and her mother has been taken into custody. Police say the two were found just before midnight at a residence in Lucedale, Mississippi. Authorities say the girl’s mother, Amanda Taye Young, does not have custody of her daughter.  She will be extradited to Lawrenceburg to face charges of custodial interference. Ashlynn Young is being returned to the custody of her grandmother. The […]

  • Police arrest former director of Athens-Limestone County Habitat for Humanity

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Monday, Athens Police arrested the former director of Athens-Limestone County Habitat for Humanity. Greg Miller was arrested following an investigation that took several months, regarding suspicion of embezzlement. WHNT News 19 was at the police department as officers led Miller to a patrol car on Monday morning.  We asked him if he had anything to say about his arrest, especially to supporters of Habitat for Humanity in Limestone County.  Miller remained silent. Miller is charged with […]

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    Hartselle council president to serve as mayor following Hall’s DUI arrest

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The City of Hartselle made plans on Monday to move forward with the business of running the city following the mayor’s arrest on September 5. Mayor Don Hall was charged with DUI in Limestone County.  He was booked in jail and posted $1,000 bond. Larry Madison, Hartselle City Attorney, issued a statement on Monday saying Hall will be absent from duties for an undetermined period of time to address personal issues. Council President Bill Smelser will […]

  • What a mountain of donations!  You donated more than 5,500 diapers at a Great Diaper Drive shower at Kidventure in Madison on September 7, 2014. Thank you for your generosity! (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    Taking Action: Host your own Diaper Drive shower!

    Get behind The Great Diaper Drive by hosting a diaper shower. It’s fairly easy and can be lots of fun. You can drop off your diapers during our Great Diaper Drive Blitz Drive on September 11 at any of our donation locations by 6:30PM. Don’t be a stinker and keep your drive a secret! Tell us about your efforts and share the story with pictures. Email them to photo@whnt.com or post to social media with the hashtag #19Diaper. DOWNLOAD YOUR […]

  • Daniel Adam Beaty, left, with DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris, right. (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Man charged with capital murder in DeKalb County

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says a man has been charged with capital murder in the case of another man found dead last Sunday, August 31 near Ider. The man’s body was found in a wooded area, and investigators have been working all week to determine who he was and how he died. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said the victim in the case was Daniel Thomas Fuller, 33, of Geraldine.  He was reported missing […]

  • Goldsmith-Schiffman Field is on Ward Avenue in Five Points. (Photo: Shevaun Bryan/WHNT News 19)

    Goldsmith family to formally donate longstanding field to city

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has announced new plans for the future of Goldsmith-Schiffman Field. At a news conference Friday, Battle announced Margaret Ann Goldsmith and her family are formally donating the property to the city.  The item is on the city council’s agenda for September 11 for approval. “There are nearly 80 years of warm memories on this field for thousands of Huntsville residents,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “Thanks to Margaret Ann and the generosity of […]


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