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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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    Police: Russellville man arrested for selling spice to high school student who overdosed

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Russellville Police say they’ve arrested the man who sold “Spice” to a high school student who overdosed recently. In fact, police say they’ve answered at least eight calls for people needed service who have suffered medical complications due to smoking the drug. All eight were rushed to the emergency room, and some needed intensive care or had extended hospital stays. The latest overdose case involved a local high school student who suffered severe complications and required […]

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    Two Deshler Middle School students overdose on “spice”

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – The battle continues to wage in the war against spice across the state of Alabama. Police said the fight has now reached the schoolhouse. In the last week, four individuals in Tuscumbia have overdosed, two of them being middle school students. “It’s a situation which happened in my neighborhood. I was aware of it and it’s very alarming,” stated Tuscumbia Schools Superintendent Mary Kate Smith. The story of two students from Deshler Middle School overdosing on […]

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    See the smoke? Huntsville Fire Department conducting controlled burn on Holmes Avenue

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Many of you have asked why you see smoke along I-565.  Everything is okay — the Huntsville Fire Department is conducting a live fire training exercise on Holmes Avenue, just near Butler High School. It’s taking place at 3209 Holmes Avenue in a donated structure.  The fire started about 11:30 a.m. and it’s burning pretty steadily right now. The exercise will continue until about 4 p.m. today.  The road is open near the structure, but traffic […]

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    Huntsville Police say man arrested for robbery at Krispy Kreme caught just nearby

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police say a man robbed Krispy Kreme Donuts late Tuesday night and was then caught a short distance away. Police say the business called to report a robbery after 9 p.m.  A store employee said a white male came in the business acting like he had a gun and demanded money.  The man robbed the store and ran north on Oakwood Avenue, the employee said. Police patrolled the area and found a man matching the […]

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    Sheriff’s Office: Ardmore man faces additional child porn charges, was posing as teenage boy online

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    Albertville Police say body of missing teen found, no arrest yet

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Police in Albertville have confirmed the body of a 15-year-old boy who disappeared in February has been found.  Detectives found Jason Richards’ body on Monday in the Langston community, working on a tip. Albertville Police say they are still working on several leads in the case, and no arrest has been made at this point. Police say it’s not clear how long the teen’s body had been in the wooded area on Lois Lane, and they’re […]

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    Garrison Commander says Arsenal traffic flow should improve despite heightened security

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    Judge hands down 2 life sentences for Ezekiel Gholston in Decatur Krystal murders

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    UPDATE: Search continues for mother who reportedly abducted child from Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville Police Department continues to search for the woman accused of abducting her one-year-old son from a Huntsville home. Authorities throughout the state are also helping to track down Keysa Pryor. Officials say the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force, along with several Birmingham agencies are assisting with the search. Police say Pryor lives in the Birmingham area. A warrant has been issued for her arrest for interference with child custody. Child found safe Just after 1:45 p.m. […]

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    UAH, Buckhorn High School to partner and clean up historic cemetery in New Market this Saturday, May 16

    NEW MARKET, Ala. (WHNT) – Two groups will hold a cleanup at one of Madison County’s oldest cemeteries this weekend, and you’re invited to help them preserve the past. The effort is called “Save Graveyard Hill” and will be held at Mount Paran Campground and Cemetery. It’s on Winchester Road just north of New Market Barbecue, in fact, just a few houses north. There will be directional signs posted. This Saturday’s cleanup will start at 9 a.m.  Teams are watching the […]

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    Man killed in one-vehicle wreck on Hwy. 72 in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence man died when his truck wrecked on Highway 72 West near Barton on Friday morning.  It happened about 9:20 a.m. Jerical Pernell Goodloe, 51, was killed when the 2000 Ford Ranger he was driving left the roadway and overturned.  He died at the scene. The truck’s passenger, Jessie Goodloe, was flown to Huntsville Hospital for treatment. Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate the wreck.

  • Neal Porter heads up the barbecue portion of the event. People who attend the Unity Festival can sample food from each of the teams. Ticket proceeds support Latham United Methodist Church's Hands of Christ Fund, which supports families affected by long-term illness. (Photo: Neal Porter)

    Latham’s Unity Festival this Saturday, May 9

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Unity Festival returns Saturday, May 9 to south Huntsville, bringing with it the delicious smell of barbecue and great music.  The festival, at Latham United Methodist Church, is a fun event for the family but also raises money for a greater cause. The event is from 1 to 5 p.m. at Latham Church, located at 109 Weatherly Road, just a block east of Memorial Parkway. Latham holds the Unity Festival to raise money for its […]


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