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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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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – State and local leaders made a major announcement Friday about Polaris bringing at least 1,700 jobs to the Huntsville area. Polaris Industries will build a 600,000 square foot facility in Limestone County near the Greenbrier exit , where it will manufacture outdoor motorized recreational vehicles.  Read more in our full story. Read our minute-by-minute blog below as well.

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    Goodman to consolidate operations, close Fayetteville plant in 2017

    (WHNT) – One of the largest employers in Lincoln County, Tennessee has announced it will consolidate and move its operations to Houston, Texas. Daikin Industries says it will consolidate Goodman manufacturing plants in Tennessee and Texas in order to expand its operations in Houston. Goodman company representatives confirmed to WHNT News 19 the Fayetteville plant will close in 2017. Employees said they were notified Tuesday afternoon of the plant’s closure, adding that this would put about 1,900 people out of […]

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    UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled after girl found safe; father surrenders

    HOOVER, Ala. (WHNT) – UPDATE: The State of Alabama has CANCELLED an Emergency Amber Alert for a child abducted the Hoover area earlier Monday.  McKenzie Mixon, age 5, has been found SAFE. Her father, Jeffrey Mixon, is accused of killing the girl’s mother in at an apartment complex in Hoover. Hoover Police said they received a 911 call just after 12 p.m. Monday reporting that a woman was dead and that two other victims had been bound and beaten. When […]

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    Part of Wynn Drive to close Tuesday for most of 2015 for utility relocation & roadwork

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    Jackson County deputies seize 68 marijuana plants from home in Dutton

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  • Holiday Lights: Todd Mill Road, Huntsville

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    Here’s the list: Selected theaters in Alabama and Tennessee playing “The Interview”

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    WHNT to present special programming on Christmas Day

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  • Holiday Lights: Lentzville Road, Athens

    Our Holiday Lights Showcase for December 23 is on Lentzville Road in Athens. There’s a quarter-mile of Christmas lights on a drive-through loop.  In all, there are more than 20,000 lights! When you drive through, you can tune your radio to listen to some Christmas tunes timed to the lights. See more Holiday Lights we’ve featured on WHNT News 19 through the Christmas season.

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    UPDATE: Hwy. 79 reopens south of Guntersville after truck fire

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    List of restaurants open in north Alabama on Christmas Day

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Not all businesses will be closed on Christmas Day.  Many local restaurants will be open in case you’d like to take a break from the kitchen. -88 Buffet – open all day on Christmas -City Cafe Diner on Drake Avenue will be open from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. -Country Kitchen in Fort Payne – open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. -Daniella’s at Joe Wheeler State Park open on Christmas from 7 to 10 a.m. for […]

  • City leaders sing ‘White Christmas’ in early 1980s

    It’s always fun when we pull old stories out of the archives, including this classic Christmas piece from the early 1980s. We believe it is from 1983. We asked city and county leaders to help us with a rendition of “White Christmas.” The story features Joe Davis, former mayor, Jane Mabry, former city council member, Bud Cramer, former District Attorney, Mike Gillespie of the Madison County Commission along with Bill Tallent, and a few WHNT faces you may recognize, including […]


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