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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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    Florence Middle School student hit by vehicle

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence Middle School student was hit by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon. Police say the girl, a seventh-grader, was walking home when she crossed Hermitage Drive at non-cross walk zone. Paramedics took her to ECM Hospital for treatment. She was treated and released later Wednesday evening.

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    Man arrested in Colbert County woods; drove through 3 states to avoid capture

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Charges have been filed against a man accused of leading police in three states on a car chase Sunday, before wrecking his vehicle in Colbert County, bailing out and running into the woods. Brandon Heath Anaya, 25, was arrested late Monday evening.  He is charged with theft of property and criminal mischief. Mississippi and Tennessee authorities also have numerous charges on him, including reckless endangerment and aggravated assault on a police officer. According to Colbert […]

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    Florence man dies in motorcycle crash

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence man died Monday afternoon when his motorcycle crashed on Lauderdale County Road 15, about five miles west of Florence. Alabama State Troopers say Douglas E. Richardson was killed when he lost control of the 2006 Yamaha motorcycle he was driving. No other vehicles were involved. Troopers haven’t released further details.  They continue their investigation.

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    District 3 candidates take last second jabs days before runoffs

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    Sheriff: Package found on railcar at BP contained metal shock cylinders

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office says a suspicious package found on a railcar near the BP plant on Monday did not contain anything hazardous. Sheriff Ana Franklin said the box contained metal shock cylinders for heavy doors. Deputies were called to the plant on Finley Island Road around 6:30 a.m. Monday.  The package, found south of the #4 unit, appeared to be a burlap sack with UPS writings and an open box inside.  Law enforcement contacted UPS […]

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    Community meeting Tuesday at Grissom High School to discuss new library, community center

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle invite you to attend a community meeting on Tuesday, September 30 at Grissom High School. The purpose is to discuss plans for the current Grissom site, once the school moves to the new site in a few years.  The plan is turn the current Grissom into a new South Huntsville Library and Community Center. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Everyone is invited. […]

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    Fall Jam Sessions every Thursday in October, Oktoberfest on Friday the 3rd

    Downtown Huntsville, Inc. has more events planned as we enter the fall, including Jam Sessions every Thursday in October from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a free concert on Westside Square. These concerts feature popular local bands and they’re a great way to enjoy a Thursday evening as the cool weather moves in. Oktoberfest in the Alley On Friday, October 3, come to Humphrey’s and the Washington Street Alley for an Oktoberfest celebration. The fun starts at 3 p.m. with […]

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    Madison traffic note: Bob Jones homecoming parade tonight

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – This week is homecoming week at Bob Jones High School.  Tonight, police will block traffic on some roads for the school’s homecoming parade. The parade lineup will be in the Spencer Square parking lot on Highway 20.  The parade will then travel north on Celtic Drive before turning into the north entrance to Madison City Stadium. The parade begins at 5:45 p.m.  Celtic Drive will be closed for approximately 45 minutes.


    Lyons HR to host job fairs Oct. 2, 9 in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Lyons HR will host two job fairs soon to fill various positions. The job fairs are scheduled on Thursday, October 2 and Thursday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Optimist Park Recreation Center, located at 703 Oakwood Avenue NE, Huntsville, AL 35811. Apply in person for general labor/assembly. Pay begins at $7.25/hour, and multiple shifts are available. Please bring two forms of ID and a copy of your high school diploma or […]

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    UPDATE: Traffic light at Lily Flagg & Memorial Parkway repaired

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Good news — a traffic light damaged in a morning wreck on Memorial Parkway has been repaired.  Crews worked on it throughout the day to lessen the impact on drivers Wednesday afternoon and evening. The traffic light at Lily Flagg Road was damaged during a wreck that happened around 8 a.m.  A vehicle smashed into the control panel on a utility pole, which was also damaged. Traffic engineering and Huntsville Utilities crews were on site for […]

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    Huntsville’s ‘Rocket Chef’ challenge to benefit Food Bank, Merrimack Hall

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Do you like to cook? Here’s a night where you can see some of the area’s best chefs put their skills to the test against each other.  You might learn some new tricks but most of all, you’ll be impressed by their talent.   ‘Rocket Chef: A Clash of the Culinary Titans’ will be held Monday, November 10 at Merrimack Hall. A VIP reception begins at 6 p.m. and the competition begins at 7 p.m. Tickets […]

  • Arsenal: Gate 7 open for afternoon traffic

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) –  Staff at Redstone Arsenal hope to have Gate 7 open by close of business Tuesday so people can use it to go home. It is now open for traffic. Gate 7, Martin Road off of Zierdt Road, was closed for much of the day Tuesday.  It caused long delays Tuesday morning as drivers had to use other entry points, most of them opting for Gate 9. This caused delays on many feeder roads to Gate 9, […]


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