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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, but then the web job opened up and she jumped at it. As the Interactive Content Manager she oversees the content on and our apps as well as our social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Make sure you follow us on each of those platforms!

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 high school 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’s hobbies include cooking and gardening. She’s not great at either but tries to keep learning new things. Her current challenge in the garden is deterring deer who roam the neighborhood and eat anything they want overnight. If you have any ideas she would love suggestions. (Because, city limits + shooting deer = illegal.)

You’ll see Claire most mornings at the Southeast YMCA and on the soccer fields with her daughter. She is a volunteer referee through AYSO Region 160. She and Joey are also active in their son’s Cub Scout Pack. The Aiellos are also active members at Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

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Recent Articles
  • UPDATE: One lane open on I-65 north over Tennessee River bridge, concrete rail damaged in wreck

    DECATUR, Ala. – One lane of traffic is moving on Interstate 65 northbound over the Tennessee River bridge in Morgan County. Alabama State Troopers say a wreck happened about 8 a.m. on the bridge, and there were injuries. Northbound traffic has been backed up all the way to the Priceville exit, and troopers are trying to divert traffic there so the backup doesn’t extend further down the road. The right lane of the bridge on I-65 north will be closed […]

  • Man killed in Halsey Ave. shooting identified

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Madison County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed in a shooting Thursday morning in a neighborhood near Five Points.  Deputy Coroner Tyler Berryhill confirms the death of Jason Oliver, 40, of Huntsville. Oliver was killed in a home in the 1300 block of Halsey Avenue. Police got the call about 10:15 a.m. Police say they have a person they are talking to about the incident, but no arrest has been made.  The investigation is still underway. […]

  • Lawrence County Commission votes against giving animal services contract back to former director

    MOULTON, Ala. – Wednesday morning, a Lawrence County Commissioner cast the tie-breaking vote to deny the county’s animal service contract to go back to Bobbie Taylor, the former shelter director convicted of animal cruelty. Instead, it will go to Changing 42 Animal Rescue, a local shelter operated by Kim Carpenter.  The vote was 3-2 in Changing 42’s favor. The commission met yesterday but Commissioner Bobby Burch was not present.  The commissioners who were voted 2-2.  An emergency meeting was called […]

  • TBI urges public to keep looking for Elizabeth Thomas & Tad Cummins: “It only takes one tip”

    COLUMBIA, Tenn. – More than two weeks after a 15-year-old girl disappeared with her 50-year-old teacher from central Tennessee, there is still no sign of where they are today. Authorities involved in the ongoing AMBER Alert to find Elizabeth Thomas pleaded with the public today to stay vigilant and call 911 if you see her or Tad Cummins. Tips can also be reported to 1-800-TBI-FIND, but authorities urged tips that need immediate attention to be reported to 911 so law […]

  • Driver crashes car into townhome in south Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – First responders were called to a neighborhood off Lily Flagg Road on Tuesday after a driver crashed a car into a townhome. The area is just near the intersection of Lily Flagg and Whitesburg Drives. The townhome is on Oldfield Road. HEMSI spokesman Don Webster confirmed that there were no serious injuries. WHNT News 19 is working to get more information.

  • Local high school basketball coach Jack Doss earns national honor

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Longtime local high school basketball coach Jack Doss has been named USA Today’s Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. Doss is coach at Mae Jemison High School. He recently won his 10th state title, a state record. He has won state titles at Hayes in Birmingham, Butler in Huntsville, J.O. Johnson in Huntsville and now Mae Jemison. His all-time record is 812-329. USA Today asked him about his greatest achievement. “Working with young men. We’ve had more […]

  • Schools announce early dismissals because of threat of severe weather

    ATHENS, Ala. - Limestone County Schools have announced they will close early today, Monday, March 27. This is due to the threat of severe weather this afternoon.

  • WHNT News 19 wins six awards from Alabama Broadcasters Association, including Station of the Year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you! This weekend, WHNT News 19 was named Station of the Year by the Alabama Broadcasters Association. The honor came at the association’s annual awards banquet in Birmingham. Several WHNT News 19 team members attended the gala and celebrated the win together. “I’m extremely happy to have won station of the year from the ABA,” said Stan Pylant, WHNT News 19 President and General Manager. “This outstanding recognition […]

  • Florence school board member announces resignation

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Bill Jordan says he is resigning as a Florence Board of Education member. He sent a letter to Connie Wallace, Interim Superintendent of Florence City Schools this morning. Jordan says he is resigning as the District 2 board member effective Friday, March 31. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as a Florence City school Board Member,” Jordan wrote. “Furthermore, it has been a privilege to serve with a group of honorable people, dedicated […]

  • Funeral on Saturday for mother, daughter killed in separate accidents minutes apart in DeKalb County

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – A mother and her daughter who died in separate accidents Tuesday on Highway 117 in DeKalb County will be buried on Saturday. Visitation for Julia Anne Yates and Elizabeth “Libby” Patterson is this evening, Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Burt Chapel in Valley Head.  The funeral is Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m. It will also be at the funeral home, with Rev. Darrell Haney and Rev. James Grindstaff officiating. Burial will follow in […]

  • American teen arrested in Israel for Jewish community center threats

    JERUSALEM (CNN) – A Jewish teenager was arrested Thursday in connection with a series of bomb threats that have rattled Jewish institutions and community centers across the US and other countries, Israeli police said. A months-long international investigation led to the 19-year-old suspect, who used “advanced camouflage technologies” to cover his tracks, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The suspect holds dual American-Israeli citizenship, an Israeli security official told CNN. He was arrested in Israel after an undercover investigation with the […]

  • School board approves new principal for North Jackson High School

    STEVENSON, Ala. – North Jackson High School has a new principal.  Rob Paradise, Principal of Stevenson Middle School, has been promoted to the role. The Jackson County School Board unanimously approved Paradise for the position in a meeting this morning. Paradise will begin April 3. Former Principal Sam Houston resigned on March 1. Dianne Brooks has been working as interim principal at the school.