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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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  • Brody's Story airs Wednesday, July 8 on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m.

    Brody’s Story: WHNT meteorologist and family talk about son’s miracle journey

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Brody Simpson came into the world May 8th, 2015. He was a little early, but his mom and dad, Lacey and Jason, were ready for his arrival. What they weren’t ready for is what the doctors told them after he was born. “That first thing was wrong and then they found this and then this,” Lacey Simpson told us. “It was just a day full of doctors coming in, bad news after bad news.” Brody was perfect […]

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    Woman dies after falling off pontoon boat in Pickwick Lake

    FLORENCE, Ala. –  A woman died Saturday, July 4 after falling off a pontoon boat during rough water in Pickwick Lake.  Alabama State Troopers say the incident happened about 10:20 p.m. Troopers from the Marine Patrol Division say the woman’s name is not being released at this time.  She was not wearing a personal flotation device, and was taken to Helen Keller Hospital where she later died. Troopers continue to investigate further.

  • EXCLUSIVE: The inside of the ASPCA emergency animal shelter in Lawrence County

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    Dan Williams, state representative and former Athens mayor, dies

    ATHENS, Ala. – We have sad news to share with you.  Rep. Dan Williams, also a former Athens mayor and city council member, died Wednesday morning. In February, he announced on his Facebook page that he had been diagnosed with leukemia. Rep. Williams was first elected to serve District 5 in the Alabama House of Representatives in November 2010.  He worked on the County and Municipal Government Committee, as well as vice chair for the Ethics and Campaign Finance Committee. […]

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    WHNT’s Live Alert 19 app offers live streaming, weather conditions, lightning alerts and more

    (WHNT) – We encourage you to download our Live Alert 19 weather app.  It’s available for iOS and Android, and it’s free. First, the app asks you to pinpoint your location on a map, so it can send you customized alerts.  Once that’s set, you’ll see a carousel with the daily and hourly forecast, alerts, headlines, Valleywx.com blog posts, video forecasts and our interactive map. Scroll through the carousel and tap on any item to bring it up full. On our […]

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    Large oak tree at Big Spring Park coming down after being hit by lightning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Today, city crews are tearing down a decades-old tree downtown at Big Spring Park.  It’s a casualty of the weekend’s thunderstorms. Joy McKee, Director of Huntsville’s Operation Green Team, says lightning struck the red oak tree sending bark more than 150 feet in the air. The tree is more than 75 years old and stands behind the Museum of Art.  City officials deemed the tree to be a safety hazard, so they are cutting it down.

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    Madison County work release escapee captured in Birmingham

      HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Madison County work release escapee who allegedly stole a vehicle was captured in Birmingham Monday. Police say Matthew Alton Meggs escaped from work release and stole a white Madison County Chevrolet Suburban on June 18. He is currently in the Jefferson County Jail, awaiting transfer to Madison County, where he will face additional charges. Meggs, who is believed to be 37, was working at the Robert “Bob” Harrison Senior Wellness & Advocacy Center on Pulaski Pike, according to […]

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    Woman hit by vehicle on Governors Drive, seriously hurt

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A woman was injured when she was hit by a vehicle on Governors Drive on Monday afternoon. Police say the woman tried to walk across the westbound lanes of Governors at Braham Avenue about 3:30 p.m.  Neither she nor the driver who hit her saw each other, police said, adding the driver will not face charges. The woman hit was seriously hurt, and was walking with a cane.  She suffered head injuries and was taken to Huntsville […]

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    UPDATE: Decatur Police locate missing teen

    DECATUR, Ala. – Decatur Police say they have located 19-year-old Samantha Jean Rossell. Police say she was walking in a southwest residential neighborhood. Officers say Rossell appears to be okay, but she’s being taken to the hospital as a precaution. Rossell’s parents reported her missing on Thursday, June 18th. Police found her Friday evening.

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    UPDATE: Police identify woman found dead in pond at Colonial Grand at Madison

    MADISON, Ala. – Madison Police have identified a woman found dead in a pond earlier this week. Police say the woman was Shane Aubry McCally, 28, of Madison. Her death is still under investigation, and police did not release further details. McCally was found in a pond at Colonial Grand at Madison, on Colonial Lake Drive, the night of Wednesday, June 17.  Police were called to the apartments around 10 p.m.

  • Strange accident: Man fails to put van in ‘park’ and it rolls back, hurting him

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A leisurely day flying planes at the radio control airfield in Huntsville took a turn for the worse for one man. Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Huntsville Police were called to help a man who had been hit by a vehicle at Wilbourn Field, off Leeman Ferry Road.  The odd part, the man hit was hit by his own van. Officers say the man had put the vehicle in park, then got out and the van started to roll […]

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    Mandatory water cutbacks in place for western Lauderdale County

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