Claire Aiello

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).

Recent Articles

  • Pictures: Parts of Central Alabama Dealing With Flooding

    Posted on: 5:26 am, April 7, 2014, by , updated on: 07:48am, April 7, 2014

    We’ve had lots of rain overnight in the Tennessee Valley, and a flash flood warning remains in effect for DeKalb,...
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  • Huntsville Councilmen Talk Roads, City Hall Improvements

    Posted on: 1:49 pm, April 4, 2014, by and

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville changes by the day, and these two men see it from a different perspective than...
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  • Junior Achievement to Honor Local Leaders at April 11 Gala

    Posted on: 8:49 am, April 4, 2014, by and

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Junior Achievement of North Alabama announces its eighth annual Business Hall of Fame to honor north Alabama...
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  • PICTURES: Man’s Poultry Houses Destroyed in Friday Morning’s Storms

    Posted on: 8:09 am, April 4, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:44pm, April 4, 2014

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Most of us experienced heavy rain, winds and lightning as the storms moved through Friday...
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  • Full Interview: Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris Discusses Officer Shooting

    Posted on: 6:52 am, April 4, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Here is the full interview with Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris, recorded about 4 a.m. Friday...
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  • VIDEO: Shots Fired at Scene of Huntsville Police Standoff

    Posted on: 6:49 am, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 05:06pm, April 4, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In this video, you’ll hear rapid gunfire being exchanged by Huntsville Police and the shooting suspect...
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  • Officer Shooting: WHNT News 19′s Venton Blandin Reports from Huntsville Hospital

    Posted on: 6:47 am, April 4, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19′s Venton Blandin was stationed outside Huntsville Hospital early Friday morning. He reports the...
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  • WHNT’s Beth Jett Reports on Officer Shooting, Standoff

    Posted on: 6:45 am, April 4, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19′s Beth Jett reports from the media staging area at First Baptist Church. Many...
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  • School Delays: Friday, April 4

    Posted on: 5:22 am, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 07:42am, April 4, 2014

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Local school systems are monitoring the weather this morning, as potentially severe storms move through our...
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  • TEAM COVERAGE: Huntsville Police Officer Recovering After Early Morning Shooting, Suspect Dead

    Posted on: 2:43 am, April 4, 2014, by and , updated on: 09:19pm, April 5, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville Police officer is in good condition and recovering after he was shot early Friday morning....
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  • Investigators on Scene of Meth Bust, Whiskey Still in Lacey’s Spring

    Posted on: 2:14 pm, April 3, 2014, by , updated on: 02:23pm, April 3, 2014

    LACEY’S SPRING, Ala. (WHNT) – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said investigators are on the scene of a meth bust...
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  • East Limestone Player Signs with Faulkner Univ.

    Posted on: 2:02 pm, April 3, 2014, by

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – An East Limestone High School senior signed a football scholarship Wednesday. Jesse Watwood signed with...
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