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Claire Aiello (pronounced I-L-O) 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 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’s favorite TV show is Downton Abbey. 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 exercise, and although she survived the Huntsville Half Marathon in 2012, she said it was worse than childbirth, and does other things now including Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp for Women. You may also see her volunteering as a soccer referee for AYSO Region 160 here in Huntsville.

Claire also enjoys singing at church and helping in her children’s school. She is also a member of the Board of Management at the Southeast Family YMCA in Huntsville.

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).

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  • A skunk ran on the field at football training camp Tuesday in Falkville, AL. (Photo: Kimmie Nowlin)

    GREAT VIDEO: Skunk tries out for football team in Falkville

    FALKVILLE, Ala. – Who knows, it might be a good strategy to have a skunk on your football team. If you give him the ball and tell him to run, the other team might not go near him! On Tuesday, people watching youth football training camp at South Park in Falkville got a surprise.  A skunk ran on the field! Kimmie Nowlin recorded video of the moment, and as you can see and hear, some were a bit nervous about […]

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    Goat shows up at Subway in Tennessee — he must have heard about their meatball subs!

    LORETTO, Tenn. – You can’t blame him — he was probably hungry. Goats always are! Tuesday, a goat showed up at Subway in Loretto, located at 306 N Military Street. Chris Beckman was there, so he took a picture as others held the goat with what they could use as a collar and leash — it looks like a belt.  He posted it on Facebook and others have shared it, including the Lawrence County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office. Loretto Police took care of the […]

  • Huntsville Police and Huntsville City School security employees escorted Eddgra Fallin out of the school board meeting on July 21, 2016. The reason given was that she was 'standing up' while recording citizen comments on her cell phone. Fallin asked if she could sit down but she was not allowed back inside.

    Police, school personnel escort Huntsville woman out of board meeting; maintain she was causing a disruption

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – News photographers are allowed to record video of a school board meeting. Why was a citizen asked to leave Thursday night when she was doing the same thing?  WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to get answers from those involved in the incident as well as school board members who sat nearby and watched. Video posted online by Huntsville United shows security employees escorting a woman out of the board meeting.  Eddgra Fallin was recording video of the […]

  • McKayla Nicole Slater, 13, is missing in Franklin County. If you have any information please call (256) 332-8820.

    UPDATE: Franklin Co. Sheriff says missing 13-year-old girl found safe

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. – Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver said a girl reported missing on Thursday has been located, and is safe. McKayla Nicole Slater, 13, was found Friday morning.  No further information has been released. Prior to this, Slater had left her parents’ home on County Road 83, south of County Road 724 on Wednesday afternoon.  The area is between Russellville and Mount Hope. Again, we understand Slater has been found safe.  Sheriff Oliver thanks citizens for their tips in this case.

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    Police: Two men arrested in incident where Albertville pastor was shot

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – An Albertville pastor was shot Wednesday night in the parking lot of a church.  He’s going to be okay, we understand, and two people have been arrested in the case. Romeo Campos is charged with attempted murder.   Police explained the series of events that led to the pastor being shot. Albertville Police say a 15-year-old girl was propositioned by a man named Randall Ginn around 7 p.m. on 2nd Street, just off Baltimore Avenue. The girl […]

  • April Lynn Johnson, 30, is charged with sexual torture and sexual abuse. (Photo: Florence Police Department)

    Florence woman charged with sexual abuse, torture following incident on Woodard Ave.

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Police say a 30-year-old woman is charged with sexual torture and sexual abuse after an incident on Sunday, July 17. Police were called to a reported sexual assault in the 2900 block of Woodard Avenue.  Police say they found a female who said she had been beaten and sexually assaulted while being threatened with a firearm.  The female got medical treatment and talked with investigators. During the follow-up, police served search warrants at the home of April Lynn Johnson, […]

  • Arab High School football players help pick up trash along Highway 231 on August 12, 2016. Left to right: Drew Laney, Chase Martin, Russell Brazelton, Kevin Renfroe and Dustin Benefield. (Photo: Laurie Hunt)

    Arab High School players help the community on and off the field

    ARAB, Ala. – High school football teams are making preparations for the upcoming fall season, but it’s not all about weights, helmets and huddles. It’s important to bond as a team and Arab High School is helping the community in the process. The Knights have a team camp every year, and sometimes they go out of town, but this year they stayed in Arab. Coach Adam Gilbert had his players do different activities — some related to football and some […]

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    Two killed in motorcycle crash on AL-176 in DeKalb County

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – A man and woman died in a motorcycle crash on Sunday afternoon in DeKalb County.  It happened about 2:55 p.m. on Alabama 176, about six miles west of Fort Payne. Alabama State Troopers say Clyde Arnold “Trey” Vaughn, 27, was killed when the 2005 Suzuki motorcycle he was driving left the roadway and overturned.  Vaughn died, along with his passenger, Marisa Danielle Dickie, 21. Vaughn lived in Guntersville and Dickie was from Oneonta. Troopers have not […]

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    Courtroom packed for hearing involving Huntsville school desegregation case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Three people are seeking to be added as plaintiffs in the desegregation lawsuit involving Huntsville City Schools, and today the federal judge overseeing the case heard their argument. The courtroom was packed for the hearing, which lasted nearly five hours. The case currently has two parties, Huntsville City Schools and the U.S. Department of Justice. Several people took the stand, including a parent who wants to join the case. Would-be new plaintiff in desegregation case, Paul Proctor, takes stand. […]

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    Decatur council, mayoral candidates to participate in July 25 forum at the Princess Theater

    DECATUR, Ala. – Many cities will elect new mayors and council representatives on August 23.  Now is your chance to learn about the candidates running for city offices in Decatur. On July 25, the One Morgan Leadership Committee of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce will host a municipal candidate forum at the Princess Theater Center for the Performing Arts.  The event will include a meet-and-greet at 5 p.m. and a formal question-and-answer session led by a moderator at 6 […]

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    Your Pictures: Storm Clouds across the Tennessee Valley

    TENNESSEE VALLEY — Many of you sent pictures as heavy storms moved through north Alabama on Thursday afternoon. Thank you for the pictures! We may use these in our newscasts as well. If you would like to send more, please click the red ‘Submit Your Photo’ button below. You can also email them to or upload them through our Live Alert 19 app.

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    Huntsville Police urge Pokemon Go players to be mindful and respectful, especially in city cemeteries

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Chances are you, or someone in your family is playing Pokemon Go. It’s taking the world by storm — you just need to be mindful and play the game safely and respectfully. That’s a request from Huntsville Police. “Everyone is encouraged to use the City parks and other open-air public recreation areas, but remember that all City parks close one hour after sunset unless otherwise posted. In addition, Maple Hill Cemetery is closed to visitors at sunset. […]


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