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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).

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    Tuesday morning wreck stalls traffic on I-565 near Greenbrier Rd.

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Many drivers were stuck in traffic near a wreck on I-565 between Greenbrier Road and Interstate 65 on Tuesday morning. A car and truck wrecked on the westbound side.  The car went into a ditch. Traffic was backed up in both directions on I-565. Huntsville Police are investigating further.   No word yet on injuries.

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    Man convicted of sexual abuse sentenced to life without parole

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Madison County man convicted of sexually abusing a young child was sentenced to life without parole on Monday. Circuit Judge Jim Smith sentenced Roland Gilbert Campos to two sentences of life without parole and two 20-year sentences.  These were for convictions of two counts of sexual abuse of a child and two counts of sodomy of a child.  The sentences will run concurrently. The victim was 5 years old. A jury convicted Campos, 35, in June. […]

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    Your Pictures: July 4th Celebrations

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    Hwy. 67 near Brewer back open after fiery accident involving 18-wheeler

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Part of Highway 67 in Morgan County was blocked for more than eight hours Thursday due to an accident involving an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck. It happened around 6:30 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Highway 67 and Hoyt Henry Road near Brewer High School.  We understand an 18-wheeler was headed north on 67 and collided with a Ford F-150. Thursday afternoon, traffic was still being re-routed around the scene where crews worked to clean up a fuel […]

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    Man robs First Metro Bank in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police are searching for a man who robbed First Metro Bank on Cloverdale Road in Florence. It happened after 11:15 a.m. Thursday. Police say a heavy-set white male walked into the bank with a camouflage bandana over his face.  He was about 5’10″ and wore a white shirt, blue jeans and sunglasses. If you recognize the man in the photos above, or have any information about the robbery, please contact Florence Police at 256-760-6500.

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    Candidate qualifying opens Monday for municipal races

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    Gold Wing Road Riders Association’s ‘Wing Ding 37′ Coming to Huntsville in 2015

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    Read our Blog: Huntsville Board Meeting on School Rezoning Case

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    Father, son charged with robbery and kidnapping in DeKalb County

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    Crepe myrtles a must for Southern gardens

    (WHNT) – In the heat of summer, some of your plants may not be looking so hot right now.  But there are some plants that love plenty of sunshine. Crepe myrtles are a must for any garden in the South.  They come in beautiful colors and grow to different heights, depending on the variety you choose. They need full sunshine — six or more hours a day, according to Jeff Bennett of Bennett Nurseries. Watch Garden Tips every Thursday on […]

  • L to R: Steve Johnson talks with Dr. Kathy Hawk, a political science professor at UAH, about the situation in the Mideast. (June 25, 2014/WHNT News 19)

    UAH professor gives thoughts on situation in the Mideast

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    Wine Festival, Color Run 5K Coming to Huntsville September 27

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