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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

Recent Articles
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    Madison County to count provisional ballots next Wednesday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Following Tuesday’s general election, Madison County is preparing to finalize the votes.  However, about 400 provisional ballots must be reviewed first. The Madison County Board of Registrars is reviewing those provisional ballots now, seeing which ones can be counted.  Provisional ballots are ones that are cast when a voter’s eligibility can’t immediately be established at the polling site.  This may be because the voter doesn’t have identification, or may have gone to the wrong polling location. […]

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    What’s that BOOM? Redstone Arsenal conducting demolition missions today

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  • Anthony Bevels (Photo:  Fayetteville Police Department)

    NEW DETAILS: Toney woman’s boyfriend now charged with capital murder

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  • Police are at Russellville High School to investigate a bomb threat. The school was evacuated Thursday morning. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Russellville High School given ‘All Clear’ after bomb threat, student charged

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  • The Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigates a bomb threat on Thursday at Tharptown High School.  (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Student arrested in bomb threat at Tharptown High School

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  • The 2013 Patriot's Mosaic is still on display, but has been moved around the corner of the building to make room for the 2014 image to be unveiled next week. (Photo: Facebook.com/visionsofvetshsv)

    EarlyWorks Museum to unveil 2014 Patriot’s Mosaic on Veterans Day

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Earlyworks Family of Museums has a new, colorful image to honor local veterans. The 2014 Patriot’s Mosaic will be unveiled on Veterans Day. The ceremony will be held Tuesday, November 11 at 1:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Huntsville Depot Museum. This is the second mosaic of its kind in Huntsville, and will include nearly 1,300 images of veterans combined to create a 15×15 foot patriotic photo collage. The first Patriot’s Mosaic was unveiled […]

  • Jerry Courtney (Photo: Heart of the Valley YMCA)

    Jerry Courtney hired as new President/CEO of Heart of the Valley YMCA

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  • City representatives, including Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, await the ribbon cutting  at Walmart's new Neighborhood Market on Oakwood Avenue on   Wednesday, Nov. 5. (Photo: David Schmidt/WHNT News 19)

    Walmart opens new Neighborhood Market on Oakwood Avenue

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  • Dr. Larry Stutts (Photo: Stuttsforsenate.com)

    Stutts appears to have ousted longtime State Senator Roger Bedford in close race

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  • Cindy Saye Wigley, rear

    Wigley, Walls, Stricklend & Killion winners in Marshall County

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  • (Photo by William Szczepanski/WHNT News 19)

    PICTURES: Vacant commercial building burns near downtown Moulton

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Firefighters worked to put out flames at a commercial building in Moulton on Tuesday afternoon.  The building is on Court Street, just west of the downtown area. The Lawrence County EMA says the structure is an old warehouse. The building once belonged to Bergen-Paterson, a company that built various kinds of pipes.  Another company later bought the building and made insulation there. The building has been abandoned for several years. Seven different fire departments responded to […]

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    Blog: November 4, 2014 General Election

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