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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
  • Immanuel Gage Allen, in red, after his arrest in 2012. (WHNT News 19)

    Marshall County man pleads guilty in baby’s 2012 death

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – An Albertville teenager charged with capital murder in the death of an infant has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Monday morning, Immanuel Gage Allen pleaded guilty to manslaughter.  He was charged with capital murder in the death of an 11-month-old child in 2012. Allen was 17 at the time of the crime.  He was the boyfriend of the child’s mother, Bridgett Duncan, who was charged with aggravated child abuse. The baby’s name was Gemma […]

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    Passengers cry and pray as smoke-filled plane rattles to emergency landing

    (CNN) — Many wept. Some prayed. But after their smoke-filled plane rattled to an emergency landing, passengers had a new lease on life, as they exited a JetBlue flight Thursday via inflatable chutes. “I’m just happy to be alive,” said passenger Jarrod West, who slid down holding his black Chihuahua. “I don’t think I’ll be mean to anybody ever again.” Four people were injured in the incident; one was taken to hospital, CNN affiliate KCAL reported. A loud pop initiated […]

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    Mother, daughter die in late-night wreck in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – “I know that at two in the morning, if someone is calling me… something’s wrong.” Unfortunately something was. Anderson resident Sheree Cates has been unable to sleep since she got the news of her good friend’s car running off the road. “She was a good person, she [really] was,” said Cates. “Everybody loved her. She made everybody laugh. I just… I can’t believe it.” The wreck on Highway 207 happened just before 11:30 Thursday night. […]

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    WHNT tests SAF-T-Net app’s photo feature

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Do you have the WHNT SAF-T-Net app on your phone?  If not, it’s a very handy tool to have during severe weather. The app is free and available for iPhone and Android. On Wednesday, September 17, shortly after 12 p.m. we conducted a test in conjunction with Baron Services and the Huntsville/Madison County Emergency Management Agency.  With the app’s recent update, users can submit photos so teams can see where a storm has caused damage. During […]

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    Large truck hauling grain overturns on Greenbrier Road ramp to I-565

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A large truck overturned Monday morning as the driver was trying to turn onto I-565 from Greenbrier Road. The driver was trying to turn toward Decatur.  He was hauling grain, and some of it shifted on the turn which made the truck flip on its side.  This happened about 9 a.m. Crews brought in a grain vacuum to help clean up the spill, as well as two tow trucks to try to get the truck […]

  • Sponsorships now open for Huntsville’s 2014 Tinsel Trail

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Tinsel Trail has become one of downtown Huntsville’s signature holiday events, and this year’s trail will be bigger and better than ever. Trees are now open for sponsorships – visit tinseltrail.com.  Regular trees are $250 each and flagship trees are $750.  There are a limited number of flagship trees available. Anyone can sponsor a tree — businesses, groups or families.  Get creative and think of a cool design!  If you’d like to sponsor a tree but […]

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    Triana announces water service interruption for Friday, Sept. 12

    TRIANA, Ala. (WHNT) – The town of Triana, in Madison County, will shut off water service on Friday for five hours. Water will be turned off from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 12 in order for crews to repair a fire hydrant on Wall Triana Highway. Please fill up some water jugs today so you’ll have extra on hand during this time.

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    Huntsville first responders hold 9/11 memorial services

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Today the nation observes the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.  Here in the Tennessee Valley, many will hold their own memorial services. This morning, Huntsville firefighters, police and HEMSI personnel gathered to remember those who lost their life on September 11, 2001. Crews gathered at 7:40 a.m. at each of the city’s fire stations and public safety precincts for a moment of reflection. Fire trucks then turned on lights and sirens for 30 seconds […]

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    Crowds camp out for free Chick-fil-A at newly rebuilt Florence location

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Many people were excited about the grand opening of Chick-fil-A’s newly rebuilt restaurant in Florence, customers and employees alike. A crowd of people camped outside the store Wednesday night in order to be the first 100 adults in line and win free Chick-fil-A for a year.  Employees rang cowbells and cheered to welcome customers inside and get their prize card.  There were more than 100 people waiting when the doors opened.  In fact, 110 registered last […]

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    Huntsville firefighters called to home on Kildare Street

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville firefighters were called to 2214 Kildare Street just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. This area is just near the intersection of Oakwood Avenue and Meridian Street. WHNT News 19’s Carson Clark reports there was a fire in the back room of the home.  It was put out quickly. No one was injured.

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    All-new Phil Campbell High School to open Monday

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s great news for students in the 2015 graduating class at Phil Campbell High School.  They will finally get to attend classes in a traditional high school, under one roof, for the rest of their senior year. The new high school will open to students on Monday.  The building passed final inspection today, and staff will begin moving in Thursday and Friday. It’s been a long time coming.  The old high school was destroyed by […]

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    Youth Services Council to present discussion on current trends in mental health

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – On Friday, September 12, The Youth Services Council will present a discussion on current trends in mental health. This is the group’s 6th Annual Breakfast Conference, and the event will be held at Alabama Rehabilitation Services at 3000 Johnson Road SW, Huntsville, AL 35805. The event is open to any social worker, educator, counselor, civic or community leader or anyone interested in impacting the lives of our children and youth. Registration is from 8:00 to 8:30 […]


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