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Al Whitaker joined the WHNT News 19 news team in September, 2012, following a decade as the Media Relations Director at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

"The Space Center kept me close to journalism, getting to work with producers, photographers and reporters from all over the world, but I missed the work and jumped at the opportunity to become a part of the 19 News team," Al says.

Aside from the stint at the Space Center, Al has spent his entire career in broadcasting, starting with an AM radio transmitter he built from a kit at age 7 (learning rather quickly that a wire stretched across the roof of his parent's home greatly enhanced the range of the little rig), to those first paying jobs in radio at WANA and WDNG in Anniston while still at Anniston High School.

After college, he worked as News Director at WEYY in Talladega before moving "home" to North Alabama to become News Director at WQLT and then at WVNA.

It was during that time Al made the jump to television journalism and over the years has gained experience as a reporter, photographer, and even News Director, winning a number of awards along the way for both his photography and his reporting.

Al covers Limestone, Morgan and Lawrence Counties exclusively. He and his wife, Kim, live in Elkmont. Together they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.

You can reach Al on Facebook or email al.whitaker@whnt.com and on Twitter @noozguy.

Recent Articles
  • Former Decatur Animal Shelter Carol Wicks (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Termination letter outlines allegations against former Decatur Animal Shelter Director Carol Wicks

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur Mayor Don Kyle says he will wait until Monday morning before making any comment regarding the firing of the city’s animal shelter director. Carol Wicks has been on paid administrative leave since police escorted her from the shelter August 20th. The letter from Mayor Kyle terminating wicks was delivered to her attorney Wednesday afternoon. It provides a first public glimpse into the allegations against her. The letter says, “…it is not possible for the city […]

  • Orlandos Deloney, 23, led from court Thursday afternoon. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Capital murder suspect Orlandos Deloney accepts plea deal, tells court, “I’m truly sorry.”

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Capital murder suspect Orlandos Deloney accepted a plea bargaining deal from prosecutors Thursday afternoon and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in Morgan County Circuit Court. Deloney was charged with the January 2013 death of his live-in girlfriend’s infant son, Toby Coffey. Deloney told investigators the child’s mother was at Decatur Morgan Hospital with one of her other children when he says he kicked the 8-month old boy off the bed because he wouldn’t […]

  • September 11th observed in Athens

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A gathering on the courthouse lawn each September 11th has become an annual tradition in Athens. The crowds seem a little smaller each year, but the meaning remains just as strong as ever. “The pews were full of people seeking God. However, 13 years removed from those fateful events, many churches have experienced a decrease in numbers and our nation has strayed farther and farther away from God and the biblical principals that this nation was […]

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    At least $5 million lost in IRS telephone scams, warning reissued

    WASHINGTON, DC (WHNT) – The Internal Revenue Service is renewing its warning about telephone scams to individuals demanding payment for past due taxes. The IRS and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) say they’ve received 90,000 complaints through a telephone hotline set-up to receive reports of these fraudulent schemes. A release from the IRS says 1,100 victims have been identified who have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams. “There are clear warning signs about these scams, which […]

  • Wicks terminated from Decatur Animal Shelter

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Carol Wicks, the embattled director of the Decatur Animal Shelter, was fired Wednesday afternoon by Mayor Don Kyle. Wicks’ attorney, John Mays, confirmed a letter from Kyle terminating Wicks was delivered to his office around 3pm. Kyle placed Wicks on administrative leave with pay last month by having police officers escort her from the animal shelter. No reason for the action has been made public. Wicks and her attorney met with Kyle days later in a […]

  • Hartselle High School has two National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Hartselle High School’s principal says they must be doing something right. Two students are among the semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are very serious about their futures. Robin Tumlinson and Molly Buffington are both semifinalists in the running for some $33 million worth of National Merit Scholarships to be awarded next spring. Both girls are seniors at Hartselle High School, and say practice tests helped them score well on the PSAT. […]

  • Morgan County EMA installing 22 weather monitoring stations

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Morgan County Emergency Management Agency is taking action to help keep us all up to date on weather conditions in its area. They’re installing 22 weather monitors throughout the county that will help forecasters know exact conditions at any given moment. Several of the weather monitors have already been installed. One will be located at each of the county’s 22 volunteer fire departments. None of them are on-line just yet, that work begins on Friday. […]

  • Ashley Nicole Liles is led back to jail following her arraignment Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Lawrence County arson suspect remains jailed, case going to grand jury

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – In Lawrence County Tuesday afternoon, the case against 26-year old Ashley Nicole Liles was bound over to a grand jury. Liles is charged with arson, burglary and theft of property as a result of a break-in at a hair salon in Moulton. Investigators tell WHNT News 19 Liles broke into the Hannah & Me Hair Salon on two separate occasions, setting the business on fire in an apparent attempt to conceal the crime. The small structure, […]

  • Decatur firefighters respond to emergency call for help. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Morgan County reacts to Decatur talk of eliminating police jurisdiction

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – As we first told you Monday night, the Decatur City Council is talking about eliminating services just outside the city limits in what’s called their police jurisdiction, or at least one councilman is. Councilman Charles Kirby has been suggesting the change for several years. It came up again Monday evening as the council was trying to work out a budget for next fiscal year. We spoke with Morgan County officials today to find out what this […]

  • Decatur marks completion of Beltline widening

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur drivers have become quite familiar with those big, orange signs that say “road work ahead.” But they’re coming down soon. Monday afternoon, Governor Robert Bentley and a host of local officials stood in the middle of Beltline Road to cut a ribbon proclaiming the road widening project is finally complete. “We’re now minutes away from cutting the ribbon on the final phase of the newly renovated Decatur Beltline,” Gov. Bentley declared as he spoke at […]

  • Decatur still struggling with budget deficit, talks of eliminating services to police jurisdiction

    √ DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Decatur City Council is struggling to write a balanced budget for next fiscal year. They’re faced with a $1.6 million deficit. At a work session Monday night, several council members argued over where to cut, and where to plan for future budget challenges. Going into the work session, council members had reduced the deficit by about half. Still, the city council has to find more than $800,000 somewhere, and one of the areas under […]

  • Downtown Courtland, AL (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Lawrence County struggles to balance budget

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – The hits just keep on coming. Lawrence County commissioners are now dealing with the loss of some $850,000 in sales tax revenue. It’s a direct result of the loss of the county’s largest employer earlier this year, International Paper. And that doesn’t include the loss in property taxes the county expects to get hit with. It means cut-backs, and lots of them. In addition to the loss of sales tax revenue, Lawrence County Commissioner Bobby Burch […]


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