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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
  • Century-old building on Huntsville’s courthouse square to be auctioned off

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A piece of Huntsville’s history goes up on the auction block next week. The old Huntsville – Madison County Law Library will be sold to the highest bidder on November 30th. Over the years, the building has been a dry goods store, and for more than 30 years was home to J.C. Penney’s. As buildings go, this one seems quite unique. Nestled away on Eastside Square in downtown Huntsville, it dates back to almost 1900. Originally it […]

  • Yet more accusations made against Senate candidate Roy Moore

    GADSDEN, Ala. – More developments and revelations Wednesday involving U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.  New accusations,  demands for the yearbook Judge Moore is said to have signed, and an emergency meeting of high-ranking members of the state Republican party. It’s been a blistering week for Judge Moore, and Wednesday was no exception. Moore says the attack on his campaign is nothing more than a political witch hunt. Meanwhile, new accusers have come forward in the case. Gadsden resident Tina Johnson […]

  • Is your kidney disease linked to pollution in the Tennessee River? A new study will attempt to answer the question.

    DECATUR, Ala. – We’re continuing to follow a developing story out of Morgan and Lawrence Counties that could potentially affect hundreds, maybe even thousands of our viewers. We now have more details about a medical research study that will address the health effects of various toxins that might be in your drinking water. We now know the initial meeting with physicians and researchers for the study will take place in Moulton, at a date and time to be announced as […]

  • Saving money and making money at local auctions

    ELKMONT, Ala. – On any given night of the week, you can find a neighborhood auction somewhere here in the Tennessee Valley. People buy and sell anything you can imagine at these auctions. Some people go to save money on what they buy. Others go to make money. They’ve been doing auctions here at Donna’s Barn in Elkmont for about 12 years. Sunday night’s auction had everything from boat covers, used basketballs, and yes, even toilet tissue. “And you can […]

  • $90k raised for missions in honor of teen missionary killed in bus crash

    RICHMOND, VA. – Some good news, and a beautiful end to an otherwise very tragic story. Earlier this year, 17-year-old Sarah Harmening was traveling with her church group to the Atlanta airport. It was the beginning of a missionary trip to Botswana. That’s when tragedy struck. Their bus crashed, and Sarah died. Wednesday, Sarah’s parents and sisters all gathered in Richmond, Virginia to further the mission Sarah had started. There was an outpouring of love and concern for the Harmenings […]

  • Taking Action to get internet connection at technologically advanced Limestone County school

    WEST LIMESTONE, ALA. – The Limestone County school system opened a new school this fall. Sugar Creek Elementary was designed to feature all of the latest technological developments in education. But there was a problem, they couldn’t get internet service. So the superintendent of the school system reached out to us for help. We not only took action but got the results they were looking for. We know Superintendent Tom Sisk well enough to understand when he uses the phrase […]

  • Researching kidney disease in the Tennessee Valley

    DECATUR, Ala. – An important follow-up to a story we first brought you several weeks ago. A recent study of the pollution in the Wheeler Basin of the Tennessee River has prompted a nationally known medical research facility to take action. If you live anywhere within the Tennessee Valley, this may be important to you. The study was originally published in Environmental Science and Technology. It focused on the presence of PFC compounds like PFOA and PFOS in Wheeler Lake. […]

  • Taking Action to fix a woman’s leaky roof

    ELGIN, Ala. – This next story shows when it comes to home repairs, sometimes you can’t even trust your friends. Jacqueline Carter learned that lesson the hard way when she hired a family friend to repair her leaky roof. Now, he has her money and she still has a leaky roof. It all started back in the spring when a severe thunderstorm rolled through the Elgin community in Lauderdale County. Jacqueline Carter hired a guy she thought she could trust. […]

  • Several gather to witness President Trump’s motorcade Friday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Von Braun Center may have been filled with people anxious to see and hear from President Trump Friday, but the Space & Rocket Center was also one of the best sites in town to witness his visit to Huntsville. People started lining the fence in front of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center an hour before the president landed to wait for his for motorcade to pass by. “I think it’s kind of expensive especially since we […]

  • Alabama receives 600 opioid overdose kits for rapid responders

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Since her swearing into office Governor Kay Ivey has made it clear she wants to stop the opioid addiction growing in Alabama. And the problem hasn’t just been in Alabama, it’s been growing nationwide. On August 1st, the Opioid Commission asked President Trump to declare a state of emergency on opioids. The next day, Attorney General Jeff Sessions created the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit to assist. And finally, less than two weeks later, Gov. Ivey […]

  • Getting Results, Meridianville yard gets cleaned up

    MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. – Last Friday, we took you to a Madison County home – tucked behind a mountain of trash in the front yard. The trash in at the Steger Road home was so high some people could barely see the house behind it. And neighbors reached out to us to take action. But when we went out there today, it was a completely different sight. “Well, that was as big a mess as I’ve ever seen,” says Madison County […]

  • Taking Action to clean up a trashy yard in Meridianville

    MERIDIANVILLE, Ala. – A yard full of trash is ruining a Madison County neighborhood. The garbage in the front yard of a Steger Road home is piled up six feet high in some places. WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to get this resolved. It’s unbelievable how much trash is piled up in front of the house. “What do you think, you drive by here every day and have to see this?” “I hate it cause it’s gonna sit there […]