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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.

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    Scammers Beware: Be mindful of ongoing scams, because thieves are ramping up their efforts

    As the holidays approach, thieves seem to be turning up the heat. WHNT News 19 has a special Taking Action investigative report to help you keep your money safe.

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    Life or Death: Supporters urge Alabama to re-examine case of man on death row since 1988

    There is a rapidly growing chorus of voices claiming the state of Alabama is holding an innocent man on death row. A number of veteran prosecutors, former attorneys general, religious organizations and even Hollywood actors, all pleading with the state to take another look at the case against Billy Kuenzel. “This case isn’t about anybody’s feelings about capital punishment. It’s about an injustice done, being done, continuing to be done to an innocent man and the remedy is not to […]

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    Life or Death: Supporters urge Alabama to re-examine case of man on death row since 1988

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Is Alabama holding an innocent man on death row? A growing number of people say yes, and his name is Billy Kuenzel. WHNT News 19 has spent weeks delving into the case, and the result of our special Taking Action investigation is very disturbing. Billy Kuenzel was convicted of capital murder for the November, 1987 robbery and murder of a clerk at a convenience store on the outskirts of Sylacauga. He has been on death row […]

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    Taking Action: A car deal, a missing title and a plea for help

    A first-time car buying experience is one a young Huntsville woman will never forget. Months after she got a loan to purchase the car, she discovered a problem with the title. The search for answers and the title prompted her to contact us. WHNT News 19’s Al Whitaker said this turned out to be one of the most convoluted issues he’s ever tackled. Our investigation has revealed a problem not only for car buyers but the lenders who finance them. […]

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    No action from Morgan County School Board during specially called meeting

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s still no resolution regarding the new Priceville High School. The building is more than 90 percent complete but questions linger about the building’s safety. WHNT News 19 first broke this story weeks ago when we learned the design team claimed there were serious flaws in the building’s construction that could threaten the safety of students occupying the school. The Morgan County School Board held a specially called meeting Tuesday night, presumably to terminate their contract […]

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    DRIVING YOU CRAZY: Hwy. 72 & Chapman Mountain

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – For a lot of people, all you have to say is “road work” and Highway 72 over Chapman Mountain just automatically comes to mind. Crews have been working to improve that area around Moores Mill Road for quite some time. Only lately have we really been able to see, and appreciate, the progress they’re making. Well, there some good news in this week’s Driving You Crazy report. It’s coming along, and it’s a lot better today […]

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    Engineer’s report fails to find any life-threatening construction flaws in new Priceville High School

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s an ongoing dispute between the construction company and design team working on the new Priceville High School. The disagreement has threatened to delay the completion of the building. The school superintendent says if they don’t reach an agreement this week, some students could find themselves in portable classrooms. An independent engineering consultant hired to look at the new Priceville High School says they could find no construction defects that would pose a threat to the […]

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    Marshall County woman hopes selfies win her a chance to meet Taylor Swift

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Sometimes, all ya gotta do is just ask. Case in point, we got an email from a guy who says his wife is trying to win tickets to see Taylor Swift in concert at the Georgia Dome. It’s a scavenger hunt sponsored by a Birmingham radio station, and one of the items is a picture of yourself on television holding a picture of Taylor Swift. Hey, it’s worth 50 points! Miranda Patterson is a college student, […]

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    Actor, lawyers, religious leaders speak in support of Alabama death row inmate

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The state of Alabama is holding an innocent man on death row and refuses to hear evidence that might set him free. ¬†That, according to lawyers, religious leaders and even a well known actor who spoke at a news conference in Birmingham on Monday morning. William Kuenzel was sentenced to death for the 1987 robbery and murder of a Sylacauga convenience store clerk. ¬†Kuenzel has always maintained his innocence, and two decades later after the murder, new […]

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    Driving You Crazy: Athens road projects continue

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A viewer tells us driving around in Athens these days is almost like a game of hide and seek. He says you never know where those orange cones and road construction signs are going to pop up next. It’s true, several ongoing utility projects in Athens have resulted in road work, and a new one is just getting underway. WHNT News 19 shows you where the orange cones are popping up next in this week’s Driving […]

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    TAKING ACTION: Protecting you from online loan scams

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A Decatur man learned an expensive lesson the hard way. Now, he’s speaking out to help keep others from becoming a victim of loan scammers. It all began with a simple online check of his credit score, and it wound up costing him some $1,500 before he realized what was happening. “I’m out $1,500 and that’s put a, really, financial hardship on me than already was.” For the sake of this story, we’ll call him Christopher. […]

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    Allegations of construction deficiencies may delay opening of Priceville High School

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Allegations of construction deficiencies could delay the opening of Priceville’s new high school. But the real question is whether the building is safe. Morgan County School Superintendent Bill Hopkins says because there are questions, he has hired an independent construction engineering firm to determine if there are problems and what will have to be done to fix them. The plan was to move students into the new Priceville High School after the Christmas break. But it […]


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