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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
  • Pomp and Circumstance, Coach Trevor graduates!

    HARVEST, Ala. – Trevor Landers has been a fixture on the sidelines of Madison County High School football games years. Despite having a disability, he is very active with the team, that’s how he earned the nickname “Coach Trevor.” He captured everyone’s hearts and last year the team and coaches did something special.  Coach Trevor was called from the sidelines to drive one home. Coach Trevor’s story is about the heart of the game, about what it really means. It’s about […]

  • Taking Action: It’s a buyer’s responsibility to get the title when purchasing a used car!

    HAMPTON COVE, Ala. – Jenifer Gulley says it was several months after she and her husband bought the truck before they found out there was a problem. Their bank called to tell them there was no title for the vehicle. She tried for almost a year to get the issue resolved before she called us. She says the whole affair was just one long headache. “We purchased a truck from Cove Auto in Hampton Cove and about 3 months after […]

  • UPDATE: Grieving family forced to remove decorations on daughter’s grave

    ATHENS, Ala. – A Limestone County family, grieving over the death of their daughter, found themselves in a fight with Athens City Hall over the decorations at her grave. In July of 2015, Pat Montgomery lost his daughter, Michele, in a traffic accident. The family chose to bury her at Roselawn Cemetery in Athens, largely because they allowed gravesite decorations. Pat bordered and fenced the grave. He covered it with landscaping stone, and then filled the area with personal mementos. He told us […]

  • Hiring the Mayor, a Taking Action Investigation

    FACKLER, Ala. – A woman hired what she thought was a contractor to remodel her home. Now she’s left with a house that’s unlivable. But there’s a twist. The man hired for the job is a mayor here in the Tennessee Valley. It’s one of the most common complaints we hear. You hire someone to do work on your home and they leave the place in worse shape than they found it. But this time even we were a little […]

  • Man meets young firefighters who saved his life

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala.-It’s not everyone who can honestly tell you, ‘I saved someone’s life,’ but Slade Sartain and Kaitlyn Hendrix can, and they did. Both are high school seniors who are volunteers with the Rogersville Fire Department. “We’ve had those for a few years and those young men and women play an integral part in helping save lives and property,” said Rogersville Fire Department Assistant Chief Morris Lentz. The notion of high schoolers in the fire department paid off big in […]

  • A glance into the Sharman Impeachment Report

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A lot of activity in Montgomery Friday regarding the governor’s future. His attorneys had sought to block the release of the so-called “Sharman Report.” Jack Sharman is the Judiciary Committee’s Special Counsel and prepared a 131 page impeachment report, with thousands of pages of interviews, testimony and other materials. Much of the report seems focused on Gov. Bentley’s relationship with his former top political aide, Rebekah Mason. It goes into detail saying the Governor made no attempt […]

  • Congress extends Veterans Choice benefits, 140,000 Alabamians affected

    ATHENS, Ala. – We have what some are hailing as great news for Alabama’s veterans. Congress Wednesday night voted to extend the program that allows veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility, to seek medical treatment at a hospital or doctor of their choosing. The move affects roughly 140,000 Alabama veterans, but will it last? Jerry Crabtree recalls his army days. “They sent me to Northern Germany to a nuclear weapons compound. It was guarded by […]

  • Huntsville parent fights for equal educational opportunities for 8-year-old deaf child

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Imagine an 8-year-old deaf child in a first grade classroom where no one can communicate with him. Ryann Brown said her son sat in a classroom at Whitesburg Elementary without an interpreter for two weeks before she was made aware of the issue. The Browns adopted Asher in the Dominican Republic when he was just 4-years-old. A childhood disease took his hearing when he was just an infant. Ryann Brown reached out to us for help in getting an interpreter in […]

  • Criminal charges levied against Lawrence County contractor

    MOUNT HOPE, AL – “He was a good man, I never had no trouble. I have, um, he gave me anything I wanted. He would turn over in his grave right now if he knew what was going on. It’s so sad.” You may remember just a few weeks ago we brought you the story of Kimberly Clemons. She’s a widow and she’s legally blind. The Lawrence County woman hired a man who claimed to be a contractor to remodel […]

  • EMA directors to teach “Lessons Learned from Lawrence and Morgan County Water Crisis”

    Can you imagine the panic if you suddenly heard the tap water in your home was unsafe for your family to use? Thousands of families in Morgan and Lawrence Counties know all too well what that’s like, they lived it last year. Thursday, the directors of Emergency Management Agencies all across the state are going to hear the details. The governor’s annual Emergency Preparedness Conference, going on this week in Prattville, is a chance for EMA Directors from all across […]

  • Joseph’s Wish

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. –  The Alabama chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, was in Madison County today granting a very special wish for a very special young man. Joseph was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition at just 12-years-old. He is now 16-years-old and thanks to some amazing people, he has the means to create whatever he can imagine.  “So today we are gathered at Joseph’s house. He’s a Wish Kid. He’s 16-years-old. He was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal life-threatening condition when he was 12, […]

  • “Chasing the Dragon,” new FBI/DEA film to fight opioid abuse

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration are teaming up to fight prescription drug and heroin abuse in Alabama. Their goal is to educate young people before they first try the drugs. A powerful new tool in that effort unveiled today in Birmingham, and WHNT News 19 was there. Birmingham’s historic Boutwell Auditorium, the first stop in a new effort to save lives. “I started taking 3 at a time, then I was taking 4 at a time, […]