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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 with another grandchild due in September!

Recent Articles
  • Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin: 96% of those who try to escape meth addiction fail

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Alarming statistics about the drug problem in Morgan County. Sheriff Ana Franklin says the overwhelming majority of meth users become addicted to the drug the very first time they use it. She says 94% of those who go through drug treatment programs for meth – fail, and never get over their addiction. She told WHNT News 19 Monday we are seeing proof of those statistics in some of the most recent arrests. We asked Sheriff Franklin […]

  • Top 3 floors of this wing of Decaur Morgan Hospital will close because of building codes. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Building codes force Decatur Morgan Hospital to close 161 rooms and re-open Parkway Hospital

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Somewhat of an emergency at Decatur Morgan Hospital. They’re going to lose roughly 59-percent of their available rooms. The hospital was in the midst of a major renovation project when they discovered what it would cost to bring an existing wing of the hospital up to current building codes. If they had left it alone, the building would still meet the standards and codes that were in place the last time they did renovations, some 15 […]

  • Relative of murder suspect Ryan Caudle posts witness list on Facebook

    Screen shot from Facebook. Obscene and racist language obscured, and names/addresses on witness list blurred. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)[/caption] The list was up on Facebook for a while late Wednesday night, and reposted or shared by several others before being taken down. This is the post but we’ve blurred the names on the list. It includes their home addresses. The list was apparently posted by Jasmine Caudle, who we’re told is related to Ryan Caudle, one of three […]

  • Daikin Industries Sends 13 Students and 2 Teachers To Japan

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Early Thursday morning, a group of thirteen high school seniors across Morgan and Lawrence Counties took off for Japan. The trip is all expenses paid. Daikin Industries in Decatur is making the trip possible. A Daikin spokesperson says  it’s one of many ways the company is giving back to the community. “Congratulations, today is your day. You’re off to great places, you’re off and away. You have brains in your head and you have feet in […]

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    Limestone County substitute teacher accused of having sex with student

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A substitute teacher at Clements High School was arrested Wednesday, and is accused of having a sex with a 15-year-old student. The teacher, 35-year-old Karen Dylan Holt, was released from the Limestone County Jail Thursday afternoon on a $40,000 bond. She is charged with 2nd degree rape, sodomy and 2nd degree sexual abuse. Sheriff Mike Blakely said parents of the 15-year-old boy filed a complaint with Limestone County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday after becoming suspicious of […]

  • Mental Health Group Home Delayed By Habitat For Humanity Investigation

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A follow-up to a story we first brought you Monday night regarding the ongoing investigation of Limestone County’s Habitat for Humanity program. The unintentional fall-out of that investigation lands on the local mental health foundation and their efforts to build a new live-in facility, or group home, for their patients. WHNT News 19 learns the investigation will slow the project, but officials say it will move forward. Bill Giguere says he’s known about the investigation of […]

  • Decatur Mayor Kyle Responds To Voketz’ Lawsuit

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur Mayor Don Kyle is responding to the lawsuit that challenges Decatur’s form of government. He says there are some inaccuracies in how the lawsuit has been covered in the news media. In a referendum back in 2010, Decatur voters approved the change in government. But the city never implemented the change saying it would violate the Voting Rights Act. “The lawyers for the city have always advised us that the federal Voting Rights Act of […]

  • Keith George during his 2012 murder trial. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Keith George 2012 Murder Conviction Overturned, DA Will Order New Trial

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A Limestone County murder case will soon be headed back to court. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the 2012 conviction of Keith George. George was sentenced to 50 years in prison after being convicted of shooting his nephew to death in 2009. But the appellate court says there was a critical error made during George’s first trial, and now he’ll get another one. Athens attorney Michael Sizemore handled the appeal for Keith George. […]

  • Cole Offers City Of Decatur Another Lawsuit Settlement Proposal

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – New developments in a lawsuit that challenges the form of government in Decatur. A new offer is on the table that would settle the issue once and for all. Attorney Carl Cole tells WHNT News 19 a state statute could allow the River City to adopt a new form of government without giving up any of the existing voting districts. WHNT News 19 obtained a copy of the letter attorney Carl Cole sent to Decatur city […]

  • Groundbreaking For Phase Two Of Alabama Center For The Arts In Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Groundbreaking ceremonies Thursday for Phase Two of the Alabama Center for the Arts. It’s a project that’s expected to change the atmosphere of the entire downtown area. The Alabama Center for the Arts has proven to be a tremendous asset, not only for local colleges and universities plus their students, but for the City of Decatur as well. “It’s just a great beginning, I think, for things to come for many years,” according to Decatur Mayor […]

  • Taking Action: Hartselle Man Unsafe In His Own Yard

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Hartselle man tells us it isn’t safe for him to work, or even be in his front yard because of the traffic in front of his house. The road curves in front of Edward Wallace’s home, and he says cars run off the road and into his yard all the time. So he contacted us, and WHNT News 19 is taking action to get him some help. Edward Wallace says he can’t be in his […]

  • Death Of Beloved Pet May Have Prompted Murder-Suicide

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – More tragic details emerging in the case of a murder-suicide in Athens last week. Sources tell WHNT News 19 the death of a beloved family pet may have been what triggered 73-year-old May Hu and her 39-year-old son Robin to agree on a suicide pact. Friends of May and Robin Hu tell us they believe a number of factors led to their deaths last week. Robin suffered from diabetes and was on dialysis. His health was […]