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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
  • Hartselle eyes downtown traffic woes, plans public hearing to review options

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When you think about traffic jams, Hartselle is probably not the first place that comes to mind, unless you live there. Highway 36, or Main Street through the downtown area often looks more like a parking lot. Now, efforts are underway to try to ease the problems. Hartselle is a city divided by a railroad track. Doesn’t matter which side of the tracks you’re on, when there’s a train coming it’s the wrong side. It just […]

  • Athens City Council to hear Ad Valorem tax increase proposal Monday

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The Athens City Council will entertain a resolution next week that could mean higher property taxes. This tax would be used to build two new schools and renovate others. It’s a proposal we’ve been following for months and we have an update. Most notably, the additional property taxes would go to build a new high school in Athens. The school board envisions the new state of the art facility as more than just a schoolhouse. It’s […]

  • Facing budget crisis, Lawrence County looks to create a virtual school

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s no secret that Lawrence County schools are dealing with funding shortfalls, the result of the county’s largest employer shutting down. In fact, the full impact of the funding crisis isn’t expected to hit until the start of the next school year. So it piqued our interest to learn the system is not just looking at creating more online courses, or even a virtual classroom, but a virtual school. It would be an entire school that […]

  • Site for new Decatur High School chosen

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Decatur City School Board Tuesday afternoon approved a site for the new Decatur High School. It will be built on the site of the existing Decatur High, with much of the new structure going across the street where Somerville Elementary School is currently located. The board plans to save much of the old DHS building, as well as Ogle Stadium. Decatur High is the city’s oldest high school and the school board has grappled for […]

  • Emaciated horse & burro rescued, responding well to new home and care in Limestone County

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – We learned over the weekend that a horse and burro in Limestone County had been rescued from a slow but certain death. Neither animal, we’re told, had been properly fed since sometime in late September. Now, both animals have a new home and are getting the care that they need. The horse’s name is Lucky. His new owner named him that because he says Lucky is lucky to be alive. Michael Blakely (not related to Limestone […]

  • Federal funds will cover holiday DUI patrols in Morgan County

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – As the holidays rapidly approach, we’re getting word of plans to keep roadways safe from drunk drivers. In Morgan County, deputies will be out in force thanks to federal funding for the effort. While the rest of us will be celebrating the holidays, Morgan County sheriff’s deputies will once again be working overtime to keep us safe. It’s part of a federal program designed to put more cops on the road in order to get more […]

  • Limestone County Commissioners sit down with Madison City Council to plan area’s growth

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – There was a joint meeting Tuesday morning between members of the Limestone County Commission and the Madison City Council. The first of many meetings yet to come. They’re planning the future of two communities that are rapidly becoming one. A presentation by Madison’s Director of Planning and Economic Development detailed the city’s growth into neighboring Limestone County. Madison is Alabama’s fastest growing city, and there’s only the one direction they can go. “The next 20 to […]

  • Decatur hires eight firefighters

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Monday was the very first day on the job for eight new members of Decatur Fire and Rescue. It’ll be a year before they earn the title of firefighter. Some youngsters never quite outgrow the dream of riding that big, red engine, of rushing head-on into the face of danger, of going one-on-one with the fire. Tyler Stinson says being a firefighter is all he’s ever wanted to do. “I grew up in a volunteer department […]

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    Special group of athletes from Lawrence County wins state championship

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – A group of student athletes from Lawrence County made history Wednesday as they won a state championship football game! The Lawrence County Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Team beat Hewitt-Trussville 26 to 18. The team is the first of its kind in north Alabama. “It’s a combination of Special Olympic athletes and what they call partner athletes, kids without intellectual disabilities,” said Steve Jones, the head coach. The students represent each of Lawrence County’s high schools as a […]

  • Limestone County man pleads guilty to murdering grandmother

    ATHENS, ALA. (WHNT) – A sudden end to a Limestone County murder trial that wasn’t set to begin until Tuesday. James Paul Pigg pleaded guilty to murdering his grandmother Monday morning. Barbara Delaney was bludgeoned and then shot to death at her home on Lydia Corey Road about two years ago. James Pigg would not respond to reporter’s questions as he was led from the Limestone County Judicial Center. He was moved back to the county jail to await processing into […]

  • James Pigg (WHNT News 19 file)

    Limestone County man pleads guilty to grandmother’s murder

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – An Athens man charged with the murder of his grandmother has pleaded guilty. James Pigg was scheduled to go on trial this morning in Limestone County.  However, he pleaded guilty to murder before the trial started.  A judge sentenced him to life in prison. This was Pigg’s fifth trial date.  There have been numerous delays and attorney changes in the case, which dates back to March 2012. That’s when authorities say Pigg beat Barbara Delaney with […]

  • Crowds at Decatur Mall Friday. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Christmas shopping season “off to a good start” at Decatur Mall

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Managers at the Decatur Mall say this year’s Christmas shopping season is off to a good start. Some stores were open overnight and the mall sponsored a promotion designed to get people to spend more. We found other reasons sales may be up this year. Guess who we saw at the Decatur Mall today? No, it wasn’t Nick Saban, but almost everyone else was there. It certainly seemed that way.  Management says traffic has been exceptional so far, […]

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