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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
  • Study reveals previously unknown PFC compounds in Wheeler Lake

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – A new scientific report on pollution in the Tennessee River at Decatur reveals just how saturated the Wheeler Basin is with certain PFC compounds. Those compounds, including PFOS, were used in the manufacture of various products such as Teflon and Scotchgard, and even the foam used to fight certain types of fires. But the report also reveals the presence of previously unknown chemicals, substances our investigative team suspected were there, but until now, we had no […]

  • Report details extent of pollution in Wheeler Lake

    DECATUR, Ala. – Researchers at Auburn University have published an important paper on pollution in the Tennessee River at Decatur. We knew it was bad. We just didn’t know it was this bad. The report, “Novel Polyfluorinated Compounds Identified Using High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Downstream of Manufacturing Facilities near Decatur, Alabama” showed up recently in the publication Environmental Science and Technology. It proves what we’ve suspected all along. The pollution in Wheeler Lake on the Tennessee River is already well […]

  • Panel discusses local opioid crisis

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There is no simple or singular solution to the opioid crisis facing the United States. At least, that was the consensus at a panel discussion in Huntsville Friday, sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug Free Community. One panelist, Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill, told the audience, “From 2015, we were seeing a drug related death occur once every 7 days in Madison County. In 2017, we are seeing a drug related death occur once every five […]

  • A Taking Action Investigation: The Mayor Strikes Again!

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  • Trial date set for lawsuit over Tennessee River pollution

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  • #GoPlayHSV: July is Parks and Recreation Month in Huntsville

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  • WHNT Taking Action to expose yet another scam

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  • Map tells stories of opioid victims, and it already has its first faces in Alabama

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  • Man maps the trail of pain left by opioid epidemic, and we followed it to Alabama

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  • Taking Action: Unlicensed contractor leaves a trail of unfinished work

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  • Marshall kicks off campaign for Attorney General

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  • Regional Spine & Wrist Center doctor faces allegations of overprescribing medications

    Editor’s Note: WHNT News 19 received a letter from an attorney representing Dr. Welker pointing out alleged issues in our reporting the following story. In reviewing the claims, we have updated this story to clarify that Dr. Welker’s certificate to prescribe certain medications has been suspended pending a hearing and have changed the initial story headline.  We also removed a sentence that stated Welker “is not practicing medicine now.”  MADISON, Ala. – Another North Alabama doctor is in trouble, accused […]