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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
  • East Limestone’s Mr. Black retires after 36 years

    EAST LIMESTONE, Ala. (WHNT) – For about as long as many folks can remember, Dennis Black has been the principal at East Limestone High School. He  coached and taught generations of young people, reaching out to make a positive difference in as many lives as he possibly could. But Tuesday, after almost 37 years at East Limestone, was his day. His final day. It wasn’t easy, but the staff at East Limestone High School managed to surprise their principal with […]

  • Limestone Commissioner promises new safety improvements at deadly intersection

    CLEMENTS, Ala. (WHNT) – Just over a week ago a motorcycle accident claimed the life of a Cullman County man. Ernie Graveman, 56, died shortly after he was rushed to the hospital. Alabama State Troopers say the motorcycle failed to make a sharp curve on Little Elk Road in Limestone County and crashed into a ditch. That curve on Little Elk Road has been the scene of at least a half-dozen traffic accidents so far this year. Residents in the […]

  • Groundbreaking ceremonies for Asahi Kasei Plastics

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Athens Monday morning for a new $30million plastics manufacturing facility. Asahi Kasei Plastics of North America will produce plastic polymers for a number of different industries. But the automotive industry led the company to Limestone County. This is the actual product that Asahi Kasei will produce in Athens. It’s a raw plastic compound, and its ingredients will vary depending on the final use of the product. And that final use may […]

  • Fatal motorcycle accident calls attention to dangerous Limestone County roadway

    CLEMENTS, Ala. (WHNT) – A deadly weekend motorcycle accident in Limestone County is still under investigation. The driver, Ernie Graveman, died as a result of his injuries. His wife, Carole, is still in serious condition at Huntsville Hospital. They were on their motorcycle on Little Elk Road Sunday when it ended up in a ditch. That ditch is on the outside of a very sharp curve and residents in that area say its been the scene of numerous accidents. WHNT […]

  • Oak Park students in Decatur raising money for their own weather station

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Students at Oak Park Middle School in Decatur are learning all about the weather. But, they don’t have a weather station of any kind. They don’t even have textbooks on the subject. So one of the students, Bentlee Speegle, wrote to WHNT News 19’s Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson to ask if there was any way we could help the class get a weather station. Well Bentlee, we’re taking action to help you and your class get […]

  • Decatur Utilities looking for natural gas leaks in city lines

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s growing concern about the condition of underground natural gas pipelines in many communities. Some areas literally have hundreds of miles of old, rusty cast iron pipes that can easily rupture. But Decatur is taking steps to keep residents safe. An old, leaking natural gas line caused a recent explosion at a Birmingham housing complex. One person was killed. Many communities are paying close attention to the age of their gas lines, and even bringing in […]

  • Hartselle Mayor Don Hall (Photo: WHNT News 19 File)

    Hartselle Mayor Don Hall back at work following DUI arrest

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Mayor Don Hall is back on the job. He’s been off for the past couple of weeks following his DUI arrest on September 5th. The mayor tells us this incident has prompted him to get help. Mayor Hall declined to speak on camera today but told WHNT News 19 he was deeply moved by the many calls, cards, emails and visits from people offering their support and wishing him well. He asked for prayers and forgiveness. […]

  • LW County Commission

    Lawrence County Passes Budget, Projects Surplus of $130,000

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – The Lawrence County Commission did what some believed was impossible. They passed a balanced budget for next fiscal year without reducing staff or services. It’s a considerable task in light of the fact the county lost it’s largest employer this year. How does county government go from having to borrow $400,000 to meet payroll one year to having a budget surplus the next? That’s what has happened in Lawrence County. As a matter of fact, the […]

  • Hartselle alcohol referendum petition turned in Monday afternoon. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Hartselle to vote on alcohol sales in November

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Here we go again! The general election is coming up in November.  In Hartselle that usually means another wet-dry referendum. Wet-dry referendums are almost a tradition in Hartselle.  The issue keeps coming up, and voters keep knocking it down.  It’s coming up again.  Monday afternoon, the petitions calling for the referendum were delivered to city hall. Just over 1,300 signatures, all collected in just over a week were turned in for the vote.   Proponents say the city needs […]

  • Former Decatur Animal Shelter Carol Wicks (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Termination letter outlines allegations against former Decatur Animal Shelter Director Carol Wicks

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur Mayor Don Kyle says he will wait until Monday morning before making any comment regarding the firing of the city’s animal shelter director. Carol Wicks has been on paid administrative leave since police escorted her from the shelter August 20th. The letter from Mayor Kyle terminating wicks was delivered to her attorney Wednesday afternoon. It provides a first public glimpse into the allegations against her. The letter says, “…it is not possible for the city […]

  • Orlandos Deloney, 23, led from court Thursday afternoon. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Capital murder suspect Orlandos Deloney accepts plea deal, tells court, “I’m truly sorry.”

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Capital murder suspect Orlandos Deloney accepted a plea bargaining deal from prosecutors Thursday afternoon and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in Morgan County Circuit Court. Deloney was charged with the January 2013 death of his live-in girlfriend’s infant son, Toby Coffey. Deloney told investigators the child’s mother was at Decatur Morgan Hospital with one of her other children when he says he kicked the 8-month old boy off the bed because he wouldn’t […]

  • September 11th observed in Athens

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A gathering on the courthouse lawn each September 11th has become an annual tradition in Athens. The crowds seem a little smaller each year, but the meaning remains just as strong as ever. “The pews were full of people seeking God. However, 13 years removed from those fateful events, many churches have experienced a decrease in numbers and our nation has strayed farther and farther away from God and the biblical principals that this nation was […]

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