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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
  • Convicted Lawrence County sex offender Brandon Muston sentenced to 297 years in prison

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Prosecutors say it was a historic sentence for Lawrence County. Brandon Muston, convicted in June of sodomy and the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, sentenced to 297 years in prison Thursday afternoon. Muston again told the court he was not guilty and was the victim of revenge. Assistant District Attorney Bob Lane asked the court to send a clear message to those who would sexually abuse a child in Lawrence County. […]

  • Lawrence County investigators bust prescription drug ring

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Lawrence County authorities say they busted up an illegal drug ring that spanned three counties in North Alabama. Smaller, independent drug stores were the target where dozens of fake prescriptions were filled. Investigators say Tamaja Sealey recruited drug users to walk into smaller, privately owned drug stores to fill fake and forged prescriptions for oxycodone. “He’d actually pay for the script. They’d bring it back, they’d get 120 pills, he’d pay them a toll fee for […]

  • LST-325 at Normandy Beach on June 12, 1944. (Photo courtesy: U.S. National Archives)

    The last of its kind, LST-325 lands at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – They were never even given the honor of a formal name, all of them identified simply by the number on their hull. LST-325 is the very last of these remarkable landing ships reputed for delivering the war right to the front steps of the enemy during World War II. It’s a floating museum now, and Wednesday morning it sailed into Decatur. There was crowd on-hand to watch LST-325 slowly make its way into Ingalls Harbor, but […]

  • Nichols on Accountability Act: “No different than what happened to healthcare.”

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A number of school leaders around the state have filed a court brief opposing the Alabama Accountability Act. That includes all three school superintendents in Morgan County. They’re asking the Alabama Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that declared the law unconstitutional. Decatur School Superintendent Ed Nichols is one of 30 school superintendents to file a Friend of the Court brief with the Alabama Supreme Court in opposition to the Alabama Accountability Act. “I’ll […]

  • Scene of fatal pedestrian accident on Sewell Road in Limestone County Tuesday night. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Pedestrian hit, killed on Sewell Road in Limestone County

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama State Troopers are investigating an accident that killed a pedestrian Tuesday in Limestone County. It happened about 8 p.m. on Sewell Road near the intersection of AL Highway 127, about one mile north of Athens.  Jerry Cox, 56, was killed when he was struck by a vehicle.  He lived in Athens. Troopers have not released further details.

  • Joel Moyers (Photo: Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

    Capital murder suspect Joel Moyers to remain free on bond, for now

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A bail hearing for capital murder suspect Joel Moyers was postponed Tuesday afternoon. Limestone County Circuit Court Judge James Woodroof had been scheduled to hold a hearing at 1:30 p.m.  This move followed a ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court late last week that said a state appeals court erred when it ruled Moyers should be granted bail because prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty in the capital case. As a result […]

  • Fire displaces Limestone County family

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Limestone County family is homeless after a fire raced through their mobile home. Firefighters told the young couple an electrical problem apparently started it. Lisa Keeton says she never slept in her trailer’s bedroom. She says she usually slept in the living room. “Because I was scared it was going to catch on fire and my kids was back yonder,” Keeton told WHNT News 19, referring to the bedroom at the opposite end of […]

  • Hartselle eyes Hoover’s new stand-alone emergency medical facility

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – This week, Alabama’s very first stand-alone emergency room broke ground near Birmingham, and people in Hartselle are paying close attention. Hartselle’s only hospital closed several years ago, leaving the area without any emergency medical care. Now, local officials are asking why can’t Hartselle have a similar facility. It’s a $13.5 million, 24,000 square foot facility that will feature ten treatment rooms and a level 3 trauma center. And Medical West of Birmingham is building it in […]

  • Decatur city budget $1.6M short

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The City of Decatur faces a huge budget shortfall next year. This is the time of year when local governments are knee-deep in financial planning for the following year, and Decatur faces some big problems. Everyone knows there will probably be cuts. The question is where, and how much? Right now, the deficit looks like it could be more than $1.6 million. We spoke with Mayor Don Kyle Thursday afternoon and he explained expenses are up […]

  • A Heart Beat Away Clinic offers concierge medicine in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – What if you could pay a small monthly fee to be able to visit your medical clinic as often as you wanted – at no additional charge? It’s called concierge medicine, and a number of clinics are adopting the practice at a rate most anyone could afford. “We’re here to serve people who need health care and are unable to afford it.” Kimberly Samuel is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, and her new clinic is unique […]

  • Limestone County man found guilty of murder; argument was over 2 DVD movies

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) –  Kenny Dewayne Adams was found guilty late Wednesday afternoon of stabbing his cousin to death on New Years Eve in 2012, during an argument over a pair of borrowed DVD movies. He never denied stabbing Yancey Foster to death during a struggle in Foster’s mobile home, but claimed all along the killing was in self defense. However, prosecutors say there was clear intent to kill Foster. The question of intent remained crucial in the minds of […]

  • Hartselle considers layoffs to cope with less TVA funding

    HARTSELLE, ALA. (WHNT) – Some Hartselle city employees may soon be out of a job.  Hartselle Mayor Don Hall says a budget deficit may leave them no choice but to eliminate a number of jobs. Mayor Hall says Hartselle’s budget problems are the direct result of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s declining electricity sales. The TVA has seen a steady reduction in the demand for electricity for several years. As a result, their in-lieu-of-tax payments to local governments has also been […]

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