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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
  • Athens animal shelter beyond capacity, new homes urgently needed

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A sudden influx of abandoned, stray and unwanted dogs and cats are showing up at the Athens-Limestone Animal Shelter. Managers say pens are almost full and some animals may have to be put down if new or temporary foster homes aren’t found. The director of the Athens shelter says for the past few weeks it seems every time a dog or cat is adopted out, two more come in the door. They’re almost at full capacity. […]

  • Athens families homeless after Monday night storms

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The severe storms Monday night left a number of families in the Athens area homeless. A tree fell on an apartment building just off Clinton Street as the first round of storms moved through the area. Tuesday morning, city officials inspected the building and declared it unsafe. Utility crews worked throughout the night in Athens and Limestone County restoring power to homes and businesses. As many as 10,000 customers were without electricity at one point. Downed […]

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    Morgan County 911 director threatens to stop dispatching ambulances over contract dispute

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A public safety crisis was narrowly averted in Decatur this week. It all stems from a contract dispute between Decatur’s only ambulance serviceĀ and the Morgan County 9-1-1 Board that dispatches fire, police and EMS calls. The director of the 9-1-1 center threatened to pull the plug and stop dispatching ambulances to emergency calls unless the ambulance service signed a new contract. WHNT News 19 uncovered the problem and we have more in this exclusive report. The […]

  • Taylor’s Law, designed to teach young drivers responsibility, never implemented

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been more than a decade since a drunk driver claimed the life of David Taylor, but for his family the loss is as fresh as if it had just happened. A new state law was passed as a result of that crash. Taylor’s Law is designed to teach young drivers to be responsible for their actions before they climb behind the wheel. The problem is Taylor’s Law was passed and signed into law, but it […]

  • 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. HeĀ  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 […]

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    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. […]

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    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 […]

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