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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
  • Lawrence County residents organize fight against proposed tax increase for schools

    SPEAKE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a fight brewing in Lawrence County, and it all has to do with funding for the county’s school system. School leaders say they need a tax increase to make up for money lost when the county’s largest employer shut down. “And we’re hearing all kinds of numbers that’s being thrown out, how much revenue we’re actually losing that won’t go to our school system,” Mark Clark of the newly formed Citizens For Accountability political action […]

  • TAKING ACTION to help a Limestone County family dealing with flooding issues

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A storm shelter is supposed to be a safe place. But one Limestone County family says they have trouble getting in and out of the shelter, and so do their elderly neighbors that use the shelter. They say the problem had to do with a ditch that overflows into the shelter. WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to find a fix for the problem. We photographed the area earlier this week after a light rain. […]

  • Madison PD sign warning residents of broken weather siren. (Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Madison County EMA rushes to repair broken weather sirens

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – With the possibility of severe weather in the forecast tomorrow, Madison County EMA officials are scrambling to get several tornado warning sirens back on line. The EMA notified Madison residents today one of the sirens was not working, and when we checked, we found another in the same area that wasn’t responding. Ronald Fletcher lives right across the street from one of Madison County’s tornado warning sirens. “It’ll raise you off the roof, it’s real loud, […]

  • It’s no April Fools': Drug roundup nets 37 arrests in Moulton

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Months of undercover work and illicit drug buys came to a conclusion early Wednesday morning.  Lawrence County authorities served some 37 arrest warrants. The April Fools’ Day got off to a very early start for more than three dozen Lawrence County residents who all face grand jury indictments for drug-related offenses. The Lawrence County Drug Task Force recently wrapped up a number of long term investigations that resulted in 37 indictments for drug trafficking, distribution, possession […]

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    Work-from-home scam exposed: U.S. Postal Inspectors say online ‘reshipping’ company is a fraud

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – This story will amaze you.  We hear quite frequently about the various scams that are out there.  Well, this one goes beyond anything we’ve ever seen. It’s a special Taking Action investigation that has gathered the attention of U.S. Postal Inspectors and even the FBI. A Boaz woman first brought this to our attention.  She wanted us to warn people that not all work from home jobs are legitimate. We began looking at it and found […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Breaking down online used car scams targeting Tennessee Valley shoppers

    You hear a lot these days about scam artists calling and emailing potential victims, but there are many other types of scams out there to be mindful of. Some of the scam artists lay in wait for their victims to come to them. WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to help keep you from becoming a victim. People are buying almost everything online these days, including new and used cars. But like with so many other things, there are thieves […]

  • Charles "Frankie" McCluskey (Photo: Limestone County Sheriff's Office)

    UPDATE: Man charged in deadly shooting in Limestone County

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office has charged a man in a deadly shooting just west of Athens.  It happened Wednesday night at a mobile home park on Zehner Road just before 7:30 p.m. The area is just near Highway 72 and Quinn Road. Investigators say Ronnie Earl Kyle went to the home of Charles Franklin (Frankie) McCluskey, looking for his girlfriend, who was McCluskey’s ex-wife. Kyle pulled in the driveway and Frankie McCluskey went outside with […]

  • A Veteran's Fight

    A Veteran’s Fight: TAKING ACTION, GETTING RESULTS for a Forgotten Hero

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT News 19 is Taking Action on the behalf of a prisoner in the Madison County Jail.  Ron Buis served his country with honor but now he’s serving time. We agreed to do his story because of the reason he’s behind bars. Buis is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling. It’s a felony, and he’s being held without bond. It’s not that Buis was outside shooting into someone else’s house. He was in his mobile […]

  • A Veteran's Fight

    A Veteran’s Fight: Vietnam war hero slips through the cracks of health care system

    (WHNT) – Ron Buis was only 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. That was in 1967, and the Vietnam War was raging.  Alpha Company, First Battalion, First Marines saw plenty of action.  Twice wounded, Buis was one of only about two dozen men in his unit to make it home. “He just bowed his head and said ‘I was 19 years old baby, it was hell.  I didn’t talk about it,'” said Kay Sewell.  The two dated in […]

  • Tommy Arthur (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

    Shoals killer Tommy Arthur gets another stay, 2 days before his scheduled execution

    ATMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama death row inmate Tommy Arthur has been granted another reprieve two days before he was scheduled to be executed.  He has been on death row for 32 years and this is the sixth time he’s been granted a stay. Arthur’s lawyers had filed an emergency motion late Monday in an effort to postpone his execution.  They learned today the U.S. District Court has granted their request until a hearing about the matter in May.  Arthur […]

  • Tommy Arthur (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

    Tommy Arthur, convicted in 1982 Muscle Shoals murder, now set for execution Feb. 19

    (WHNT) – Tommy Arthur, whose execution in Alabama has been delayed several times in recent years, is once again set to die by lethal injection. The new date is February 19, 2015 at Holman Prison in Atmore.  He is one of Alabama’s longest-serving death row inmates. Arthur’s execution has been scheduled for 6 p.m. On Thursday, February 12, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals lifted its stay on Arthur’s execution, paving the way for the state to put him […]

  • East Limestone High School state championship rings awarded 36 years after big win

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It has become something of a tradition when high school athletes win a state championship, they get a championship ring. But the very first championship team at East Limestone High School was left out and didn’t receive a ring, until recently. It was the 1979 East Limestone boy’s basketball team that first made it to state. No one thought they had a chance of winning, but the boys didn’t know that. And they brought home […]

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