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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
  • Missing a year, woman finds sick pet hidden away at Lawrence County Animal Shelter

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – The Lawrence County Commission voted Friday to pull its contract with Bobbie Taylor. The vote was 3 to 2. In February, Taylor was awarded an $80,000 annual contract to provide and operate an animal shelter, plus provide an Animal Control Officer for the county. Commissioner Bobby Burch introduced the resolution to rescind the contract saying the pictures and video WHNT News 19 aired Wednesday night demonstrated something needed to be done. Commissioners say they plan to […]

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    Search warrant served at Lawrence County animal shelter, police chief describes horrible conditions

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Police in Moulton spent most of the day Monday waiting on a search warrant to enable them to go through the Lawrence County Animal Shelter. It’s part of their on-going investigation into allegations of abuse and neglect at the hands of shelter operator, Bobbie Taylor. Investigators went to the shelter, located at Taylor’s residence, on County Road 170 Monday morning “to count the dogs” but say Taylor insisted they obtain a search warrant first. So they […]

  • Moulton Police serve search warrant at Lawrence County Animal Shelter, find 250 dogs

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter called the situation at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter “worse than we ever could have imagined it might be” after investigators served a search warrant there Monday. Investigators served a search warrant at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter Monday evening. Last week, shelter director Bobbie Taylor told authorities, as well as WHNT News 19, that there were 83 dogs on the property. Monday night, investigators say they have counted around 250 […]

  • Lawrence County Animal Shelter director responds to allegations of abuse and neglect of dogs

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Fierce reaction Thursday from a story WHNT News 19 first brought you Wednesday night at 10. Allegations of abuse and neglect at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter. These are exclusive images of dogs crowded into small and filthy pens and there is video of Director Bobbie Taylor beating one of the animals. Demonstrators took to the streets in Moulton to protest conditions at the shelter, and county commissioners now say they’re planning to meet to discuss […]

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    Town Creek child struck by deputy’s patrol car recovering at home

    TOWN CREEK, Ala. (WHNT) – A 9-year old boy ran into the path of a Lawrence County patrol car and was struck Thursday morning, according to Sheriff Gene Mitchell. Mitchell says the child was taken to Helen Keller Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released with abrasions primarily to his arms. Mitchell says the accident happened on Railroad Street in Town Creek while the deputy was on routine patrol. He says a witness verified the deputy’s vehicle was moving […]

  • Claims of abuse and neglect at Lawrence County Animal Shelter

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – A volunteer at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter contacted us with video he says shows the shelter’s director beating a dog. That volunteer spoke with WHNT News 19 about the video and other pictures he took. Caleb Scott says he volunteered at the animal shelter to help a friend, who is also a volunteer at the facility. But he says two days was all he could take. “And Miss Bobbie is starting to pound the dog […]

  • Lawsuit seeks to block new ambulance service in Morgan County

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s controversy over ambulance service again in Morgan County. A lawsuit was filed late Monday to stop an exclusive agreement for a new ambulance service for the county. Decatur’s First Response Ambulance Service claims the new agreement is not only illegal, but puts lives at risk. The language in the lawsuit is strong. It says the District (Morgan County Emergency Management Communications District, or 911 Board) is putting the lives it is bound to protect at […]

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    Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell responds to lawsuit over records of fatal shooting

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell says he has complied with a judge’s order and formally notified the Decatur Daily newspaper that he does not have documents related to a fatal deputy-involved shooting they sued him for access to. The newspaper’s lawsuit sought access to Incident/Offense Reports, transcripts of 911 calls, dash cam or body camera video and any disciplinary records stemming from the March 19th shooting death of 39-year old Shane Watkins, described by the newspaper as […]

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    Walmart secret shopper letter is actually a scam

    ELKMONT, Ala (WHNT) – A Limestone County woman opened her mail Tuesday only to find a check for almost $2,000 with instructions on how to be a Walmart Customer Service Evaluator. Only problem is – it’s a scam. While you’ve been hearing a lot lately about internet scams, and scammers that will call you on the phone, we can’t forget about the thieves that still do things the old-fashioned way, through the mail. Mary Covington says she has no idea […]

  • Washington Post: The cost mark-up at 5 Alabama hospitals for the uninsured among nation’s highest

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A report in the Washington Post says several Alabama hospitals are marking up their services by more than 1000% for the uninsured. The report lists what it calls the 50 worst hospitals for cost mark-ups. Several are in Alabama, and one is right here in the Tennessee Valley. But as WHNT News 19 has learned, it may not belong on the list. The report calls it “price gouging,” marking up goods and services provided to uninsured […]

  • More job cuts in Lawrence County school system

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – ┬áIt’s not the task Lawrence County School Board members look forward to, having to eliminate jobs and lay people off. But Monday night the school board members say they had no choice but to do just that. Seven instructional aides and school office workers lost their jobs. Two more, including one principal, retired. School board member Jackie Burch says the meetings are getting no easier. “Well tonight’s wasn’t very easy at all because we had to […]

  • ALDOT responds to Limestone motorists’ concerns

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – People who live in Limestone County’s Cartwright community asked us to take action regarding what they felt was a dangerous intersection. Highway 99 at Elk River Mills Road has been the scene of numerous accidents, including at least one fatal accident. Well, we listened, we took action, and we got results. In April, several people were injured at the intersection when the two pick-up trucks collided. The wreck was captured on a store’s security camera. […]

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