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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
  • 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 […]

  • Town Creek Police officer Roger Odell remembered

    TOWN CREEK, Ala. (WHNT) – We’ve learned much more about the death early Wednesday morning of Town Creek Police Officer Roger Odell. He had just located two missing teenagers when he apparently suffered a fatal heart attack. Thinking Officer Odell had been shot, one of the teens made a frantic effort to reach the patrol car’s radio and call for help. Officer Roger Odell had just placed the two runaway teenaged girls in the back of his patrol car. As […]

  • Dog found caged at West Limestone home, died of starvation the day after it was rescued. (Courtesy photo)

    Limestone County woman faces animal cruelty charge

    ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) – This story is about as heartbreaking as it is disturbing, and if you watch the video we would warn you right off the top, some of the images you’ll see are very upsetting. It has to do with an animal cruelty case in Limestone County. There has been an arrest. Here are the details. We’re told when Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies responded to what was originally an animal neglect call, they were unprepared for what they […]

  • Ardmore High School receives $40K gift from Dollar General

    ARDMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – A local business with plans to do something special at Ardmore High School finally made it happen Wednesday. These special plans took everyone by surprise, even the school’s principal. “I got a phone call about a month ago, excuse me about two weeks ago, that just says, said that we want to come and give you a surprise for your school,” Ardmore High School Principal Tommy Hunter explained during a staff meeting Wednesday afternoon. That’s how […]

  • Lawrence County Sheriff: Synthetic drugs available online carry harsh penalties

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Mail order marijuana — illegal drugs delivered right to your front door. Lawrence County officials tell us a recent drug arrest highlights what a problem this really is. It’s not only a problem for drug agents, but also for the drug users who have no idea what kinds of chemicals they’re putting into their bodies. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies say they first thought Jackie Heard was drunk when they pulled him and his passenger over. But […]

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    Cold produced problems for Limestone firefighters, school officials

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The single digit temperatures created problems for firefighters and school officials alike in Limestone County. Patches of ice covered with salt left near a fire hydrant on O’Neal Road in Limestone County, the result of a house fire just down the road Wednesday night. Volunteer firefighters spent several miserable hours trying to save the home. The occupants got out okay but many of their belongings were lost. There was trouble on the road, or getting on […]

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