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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
  • Strange comments on Hubbard’s arrest, but still doesn’t say much

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange visited Decatur Thursday to present an award to Oak Park Middle School. Students and staff were honored with a School Safety Initiative Award. WHNT News 19 took the opportunity to ask Strange about House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s arrest. Strange agreed to answer questions, but didn’t say much. “The situation regarding the Speaker is being handled by a retired Supernumerary District Attorney who I appointed to handle that case for purposes of […]

  • Athens State Faculty Senate declines to reveal their concerns for university leadership

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The Faculty Senate at Athens State University met with University President Robert Glenn Thursday morning.  It was their first meeting since the faculty members voted earlier this week to censure Glenn for the manner in which his administration is running the school. We expected to hear the complaints of faculty members, but instead there were a few surprises. In 2010, Athens State was named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the best colleges […]

  • Gov. Robert Bentley and State Representative Ken Johnson tour Independence Tube Corporation's new facility in Lawrence County Wednesday. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Gov. Bentley tours new Lawrence County industry

    TRINITY, Ala. (WHNT) – Lawrence County is fighting its way back from the loss of hundreds of jobs earlier this year when International Paper shut its facility down. On Wednesday, Governor Robert Bentley got a first hand look at the newest industry to build in that area. These new jobs won’t replace all of those lost, but it’s a huge step in the right direction. Based in Chicago, the president of Independence Tube says the company could have built anywhere. […]

  • 85 homeless school children in Morgan County, schools poised to help

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama’s public schools are dealing with a record increase in the number of students who are homeless. In fact last year, schools in this state saw a 68% increase in the number of homeless students. That translates into almost 30,000 school children. Many school systems are quietly doing what they can to help. It’s a struggle between making sure those students have the basic necessities they need, while trying to maintain their privacy and dignity. Morgan […]

  • Bond revoked for Joel Moyers, will await capital murder trial in jail

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A frustrating and emotional scene at the Limestone County Judicial Center Monday. Joel Patrick Moyers was taken into custody for the third time for the September 2012 shooting death of Brandon Hydrick. Moyers said nothing as he was wheeled to a waiting sheriff’s department van to be transported to the county jail. His bond hearing Monday morning lasted all of about 3 minutes. Although Moyers is charged with capital murder, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals […]

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

    Judge revokes Joel Moyers’ bond, orders him back to jail

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A judge ordered capital murder suspect Joel Moyers back to jail on Monday morning, following months of legal back-and-forth by prosecutors and Moyers’ defense team.  His trial is scheduled for February 23, 2015. Moyers is charged in the shooting death of Brandon Hydrick in September 2012.  He  has been out on bond since December 2013 because of appeals that followed after prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty against Moyers.  Moyers’ attorneys appealed, […]

  • Athens lawyers battle over release of information regarding effectiveness of certain smoke detectors

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A Limestone County lawsuit could decide what type of smoke detector you are able to buy and use in your home. It all stems from a fire earlier this year that claimed the lives of an elderly woman and her daughter. Attorneys say not only did their smoke detector fail to go off, they claim the very design of the smoke detector is defective and they want them taken off the market. It’s a problem we’ve […]

  • 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 service 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. He  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 […]

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