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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
  • Wicks terminated from Decatur Animal Shelter

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Carol Wicks, the embattled director of the Decatur Animal Shelter, was fired Wednesday afternoon by Mayor Don Kyle. Wicks’ attorney, John Mays, confirmed a letter from Kyle terminating Wicks was delivered to his office around 3pm. Kyle placed Wicks on administrative leave with pay last month by having police officers escort her from the animal shelter. No reason for the action has been made public. Wicks and her attorney met with Kyle days later in a […]

  • Hartselle High School has two National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Hartselle High School’s principal says they must be doing something right. Two students are among the semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are very serious about their futures. Robin Tumlinson and Molly Buffington are both semifinalists in the running for some $33 million worth of National Merit Scholarships to be awarded next spring. Both girls are seniors at Hartselle High School, and say practice tests helped them score well on the PSAT. […]

  • Morgan County EMA installing 22 weather monitoring stations

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Morgan County Emergency Management Agency is taking action to help keep us all up to date on weather conditions in its area. They’re installing 22 weather monitors throughout the county that will help forecasters know exact conditions at any given moment. Several of the weather monitors have already been installed. One will be located at each of the county’s 22 volunteer fire departments. None of them are on-line just yet, that work begins on Friday. […]

  • Ashley Nicole Liles is led back to jail following her arraignment Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Lawrence County arson suspect remains jailed, case going to grand jury

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – In Lawrence County Tuesday afternoon, the case against 26-year old Ashley Nicole Liles was bound over to a grand jury. Liles is charged with arson, burglary and theft of property as a result of a break-in at a hair salon in Moulton. Investigators tell WHNT News 19 Liles broke into the Hannah & Me Hair Salon on two separate occasions, setting the business on fire in an apparent attempt to conceal the crime. The small structure, […]

  • Decatur firefighters respond to emergency call for help. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Morgan County reacts to Decatur talk of eliminating police jurisdiction

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – As we first told you Monday night, the Decatur City Council is talking about eliminating services just outside the city limits in what’s called their police jurisdiction, or at least one councilman is. Councilman Charles Kirby has been suggesting the change for several years. It came up again Monday evening as the council was trying to work out a budget for next fiscal year. We spoke with Morgan County officials today to find out what this […]

  • Decatur marks completion of Beltline widening

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur drivers have become quite familiar with those big, orange signs that say “road work ahead.” But they’re coming down soon. Monday afternoon, Governor Robert Bentley and a host of local officials stood in the middle of Beltline Road to cut a ribbon proclaiming the road widening project is finally complete. “We’re now minutes away from cutting the ribbon on the final phase of the newly renovated Decatur Beltline,” Gov. Bentley declared as he spoke at […]

  • Decatur still struggling with budget deficit, talks of eliminating services to police jurisdiction

    √ DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Decatur City Council is struggling to write a balanced budget for next fiscal year. They’re faced with a $1.6 million deficit. At a work session Monday night, several council members argued over where to cut, and where to plan for future budget challenges. Going into the work session, council members had reduced the deficit by about half. Still, the city council has to find more than $800,000 somewhere, and one of the areas under […]

  • Downtown Courtland, AL (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Lawrence County struggles to balance budget

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – The hits just keep on coming. Lawrence County commissioners are now dealing with the loss of some $850,000 in sales tax revenue. It’s a direct result of the loss of the county’s largest employer earlier this year, International Paper. And that doesn’t include the loss in property taxes the county expects to get hit with. It means cut-backs, and lots of them. In addition to the loss of sales tax revenue, Lawrence County Commissioner Bobby Burch […]

  • Convicted Lawrence County sex offender Brandon Muston sentenced to 297 years in prison

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Prosecutors say it was a historic sentence for Lawrence County. Brandon Muston, convicted in June of sodomy and the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, sentenced to 297 years in prison Thursday afternoon. Muston again told the court he was not guilty and was the victim of revenge. Assistant District Attorney Bob Lane asked the court to send a clear message to those who would sexually abuse a child in Lawrence County. […]

  • Lawrence County investigators bust prescription drug ring

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Lawrence County authorities say they busted up an illegal drug ring that spanned three counties in North Alabama. Smaller, independent drug stores were the target where dozens of fake prescriptions were filled. Investigators say Tamaja Sealey recruited drug users to walk into smaller, privately owned drug stores to fill fake and forged prescriptions for oxycodone. “He’d actually pay for the script. They’d bring it back, they’d get 120 pills, he’d pay them a toll fee for […]

  • LST-325 at Normandy Beach on June 12, 1944. (Photo courtesy: U.S. National Archives)

    The last of its kind, LST-325 lands at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – They were never even given the honor of a formal name, all of them identified simply by the number on their hull. LST-325 is the very last of these remarkable landing ships reputed for delivering the war right to the front steps of the enemy during World War II. It’s a floating museum now, and Wednesday morning it sailed into Decatur. There was crowd on-hand to watch LST-325 slowly make its way into Ingalls Harbor, but […]

  • Nichols on Accountability Act: “No different than what happened to healthcare.”

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A number of school leaders around the state have filed a court brief opposing the Alabama Accountability Act. That includes all three school superintendents in Morgan County. They’re asking the Alabama Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that declared the law unconstitutional. Decatur School Superintendent Ed Nichols is one of 30 school superintendents to file a Friend of the Court brief with the Alabama Supreme Court in opposition to the Alabama Accountability Act. “I’ll […]

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