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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
  • Water escapes from the Morgan County Landfill (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    If 3M stopped making PFOA and PFOS more than a decade ago, how’s it still getting into the Tennessee River?

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Dangerous contaminants prompted an EPA advisory for drinking water, and more of those contaminants appear to be leaking into the water. 3M says it quit making PFOA and PFOS more than a decade ago, but the compounds persist and are the basis behind the current water crisis with the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority. The manager of that system advised his customers to stop drinking and cooking with the water because of the contaminants. So […]

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    Local doctor’s office pleads for help to fix phone issue with Comcast

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – When you call your doctor’s office, the last thing you want to hear is a recording saying the number has been disconnected.  However, that’s what a local OB-GYN’s staff dealt with for a full week, until they called WHNT News 19. It’s important for expectant mothers to be able to reach their doctor.  However, patients of Huntsville obstetrician Dr. Leon Lewis were forced to go a week without being able to call his office. When patients tried to call […]

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    Warriors for Clean Water reveal test results of chemical waste in river

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The group Warriors for Clean Water say they are glad the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority issued the advisory not to drink the water. Members of the water watchdog group say they’ve been trying to bring attention to the condition of the Tennessee River for years. In fact, last year the group commissioned a study to test the river water. “It’s a lot worse than we thought it was, Al,” Ron Mixon explained. Mixon and the […]

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    Chisholm Heights water reserves are dangerously low; Water conservation is necessary

    ZIP CITY, Ala (WHNT) – Conserve water, or risk not having any. That’s the warning for residents of the Zip City area of Lauderdale County. The Chisholm Heights Water Authority’s only storage tank is almost empty, and residents are using it quicker than the system can replace it. That means some folks don’t even have enough water to bathe. A young man would have to wait an awful long time to fill up even a little wading pool in the […]

  • The unmarked grave of Sgt. James L. Strickland at Buringtree Memorial Gardens in Morgan County. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Morgan County woman struggles to get a marker for her veteran husband’s grave

    PRICEVILLE, ALA. (WHNT) – A Decatur war veteran laid in an unmarked grave for almost a year. His widow tried everything she knew to get his marker placed, but all she got were excuses. The only thing that marked the final resting place for Sgt. James L. Strickland was a stick, to which his wife had attached a small American flag, and laid some flowers on the ground below it. You’d find it in Burningtree Memorial Gardens below Priceville in […]

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    WHNT News 19 addresses phone issues for Huntsville sign company

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Being able to communicate with customers is crucial for many small businesses. So you can appreciate how one Huntsville business owner felt when she discovered many of her customers couldn’t get through to her. WHNT News 19 took action and got the results that she and her business needed. Tom Jeffreys Sign and Banner Company has been a mainstay on the Huntsville business scene for 26 years. A couple of years ago, owner Tammy Therriault thought […]

  • TVA engineers gauge water temperatures near Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant Wednesday. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    TVA taking temp and velocity measurements in Wheeler Basin

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – TVA engineers and researchers are spending time this week measuring water in the Tennessee River. New technology is allowing the agency to get more detailed information about the river flow. WHNT News 19 went along to find out how they’ll use this new information. “We are collecting lots of temperature and velocity data at very specific positions in the river so we understand the flow dynamics under varying conditions,” according to TVA Project Manager Keith […]

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    Taking Action: Colbert County’s new superintendent under the microscope already

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Colbert County’s newly elected school superintendent, Gale Satchel, says she wants to make the school system the best it can be.  But even before she takes office, allegations of wrongdoing have encircled her plans for the system. “I want to look at our technology, I want to look at our decreasing enrollment, and look at our academics to see how we can improve on those areas,” Satchel told us during a recent interview. Satchel is looking forward […]

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    DeKalb County remembers 2011 Rainsville tornado in memorial

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Wednesday marks the 5th anniversary of what many describe as one of the worst tornado outbreaks ever in this country. In Alabama alone, 238 people lost their lives, and thousands more lost their homes and businesses. Saturday, residents of DeKalb County paused to remember those who were lost on that fateful day, April 27th, 2011. Researchers tell us one day they’ll be able to peer into the clouds and know which storms will produce a tornado, […]

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    UPDATE: Police say Florence officer injured in shooting at home and in ‘good spirits,’ suspected shooter dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police Officer Brian Berry is home tonight recovering, after an early morning shooting left him with a gunshot wound to the face. Authorities said the shooting happened around 12:10 a.m. at the intersection of Cox Creek and Cloverdale Road in Florence, when Officer Berry pulled up next to 22-year-old Matthew Paul McCravy. According to police, McCravy was hanging out the window, rapping at Berry with phrases telling him to call for back up. Berry thought McCravy […]

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    Arab lands new Progress Rail facility, 50 new jobs on the way

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) – Some good economic news out of Marshall County where new jobs are on their way to Arab. Progress Rail Services announced today they are expanding into a site in Arab. It will generate about 50 new jobs. “Oh it’s,king on this since January of last year,” exclaims Arab Mayor Bob Joslin. You can appreciate Mayor Joslin’s enthusiasm, luring an international company that’s headquartered in nearby Albertville to expand into Arab, bringing new and stable jobs to […]

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    Lawrence County makes drastic budget cuts, slicing 45 percent from every county department

    MOULTON, Ala. – Drastic budget cuts are coming in Lawrence County. Tuesday, commissioners decided to chop nearly half — 45 percent — across the board from the county’s general fund. The cuts slash funding for every county department.  We have already heard from Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell.  He says the cuts will lead to a shortage in manpower, which will in turn have a significant impact on how his deputies are able to serve the public. Sheriff Mitchell says some […]

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