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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.

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    Vietnam veteran Ron Buis remains jailed, demands trial

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We’re getting results on a story we’ve been pursuing for several months.  Ron Buis is a decorated combat veteran.  But, he cannot enjoy the freedoms he nearly died for. He’s been in jail for almost two years as a direct result of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he brought back from Vietnam. Buis was arrested in September 2013 after he started shooting at the voices in his head. His closest friends confirmed Buis had been acting differently in […]

  • New developments in the Lawrence County Animal Shelter situation

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – The emergency animal shelter is set up and operating now. If you remember, the ASPCA removed the animals from former Lawrence County Animal Shelter director Bobbie Taylor last week. The Lawrence County Commission voted to end the county’s contract with Taylor after allegations of abuse. WHNT News 19 was the first to show you the shelter on Friday as workers were getting ready to receive the animals. We went back Monday to show you the workers are […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: The inside of the ASPCA emergency animal shelter in Lawrence County

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – New developments in the ongoing story of Lawrence County’s animal shelter and the allegations of abuse and neglect against former director Bobbie Taylor. The ASPCA began relocating the dogs and cats from Taylor’s home based shelter to a new location Friday. In fact, the first two truck loads of animals left Taylor’s shelter just after noon. With over 300 animals, it’s a process that could take two days to complete. WHNT News 19 first broke the […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Bobbie Taylor responds to allegations of abusing animals

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Exactly one week after our initial Taking Action report first aired, the Lawrence County Animal Shelter is classified as a crime scene. Former Animal Control Director Bobbie Taylor is now under investigation for allegations of abusing the animals under her care, hundreds of them. Taylor sat down only with WHNT News 19 for her first in-depth interview since the investigation began. “I think they picked on the wrong old woman, I’ll tell you that,” Taylor says. […]

  • ASPCA takes possession of animals at Lawrence County shelter

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – The situation at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter just keeps getting worse by the day. Familiar yellow crime scene tape now surrounds former director Bobbie Taylor’s property in Moulton. Police have cordoned off the property and are calling it a crime scene. Meanwhile, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrived to the shelter early Tuesday to help with the criminal investigation. The ASPCA’s Animal Cruelty Disaster Response vehicle is now on the site, […]

  • 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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