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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
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    Lawrence County community members hold town hall to focus on building new animal shelter

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Community leaders held a town hall Monday to help develop plans for a new Lawrence County animal shelter. Lawrence County Commissioner Bobby Burch and residents from throughout the county gathered at Moulton Methodist Church at 6 p.m. to organize the ad hoc committee, create sub-committees, identify goals and get the project underway. Burch said sub-committees will be assigned among the volunteers to determine how the shelter will be operated; whether or not it will be a […]

  • WHNT News 19's Al Whitaker with Gary Wilson. (WHNT News 19 photo)

    TAKING ACTION: WHNT News 19 helps man recover overpaid hospital charges

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – A Madison County man writes us saying his son’s recent hospital bill was actually overpaid by several thousand dollars, but yet the hospital wanted more.  Gary Wilson says he had no choice but to pay up in order to protect his son’s credit. That’s when he called us. Here’s how it breaks down. When Gary Wilson’s son, Mac, was admitted to Madison Hospital earlier this year, the bill came to $27,333.22.  His Blue Cross and Blue […]

  • Taking Action to repair Hwy. 20 railroad crossing in Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a railroad crossing on Highway 20 in Decatur that motorists say is not only driving them crazy but tearing up their cars! To be honest, we’ve lost track of how many viewers have complained about it. It’s one of the areas we get the most complaints about. This is Highway 20 in Morgan County. Down that way is Hillsboro and Lawrence County. Right here at this next traffic light, that’s Highway 67 or the Beltline […]

  • New Alabama law to make it more difficult for some to purchase firearms

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama takes steps to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. A new law goes into effect in September that will stop the sales of firearms to those who have been involuntarily committed. The original law, we’re told, came about roughly a decade ago following the ambush slaying of two Athens police officers. A man with a long history of mental issues assassinated Sgt. Larry Russell and Officer Tony Mims as they answered […]

  • Dogs believed to be siblings to those put down.

    UPDATE: Getting answers to questions regarding animal control officer’s action to put down several dogs with a firearm

    BOAZ, Ala. – Boaz Police say the animal control officer who put down several dogs in bad condition wasn’t able to capture them with a tranquilizer, and after multiple attempts to catch them put them down with a firearm due to safety and health concerns. We have received many phone calls, emails, and concerns through social media about a recent incident in Boaz regarding the local animal control officer and the removal of dogs from a residence near the Boaz Golf […]

  • At some points County Road 40 is so narrow you have to leave the road and go on the side in order to not hit an oncoming vehicle. (Al Whitaker/WHNT News 19)

    Taking action for residents along Franklin County Road 40

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – A group of Franklin County residents, almost 150 of them in fact, tell us a road they use is literally getting smaller and smaller. School buses, 18-wheelers and, of course, residents of that area in their personal cars all try to use the narrow roadway, and some say they’re afraid. County Road 40 near Phil Campbell is just a small country road, used by dozens of families, a few school buses and a local trucking […]

  • Taking Action and Getting Results for a grieving family

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – When Bobby Whitlow died earlier this year, his family was told his tombstone would be placed on the grave within a matter of days. The days turned into weeks and the weeks into months, and then they called us. “He was a quick, witty, sharp kind of guy, everybody laughed. It don’t matter what you said or how down in the dumps you was, he could say something that could just snap the day back, […]

  • ASPCA to offer free pet adoption for Lawrence County rescued animals

    HILLSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – Some much needed closure for those who have followed the story of Lawrence County’s troubled animal shelter. This weekend, the people who’ve been caring for some 250 dogs and cats, hope to find new and loving homes for the animals. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is sponsoring the adoption event this weekend. It’s a remarkable development really. The ASPCA took the animals from the squalor that was the Lawrence County Animal […]

  • Truck with Confederate Battle Flag

    Two fired from Decatur business, claim Confederate Battle Flag to blame

    DECATUR, Ala. – The Confederate Battle Flag may have cost two men their jobs. They claim they were fired from Turner Industries this week for refusing to remove the flag from their vehicles. Phillip Sims tells us he doesn’t normally drive to work with the Confederate Battle Flag on his truck. But he says he was running late on Monday, and didn’t take the time to remove it. Sims says the plant superintendent called him outside for a talk. He […]

  • Bobbie Taylor turned herself in Thursday. (Photo: Al Whitaker/WHNT News 19)

    Former Lawrence County Animal Shelter director surrenders on animal cruelty charges

    MOULTON, Ala. – Bobbie Taylor, the former director of the Lawrence County Animal Shelter, was arrested Thursday on a total of 17 criminal charges stemming from her operation of an animal shelter at her home on Lawrence County Road 170.  Moulton Police Chief Lyndon McWhorter tells WHNT News 19 Taylor faces 16 counts of cruelty to an animal and one count of animal abuse. Each is a misdemeanor charge. Taylor turned herself in Thursday afternoon through an arrangement with her […]

  • UPDATE: Decorated war veteran, jailed for 22 months in Madison County, now getting help

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Important results on a story we’ve been pursuing for months. In February, WHNT News 19 covered the story of Ron Buis, a Vietnam veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has spent the last 22 months in jail with no treatment for his condition. We promised then we would not rest until Buis got the help he needed. And now we can report we’ve made good on that promise. Ron Buis may have survived the […]

  • Ron Buis, as a young Marine

    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 […]


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