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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 and on Twitter @noozguy.

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    Tonight at 10: Man caught up on child support payments until DHR seizes his bank account

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    Driving You Crazy: Wall Triana Boulevard

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) A few weeks ago, we featured County Line Road in our Driving You Crazy segment. Well since then, we heard from plenty of you telling us about Wall Triana Boulevard, south of Interstate 565. Many viewers told us it’s in even worse shape than County Line Road, and so that’s where we went for this week’s Driving You Crazy report. Back around the Boeing facility, the roadway isn’t quite as bad. There’s not as much traffic on […]

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    Hanu Karlapalem launches mayoral campaign in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – A political newcomer tossed his hat in the ring  hoping to become the next Mayor of Madison. Hanu Karlapalem says his goal is to make Madison the best little city in America. “I’m running for Mayor of Madison.” At a small coffee shop in Madison Wednesday evening, Hanu Karlapalem launched his campaign for mayor saying he would represent what he calls the melting pot that is Madison. “I want to make sure that we sit on […]

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    GETTING RESULTS: Local businesses come forward to help couple scammed out of money they saved to buy car

    In November 2015, WHNT News 19 introduced you to a Florence man and woman who were scammed out of money they had saved up to buy a car.  We promised the couple we would take action to try to make things right.  Here’s our follow-up report. It’s not a new scam.  Thieves post a car for sale on Craigslist and they always have some heartfelt reason for selling the car. “She told me that her son had passed away in a motorcycle […]

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    UPDATE: Groups organizing relief effort to help Morgan County flood victims seeing success

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. – As people affected by Christmas Day flooding wait for help, some volunteers in Morgan County are mobilizing to answer the call. They have set up a hotline to answer calls and collect donations. Some Morgan County residents have taken it upon themselves to get a relief effort started.  They’ve set up a Local Flood Hotline – (256) 274-1291.  People affected by flooding who live in Priceville, Somerville, Lacey’s Spring, Valhermoso Springs, Cotaco, Eva, Union Hill or Joppa are […]

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    Taking Action: What you need to know to stay safe on the road during severe weather

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The threat for severe weather in the Tennessee Valley comes at a time many people are making those last-minute Christmas preparations.  Whether you’ll be out shopping, or on the road traveling to spend the holiday with friends and family, you need to have a plan for staying abreast of weather conditions and how you will keep yourself and your family safe. Aside from a mobile home, one of the worst places you can be in a […]

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    4-year old boy gives his toys to needy family. But wait, there’s more.

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    Madison Police offer to watch your home while you’re away

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    Decatur City Council to use school funds for museum incentives

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur City Schools Superintendent Ed Nichols says it would have been nice to have been consulted about the city’s plans to divert money away from the school system to help pay for a museum. But he adds they already knew how he felt. The Decatur City Council will vote next week on a proposal to take money traditionally reserved for the school system and make it a part of a $3.5 million incentive package for this […]

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    Clinton Avenue is first street targeted to convert to two-way in downtown Huntsville

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