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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 with another grandchild due in September!

Recent Articles
  • Athens Lions Club Opens Kiddie Carnival On 55th Season

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a summertime tradition in Athens that just seems to get a little bigger each year. The Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival is only open for a few days each year, but the proceeds fund a number of their projects year round. It’s been a magical place for at least 4 generations. A neighborhood kiddie carnival tucked away for 55 years within one of the historical districts of Athens. There are men here tonight with their […]

  • Decatur Police: 50% – 75% Of Property Crime Related To Drug Use

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – In a 24 hour period, more than a dozen people were arrested on drug charges in Morgan and Limestone Counties. A few of the arrests were the result of undercover operations. But most were the result of traffic stops, follow-up visits, and complaints from neighbors. One officer tells us these drug related cases comprise most of the crime they have to deal with. These are the faces of some of the people who have been arrested […]

  • Reward Increased For Information On Fatal I-65 Crash

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The reward for information about a deadly accident on I-65 is growing. George Bolden died in April of last year when another vehicle rear-ended his. Bolden’s SUV veered off the roadway and flipped several times before crashing into a tree. Authorities hope someone will come forward and help them solve the case. Authorities who worked the wreck on the night of April 7th last year say George Bolden never stood a chance. When his SUV was […]

  • Dual Enrollment: Graduating From High School With A College Degree

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s called dual-enrollment, and it’s expanding the opportunities for many high school students across several North Alabama counties. The dual enrollment program allows high school students to take college courses to either get ahead in their college education, or study more traditional trades to be able to enter the workforce sooner. High school students in Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan Counties can now graduate from high school and college, at just about the same time. 21st Century […]

  • Rebecca Travers with her son, Jamie. (Photo: Courtesy Travers family)

    A Mother’s Grief: Rebecca Travers speaks of her son’s murder one year ago

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Rebecca Travers says there is no closure when a child is murdered, only the hope for justice. Her 21-year-old son, Jamie Travers, was shot to death during an armed robbery just over a year ago. Monday, she saw for the very first time the two men accused of breaking into her son’s home and killing him. A short time later, Mrs. Travers sat down and talked with WHNT News 19 for this exclusive interview. “He always […]

  • Old Log Cabin Store on Hwy. 72 in Limestone County damaged by April 28th tornado has been torn down. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    FEMA Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – At the request of Gov. Robert Bentley, FEMA has agreed to extend the deadline to apply for disaster assistance related to the April 28th tornados. It means storm victims who have not yet registered have an extra two weeks in which to do so. Many of the scars from the April 28th tornado in Limestone County remain clearly visible, so are the signs of r while ecovery and rebuilding. This house is going up on Log […]

  • Decatur School Board President Karen Duke (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    School Board President Talks Of Building Two New Decatur High Schools

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Decatur School Board plans to replace both of its aging high schools. Next month, the board will decide on an architech for both facilities. “And it’s going to be a difficult decision,” says Decatur City School Board President Karen Duke. She says they have a daunting task before them. Next month, the board will set the stage for the construction of two new high schools. “It’s very important to me to make sure the academic […]

  • ALDOT Hears Opinions Regarding Proposed Decatur Toll Road And Bridge

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Alabama Department of Transportation sponsored two public meetings in Decatur Thursday to hear input regarding plans to build a toll road and bridge over the Tennessee River. A lot of people don’t want to pay to cross the river, especially those who live in Morgan or Lawrence Counties and commute to Madison County to work each day. There are others who recognize the growing need for another river crossing, but they’re not happy with where […]

  • 14-year-old Somerville girl performs CPR, saves neighbor

    SOMERVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – 59-year old Robert Ryder collapsed in the living room of his Somerville home Monday afternoon. He was having a reaction to some medicine he had taken and his heart had quit beating. He wasn’t breathing. Robert’s wife, not knowing what else to do, ran to the front door and started yelling for help. The only person close enough to hear her cries was a 14-year-old girl who, of course, had no medical training whatsoever. What happened […]

  • Morgan County Commission Studies County-Wide EMS System

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Morgan County Commission is now getting involved in the effort to secure a reliable ambulance service for Falkville and Hartselle. Commission Chairman Ray Long says portions of the county could benefit from having a county-wide EMS system. The first company to go under was County EMS not long after funding issues cost it the contracts to serve both Hartselle and Falkville. Crossroads Ambulance won those agreements but a year later went out of business citing […]

  • Danville teen struck by car, killed walking to football practice

    DANVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tragedy struck a Morgan County school this week, and a family is devastated. A 15-year-old boy, walking to school Tuesday morning, was killed when a vehicle struck him. 15-year-old Austin Cook was walking south on County Road 41, Danville Road, to Danville High School. He was to have been an incoming freshman at Danville High and had gone out for football. ¬†Austin was taking part in the school’s voluntary weight training class for the football players. […]

  • Meet Tony Grande, Decatur’s New Fire Chief

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – After approximately nine months, the City of Decatur has a new fire chief. In fact, Tuesday is Tony Grande’s second day on the job. He’s a former Battalion Chief with the Knoxville Fire Department. WHNT News 19 sat down to get acquainted with the new man in charge. Fire Chief Tony Grande comes to Decatur with 29 years of experience as a firefighter. Decatur firefighters we spoke with say they’re glad to finally have someone in […]