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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
  • A glance into the Sharman Impeachment Report

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A lot of activity in Montgomery Friday regarding the governor’s future. His attorneys had sought to block the release of the so-called “Sharman Report.” Jack Sharman is the Judiciary Committee’s Special Counsel and prepared a 131 page impeachment report, with thousands of pages of interviews, testimony and other materials. Much of the report seems focused on Gov. Bentley’s relationship with his former top political aide, Rebekah Mason. It goes into detail saying the Governor made no attempt […]

  • Congress extends Veterans Choice benefits, 140,000 Alabamians affected

    ATHENS, Ala. – We have what some are hailing as great news for Alabama’s veterans. Congress Wednesday night voted to extend the program that allows veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility, to seek medical treatment at a hospital or doctor of their choosing. The move affects roughly 140,000 Alabama veterans, but will it last? Jerry Crabtree recalls his army days. “They sent me to Northern Germany to a nuclear weapons compound. It was guarded by […]

  • Huntsville parent fights for equal educational opportunities for 8-year-old deaf child

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Imagine an 8-year-old deaf child in a first grade classroom where no one can communicate with him. Ryann Brown said her son sat in a classroom at Whitesburg Elementary without an interpreter for two weeks before she was made aware of the issue. The Browns adopted Asher in the Dominican Republic when he was just 4-years-old. A childhood disease took his hearing when he was just an infant. Ryann Brown reached out to us for help in getting an interpreter in […]

  • Criminal charges levied against Lawrence County contractor

    MOUNT HOPE, AL – “He was a good man, I never had no trouble. I have, um, he gave me anything I wanted. He would turn over in his grave right now if he knew what was going on. It’s so sad.” You may remember just a few weeks ago we brought you the story of Kimberly Clemons. She’s a widow and she’s legally blind. The Lawrence County woman hired a man who claimed to be a contractor to remodel […]

  • EMA directors to teach “Lessons Learned from Lawrence and Morgan County Water Crisis”

    Can you imagine the panic if you suddenly heard the tap water in your home was unsafe for your family to use? Thousands of families in Morgan and Lawrence Counties know all too well what that’s like, they lived it last year. Thursday, the directors of Emergency Management Agencies all across the state are going to hear the details. The governor’s annual Emergency Preparedness Conference, going on this week in Prattville, is a chance for EMA Directors from all across […]

  • Joseph’s Wish

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. –  The Alabama chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, was in Madison County today granting a very special wish for a very special young man. Joseph was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition at just 12-years-old. He is now 16-years-old and thanks to some amazing people, he has the means to create whatever he can imagine.  “So today we are gathered at Joseph’s house. He’s a Wish Kid. He’s 16-years-old. He was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal life-threatening condition when he was 12, […]

  • “Chasing the Dragon,” new FBI/DEA film to fight opioid abuse

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration are teaming up to fight prescription drug and heroin abuse in Alabama. Their goal is to educate young people before they first try the drugs. A powerful new tool in that effort unveiled today in Birmingham, and WHNT News 19 was there. Birmingham’s historic Boutwell Auditorium, the first stop in a new effort to save lives. “I started taking 3 at a time, then I was taking 4 at a time, […]

  • Fire crews are battling a large brush fire in Morgan County

    FALKVILLE, Ala. – Multiple fire crews in Morgan County battled a brush fire located off of Highway 55 near Stisher Drive, just south of the Quail Creek Golf Course, and just east of Interstate 65. Fire crews from Ebenezer and Falkville Volunteer Fire Departments along with the Alabama Forestry Service were on the scene. Morgan County Dispatchers told us this was a major fire. Firefighters said the fire actually began on Monday as a trash fire that was left unattended and continued to smolder.  Today, […]

  • PHOTOS: Former Gov. Don Siegelman returns to Alabama, will serve remainder of sentence on house arrest

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Wednesday afternoon, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman arrived home in Birmingham after spending six years in federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana. Supporters greeted him at Birmingham International Airport in the baggage claim area.  He talked with them for about 10 minutes, sharing hugs, tears and relief. Siegelman then got in a car and headed toward Vestavia. The trip included a pass down 20th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue North, where more supporters gathered with signs to […]

  • TODAY: Supporters plan large welcome home for former Gov. Don Siegelman

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Friends and supporters of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman plan to gather along 20th Street in downtown Birmingham today (Wednesday) between 2nd and 3rd Avenue North, to show their support. Siegelman, who will not be allowed to stop or make any statement, is expected to take that route shortly after 3 p.m. as he returns home. Family spokesperson Chip Hill confirmed Siegelman “has been told he will be released Wednesday,” but said they do not yet know […]

  • Lawrence Co. widow pays $20K for house to be remodeled, feared contractor had walked away from job

    MOUNT HOPE, Ala. – A Lawrence County woman wrote to us asking for help with a home remodeling project.  She hired a contractor who started the job but left her living in the middle of a construction zone.  Kimberly Clemons is legally blind and feared the contractor had walked away from the job. The first time we saw Mrs. Clemons’ house, there was wiring hanging out of the walls, open holes in the floors, lumber stacked in one room, and unfinished flooring […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Environmental group Tennessee Riverkeeper to sue cities over sewage

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – The environmental group Tennessee Riverkeeper said it plans to file a lawsuit against the cities of Muscle Shoals and Tuscumbia. It all has to do with the sewer systems in those cities and the sewage that occasionally escapes. David Whiteside, the founder of Tennessee Riverkeeper, said the group learned of the periodic discharges of raw sewage from records at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management in Montgomery. “And the state chose not to do anything about it,” […]