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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
  • ALDOT responds to Limestone motorists’ concerns

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – People who live in Limestone County’s Cartwright community asked us to take action regarding what they felt was a dangerous intersection. Highway 99 at Elk River Mills Road has been the scene of numerous accidents, including at least one fatal accident. Well, we listened, we took action, and we got results. In April, several people were injured at the intersection when the two pick-up trucks collided. The wreck was captured on a store’s security camera. […]

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    Fort Payne merchant says menu ads likely a rip-off

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Fort Payne store owner wrote us about a problem collecting a debt. Chris Meacham says he and his wife both bought small ads that were to appear on the menu at a local restaurant. But the menu was never published and Meacham says he can’t get his money back. So WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to find out why. Chris and his wife operate separate businesses in Fort Payne. They bought the ads […]

  • TVA to increase safety patrols, notifications about line work starting June 8 in Tennessee River near Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. – Starting next week, the Tennessee Valley Authority plans to replace some of the high voltage transmission lines that cross the Tennessee River near Decatur. Crews will be working near the Round Island Creek public use area starting on Monday, June 8. This is the portion of the river that links Morgan and Limestone counties, and it’s close to the location where a boater was killed two years ago as other transmission lines were being replaced. This time, […]

  • Decatur Police save motorist from drowning

    FLINT, Ala. (WHNT) – A Morgan County man tells us he owes his life to three Decatur policemen, and a good samaritan. Shane Edge fell asleep while driving home Friday night. His small pick-up ran off the road and wound up submerged in Flint Creek. The officers rushed into the water to rescue Shane just before the truck rolled over and went under. “Was there a point in time when you thought you might not make it out of there,” […]

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    Coach Trevor’s Tale: Team helps student achieve dream of playing football

    GURLEY, Ala. (WHNT) – Something special happened on the football field at Madison County High School on Friday, May 15. Grissom High School came out to play a spring game. It’s a chance for the coaches to size up their strengths and weaknesses. But what the players did before the game, and for a special young man, showed their real strengths. Raising a special needs child has its moments, including special moments. They may be few and far between, they […]

  • Space Camp founder recalls appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After 33 years and more than 6,000 broadcasts, David Letterman will do his final show Wednesday night. Over the years, almost 20,000 guests have crossed the stage. Including a Huntsville man who made two guest appearances on The Late Show to promote Space Camp. Even WHNT News 19’s Al Whitaker was on the show once, and he takes a look back. In 2006, comedian Andy Kindler came to Huntsville to produce a segment on Space Camp […]

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    The Casting Call: Don’t fall victim to scam artists making questionable promises of fame

    (WHNT) – A Pisgah man tells us he was looking for a job when he found an advertisement for “Casting 360.”  He called them, but they wanted money up front to help him start a career as an actor. “She’d guarantee that they would get me a job in commercials or small parts in movies and stuff like that within 90 days and said i could make up to $300 to $500 a day.” Since then, Charles Centers says they’ve […]

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    Lawrence County School Superintendent Heath Grimes takes Russellville job

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Heath Grimes accepted the job as Russellville City Schools Superintendent Monday, leaving the same position in Lawrence County. This comes just a few weeks after a failed property tax hike vote in Lawrence County. The money would have gone to the school system. Throughout the campaign there was debate about whether school leaders were using money wisely. It was hard to miss the joy on Lawrence County School Superintendent Heath Grimes face as he accepted the […]

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    Leno tours Huntsville Hospital, donates $10K to foundation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You just never know who you’re going to run into at Huntsville Hospital. Old friends, distant relatives, maybe even Jay Leno. Leno is in Huntsville for the annual Huntsville Classic to benefit the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. But Thursday afternoon he spent some time at the hospital to do something rather special. Leno was full of surprises as he walked through the hospital, pausing to pose for selfies with any and everyone who wanted. As he was […]

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    Scamming the Scammer: WHNT’s Al Whitaker applies for a job with a scam artist and gets hired

    (WHNT) – Some in law enforcement call telephone and internet scams a problem of epidemic proportion.  Just last week, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office revealed more than 50 people in this area had fallen victim to a telephone scam involving the name of his department. WHNT News 19 has taken on the task of trying to expose these thieves to help keep you from becoming a victim. It seems like almost every time you open an email or answer you […]

  • Tammy Haddock examines her wedding gown, a year after it was blown from her home during a tornado. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Wedding dress lost in tornado a year ago finds its way home

    CLEMENTS, Ala. (WHNT) – A year ago Tuesday night, a search and rescue effort was still underway in Limestone County after a devastating EF3 tornado had raked across the area just a few hours earlier. More than 700 homes were either damaged or destroyed, and two people lost their lives. Yet in the midst of all that destruction and pain, several remarkable things happened. In the days that followed the tornado, Pam Clark knew in her heart she had to […]

  • Many victims of April 28, 2014 tornado in Limestone County still struggle financially and emotionally

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – This evening one year ago, April 28, 2014, we were in storm mode. A deadly twister had raked across Limestone County destroying hundreds of homes and claiming two lives. WHNT News 19’s crews were right in the middle of the storm as it struck, so tonight, we take a look back. After a storm like that, they can tell you how many houses were damaged or destroyed, how many people were injured or killed. But […]

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