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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
  • Limestone County Commissioners sit down with Madison City Council to plan area’s growth

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – There was a joint meeting Tuesday morning between members of the Limestone County Commission and the Madison City Council. The first of many meetings yet to come. They’re planning the future of two communities that are rapidly becoming one. A presentation by Madison’s Director of Planning and Economic Development detailed the city’s growth into neighboring Limestone County. Madison is Alabama’s fastest growing city, and there’s only the one direction they can go. “The next 20 to […]

  • Decatur hires eight firefighters

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Monday was the very first day on the job for eight new members of Decatur Fire and Rescue. It’ll be a year before they earn the title of firefighter. Some youngsters never quite outgrow the dream of riding that big, red engine, of rushing head-on into the face of danger, of going one-on-one with the fire. Tyler Stinson says being a firefighter is all he’s ever wanted to do. “I grew up in a volunteer department […]

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    Special group of athletes from Lawrence County wins state championship

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – A group of student athletes from Lawrence County made history Wednesday as they won a state championship football game! The Lawrence County Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Team beat Hewitt-Trussville 26 to 18. The team is the first of its kind in north Alabama. “It’s a combination of Special Olympic athletes and what they call partner athletes, kids without intellectual disabilities,” said Steve Jones, the head coach. The students represent each of Lawrence County’s high schools as a […]

  • Limestone County man pleads guilty to murdering grandmother

    ATHENS, ALA. (WHNT) – A sudden end to a Limestone County murder trial that wasn’t set to begin until Tuesday. James Paul Pigg pleaded guilty to murdering his grandmother Monday morning. Barbara Delaney was bludgeoned and then shot to death at her home on Lydia Corey Road about two years ago. James Pigg would not respond to reporter’s questions as he was led from the Limestone County Judicial Center. He was moved back to the county jail to await processing into […]

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    Limestone County man pleads guilty to grandmother’s murder

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – An Athens man charged with the murder of his grandmother has pleaded guilty. James Pigg was scheduled to go on trial this morning in Limestone County.  However, he pleaded guilty to murder before the trial started.  A judge sentenced him to life in prison. This was Pigg’s fifth trial date.  There have been numerous delays and attorney changes in the case, which dates back to March 2012. That’s when authorities say Pigg beat Barbara Delaney with […]

  • Crowds at Decatur Mall Friday. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Christmas shopping season “off to a good start” at Decatur Mall

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Managers at the Decatur Mall say this year’s Christmas shopping season is off to a good start. Some stores were open overnight and the mall sponsored a promotion designed to get people to spend more. We found other reasons sales may be up this year. Guess who we saw at the Decatur Mall today? No, it wasn’t Nick Saban, but almost everyone else was there. It certainly seemed that way.  Management says traffic has been exceptional so far, […]

  • Neighborhood auctions, an alternative to Black Friday shopping

    ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) – Many people spent this Black Friday waiting in line and fighting the crowds. But others found an alternative way to start their shopping. They travel to neighborhood auctions. The treasures you find there are yours if the price is right. Twice a week here at Donna’s Barn and Cafe in Elkmont, you can find anything from knives to comforters, even an Auburn bucket every now and then. Fact is, you never know what people are going […]

  • Athens family, volunteers serve 1,300 free Thanksgiving dinners

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Wednesday we introduced you to Roxanne Haggermaker and her family who were cooking a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for more than a thousand people. Well Thursday, there was a problem. Within a half-hour of opening the doors, they were already running out of food. Not to worry though, everyone was fed, thanks to the generosity of another man… And you may be surprised to find out who it was. Despite all the planning, the shopping, the donations, the […]

  • Tanner family prepares Thanksgiving dinner for more than a thousand strangers

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – For any number of reasons, not everyone is going to be able to sit down with family and friends to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. And that bothers a Limestone County family. Several years ago, they decided they would prepare a Thanksgiving feast for anyone who wanted it. Needless to say, the effort has steadily grown and this year they expect to feed over 1,000 people. There are all sorts of Thanksgiving family traditions. But this […]

  • Ardmore High School Band Director Jamie Bowman quits over missing money

    ARDMORE, Ala. (WHNT) – The band director at Limestone County’s Ardmore High School quit his job. The school board voted to accept his resignation Monday night. Jamie Bowman is under investigation over several thousand dollars in missing funds. It’s money that was supposed to be used for a band trip. An audit uncovered the missing funds, and when investigators went to Bowman’s school office, they found evidence of alcohol use. Officials declined to say exactly how much money is missing, […]

  • Decatur golf course land rezoned for new Austin High School

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Plans are moving forward for a new high school in Decatur. The planning commission just rezoned some land for the school, as well as space for a convenience store that sells beer and wine. Decatur City School officials say the sale of the property for the new Austin High School is contingent upon this convenience store, at the corner of the property, being able to keep its beer and wine license. “We have stores all around […]

  • Decatur Utilities linemen practice pole rescue techniques

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Accidents and job safety are constantly on the minds of electric utility linemen. It’s one of the most dangerous jobs you can have. In Decatur, their linemen train constantly to be better at their jobs, but Thursday’s training had little to do with keeping our lights on. It’s a practice exercise the men hope they’ll never have to put to use. There’s a lineman, 30 feet off the ground and he’s in trouble. It’s Matthew Cheatham’s […]

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