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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.


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    Town Creek child struck by deputy’s patrol car recovering at home

    TOWN CREEK, Ala. (WHNT) – A 9-year old boy ran into the path of a Lawrence County patrol car and was struck Thursday morning, according to Sheriff Gene Mitchell. Mitchell says the child was taken to Helen Keller Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released with abrasions primarily to his arms. Mitchell says the accident happened on Railroad Street in Town Creek while the deputy was on routine patrol. He says a witness verified the deputy’s vehicle was moving […]

  • Claims of abuse and neglect at Lawrence County Animal Shelter

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – A volunteer at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter contacted us with video he says shows the shelter’s director beating a dog. That volunteer spoke with WHNT News 19 about the video and other pictures he took. Caleb Scott says he volunteered at the animal shelter to help a friend, who is also a volunteer at the facility. But he says two days was all he could take. “And Miss Bobbie is starting to pound the dog […]

  • Lawsuit seeks to block new ambulance service in Morgan County

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s controversy over ambulance service again in Morgan County. A lawsuit was filed late Monday to stop an exclusive agreement for a new ambulance service for the county. Decatur’s First Response Ambulance Service claims the new agreement is not only illegal, but puts lives at risk. The language in the lawsuit is strong. It says the District (Morgan County Emergency Management Communications District, or 911 Board) is putting the lives it is bound to protect at […]

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    Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell responds to lawsuit over records of fatal shooting

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell says he has complied with a judge’s order and formally notified the Decatur Daily newspaper that he does not have documents related to a fatal deputy-involved shooting they sued him for access to. The newspaper’s lawsuit sought access to Incident/Offense Reports, transcripts of 911 calls, dash cam or body camera video and any disciplinary records stemming from the March 19th shooting death of 39-year old Shane Watkins, described by the newspaper as […]

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    Walmart secret shopper letter is actually a scam

    ELKMONT, Ala (WHNT) – A Limestone County woman opened her mail Tuesday only to find a check for almost $2,000 with instructions on how to be a Walmart Customer Service Evaluator. Only problem is – it’s a scam. While you’ve been hearing a lot lately about internet scams, and scammers that will call you on the phone, we can’t forget about the thieves that still do things the old-fashioned way, through the mail. Mary Covington says she has no idea […]

  • Washington Post: The cost mark-up at 5 Alabama hospitals for the uninsured among nation’s highest

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A report in the Washington Post says several Alabama hospitals are marking up their services by more than 1000% for the uninsured. The report lists what it calls the 50 worst hospitals for cost mark-ups. Several are in Alabama, and one is right here in the Tennessee Valley. But as WHNT News 19 has learned, it may not belong on the list. The report calls it “price gouging,” marking up goods and services provided to uninsured […]

  • More job cuts in Lawrence County school system

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – ┬áIt’s not the task Lawrence County School Board members look forward to, having to eliminate jobs and lay people off. But Monday night the school board members say they had no choice but to do just that. Seven instructional aides and school office workers lost their jobs. Two more, including one principal, retired. School board member Jackie Burch says the meetings are getting no easier. “Well tonight’s wasn’t very easy at all because we had to […]

  • 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 […]

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