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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
  • Attorney General issues ultimatum on guns in the library

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  The battle lines are being drawn in front of the Huntsville Madison County Public Library. The issue is whether you should be allowed to carry a concealed firearm while visiting the library. The sign beside the library’s front door is hard to miss. No guns permitted in this facility per state law. And that’s the problem. The state says that is not the law, and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has put the city on notice. They have […]

  • Colbert County family is fighting DHR over use of CBD Oil to treat daughter

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – A Colbert County family fighting to help treat their daughter’s severe disabilities is now having to fight the state to do it. Leon and Amanda Cunningham tell us the Department of Human Resources has launched an investigation and appointed a guardian for their daughter because they’re treating her with CBD oil. The State of Alabama legalized the use of CBD oil this earlier year, but that hasn’t stopped DHR. The Cunninghams welcomed us into their home late Thursday […]

  • From his front yard, Limestone County man urges drivers to slow down

    ARDMORE, Ala. – A Limestone County man tells us he was hit by a truck Monday morning while walking across the road to check his mail. He says the truck appeared to swerve towards him, and he says the rear view mirror hit him as he jumped out-of-the-way. What he did next was a bit surprising. If you happened to be driving along Cedar Hill Road near Ardmore today, you probably saw him. Michael Craft says after his near death […]

  • Rejuvenation planned for Decatur Mall

    DECATUR, Ala. – Great news for Decatur shoppers. The owners of the Decatur Mall say they are about to completely revamp the mall and enhance the shopping experience. This comes at a crucial time when many malls across the country are struggling to survive. The Decatur Mall is in for a huge face-lift, and merchants couldn’t be happier. In fact, several told us they had a very successful Christmas shopping season this year. “The traffic I had on my end […]

  • Concerned citizen reacts to NW Huntsville’s latest shooting death

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Police say a shooting is likely linked to a crash involving five vehicles. The crash happened at Mastin Lake Road and Blue Spring Road in North Huntsville just before noon Wednesday. Police say the shooting happened on Blue Haven Drive. The man that was shot was in one of the vehicles in the crash. Officers say he died from his injuries at Huntsville Hospital. They are still looking for the gunman. There’s no one more concerned with […]

  • Huntsville City Council calls special meeting to discuss MidCity project

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville City Council will take up the issue of the Mid-City project at a specially called meeting Thursday night. We’re told to expect a slight modification in the contracts and plans as the council and others work to keep the project moving forward and make certain that  JC Penney and Sears both remain here in the Rocket City. “Okay, as I understand it, I haven’t seen all the final details but this is just some final […]

  • Carrie Fisher remembered by local fans

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Emmy-nominated actress Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died Tuesday morning. Fisher passed away just days after her heart stopped on a transatlantic flight, landing her in the hospital. Her daughter confirmed the news through her publicist saying, “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.” Throughout the day, stars and fans were expressing their sadness over her death. A memorial of candles and flowers for […]

  • Have a pre-need burial policy? It may not cover all you were told it would

    ALBERTVILLE, ALA. – A lot of north Alabama residents have purchased a pre-need policy to cover their funeral expenses. Of course, you do this with surviving family members in mind, so they won’t have to bear the burden. WHNT News 19 has learned many policy holders of Marshall Memorial Gardens who thought all of their final expenses were covered are finding out they’re not. There are literally thousands of those policies out there, and the problem is people are finding […]

  • Families surprised to learn pre-need policies don’t cover everything at Marshall Memorial Funeral Home

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Many families in Marshall County are facing a very rude surprise when they try to use a pre-need policy they’ve purchased.  If you’re one of the thousands of families who purchased one of these policies, you need to read this. Families are having to come up with hundreds more dollars to pay for what the policy is supposed to already cover. “We got down there and the lady said you owe us another $800,” said Bobbie Hayes. “We […]

  • Residents ask Athens City Council to delay enforcement of rules on cemetery decorations

    ATHENS, Ala. – We have an update on a Taking Action story we’ve been following for a few weeks. A father is working to keep the decorations on and around his daughter’s grave at Roselawn Cemetery in Athens. Other families are joining him, and Monday night they took their pleas to the Athens City Council in hopes of a compromise. “I understand that some people never touch their family cemetery plot again. But then there are people like all of […]

  • Smith’s attorneys say execution was “botched”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There are claims the State of Alabama botched the execution Thursday night of Ronald Bert Smith. He died by way of lethal injection at Holman Prison for the 1994 slaying of a Huntsville convenience store clerk. There are conflicting reports from witnesses. “Everything went as planned,” according to Alabama Department of Corrections Spokesperson Bob Horton. He watched the execution of Smith late Thursday night and tells us, “At no time did anything happen that would have caused […]

  • Athens to begin clearing decorations from graves next week

    ATHENS, Ala. – The president of the Athens City Council says they didn’t mean to, but he says they’ve opened a can of worms. Joe Cannon was talking about changes to rules regarding decorations on graves within city cemeteries. The families involved in the struggle tell us this is part of their grieving process and say they only want a little compassion from the city. But will they get it? WHNT News 19 is taking action on their behalf. Ken […]