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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
  • 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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    Decatur Morgan Hospital CEO predicts U.S. moving towards single payer health care system

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The CEO of Decatur Morgan Hospital says the U.S. appears headed toward a single payer health care system, or Medicare for all. Nat Richardson made the remarks during a Morgan County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting Thursday. He says health care providers need to sit down and prepare. “The government will pay us one payment and or commercial insurance payers will pay us one payment. The hospitals would then be responsible for making sure all of […]

  • Limestone County’s Bay Hill residents still waiting for April tornado damage to be cleared away

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – There was a lot of damage across Limestone County after the tornado on April 28th. One of the first areas hit was Lucy’s Branch Marina and the Bay Hill areas. Several houses were destroyed, along with other buildings left to lay in ruin. Residents asked us to Take Action and find out when owners plan to clear away the remaining damaged buildings and structures. Just minutes before the tornado began it’s deadly trek across Limestone […]

  • Corporate sponsors help create outdoor classroom at Oak Park Middle School

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A few weeks ago we told you about a student at Decatur’s Oak Park Middle School who started an on-line effort to raise money to buy his school a weather station. Well, State Senator Arthur Orr stepped up to make certain the school reached its goal. And then something else happened. The back yard at Oak Park Middle School looked more like a construction zone on Wednesday with volunteers, teachers, parents, grandparents and, yes, even the […]

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    Morgan County woman pleads guilty in toddler’s death

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A woman charged with murder made a surprise guilty plea Monday, just as her trial was about to start. Casey Travis pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the 2009 death of her 3-year-old son, Jayden. Her trial had been set to start this morning, however, she announced her intent to plead guilty. She will serve one year in jail and two years probation. Travis had been accused of waiting 13 hours to get her son […]

  • Lawrence County H.S. students are finalists in contest for new school computer equipment, you can help them win

    MOULTON, ALA. (WHNT) – Students at Lawrence County High School in Moulton are trying to win some new computer equipment for their school, and you can help. The students produced a music video and entered it in the national Compass Learning Classroom Refresh Contest. They were chosen as one of five finalists and right now are just a thousand votes away from being in first place. Thats where you come in, and how you can help. The video was produced […]


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