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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
  • Keith George during his 2012 murder trial. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Keith George 2012 Murder Conviction Overturned, DA Will Order New Trial

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A Limestone County murder case will soon be headed back to court. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the 2012 conviction of Keith George. George was sentenced to 50 years in prison after being convicted of shooting his nephew to death in 2009. But the appellate court says there was a critical error made during George’s first trial, and now he’ll get another one. Athens attorney Michael Sizemore handled the appeal for Keith George. […]

  • Cole Offers City Of Decatur Another Lawsuit Settlement Proposal

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – New developments in a lawsuit that challenges the form of government in Decatur. A new offer is on the table that would settle the issue once and for all. Attorney Carl Cole tells WHNT News 19 a state statute could allow the River City to adopt a new form of government without giving up any of the existing voting districts. WHNT News 19 obtained a copy of the letter attorney Carl Cole sent to Decatur city […]

  • Groundbreaking For Phase Two Of Alabama Center For The Arts In Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Groundbreaking ceremonies Thursday for Phase Two of the Alabama Center for the Arts. It’s a project that’s expected to change the atmosphere of the entire downtown area. The Alabama Center for the Arts has proven to be a tremendous asset, not only for local colleges and universities plus their students, but for the City of Decatur as well. “It’s just a great beginning, I think, for things to come for many years,” according to Decatur Mayor […]

  • Taking Action: Hartselle Man Unsafe In His Own Yard

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Hartselle man tells us it isn’t safe for him to work, or even be in his front yard because of the traffic in front of his house. The road curves in front of Edward Wallace’s home, and he says cars run off the road and into his yard all the time. So he contacted us, and WHNT News 19 is taking action to get him some help. Edward Wallace says he can’t be in his […]

  • Death Of Beloved Pet May Have Prompted Murder-Suicide

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – More tragic details emerging in the case of a murder-suicide in Athens last week. Sources tell WHNT News 19 the death of a beloved family pet may have been what triggered 73-year-old May Hu and her 39-year-old son Robin to agree on a suicide pact. Friends of May and Robin Hu tell us they believe a number of factors led to their deaths last week. Robin suffered from diabetes and was on dialysis. His health was […]

  • Getting Results: Limestone Cleaning Up Illegal Dump Site

    ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) – Taking action and getting results and tonight, important results for a Limestone County viewer who contacted us asking for help with an illegal dump site that was burning and making his family ill. Limestone County officials started cleaning up the site on Leggtown Road on Monday. The state declared the site a potential health hazard after some residents complained smoke from the site was making them sick. Now, it’s all being hauled to a legal dumpsite […]

  • Trademark American white oak barrels used for aging Jack Daniels whiskey now produced in Lawrence County. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Roll Out The Barrel, Jack Daniel Cooperage Officially Open

    TRINITY, Ala. (WHNT) – Gov. Robert Bentley cut the ribbon officially opening the Jack Daniel Cooperage facility, Monday morning. It’s a new, state-of-the-art plant that will produce the trademark American white oak barrels that are used for aging the world’s number one selling brand of whiskey. It also means about 200 new jobs for the area. It becomes the anchor tenant in Lawrence County’s new Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex. Jack Daniel’s officials say sales of American whiskey is booming […]

  • Smoldering dump in Leggtown Community of Limestone County. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    Limestone County To Clean Up Illegal Dump Monday

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Viewers asked us to take action and get them relief from what the state has called a health hazard. And now, the results they were hoping for. The end is in sight for that illegal dump site in Limestone County we’ve been telling you about. It’s in the Leggtown Community, and smoke from the burning debris was reportedly making residents sick. County Commission Chairman Stanley Menefee says they’ll start on it next week and he says […]

  • Athens Lions Club Opens Kiddie Carnival On 55th Season

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a summertime tradition in Athens that just seems to get a little bigger each year. The Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival is only open for a few days each year, but the proceeds fund a number of their projects year round. It’s been a magical place for at least 4 generations. A neighborhood kiddie carnival tucked away for 55 years within one of the historical districts of Athens. There are men here tonight with their […]

  • Decatur Police: 50% – 75% Of Property Crime Related To Drug Use

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – In a 24 hour period, more than a dozen people were arrested on drug charges in Morgan and Limestone Counties. A few of the arrests were the result of undercover operations. But most were the result of traffic stops, follow-up visits, and complaints from neighbors. One officer tells us these drug related cases comprise most of the crime they have to deal with. These are the faces of some of the people who have been arrested […]

  • Reward Increased For Information On Fatal I-65 Crash

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The reward for information about a deadly accident on I-65 is growing. George Bolden died in April of last year when another vehicle rear-ended his. Bolden’s SUV veered off the roadway and flipped several times before crashing into a tree. Authorities hope someone will come forward and help them solve the case. Authorities who worked the wreck on the night of April 7th last year say George Bolden never stood a chance. When his SUV was […]

  • Dual Enrollment: Graduating From High School With A College Degree

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s called dual-enrollment, and it’s expanding the opportunities for many high school students across several North Alabama counties. The dual enrollment program allows high school students to take college courses to either get ahead in their college education, or study more traditional trades to be able to enter the workforce sooner. High school students in Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan Counties can now graduate from high school and college, at just about the same time. 21st Century […]

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