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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 with another grandchild due in September!

Recent Articles
  • Jeremy Smallwood listens as we confront the thieves who have scammed him out of thousands of dollars. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Hartselle couple scammed out of thousands in telephone hoax

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Hartselle couple tells us they’ve been scammed out of thousands of dollars, and the thieves keep calling back trying to get even more. WHNT News 19’s Al Whitaker is taking action to try to get them some relief and show you how to keep from becoming their next victim. Jeremy and Bobbie Smallwood had been playing and entering various contests for years. So when they got a call last November saying they’d won millions in […]

  • Jeremy Smallwood listens as we confront the thieves who have scammed him out of thousands of dollars. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    “The Hoax” – Many Telephone Con Artists Are Untouchable

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Sheriffs investigators in Morgan County tell us they’re seeing a huge increase in the number of telephone scams perpetrated on people. The scams range from callers saying you’ve won a big prize to someone posing as a law enforcement officer asking for bail money for one of your children or grandchildren. Most people don’t fall for the hoax, but the ones who do make it a profitable enterprise for these telephone thieves. WHNT News 19’s Al Whitaker […]

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    Samaritan Ambulance Takes Over In Hartselle & Falkville, For Now

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When you dial 9-1-1, you expect help to be there. But in parts of Morgan County, that’s not always the case. More ambulance problems tonight in Hartselle and Falkville. The City of Hartselle still operating under a state of emergency. City officials in Hartselle thought they had resolved their ambulance issues a couple of weeks ago. Decatur-based First Response Ambulance agreed to provide service to the area after Crossroads Ambulance went out of business. But now, […]

  • Darrius Sherrod is moved from the Morgan County Courthouse. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Darrius Sherrod Guilty Of Capital Murder

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – 22-year old Darrius Sherrod was convicted of capital murder Monday afternoon for the September 15, 2010 shooting death of 19-year old Matthew “Homer” Marquez Jackson. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Sherrod said nothing as he was led away from the Morgan County Courthouse for the short ride back to the county jail. Defense attorney Brian White expressed his disappointment with the verdict saying he hoped the jury would […]

  • Darrius Sherrod is moved from the Morgan County Courthouse. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Morgan County Jury: Darrius Sherrod guilty of capital murder

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A Morgan County jury has found 22-year-old Darrius Sherrod guilty of capital  murder.  He was on trial last week for the September 2010 drive-by shooting death of 19-year-old Matthew Jackson. The jury returned the verdict just after 3:30 p.m. Monday.  They had been deliberating since 9 a.m., taking a break for lunch. The trial Darrius Sherrod took the stand in his own defense Friday morning.  He told the court that a long-running “beef” with a man […]

  • Road Work Ahead In Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Road closed and detour signs are going up in Decatur. It’s the beginning of a project that may cause motorists some initial headaches. But it’s designed to eliminate congestion at one of the River City’s worst intersections. This is where the first part of the utilities work is underway. Decatur Utilities is in the process of moving lines at several intersections along and under Wilson and Church Streets in order to make way for ALDOT to […]

  • Jose Martinez is led from court Thursday morning after pleading guilty to murder. (Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Martinez Pleads Guilty To Murder, Will Answer Murder Charges in Florida & California

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – A rather sensational murder case came to an abrupt end today. Confessed contract killer, Jose Martinez pleaded guilty to the murder of a Decatur man. Lawyers on both side say they believe Martinez changed his plea to guilty in an effort to get out of Lawrence County. Prosecutors revealed it was a Walmart receipt found at the crime scene that led them to the original suspect in the execution-style shooting of Jose Ruiz. Jamie Romero was […]

  • UPDATE: Yellow Pages Removing Directories Dumped In Cemetery, Along Rural Roadside In Lawrence County

    Late word Friday afternoon from Yellow Pages spokesperson, via email: The two sites in the Chicken Foot community of Lawrence County, where hundreds of new Yellow Pages telephone directories were dumped, have both been cleaned-up. The company is working with independent contractor DDA Inc., who delivers telephone directories throughout Lawrence County, to make certain this doesn’t happen again. While the spokesperson declined to specify what action might be taken against the company, they do say unfortunate situations like this rarely […]

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    Limestone’s FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Transitions To SBA Disaster Loan Center

    CLEMENTS, Ala. (WHNT) – FEMA is scaling back operations at its Limestone County Disaster Recovery Office. In fact, as of today, it’s primarily a facility for assisting tornado victims who need help with a Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loan. FEMA is scaling back operations today at their Disaster Recovery Center near Athens with the deadline for victims of the April 28th storms to apply for federal disaster assistance rapidly approaching. “Beginning today, this facility which had been a FEMA […]

  • Investigators were called to 163 Meadow Lane in Priceville on Friday morning. (Photo: William Szczepanski/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATED: Investigation continues in death of Priceville woman

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Priceville police have released a man taken in for questioning following the discovery of his girlfriend’s body early Friday morning. Assistant Police Chief Ron DeWeese says the body of 33-year-old Stacey Loren Jones was found in her bedroom just after 5 a.m. Friday. Police declined to speculate how she died, but her body has been sent to a state forensics lab in Huntsville for an autopsy. A man identified as her boyfriend was taken into custody […]

  • Hartselle, Falkville Sign Automatic Aid Agreement

      HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s been a lot of concern in Hartselle over the loss of the city’s only ambulance service. Well, the city council resolved the issue last night, at least for the time being. but there are some other changes taking place. The city and town councils in both Hartselle and Falkville last night passed whats called Automatic Aid Agreements. The two communities are working together to help ensure the safety of their citizens and their property. […]

  • Reports of Storm Damage in Lawrence, Limestone Counties

    TENNESSEE VALLEY, Ala. (WHNT) – As storms rolled across the Tennessee Valley last night, our crews rolled into action. A young Limestone County family lost their mobile home to what appeared to be straight line winds. WHNT News 19’s Al Whitaker raced through the worst of the storms to make it to the Big Nance Mobile Home Park, just below Wheeler Dam in Lawrence county, in time to see firefighters rescue several families from their damaged trailers. That’s where some of the first […]