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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
  • 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 […]

  • Testimony resumes Tuesday morning in Rodney Hagood murder trial

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A woman who once worked with Stacey Hagood testified Monday afternoon Hagood feared she would never be able to escape her ex-husband. Hagood’s daughter told the court she and her mother lived in fear of her father, Rodney Hagood. He’s on trial this week in Decatur for the Valentine’s Day killing of his ex-wife. Stacey Hagood’s body was found lying in her bedroom the morning of February 14th last year. Investigators say it appeared as though she had been beaten to […]

  • Strange comments on Hubbard’s arrest, but still doesn’t say much

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange visited Decatur Thursday to present an award to Oak Park Middle School. Students and staff were honored with a School Safety Initiative Award. WHNT News 19 took the opportunity to ask Strange about House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s arrest. Strange agreed to answer questions, but didn’t say much. “The situation regarding the Speaker is being handled by a retired Supernumerary District Attorney who I appointed to handle that case for purposes of […]

  • Athens State Faculty Senate declines to reveal their concerns for university leadership

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The Faculty Senate at Athens State University met with University President Robert Glenn Thursday morning.  It was their first meeting since the faculty members voted earlier this week to censure Glenn for the manner in which his administration is running the school. We expected to hear the complaints of faculty members, but instead there were a few surprises. In 2010, Athens State was named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the best colleges […]

  • Gov. Robert Bentley and State Representative Ken Johnson tour Independence Tube Corporation's new facility in Lawrence County Wednesday. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Gov. Bentley tours new Lawrence County industry

    TRINITY, Ala. (WHNT) – Lawrence County is fighting its way back from the loss of hundreds of jobs earlier this year when International Paper shut its facility down. On Wednesday, Governor Robert Bentley got a first hand look at the newest industry to build in that area. These new jobs won’t replace all of those lost, but it’s a huge step in the right direction. Based in Chicago, the president of Independence Tube says the company could have built anywhere. […]


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