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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
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    4-year old boy gives his toys to needy family. But wait, there’s more.

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – This next story started as a tip about the generosity of a four year old boy at Christmas time. But we quickly realized there was much more to the story. It’s really about a good deed that’s gone full circle. It all started when Jay Zdonek met one of the kids in his neighborhood who told him his parents couldn’t afford to have Christmas this year.  Jay shot a 9 second video of the boy saying, […]

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    ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ a hit in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is trending worldwide online, and it’s likely going to be the topic of conversation at many offices, Christmas parties and family gatherings for the next few days. That’s because this movie is smashing records. It’s already reached more than $100M just in ticket pre-sales. On premiere night Thursday, there were dozens of showings, some starting as late as 1:30 in the morning. The crowd at the Space and Rocket Center that saw the first showing told […]

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    Madison Police offer to watch your home while you’re away

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s just that time of year. Unfortunately, around the holidays, crime always seems to be on the rise. Home break-ins are certainly no exception. Madison Police are taking extra steps to keep you and your home safe over the holidays. With the holidays upon us, we already know that the thieves are out in full force. So if you’re going to leave home for a few days over the holidays, you might want to go ahead […]

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    Decatur City Council to use school funds for museum incentives

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur City Schools Superintendent Ed Nichols says it would have been nice to have been consulted about the city’s plans to divert money away from the school system to help pay for a museum. But he adds they already knew how he felt. The Decatur City Council will vote next week on a proposal to take money traditionally reserved for the school system and make it a part of a $3.5 million incentive package for this […]

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    Clinton Avenue is first street targeted to convert to two-way in downtown Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Watch for changes to the traffic flow in downtown Huntsville soon. The city is preparing to change some of the one-way streets back to two-way. The move is intended to make the downtown area more user-friendly. The first of the streets to be changed back to a two-way street will be Clinton Avenue. The city has already installed new traffic lights designed to handle the two-way traffic. “As we go from being an office center downtown […]

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    Scammers Beware: Be mindful of ongoing scams, because thieves are ramping up their efforts

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    Life or Death: Supporters urge Alabama to re-examine case of man on death row since 1988

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    Life or Death: Supporters urge Alabama to re-examine case of man on death row since 1988

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    Taking Action: A car deal, a missing title and a plea for help

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    No action from Morgan County School Board during specially called meeting

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    DRIVING YOU CRAZY: Hwy. 72 & Chapman Mountain

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    Engineer’s report fails to find any life-threatening construction flaws in new Priceville High School

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