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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
  • Jay Leno, at Huntsville Hospital Thursday afternoon, holds a proclamation from Mayor Tommy Battle. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Leno tours Huntsville Hospital, donates $10K to foundation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You just never know who you’re going to run into at Huntsville Hospital. Old friends, distant relatives, maybe even Jay Leno. Leno is in Huntsville for the annual Huntsville Classic to benefit the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. But Thursday afternoon he spent some time at the hospital to do something rather special. Leno was full of surprises as he walked through the hospital, pausing to pose for selfies with any and everyone who wanted. As he was […]

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    Scamming the Scammer: WHNT’s Al Whitaker applies for a job with a scam artist and gets hired

    (WHNT) – Some in law enforcement call telephone and internet scams a problem of epidemic proportion.  Just last week, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office revealed more than 50 people in this area had fallen victim to a telephone scam involving the name of his department. WHNT News 19 has taken on the task of trying to expose these thieves to help keep you from becoming a victim. It seems like almost every time you open an email or answer you […]

  • Tammy Haddock examines her wedding gown, a year after it was blown from her home during a tornado. (Photo: Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Wedding dress lost in tornado a year ago finds its way home

    CLEMENTS, Ala. (WHNT) – A year ago Tuesday night, a search and rescue effort was still underway in Limestone County after a devastating EF3 tornado had raked across the area just a few hours earlier. More than 700 homes were either damaged or destroyed, and two people lost their lives. Yet in the midst of all that destruction and pain, several remarkable things happened. In the days that followed the tornado, Pam Clark knew in her heart she had to […]

  • Many victims of April 28, 2014 tornado in Limestone County still struggle financially and emotionally

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – This evening one year ago, April 28, 2014, we were in storm mode. A deadly twister had raked across Limestone County destroying hundreds of homes and claiming two lives. WHNT News 19’s crews were right in the middle of the storm as it struck, so tonight, we take a look back. After a storm like that, they can tell you how many houses were damaged or destroyed, how many people were injured or killed. But […]

  • Limestone County residents ask for help with dangerous intersection

    OWENS, Ala. (WHNT) – A group of Limestone County residents are asking that we take action regarding a dangerous intersection. Highway 99 and Elk River Mill Road has been the scene of many traffic accidents, including one earlier this week that sent three people to the hospital. Residents in that area say it’s just a matter of time before someone is killed. “And I saw the Silverado pull into the path of the Nissan at the intersection here. Just took […]

  • Madison County teenager killed in fatal car accident

    GURLEY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County High School students are mourning the loss of one of their own. An 18-year-old senior was killed in a two vehicle crash on Maysville Road Friday afternoon. It happened just before 1 p.m. Friday afternoon. Authorities tell us two cars collided almost head-on, both coming to a stop in a ditch right in front of Tommy Johnson’s house. He said it sounded like… “Thunder. That’s what I assumed it was. I was on the back porch […]

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    Madison gives $10,000 to support traveling exhibits at U.S. Space & Rocket Center

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – An investment in the future. That’s about how city leaders in Madison describe their annual appropriation to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The Madison City Council voted Monday night to give the state agency $10,000. A spokesperson for the Space Center tells the council members the appropriation will be used to help keep fresh exhibits at the Space Center. “That money goes to support traveling exhibits, like Robot Zoo that’s currently on display from March […]

  • Police standoff in Athens Sunday night ends peacefully

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Several tense hours in Athens Sunday night. Police tell us a man opened fire in the front yard of his home on Levert Avenue around 8:30 PM prompting a three-hour standoff. Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson says officers were responding to a call about gunshots fired in the area of Levert Avenue and Browns Ferry Road in Athens. “Officers responding actually heard shots and were able to track it to this residence behind me on Second […]

  • Lawrence County residents organize fight against proposed tax increase for schools

    SPEAKE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a fight brewing in Lawrence County, and it all has to do with funding for the county’s school system. School leaders say they need a tax increase to make up for money lost when the county’s largest employer shut down. “And we’re hearing all kinds of numbers that’s being thrown out, how much revenue we’re actually losing that won’t go to our school system,” Mark Clark of the newly formed Citizens For Accountability political action […]

  • TAKING ACTION to help a Limestone County family dealing with flooding issues

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A storm shelter is supposed to be a safe place. But one Limestone County family says they have trouble getting in and out of the shelter, and so do their elderly neighbors that use the shelter. They say the problem had to do with a ditch that overflows into the shelter. WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to find a fix for the problem. We photographed the area earlier this week after a light rain. […]

  • Madison PD sign warning residents of broken weather siren. (Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Madison County EMA rushes to repair broken weather sirens

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – With the possibility of severe weather in the forecast tomorrow, Madison County EMA officials are scrambling to get several tornado warning sirens back on line. The EMA notified Madison residents today one of the sirens was not working, and when we checked, we found another in the same area that wasn’t responding. Ronald Fletcher lives right across the street from one of Madison County’s tornado warning sirens. “It’ll raise you off the roof, it’s real loud, […]

  • It’s no April Fools’: Drug roundup nets 37 arrests in Moulton

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Months of undercover work and illicit drug buys came to a conclusion early Wednesday morning.  Lawrence County authorities served some 37 arrest warrants. The April Fools’ Day got off to a very early start for more than three dozen Lawrence County residents who all face grand jury indictments for drug-related offenses. The Lawrence County Drug Task Force recently wrapped up a number of long term investigations that resulted in 37 indictments for drug trafficking, distribution, possession […]

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