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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.

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    Korean War veteran Cpl. Larry Dunn to receive hero’s welcome home

    CULLMAN, Ala. – In June of 1950, the peninsula nation of Korea was embroiled in a civil war. North Korea, with backing from the Soviet Union and Russia, invaded South Korea. The United Nations intervened with mostly American troops. More than 300,000 American soldiers, in fact, including a 17 year old boy from Cullman. Now, more than six decades later, Larry Martin Dunn is finally on his way home. Larry Dunn was one of seven boys, and one of the […]

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    UPDATE: West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority announces $5 million settlement with Daikin

    TRINITY, Ala. – Here’s a story we’ve been all over since it first broke. And this is great news for customers of the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority. Attorneys have reached a partial settlement in the lawsuit that the water authority filed against 3M and Daikin America last year. Daikin has agreed to pay for the new filtration system that’s now being installed. And there will be money left over to distribute among the water authority’s customers. The West […]

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    Environmentalists ask for public comments on river pollution

    DECATUR, Ala. – Members of the environmental group Warriors for Clean Water say they are nearing their goal of 5,000 signatures. They’re circulating petitions calling for federal intervention regarding the pollution of Wheeler Lake on the Tennessee River. But now the group says they may have found something that will have even more of an impact than just signatures on a petition. “And in the spring of the year there’d be 30 boats sitting right there on that stump bed […]

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    Huntsville Police officers and citizens receive awards

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Special accolades were the order of the night at Thursday night’s Huntsville City Council meeting. Two police officers were recognized for saving a man’s life and two citizens were honored for saving the life of a police officer. There’s no such thing as a routine call. Ask any police officer. Police Chief Mark McMurray explained the officers were responding to a 911 hang-up call. “They arrived at a home and found a man armed with a semi-automatic […]

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    The Wedding Gift: A story of love, loss, & the community that rallied behind a DeKalb County family

    FT. PAYNE, Ala. – This story is all about love and loss. It’s the story of how a family dealt with the happiest of times during the absolute worst of times, and how an entire community rallied behind them. It’s been ten years since Donna Hairston first learned she had breast cancer. A decade of efforts to fight the disease probably slowed its progress. Her faith and always positive attitude certainly helped. But just days ago, doctors told her there […]

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    A Wedding Gift: How one community came together to give one couple a special day despite devastating news

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – This is a story of a family’s love and how the entire community of Fort Payne came together. Donna Hairston has battled breast cancer for 10 years now. Throughout that time, her family says she never let herself get down of feel sorry for herself. She also never allowed the disease to interfere with her devotion to church, family or friends. Join us tonight on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 for “The Wedding Gift;” a special […]

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    New filter system delivered to West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority treatment plant

    TRINITY, ALA. – We’re finally seeing some actual progress in efforts to provide clean and safe drinking water to portions of Morgan and Lawrence Counties. Today, workers were off-loading the tanks that will become the new temporary water filtration system. Huge steel tanks being carefully set into place at the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority’s water treatment plant. This will become the authorities’ temporary filter system designed to remove at least 99.9% of the PFOA and PFOS contaminates often […]

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    Brewer High School grad helps rescue flood victims in Baton Rouge

    UNION GROVE, Ala. – There’s a young Morgan County man, a Brewer High School grad, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has spent days helping rescue people from their flooded homes. Now that the flood waters are just beginning to recede, he’s been busy helping others reclaim what could be salvaged. His mother tells us he’s even opened his home, a small apartment meant to house no more than three, but more than a dozen people with nowhere else to go […]

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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – You may remember a couple of weeks ago, WHNT News 19 took action on the behalf of residents at the Huntsville Summit Apartments because of their faulty air conditioners. Well since that time, we’ve received a number of complaints from Summit residents who tell us the building is infested with bed bugs. So we went back to take action once again on the behalf of these residents, to make certain they can live in a pest free […]

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    Yet another lawsuit filed over contaminated drinking water

    MOULTON, Ala. – Another lawsuit has been filed over the contaminated water from the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority. The lawsuit lists roughly 160 plaintiffs, all of them residents of Morgan or Lawrence Counties, and all of them customers of the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority. The defendants are 3M, the Dyneon Corporation, Daikin and the West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority. The suit accuses the defendants of negligence, wantonness and recklessness; the industries for allowing PFOA and […]

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    What’s in the Water? Lawrence County family believes toddler’s cancer due to water concerns

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – A Lawrence County woman is fighting mad. Two years ago, her son was born with advanced cancer of the liver; his first year of life was a constant fight for life. Now, she says she believes she knows why it all happened. Kaiden began developing symptoms when he was only three weeks old. Doctors thought it was bronchitis, but it just kept getting worse. An emergency trip to Huntsville Hospital revealed the frightening truth – a […]

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    UPDATE: WMEL no longer buying water from Decatur Utilities but warn families should make their own decisions about using the water for now

    MOULTON, Ala. – The West Morgan-East Lawrence (WMEL) Water Authority will discontinue drawing water from Decatur Utilities, according to General Manager Don Sims. They had been buying water from DU to mix with their own, in order to dilute dangerous chemicals. Now, Sims they have had a number of positive readings from the water produced by their intake on the Tennessee River, and they will return to using that water, months after saying it was unsafe to drink because of […]