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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
  • “Chasing the Dragon,” new FBI/DEA film to fight opioid abuse

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration are teaming up to fight prescription drug and heroin abuse in Alabama. Their goal is to educate young people before they first try the drugs. A powerful new tool in that effort unveiled today in Birmingham, and WHNT News 19 was there. Birmingham’s historic Boutwell Auditorium, the first stop in a new effort to save lives. “I started taking 3 at a time, then I was taking 4 at a time, […]

  • Fire crews are battling a large brush fire in Morgan County

    FALKVILLE, Ala. – Multiple fire crews in Morgan County battled a brush fire located off of Highway 55 near Stisher Drive, just south of the Quail Creek Golf Course, and just east of Interstate 65. Fire crews from Ebenezer and Falkville Volunteer Fire Departments along with the Alabama Forestry Service were on the scene. Morgan County Dispatchers told us this was a major fire. Firefighters said the fire actually began on Monday as a trash fire that was left unattended and continued to smolder.  Today, […]

  • PHOTOS: Former Gov. Don Siegelman returns to Alabama, will serve remainder of sentence on house arrest

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Wednesday afternoon, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman arrived home in Birmingham after spending six years in federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana. Supporters greeted him at Birmingham International Airport in the baggage claim area.  He talked with them for about 10 minutes, sharing hugs, tears and relief. Siegelman then got in a car and headed toward Vestavia. The trip included a pass down 20th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue North, where more supporters gathered with signs to […]

  • TODAY: Supporters plan large welcome home for former Gov. Don Siegelman

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Friends and supporters of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman plan to gather along 20th Street in downtown Birmingham today (Wednesday) between 2nd and 3rd Avenue North, to show their support. Siegelman, who will not be allowed to stop or make any statement, is expected to take that route shortly after 3 p.m. as he returns home. Family spokesperson Chip Hill confirmed Siegelman “has been told he will be released Wednesday,” but said they do not yet know […]

  • Lawrence Co. widow pays $20K for house to be remodeled, feared contractor had walked away from job

    MOUNT HOPE, Ala. – A Lawrence County woman wrote to us asking for help with a home remodeling project.  She hired a contractor who started the job but left her living in the middle of a construction zone.  Kimberly Clemons is legally blind and feared the contractor had walked away from the job. The first time we saw Mrs. Clemons’ house, there was wiring hanging out of the walls, open holes in the floors, lumber stacked in one room, and unfinished flooring […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Environmental group Tennessee Riverkeeper to sue cities over sewage

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – The environmental group Tennessee Riverkeeper said it plans to file a lawsuit against the cities of Muscle Shoals and Tuscumbia. It all has to do with the sewer systems in those cities and the sewage that occasionally escapes. David Whiteside, the founder of Tennessee Riverkeeper, said the group learned of the periodic discharges of raw sewage from records at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management in Montgomery. “And the state chose not to do anything about it,” […]

  • Taking Action & Getting Results for a Morgan County man who bought a bad stove

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Morgan County man told us he bought a used stove recently, and started having problems with it right away. One of the eyes quit working and then the oven controls appeared to be failing. Randall Hughes said the dealer told him there was a 60 day warranty on all the appliances they sell, but he was having trouble getting the work scheduled. That’s when he contacted us. Randall said the problems with his new stove cropped […]

  • Shoals doctor has medical license suspended; state board says he tested positive for Oxycodone, kept ‘home stock’ of Demerol

    FLORENCE, Ala. – The Medical Licensure Commission of Alabama has suspended the medical license for Dr. Barry Neal Lumpkins of Florence after a complaint filed by the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners. The suspension is indefinite. Lumpkins was a family medicine doctor at Prime Care on Ana Drive in Florence. Court documents show the board alleged a number of things about Lumpkins after its investigation: Lumpkins regularly prescribed controlled substances, Adderall and Norco, to his girlfriend/employee/patient since 2012. The evidence […]

  • Locals board bus for Woman’s March on Washington

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Late Friday evening, dozens of people — mostly women — boarded buses in Huntsville headed to Washington. They’ll be taking part in the “Woman’s March on Washington” Saturday in conjunction with President Trump’s first full day in office. There were more than 50 people in this group, one of nine such groups from across the state. By the time they reach our nation’s capital their numbers are expected to total over 200,000. “I’ve heard people refer to […]

  • Attorney General issues ultimatum on guns in the library

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  The battle lines are being drawn in front of the Huntsville Madison County Public Library. The issue is whether you should be allowed to carry a concealed firearm while visiting the library. The sign beside the library’s front door is hard to miss. No guns permitted in this facility per state law. And that’s the problem. The state says that is not the law, and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has put the city on notice. They have […]

  • Colbert County family is fighting DHR over use of CBD Oil to treat daughter

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – A Colbert County family fighting to help treat their daughter’s severe disabilities is now having to fight the state to do it. Leon and Amanda Cunningham tell us the Department of Human Resources has launched an investigation and appointed a guardian for their daughter because they’re treating her with CBD oil. The State of Alabama legalized the use of CBD oil this earlier year, but that hasn’t stopped DHR. The Cunninghams welcomed us into their home late Thursday […]

  • From his front yard, Limestone County man urges drivers to slow down

    ARDMORE, Ala. – A Limestone County man tells us he was hit by a truck Monday morning while walking across the road to check his mail. He says the truck appeared to swerve towards him, and he says the rear view mirror hit him as he jumped out-of-the-way. What he did next was a bit surprising. If you happened to be driving along Cedar Hill Road near Ardmore today, you probably saw him. Michael Craft says after his near death […]