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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 with another grandchild due in September!

Recent Articles
  • Road Work Ahead In Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Road closed and detour signs are going up in Decatur. It’s the beginning of a project that may cause motorists some initial headaches. But it’s designed to eliminate congestion at one of the River City’s worst intersections. This is where the first part of the utilities work is underway. Decatur Utilities is in the process of moving lines at several intersections along and under Wilson and Church Streets in order to make way for ALDOT to […]

  • Jose Martinez is led from court Thursday morning after pleading guilty to murder. (Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)

    Martinez Pleads Guilty To Murder, Will Answer Murder Charges in Florida & California

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) – A rather sensational murder case came to an abrupt end today. Confessed contract killer, Jose Martinez pleaded guilty to the murder of a Decatur man. Lawyers on both side say they believe Martinez changed his plea to guilty in an effort to get out of Lawrence County. Prosecutors revealed it was a Walmart receipt found at the crime scene that led them to the original suspect in the execution-style shooting of Jose Ruiz. Jamie Romero was […]

  • UPDATE: Yellow Pages Removing Directories Dumped In Cemetery, Along Rural Roadside In Lawrence County

    Late word Friday afternoon from Yellow Pages spokesperson, via email: The two sites in the Chicken Foot community of Lawrence County, where hundreds of new Yellow Pages telephone directories were dumped, have both been cleaned-up. The company is working with independent contractor DDA Inc., who delivers telephone directories throughout Lawrence County, to make certain this doesn’t happen again. While the spokesperson declined to specify what action might be taken against the company, they do say unfortunate situations like this rarely […]

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    Limestone’s FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Transitions To SBA Disaster Loan Center

    CLEMENTS, Ala. (WHNT) – FEMA is scaling back operations at its Limestone County Disaster Recovery Office. In fact, as of today, it’s primarily a facility for assisting tornado victims who need help with a Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loan. FEMA is scaling back operations today at their Disaster Recovery Center near Athens with the deadline for victims of the April 28th storms to apply for federal disaster assistance rapidly approaching. “Beginning today, this facility which had been a FEMA […]

  • Investigators were called to 163 Meadow Lane in Priceville on Friday morning. (Photo: William Szczepanski/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATED: Investigation continues in death of Priceville woman

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Priceville police have released a man taken in for questioning following the discovery of his girlfriend’s body early Friday morning. Assistant Police Chief Ron DeWeese says the body of 33-year-old Stacey Loren Jones was found in her bedroom just after 5 a.m. Friday. Police declined to speculate how she died, but her body has been sent to a state forensics lab in Huntsville for an autopsy. A man identified as her boyfriend was taken into custody […]

  • Hartselle, Falkville Sign Automatic Aid Agreement

      HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s been a lot of concern in Hartselle over the loss of the city’s only ambulance service. Well, the city council resolved the issue last night, at least for the time being. but there are some other changes taking place. The city and town councils in both Hartselle and Falkville last night passed whats called Automatic Aid Agreements. The two communities are working together to help ensure the safety of their citizens and their property. […]

  • Reports of Storm Damage in Lawrence, Limestone Counties

    TENNESSEE VALLEY, Ala. (WHNT) – As storms rolled across the Tennessee Valley last night, our crews rolled into action. A young Limestone County family lost their mobile home to what appeared to be straight line winds. WHNT News 19′s Al Whitaker raced through the worst of the storms to make it to the Big Nance Mobile Home Park, just below Wheeler Dam in Lawrence county, in time to see firefighters rescue several families from their damaged trailers. That’s where some of the first […]

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    D-Day: Ex-POW Shares His Experiences

    PRICEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – 70 years ago today as 150-thousand allied troops stormed the beaches of France, a young Morgan County man was as prisoner of war in the infamous Stalag 17. Ben Roberts was just 20 years old. He sat down with us today to share some of his memories and what this day means to him. “And I went with the idea that I’d never be shot down. I didn’t even pay attention to the POW lectures because it […]

  • Volunteers Rebuilding The Cherry Grove Baptist Church

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A pivotal moment today for a Limestone County church family. The Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church burned to the ground just more than a year ago. Efforts are now underway to rebuild what had been the centerstone of the community for more than a hundred years. And this morning, the first wall was raised. It was January of last year. During the pre-dawn hours, firefighters rushed to the Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church in rural […]

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    Limestone County Adds Uncounted Votes To Tuesday’s Primary Election Tally

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Limestone County election officials say they missed an entire precinct while tallying votes Tuesday night. Turns out the votes from one of the machines at Round Island Baptist Church, in the Reid community, were not counted. When those votes were counted Wednesday and the new numbers added up, the only thing that effectively changed was the percentage of Limestone County voters who took the time to go to the polls and cast a ballot. None of the […]

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    Stand Down For Safety At Nucor Steel

    DECATUR, ALA. (WHNT) – Employees at Nucor Steel in Decatur were literally hanging from the ceiling Thursday. Seriously! It was all part of a safety program sponsored by OSHA. Falls are the leading cause of death and injury in the construction industry. So today, employees stopped work briefly to talk and learn about safety. This is a steel mill. The work is hard, and occasionally its pretty dangerous. “Safety is our number one objective,” says Melt Shop Supervisor Craig Cost. He […]

  • First Response Expands Into Hartselle, Falkville After Crossroads Ambulance Folds

    HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A developing story we first brought you Tuesday night. Hartselle’s only ambulance service has shut down. As of noon today, emergency medical calls are handled by First Response Ambulance Service. This is the third EMS provider in Morgan County that has gone under in just the last year. WHNT News 19 has followed this story for almost two years now. All three of the failed companies have cited problems with Medicare and Medicaid payments. And that has become […]