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Nick Banaszak joined the WHNT News 19 team in August 2008. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, but is happy to call Alabama home after surviving a few bone-chilling winters up North. Nick is no stranger to Huntsville, having broken some of the Valley's biggest news stories while working as a general assignment reporter at WAAY. During his time there, Nick uncovered an exclusive story of more than 100 foreign visa workers who disappeared from Huntsville, an investigation that was picked up by CNN, FOX News, and other national media outlets. He also broke stories on alleged evidence planting by two Huntsville police officers who were later indicted, and credit card misuse by Madison city officials, a report that led to the city council changing its credit card policy. Nick started his career in Mississippi as a reporter/weekend news anchor, and was honored by the Associated Press for outstanding journalism in both investigative and documentary reporting.

After a year and a half on the beat in Huntsville, Nick knew he couldn't pass up the opportunity to join the WHNT NEWS 19 crew. He grew up an athlete playing all the big sports, and competed at both the high school and college level. Now he's ready to get back to his first love. Nick can't wait to hit the field every Friday night to tell you about some of the best high school football in the country. He also wants to tell the stories of the athletes and the games that don't always get the big headlines. In addition, he's ready to defend his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes from the crazed attacks of SEC fans.

Nick says by far the most important thing in his life is his relationship with the Lord. He's been humbled by God's grace on his life and the opportunities that He's placed on his path. To actually live out what you dreamed of doing as a kid is truly a blessing. In addition to rooting on the Buckeyes, Nick also prays for the resurrection of Cincinnati's Big Red Machine and an above-500 season for the Bengals. He enjoys running, playing just about any sport, fishing, getting out on the water or beach, and sleeping.

Recent Articles
  • Lincoln County Pastors, Churches Unite In Massive Cleanup Effort

    PARK CITY, Tenn.(WHNT)-A coalition of local churches and pastors is spearheading a massive cleanup and recovery effort in Lincoln County, Tennessee, just days after a deadly tornado roared through. The grassroots effort started with an emergency meeting of pastors from across Lincoln County just hours after the twister struck. Church leaders said they agreed to mobilize and unite their congregation members, calling it the best way to bring hope to a still-battered community. “There’s just a great spirit out here,” […]

  • South Lincoln Elementary Students, Parents Anxious For School To Resume

    PARK CITY, Tenn.(WHNT)-The announcement confirming that South Lincoln Elementary will resume classes at another campus next week is welcome news for students and parents in this tornado-ravaged community, many of whom did not want the school year to abruptly end. South Lincoln students are hoping for a sense of normalcy to return next week when they restart at nearby Flintville Elementary. Administrators have negotiated an arrangement that will allow Flintville students to attend in the morning hours and South Lincoln […]

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    Madison City Council Interviews School Board Candidates

    MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)-The search for the next school board member in the city of Madison is now underway. Three of the seven candidates for the open school board spot are being interviewed Wednesday night at Madison City Hall. It’s an appointed, not elected, position. Current Madison City School Board Member Connie Spears is one of the candidates being interviewed Wednesday evening. The remaining four finalists will be interviewed Thursday. Madison City Council President Tommy Overcash said Spears’ incumbent status does not make […]

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    Madison City Council Raises Cemetery Fees

    MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)-Dirt-cheap deals on cemetery plots were officially laid to rest Wednesday at Madison City Hall. The city of Madison owns and operates two cemeteries in town. Wednesday’s unanimous vote by council members to raise cemetery fees means the cost of a burial plot will double from $750 to $1,500. The opening and closing fee for graves jumps from $300 to $500. City leaders said recent cemetery improvements funded by taxpayers was one reason for the change. Another factor was […]

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    Tornado Hits Home Of Local Disaster Relief Leader

    ATHENS, Ala.(WHNT)-The head of a local disaster relief network now finds himself on the other side of the coin after his home took a direct hit from Monday’s tornado in Limestone County. Prepare and Respond, better known as PAR, is a volunteer network of more than a dozen Madison County churches that has become known for its large relief trailers scattered across north Alabama. But PAR Director Greg Nelson may now need help from his fellow volunteers after his home on […]

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    Harvest Residents Flock To New Storm Shelter

    HARVEST, Ala.(WHNT)-Residents in Harvest filled a new storm shelter to capacity Monday, three years and one day after the surrounding neighborhood was leveled by a massive tornado. Anxious residents of the Lockhart neighborhood flocked to the new shelter in droves, with many arriving nearly two hours before the first round of storms rolled in. The 125-person capacity had been reached by late afternoon. “We got here about an hour ago, just waiting for the storm to come,” said Harvest resident […]

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    Councilmember Walks Out, Residents Fume At Public Hearing For Proposed Strip Club

    TRIANA, Ala.(WHNT)- Tempers flared in a packed council chamber Thursday, as Triana residents came out in droves to show their opposition to a proposed “upscale gentleman’s club.” The council is considering whether to approve the club owner’s liquor license application. The meeting drew more than a 150 people, and as the meeting wore on it was clear the town is divided. Not over the strip club – most oppose the business in their town – but over whose voice counts, between so-called […]

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    Harvest Residents Reflect Three Years After Killer Tornado

    HARVEST, Ala.(WHNT)-April 27th, 2011. It’s a day that will never be forgotten in the state of Alabama after a record-breaking number of tornadoes leveled homes and killed 247 people. That fateful tally includes nine people who died in and around the Harvest area in Madison County, which was hit especially hard. Harvest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Westwick recalled the drive he took up Highway 53 with WHNT News 19 reporter Nick Banaszak just moments after a killer EF-4 twister […]

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    ‘Palcohol,’ Powdered Alcohol, Loses Federal Approval

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A new powdered alcohol product has hit a hiccup in getting to market. The federal agency that originally approved “palcohol” reversed its position Monday. An agency spokesman says it approved palcohol’s powdered vodka, rum, and other cocktails — quote — “in error.” Tempe, Arizona-based Lipsmark LCC makes palcohol. It says there seemed to be a discrepancy on how much powder is in the packets, which are meant to be mixed with water. Lipsmark says that it will resubmit the […]

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    Summer Upgrades Set For John Hunt Park

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Upgrades are on the way for one of Huntsville’s biggest recreational facilities. City officials tell WHNT News 19 that several million dollars will go into the expansion of John Hunt Park, with initial work set to begin this summer. The project includes sign and road upgrades throughout the park. The gravel parking lots next to the soccer fields are also set for improvements. City Councilman Bill Kling said the expansion project was impressive. “I think it’s a great plan,” […]

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    Man Shot in Fayetteville, Police Searching for Suspect

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – Fayetteville Police are investigating a shooting that happened Tuesday evening in an apartment complex. It happened at 408 Calhoun Avenue.  Police say a man knocked on the door of one of the units and then shot another man who was inside. The victim was shot in the back.  He was flown by helicopter to a Nashville hospital for treatment, and is recovering, according to police.  His name has not been released yet. Police say the two […]

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    Homeowners Launch Petition On Proposed Future High School

    HARVEST, Ala.(WHNT)-Plans for a long-awaited high school in western Madison County are now drawing attention from one local subdivision and its homeowners association. Homeowners who live in Kelly Plantation off Jeff Road say any future high school in the nearby Monrovia area must be built west of Alabama Highway 53. As of Tuesday afternoon, well over 300 people had signed the neighborhood’s online petition asking the Madison County School Board to do just that. The petition cites traffic and safety […]


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