Nick Banaszak

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

  • Sparkman Head Football Coach Quits After Three Months On Job

    Posted on: 5:53 pm, April 17, 2014, by

    HARVEST, Ala.(WHNT)-Sparkman High School is searching for its fourth head football coach in the last four years after their latest hire abruptly...
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  • Big Gift For Lee High School Band

    Posted on: 5:40 pm, April 17, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-The sweet sound of music is about to get a little sweeter at Lee High School in Huntsville. The...
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  • Commission Reviews Spousal Health Coverage Dilemma

    Posted on: 6:17 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 09:51pm, April 16, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-More than a dozen widows who were married to retired Madison County employees saw their health insurance coverage dropped...
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  • Commissioners Mull Cash Ban On Private Work Payments

    Posted on: 5:15 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 05:44pm, April 16, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A call to ban cash payments for private work done by Madison County commissioners and their road crews appears...
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  • Local Mission Workers Keep Tabs On Ukraine Crisis

    Posted on: 10:00 pm, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 09:07am, April 16, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Local churches and mission workers who have established connections in Ukraine say they are closely monitoring...
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  • Zierdt Road Makeover Takes Shape As Fence Lines Shift

    Posted on: 7:19 pm, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 10:25pm, April 15, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A makeover for one of Madison County’s most congested roadways is starting to take shape. Officials at Redstone Arsenal...
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  • Local Jews Observe Start Of Passover

    Posted on: 7:00 pm, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 10:30pm, April 14, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-One of the landmark yearly events for Jews in north Alabama and around the world begins Monday evening. Passover...
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  • Commissioner Calls For Cash Ban On Private Work Payments

    Posted on: 6:00 pm, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 04:14pm, April 14, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A Madison County commissioner says he wants to close an existing loophole dealing with private work payments to rural...
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  • New Law Opens Up More Investment Options For Businesses

    Posted on: 7:05 pm, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 09:46pm, April 11, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Obtaining the necessary start-up cash from investors or the bank often proves to be a major obstacle for would-be...
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  • Future Teachers Disappointed In Education Budget Signed By Governor

    Posted on: 6:19 pm, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 06:20pm, April 11, 2014

    ATHENS, Ala.(WHNT)-Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed the state’s education budget Friday, officially ending his push to include a two percent...
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  • Update: Governor Bentley Signs Education Budget, No Teacher Pay Raise Included

    Posted on: 7:43 pm, April 10, 2014, by , updated on: 10:40am, April 11, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed the FY2015 Education Trust Fund Budget, which means there will be...
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  • Madison Police Warn Of Prostitution Crackdown After Arrest

    Posted on: 6:15 pm, April 10, 2014, by , updated on: 10:18pm, April 10, 2014

    MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)-A prostitution-related arrest at a Madison business earlier this week is now being used as a warning shot by...
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