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

  • Deputies Make Arrest In Counterfeit Money Case

    Posted on: 6:29 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 10:23pm, April 9, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Investigators with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said they caught an accused counterfeiter red-handed while conducting a welfare check at...
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  • Hunstville Stars Host Final Home Opener In Maintenance-Plagued Ballpark

    Posted on: 2:35 pm, April 9, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:36pm, April 9, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Wednesday night marks the final home opener for the Huntsville Stars. Next season, the team will be based out...
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  • Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Local Dance Studio

    Posted on: 6:20 pm, April 8, 2014, by , updated on: 09:46pm, April 8, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Could a dispute over parking spaces end up going to the Alabama Supreme Court? The owner of a Huntsville...
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  • Governor Bentley: Special Session Decision To Come Next Week

    Posted on: 5:58 pm, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 06:41pm, April 4, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Will he or won’t he? All eyes are now on Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, who is mulling a possible...
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  • State Lawmakers Close the Book on 2014 Legislative Session

    Posted on: 9:16 pm, April 3, 2014, by and , updated on: 09:18pm, April 3, 2014

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – State lawmakers have now closed the book on the 2014 legislative session, adjourning just hours ago...
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  • Arrest Record Expungement Bill Goes To Governor’s Desk

    Posted on: 6:00 pm, April 2, 2014, by , updated on: 09:53pm, April 2, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Having your name cleared in a court of law doesn’t necessarily mean your record is, a legal dilemma that’s...
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  • Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bill Advances Through Legislature

    Posted on: 5:50 pm, April 2, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A bill that would dramatically curb the number of abortions in Alabama moved toward its final hurdle in the state...
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  • Madison County Health Department Offers Booster Shots At Schools

    Posted on: 7:00 pm, April 1, 2014, by , updated on: 07:14pm, April 1, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-The battle against some age-old diseases is taking a new twist in Madison County, with the county health department...
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  • Uncertainty Over Enforcement Of New Health Care Law

    Posted on: 7:40 pm, March 31, 2014, by , updated on: 10:08pm, March 31, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-The Obamacare deadline that requires nearly every American to have health insurance hits at 11 p.m. CDT Monday, but...
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  • Congressman Brooks: Enrollment Extension For Health Care Law “Unlawful”

    Posted on: 7:27 pm, March 31, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) – North Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks blasted the enrollment extension for the new federal health care law Monday,...
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  • Madison County, Huntsville Utilities Close In On Water-Sharing Deal

    Posted on: 10:00 pm, March 28, 2014, by , updated on: 07:43pm, March 28, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-As more people move in there’s less water to go around, and officials in Madison County say time is...
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  • Former War Vet Turned Mail Carrier Claims Post Office Corruption After Firing

    Posted on: 6:11 pm, March 27, 2014, by , updated on: 11:14am, March 28, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn.(WHNT)-An Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who was awarded two Purple Hearts and once appeared on the cover of Time...
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