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

    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 the suspect’s home. Sheriff’s deputies told WHNT News 19 they  made the surprise discovery at a mobile home in the 100 block of Cavalier Drive in Moores Mill Tuesday evening. 26-year-old Nicolas Duff was taken into custody shortly after deputies arrived. Madison County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Brian Chaffin said deputies were responding to a call from neighbors, who noticed that […]

  • Hunstville Stars Host Final Home Opener In Maintenance-Plagued Ballpark

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Wednesday night marks the final home opener for the Huntsville Stars. Next season, the team will be based out of Biloxi, Mississippi. The Stars will take on the Pensacola Blue Wahoos tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Joe Davis Stadium. Concerns about maintenance issues at the once-popular ballpark prompted a letter from the Huntsville City Attorney’s office to the Stars last season. The city owns Joe Davis Stadium and leases it to the Stars. Huntsville City […]

  • Appeals Court Upholds Ruling Against Local Dance Studio

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Could a dispute over parking spaces end up going to the Alabama Supreme Court? The owner of a Huntsville dance studio says that now appears to be her next move after an appeals court ordered her to start providing shuttle bus service for students. The ruling upholds a previous decision by a Madison County judge, and stems from an ongoing legal battle between Ann’s Studio of Dance and residents of the Mayfair neighborhood, who claim that spillover traffic from the business […]

  • Governor Bentley: Special Session Decision To Come Next Week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Will he or won’t he? All eyes are now on Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, who is mulling a possible special session of the state legislature over teacher pay raises. Gov. Bentley (R) paid a visit to the campus of UA-Huntsville Friday morning, just hours after fellow Republican lawmakers rejected his two percent pay raise request for teachers in the final education budget. The governor now faces the choice of either signing a budget that doesn’t include the pay hike he […]

  • State Lawmakers Close the Book on 2014 Legislative Session

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – State lawmakers have now closed the book on the 2014 legislative session, adjourning just hours ago after the Alabama house passed an education budget. However, some are now wondering if Governor Robert Bentley will veto that six billion dollar budget and call a special session since it did not include a two percent pay raise for teachers he’s been promoting for months. Lawmakers quickly departed the capitol this evening after a jam-packed day highlighted by both […]

  • Arrest Record Expungement Bill Goes To Governor’s Desk

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Having your name cleared in a court of law doesn’t necessarily mean your record is, a legal dilemma that’s now being tackled at the state capitol. A bill that would allow the permanent sealing of arrest records for people who were charged but never convicted went to the desk of Gov. Robert Bentley this week after passing by a near-unanimous margin in the Alabama House. Proponents said being cleared of charges should equate to a clear record for job […]

  • Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Bill Advances Through Legislature

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A bill that would dramatically curb the number of abortions in Alabama moved toward its final hurdle in the state legislature this week, and could get an up-or-down vote as soon as Wednesday night. HB 490 would outlaw abortions in Alabama after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which normally happens six to seven weeks after conception. The legislation has already passed the Alabama House by a wide margin, and is eligible for a floor vote in the Senate after […]

  • Madison County Health Department Offers Booster Shots At Schools

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-The battle against some age-old diseases is taking a new twist in Madison County, with the county health department now giving parents the choice of having their children immunized right at school. The shots-at-school program launched Tuesday. Around two-dozen students at Madison County Elementary in Gurley took advantage of the new program, which administers a free booster shot that guarantees immunity from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Alabama law requires that students receive the shot before they enter the sixth […]

  • Uncertainty Over Enforcement Of New Health Care Law

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-The Obamacare deadline that requires nearly every American to have health insurance hits at 11 p.m. CDT Monday, but questions abound as to how the new law will actually be enforced. The Internal Revenue Service is in charge of making sure Americans comply with the law, and that means already busy tax preparers could have even more to deal with. “Of course it’s cumbersome,” said David Freeman, owner of Liberty Tax Service in Huntsville. “It’s just something else that […]

  • Congressman Brooks: Enrollment Extension For Health Care Law “Unlawful”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) – North Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks blasted the enrollment extension for the new federal health care law Monday, just hours before a previously set deadline that mandates health insurance for most Americans took effect. U.S. Rep. Brooks (R-District 5) accused President Obama’s administration of making up the rules as they go along when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, during a Washington update luncheon at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Monday afternoon. […]

  • Madison County, Huntsville Utilities Close In On Water-Sharing Deal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-As more people move in there’s less water to go around, and officials in Madison County say time is not on their side. The shrinking supply of H2O is now at the center of a major water-sharing agreement between county leaders and Huntsville Utilities. Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick said the deal could be finalized by both parties as soon as next month. “We can’t get ourselves in a situation where we don’t have enough water,” said Riddick. “We need to […]

  • Former War Vet Turned Mail Carrier Claims Post Office Corruption After Firing

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn.(WHNT)-An Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran who was awarded two Purple Hearts and once appeared on the cover of Time Magazine is now at the center of controversy in Lincoln County, Tennessee after she was fired from her job at the Fayetteville Post Office last week. Karah Adams told WHNT News 19 that her three-month postal career came to a sudden end after being accused of lying to her boss on her job application. But Adams said the claim by her supervisor was […]