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

  • 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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  • Lincoln County Kidnapping Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

    Posted on: 5:50 pm, March 27, 2014, by , updated on: 08:21pm, March 27, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn.(WHNT)-A Lincoln County kidnapping suspect who was captured by authorities earlier this week made his first court appearance Thursday...
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  • Budgets, High-Profile Bills On Tap For Legislature’s Last Week

    Posted on: 5:57 pm, March 26, 2014, by , updated on: 07:10pm, March 26, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-State lawmakers on spring break right now will have little time for a laundry list of bills that await...
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  • State Lawmakers Aim To Lengthen Abortion Wait Times

    Posted on: 5:28 pm, March 26, 2014, by , updated on: 09:46pm, March 26, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-State lawmakers will conclude the 2014 legislative session one week from Thursday, and one of the key bills that...
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  • Tennessee Authorities Find Kidnapping Suspect

    Posted on: 7:37 am, March 25, 2014, by and , updated on: 07:41am, March 25, 2014

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) – Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder says authorities captured and arrested Scotty Bolin in Clarksville, Tennessee early Tuesday...
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  • UPDATE: Man Claiming To Be Fugitive Calls WHNT Newsroom

    Posted on: 7:48 pm, March 23, 2014, by , and , updated on: 07:29pm, March 24, 2014

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a man wanted for aggravated kidnapping and...
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  • Former Commissioner Jerry Craig Implicated In State Audit Of Embezzled Money

    Posted on: 9:10 am, March 21, 2014, by , updated on: 06:47pm, March 21, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Former Madison County Commissioner Jerry Craig was named and implicated in a state audit released Friday morning...
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  • Former Employee for Madison Co. Commission Indicted on Ethics, Theft Charges

    Posted on: 9:14 am, March 20, 2014, by , updated on: 05:29pm, March 20, 2014

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A former public employee for the Madison County Commission has been arrested for felony ethics and theft...
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