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

  • Councilman: Stars Neglect On Ballpark Maintenance Violates Lease

    Posted on: 5:46 pm, March 11, 2014, by , updated on: 08:29pm, March 11, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A Huntsville city councilman is raising concerns over maintenance at Joe Davis Stadium just weeks before the Huntsville Stars begin...
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  • City, County Governments Spar Over Sales Tax Agreement

    Posted on: 5:54 pm, March 10, 2014, by , updated on: 07:25pm, March 10, 2014

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn.(WHNT)-A squabble over sales tax revenue is making waves in Lincoln County, Tennessee. The city of Fayetteville confirms that...
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  • Lawmaker: Common Core Opt-Out Bill Faces Uphill Battle In House

    Posted on: 5:52 pm, March 7, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A bill introduced in the Alabama Senate that would allow school systems to opt-out of Common Core faces an uphill...
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  • “Tebow Bill” For Homeschool Athletes Moves Through Legislature

    Posted on: 5:38 pm, March 7, 2014, by , updated on: 05:53pm, March 7, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Should homeschool athletes get to play and compete for their local public high school? That’s the focus of the...
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  • Common Core Controversy: Parents Opt For Homeschooling Route

    Posted on: 7:33 pm, March 6, 2014, by , updated on: 07:41pm, March 6, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Some parents are deciding to pull their children out of area public schools as debate over the controversial Common...
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  • Legislation Aims To Boost Research And Development Spending

    Posted on: 6:14 pm, March 5, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A bill that aims to increase research and development spending is working its way through the Alabama Legislature. Sen....
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  • UPDATED: SB-443 Would Allow Common Core Opt-Out For Alabama Schools

    Posted on: 5:49 pm, March 5, 2014, by , updated on: 02:49pm, March 6, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) – A bill that would allow Alabama school systems to opt-out of the Common Core curriculum has been...
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  • Tennessee Lawmakers Consider Bill to Allow Wine Sales in Grocery Stores

    Posted on: 11:02 am, March 3, 2014, by

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Picking up a bottle of wine at your neighborhood grocery store is a routine occurrence in...
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  • Education Budget Calls For 1 Percent Pay Increase For Teachers

    Posted on: 4:34 pm, February 28, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Alabama teachers are in line for a small pay bump next year, but not as much as some had hoped....
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  • Madison City Schools Issue Resolution Denouncing Common Core Attacks

    Posted on: 1:23 pm, February 28, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:50pm, February 28, 2014

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison Board of Education held a special called meeting Friday morning and passed a resolution...
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  • UPDATE: Airport: Customs And Border Protection Helicopter “Likely Suspect” In Lincoln County Uproar

    Posted on: 6:31 pm, February 27, 2014, by , updated on: 03:14pm, February 28, 2014

    MERIDIANVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-An ongoing helicopter mystery that caused an uproar in Lincoln County, Tennessee last week may have finally been solved....
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  • New Walmart Supercenter In Hazel Green To Bring 200 Jobs

    Posted on: 5:57 pm, February 26, 2014, by , updated on: 07:48pm, February 26, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Walmart executives have announced that a new store in Hazel Green will bring in roughly 200 jobs to northern...
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