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

  • Lawmakers Mull Proposal For Traffic Cameras On School Buses

    Posted on: 7:20 pm, March 19, 2014, by , updated on: 08:42am, March 20, 2014

    MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)- Most drivers tend to put on the brakes when they see stop signs out on the road, but...
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  • Sex Offender Notification Bill Advances In Tennessee Legislature

    Posted on: 7:25 pm, March 18, 2014, by

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn.(WHNT)-A push for tougher sex offender notification laws in Tennessee came one step closer to reality Tuesday, part of...
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  • Proposal To End Newspaper Requirement For Voter Lists

    Posted on: 7:26 pm, March 17, 2014, by , updated on: 09:52am, March 18, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) – State legislators are reviewing a bill that would end a long-standing law that requires county governments to...
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  • Some Educators Express Opposition To “Tebow Bill”

    Posted on: 7:15 pm, March 17, 2014, by , updated on: 08:24am, March 18, 2014

    MADISON, Ala.(WHNT) – Some area principals and superintendents are expressing their opposition to a bill that would let homeschool athletes...
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  • Ball, McInnish To Battle For Madison County GOP Committee Spot

    Posted on: 9:59 pm, March 14, 2014, by , updated on: 10:43pm, March 14, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -Recent turmoil in Madison County’s Republican Party is now the focus of a high-profile race for one...
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  • State Lawmakers Gear Up For Deadline Push

    Posted on: 5:40 pm, March 14, 2014, by , updated on: 09:03pm, March 14, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Time is ticking away at the state capitol as lawmakers prepare to tackle a long to-do list before the...
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  • Business Owners Reap Benefits Of Downtown Madison Makeover

    Posted on: 6:37 pm, March 13, 2014, by

    MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)-The historic and once sleepy downtown Madison is waking up again as a multi-million dollar revitalization project takes effect,...
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  • Senate Committee Approves Common Core Opt-Out Bill

    Posted on: 6:09 pm, March 12, 2014, by , updated on: 08:39pm, March 12, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Common Core opponents moved closer to a major goal Wednesday after a Senate committee approved a bill that would allow Alabama...
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  • 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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