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
  • Lincoln County Kidnapping Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn.(WHNT)-A Lincoln County kidnapping suspect who was captured by authorities earlier this week made his first court appearance Thursday morning. Scotty Bolin was arraigned via video conference from his jail cell during Thursday’s proceeding, which lasted only a few moments. A judge appointed a public defender to represent Bolin, just two days after he was arrested after checking into a hospital in Clarskville, Tennessee. Investigators said Patrick held a realtor at knifepoint at a home on Patrick Road in Park City […]

  • State Lawmakers Aim To Lengthen Abortion Wait Times

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-State lawmakers will conclude the 2014 legislative session one week from Thursday, and one of the key bills that could dominate deadline week deals with abortion. HB 489 would lengthen the wait times for abortion in Alabama from 24 to 48 hours. Pro-life advocates say waiting one more day does not conflict with current federal statutes that legalized abortion. Alabama law already requires women to receive information about abortion alternatives and possible health risks from the procedure. Rep. Ed. […]

  • Budgets, High-Profile Bills On Tap For Legislature’s Last Week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-State lawmakers on spring break right now will have little time for a laundry list of bills that await their return next week, with the 2014 legislative regular session set to expire one week from Thursday. Rep. Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) said taking care of both the general fund and education budgets will be priority number one next week. Henry and other lawmakers said more than $100 million of newly implemented taxes and fees the state of Alabama must pay […]

  • Tennessee Authorities Find Kidnapping Suspect

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) – Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder says authorities captured and arrested Scotty Bolin in Clarksville, Tennessee early Tuesday morning. Investigators in Lincoln County said they alerted authorities in Clarksville to Bolin’s whereabouts shortly after midnight after a dispatcher received a tip via Facebook that the kidnapping suspect had checked in to a local hospital. “She [dispatcher] got on Facebook and looked Mr. Bolin up, and he had sent something to one of his friends that he was checking into the hospital,” said […]

  • UPDATE: Man Claiming To Be Fugitive Calls WHNT Newsroom

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a man wanted for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery in Tennessee. Investigators say they have been looking for Scotty Wayne Bolin since Saturday. They allege Bolin met a Remax realtor at a residence on Patrick Rd in the Park City area under the guise of wanting to buy the property when he held her a knife-point and demanded money, according to investigators. Bolin attempted to make the […]

  • Former Commissioner Jerry Craig Implicated In State Audit Of Embezzled Money

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Former Madison County Commissioner Jerry Craig was named and implicated in a state audit released Friday morning that alleges financial misconduct and theft of taxpayer monies. The report by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts said Craig and his former secretary Deborah Kay Sims are jointly responsible for more than $176,000 of county funds that were improperly used and currently unaccounted for. The misconduct reportedly spanned an eight-year period from 2005 to 2012. The audit […]

  • Former Employee for Madison Co. Commission Indicted on Ethics, Theft Charges

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A former public employee for the Madison County Commission has been arrested for felony ethics and theft charges. Attorney General Luther Strange said Deborah Kay Sims, 59, of Gurley, surrendered Wednesday at the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors for the Attorney General’s office presented evidence to a Madison County grand jury on March 11, Strange said. The grand jury indicted Sims. Her charges are as follows: • One count of intentionally using her official position as a […]

  • Lawmakers Mull Proposal For Traffic Cameras On School Buses

    MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)- Most drivers tend to put on the brakes when they see stop signs out on the road, but state lawmakers say many motorists take a much different attitude toward the swing-out stop sign found on Alabama school buses. The Alabama Senate passed SB 144 on Tuesday, a proposal that would equip school buses with automated traffic cameras. Proponents say the cameras will cut down on the number of motorists who try to swerve by school buses while loading […]

  • Local Church Mission Trips To Ukraine In Limbo

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is throwing a curveball to area churches who do mission work there. Many churches are now having to consider the possibility of cancelling mission trips that are planned for this summer due to concerns over team member safety. For Huntsville resident Jack Parker it’s personal. Parker led his first mission trip to Ukraine in 1990, and has gone nearly every year since. But now he has to consider the possibility that this year’s trip […]

  • Sex Offender Notification Bill Advances In Tennessee Legislature

    FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn.(WHNT)-A push for tougher sex offender notification laws in Tennessee came one step closer to reality Tuesday, part of an ongoing effort that originated in Lincoln County several months ago. A committee in the Tennessee Legislature approved HB 1860, a bill that would allow municipal and county governments to mail written notices and post flyers in communities that convicted sex offenders move to. Tennessee lists all of its registered sex offenders on a  state website (,the only legal method […]

  • Proposal To End Newspaper Requirement For Voter Lists

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) – State legislators are reviewing a bill that would end a long-standing law that requires county governments to publish their voter registration rolls in local newspapers. County commissioners across Alabama say the current law is not only outdated due to a massive shift away from newspaper readership, but also a waste of taxpayer money. Rep. Howard Sanderford (R-Huntsville) is sponsoring HB 71, which would give county officials the option to publish those voter lists on their own county […]

  • Some Educators Express Opposition To “Tebow Bill”

    MADISON, Ala.(WHNT) – Some area principals and superintendents are expressing their opposition to a bill that would let homeschool athletes compete for their local public high school. HB 503, better known as the “Tim Tebow Act”, has already been approved by a committee at the Alabama House and now awaits a vote on the floor. HB 503 is named after former Florida quarterback and Heisman Winner Tim Tebow, who famously led his high school to a state championship during his […]