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Al Whitaker joined the WHNT News 19 news team in September, 2012, following a decade as the Media Relations Director at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

“The Space Center kept me close to journalism, getting to work with producers, photographers and reporters from all over the world, but I missed the work and jumped at the opportunity to become a part of the 19 News team,” Al says.

Aside from the stint at the Space Center, Al has spent his entire career in broadcasting, starting with an AM radio transmitter he built from a kit at age 7 (learning rather quickly that a wire stretched across the roof of his parent’s home greatly enhanced the range of the little rig), to those first paying jobs in radio at WANA and WDNG in Anniston while still at Anniston High School.

After college, he worked as News Director at WEYY in Talladega before moving “home” to North Alabama to become News Director at WQLT and then at WVNA.

It was during that time Al made the jump to television journalism and over the years has gained experience as a reporter, photographer, and even News Director, winning a number of awards along the way for both his photography and his reporting.

Al covers Limestone, Morgan and Lawrence Counties exclusively. He and his wife, Kim, live in Elkmont. Together they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.

You can reach Al on Facebook or email al.whitaker@whnt.com and on Twitter @noozguy.

Recent Articles
  • WMEL Water Authority receives EPA award, expresses concern for future

    DECATUR, Ala. – The water utility that warned customers not to drink its water last year has won an award for going above and beyond the call of duty to provide safe water. The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized West Morgan East Lawrence Water Authority for what the EPA calls “optimized performance” in 2016. But from the top, we need to tell you this award has nothing to do with the crisis the water authority faced last year. In June, […]

  • NAACP: Black vote key to Doug Jones’ victory

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The election of Doug Jones Tuesday was not only historic in that he’s the first Alabama Democrat elected to the Senate in nearly a quarter-century. Those who helped get him there describe their effort as historic. Long before the polls opened, voter turnout was said to be the key to victory. The NAACP launched a massive effort to not only get voters to the polls, but to increase awareness. Benard Simelton, the president of the NAACP’s State […]

  • District 4 voters face two ballots, two lines

    DECATUR, Ala. – There is another race that only some voters will face when they go to the polls Tuesday. The Alabama House of Representatives District 4 seat was vacated earlier this year when former Representative Micky Hammon was convicted of corruption charges in September. District 4 encompasses a large portion of Morgan County and stretches up into Limestone County. And so voters in that legislative district will also be participating in a Republican primary Tuesday. You should be warned, […]

  • NYU study links PFOA to low birth weight infants

    HUNTSVILLE, ALA. – Another medical research study that draws a connection between PFC compounds like PFOA and health problems. This one, from New York University, shows a link between low birth weight babies and the PFOA levels in the mother’s blood. But there’s also some good news. The study, published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, basically states banning a chemical once used to make Teflon has led to a sharp decline in pregnancy-related problems, like low […]

  • New Moore-Jones poll due out Wednesday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  There have been several polls conducted since the allegations against Roy Moore first surfaced. Some show Doug Jones leading Moore, others show just the opposite. A new poll is due out Wednesday. WHNT News 19 spoke with the company conducting this latest poll for insight on how these polls are conducted. Of course, the $64 question is what effect the allegations of sexual misconduct have had on Moore’s campaign for the US Senate. Or maybe a better […]

  • Century-old building on Huntsville’s courthouse square to be auctioned off

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A piece of Huntsville’s history goes up on the auction block next week. The old Huntsville – Madison County Law Library will be sold to the highest bidder on November 30th. Over the years, the building has been a dry goods store, and for more than 30 years was home to J.C. Penney’s. As buildings go, this one seems quite unique. Nestled away on Eastside Square in downtown Huntsville, it dates back to almost 1900. Originally it […]

  • Yet more accusations made against Senate candidate Roy Moore

    GADSDEN, Ala. – More developments and revelations Wednesday involving U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.  New accusations,  demands for the yearbook Judge Moore is said to have signed, and an emergency meeting of high-ranking members of the state Republican party. It’s been a blistering week for Judge Moore, and Wednesday was no exception. Moore says the attack on his campaign is nothing more than a political witch hunt. Meanwhile, new accusers have come forward in the case. Gadsden resident Tina Johnson […]

  • Is your kidney disease linked to pollution in the Tennessee River? A new study will attempt to answer the question.

    DECATUR, Ala. – We’re continuing to follow a developing story out of Morgan and Lawrence Counties that could potentially affect hundreds, maybe even thousands of our viewers. We now have more details about a medical research study that will address the health effects of various toxins that might be in your drinking water. We now know the initial meeting with physicians and researchers for the study will take place in Moulton, at a date and time to be announced as […]

  • Saving money and making money at local auctions

    ELKMONT, Ala. – On any given night of the week, you can find a neighborhood auction somewhere here in the Tennessee Valley. People buy and sell anything you can imagine at these auctions. Some people go to save money on what they buy. Others go to make money. They’ve been doing auctions here at Donna’s Barn in Elkmont for about 12 years. Sunday night’s auction had everything from boat covers, used basketballs, and yes, even toilet tissue. “And you can […]

  • $90k raised for missions in honor of teen missionary killed in bus crash

    RICHMOND, VA. – Some good news, and a beautiful end to an otherwise very tragic story. Earlier this year, 17-year-old Sarah Harmening was traveling with her church group to the Atlanta airport. It was the beginning of a missionary trip to Botswana. That’s when tragedy struck. Their bus crashed, and Sarah died. Wednesday, Sarah’s parents and sisters all gathered in Richmond, Virginia to further the mission Sarah had started. There was an outpouring of love and concern for the Harmenings […]

  • Taking Action to get internet connection at technologically advanced Limestone County school

    WEST LIMESTONE, ALA. – The Limestone County school system opened a new school this fall. Sugar Creek Elementary was designed to feature all of the latest technological developments in education. But there was a problem, they couldn’t get internet service. So the superintendent of the school system reached out to us for help. We not only took action but got the results they were looking for. We know Superintendent Tom Sisk well enough to understand when he uses the phrase […]

  • Researching kidney disease in the Tennessee Valley

    DECATUR, Ala. – An important follow-up to a story we first brought you several weeks ago. A recent study of the pollution in the Wheeler Basin of the Tennessee River has prompted a nationally known medical research facility to take action. If you live anywhere within the Tennessee Valley, this may be important to you. The study was originally published in Environmental Science and Technology. It focused on the presence of PFC compounds like PFOA and PFOS in Wheeler Lake. […]