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
  • Sparkman Head Football Coach Quits After Three Months On Job

    HARVEST, Ala.(WHNT)-Sparkman High School is searching for its fourth head football coach in the last four years after their latest hire abruptly quit three months into the job. Sparkman Principal Michael Campell said now former head coach Bo Culver submitted his resignation last week in order to take the head coaching job at Haleyville High School, but the circumstances behind Culver’s departure remain somewhat unclear. Campbell declined to talk on camera, and would only say that the move involved a family situation […]

  • Big Gift For Lee High School Band

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-The sweet sound of music is about to get a little sweeter at Lee High School in Huntsville. The Marching Generals now have a little more firepower in their arsenal thanks to a timely charitable donation made Thursday by the National Pawnbrokers Association and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. The non-profit groups teamed up to give the marching band more than a dozen new and refurbished instruments, with the total retail value of the donation estimated at almost $18,000. “These […]

  • Commission Reviews Spousal Health Coverage Dilemma

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-More than a dozen widows who were married to retired Madison County employees saw their health insurance coverage dropped earlier this year, and one county commissioner now says it’s time to give it back. The change was sparked by the new federal health care law, but whether or not coverage can actually be restored remains unclear. Madison County Commissioner Roger Jones said no one realized just how much the new federal health care law would change things, especially for […]

  • Commissioners Mull Cash Ban On Private Work Payments

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A call to ban cash payments for private work done by Madison County commissioners and their road crews appears to be gaining momentum. County commissioners discussed the pay change proposal at Wednesday’s work session. It’s linked to a recent state audit that implicated now former County Commissioner Jerry Craig and his longtime secretary Kay Sims. Auditors held Craig and Sims jointly responsible for more than $176,000 of misused taxpayer funds, with much of that money linked to private work […]

  • Local Mission Workers Keep Tabs On Ukraine Crisis

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Local churches and mission workers who have established connections in Ukraine say they are closely monitoring the ongoing crisis there, which threatens to uproot sister churches in the eastern part of the country. The crisis hit a new level Tuesday after Ukrainian military units traded gunfire with pro-Russian groups for the first time. Several government buildings in eastern Ukraine remain under the control of guerilla forces loyal to Russia. Intelligence officials said approximately 40,000 Russian troops […]

  • Zierdt Road Makeover Takes Shape As Fence Lines Shift

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A makeover for one of Madison County’s most congested roadways is starting to take shape. Officials at Redstone Arsenal have been taking down the perimeter fence that borders Zierdt Road piece-by-piece in the last several weeks. It’s all part of a massive road project that will widen Zierdt Road from two lanes to four by 2016. Many commuters have likely noticed the shifting fence line over the last few weeks, a temporary eyesore that should ultimately lead to smoother […]

  • Local Jews Observe Start Of Passover

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-One of the landmark yearly events for Jews in north Alabama and around the world begins Monday evening. Passover officially commences at sunset Monday. It’s a time for families to gather together and remember religious roots that stretch back more than 3,000 years. “Basically it tells us the story of the exodus,” said Huntsville resident Max Rosenthal, who attends Etz Chayim synagogue. “It reminds us that we were once slaves in Egypt, so freedom is a very important thing.” […]

  • Commissioner Calls For Cash Ban On Private Work Payments

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-A Madison County commissioner says he wants to close an existing loophole dealing with private work payments to rural commission offices, a factor that was part of a recent scandal involving taxpayer dollars. Commissioner Eddie Sisk said he plans on asking fellow commissioners to approve a new rule that would ban cash payments for private work projects in the county. Rural commissioners are currently allowed to pave driveways and install drainage culverts for homeowners who are willing to pay for the work. […]

  • New Law Opens Up More Investment Options For Businesses

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Obtaining the necessary start-up cash from investors or the bank often proves to be a major obstacle for would-be entrepreneurs, but a new law just signed by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley could help level the playing field. Gov. Bentley (R) signed SB 44 this week, which allows “crowdfunding” investment on a limited basis. The new law allows Alabama residents who are trying to start a small business to use social media and online advertising to find investors. Investors who […]

  • Future Teachers Disappointed In Education Budget Signed By Governor

    ATHENS, Ala.(WHNT)-Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed the state’s education budget Friday, officially ending his push to include a two percent pay raise for teachers. Lawmakers who passed the nearly $6 billion spending plan last week said there simply wasn’t enough money to fund both a raise and a health insurance boost for teachers, with the latter item gaining approval. Education majors at Athens State University who will soon enter the teaching profession called the news disappointing. “I just hate that they’re not […]

  • Update: Governor Bentley Signs Education Budget, No Teacher Pay Raise Included

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT) – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed the FY2015 Education Trust Fund Budget, which means there will be no Special Session for the state legislature and no two percent pay raise for teachers. Lawmakers left out Gov. Bentley’s pay raise proposal in the education budget they passed last week. Bentley had suggested he would veto a budget that did not include a teacher pay hike, but his attempt to amend it could be an uphill battle. Taxpayers would […]

  • Madison Police Warn Of Prostitution Crackdown After Arrest

    MADISON, Ala.(WHNT)-A prostitution-related arrest at a Madison business earlier this week is now being used as a warning shot by police investigators who are continuing a prostitution crackdown within city limits. Authorities said Tuesday’s undercover bust at Lucky’s Spa and Massage on Old Madison Pike was largely due to community involvement in the case. 51-year-old Li Ping Chen was charged with prohibited acts shortly after detectives received a tip about alleged prostitution occurring inside the business. Cpt. John Stringer told WHNT News 19 that increased community awareness […]