Claire Aiello

Claire Aiello is happy to be part of the WHNT News 19 team. She joined the station in October 2001 as a news producer. Claire produced various newscasts until 2005, when the web job opened up. She jumped at it and has been Interactive Content Manager ever since. She oversees the content on as well as our social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter. It takes a team effort to keep our interactive world going! No day is ever the same in news, so that definitely keeps it interesting.

Claire is a two-time Emmy winner. She was awarded an Emmy in 2014 for her role in a weather special titled 'Before The Storm: A Taking Action Special Report.' She also won an Emmy in 2013 for her work on 'Reflections: After The Storm', a team perspective on the April 2011 tornadoes that devastated Alabama.

In 2011 and 2009, Claire won the award for Best Web Journalism by the Alabama Associated Press Broadcasters Association. She was also nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for her web updates on the April 27 tornado outbreak and aftermath.

Prior to her career with WHNT, Claire worked at WJRD-TV in Tuscaloosa (now WVUA-TV). There, she produced newscasts, ran the assignment desk from time to time, shot breaking news, and even a football game or two. During her time there, the Associated Press awarded her with Best Newscast honors.

Claire is a 1997 graduate of the University of Alabama, where she majored in broadcast journalism and minored in political science. She and her husband Joey met there and love to cheer on the Crimson Tide. They have been married since June 2001 and are blessed to have a son and a daughter.

Claire doesn't have much time for TV, but one program she makes time for is Downton Abbey. What a show! Her kids mostly control the remote, though. Her hobbies include cooking and trying to grow vegetables and flowers. Gardening gets a little more fun every year.

Claire enjoys lifting weights and running. She completed the Huntsville Half Marathon in 2012, but training for that burned her out a bit so she's sticking to 5K's and 10K's now. She also volunteers as an AYSO soccer referee.

Claire also enjoys singing at church and helping in her children's school. She and her husband also help coach their sports teams. Claire is a board of management member at the Southeast Family YMCA.

Her favorite movies include the Indiana Jones and Star Wars trilogies, Love Actually, Bridget Jones' Diary and Pride and Prejudice. She also loves to attend Broadway Theatre League shows.

Claire is originally from northeast Florida, where her family still lives. She will never root for the Gators, though. She loves to fish when she visits home (saltwater especially).

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Recent Articles

  • Ladybugs Swarming, and Kudzu Bugs Too (Photos Included)

    Posted on: 2:38 pm, October 29, 2013, by and , updated on: 10:18am, October 30, 2013

    We’ve had several phone calls, emails and tweets about all the ladybugs swarming around the Valley today. We spoke with...
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  • What are Those Tiny White Flying Bugs? Say Hello to Woolly Aphids

    Posted on: 2:50 pm, September 9, 2013, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s the question of the day, without a doubt. “What are those little white bugs flying...
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  • WHNT News 19 Hosts Weather Radio Programming Events April 19

    Posted on: 11:27 am, April 18, 2013, by , updated on: 01:02pm, April 19, 2013

    TENNESSEE VALLEY, (WHNT) – Today (Friday April 19), WHNT News 19 and local Emergency Management Agencies will conduct live events...
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  • When To Cut The Wild Onions? Here’s The Answer

    Posted on: 3:27 pm, March 4, 2013, by

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Hopefully the temperatures will get more comfortable soon – and when you start to venture out...
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  • Alabama Sales Tax Holiday Feb. 22-24 For Severe Weather Preparedness Items

    Posted on: 12:22 pm, February 20, 2013, by

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – This weekend is your opportunity to stock up on severe weather preparedness items and skip the...
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  • School Delays: Friday, January 25

    Posted on: 2:17 pm, January 24, 2013, by , updated on: 02:20pm, January 24, 2013

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Several local school systems will delay the start of classes on Friday, due to a freezing...
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  • Business Closings & Event Cancellations

    Posted on: 9:36 am, January 17, 2013, by , updated on: 09:45am, January 17, 2013

    Here is the latest information.
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  • School Closings: Thursday, January 17

    Posted on: 9:35 am, January 17, 2013, by , updated on: 09:37am, January 17, 2013

    Here are the latest school closings for the Tennessee Valley.
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  • WHNT Closings Policy

    Posted on: 11:59 am, January 16, 2013, by , updated on: 09:33am, January 24, 2013

    When severe weather moves into the Tennessee Valley, WHNT News 19 will keep you informed on-air and online, through,...
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  • Before The Storm: A Taking Action Special Report

    Posted on: 2:46 pm, October 25, 2012, by , updated on: 02:47pm, October 25, 2012

    Here, you can watch 'Before The Storm: A Taking Action Special Report'. It aired on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. on WHNT News 19.
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