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Olivia joined WHNT News 19 in August 2016 as a multimedia journalist in the Sand Mountain area. She started her career as a photographer at WTXL in Tallahassee, Florida but eventually moved into the role of MMJ.

The Georgia native developed a passion for journalism in high school, producing Hawk Talk TV. She later went on to Valdosta State University (GO Blazers!!!), where she received a B.F.A. in Mass Media. While at VSU, Olivia was actively involved in her university’s news show, News Valdosta. She was a photographer for Valdosta’s Video Production Services, covering various campus events. Olivia also became a member of the MOST ILLUSTRIOUS organization on campus, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Olivia enjoys spending most of her free time either outdoors hiking or indoors at a mall or shopping center. She’s obsessed with all things of the ARTS, specifically theater and musicals. When it comes to sports, GO CELTICS. Enough said. Also, Olivia loves to travel and visit new places, which is why she is beyond thrilled to explore Sand Mountain and the Rocket City!

If you have a news tip, story idea or maybe even an amazing recipe, feel free to contact me at olivia.steen@whnt.com.


Recent Articles
  • Several parents are outraged at the sudden closure of Paint Rock Valley School

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Parents are outraged by the Jackson County School Board’s decision to close down Paint Rock Valley School last week. Many told WHNT News 19 this weekend that they felt blindsided by the decision. “I feel sickened by the fact that I voted these people in. I’m very disappointed,” said resident Cindy Holland. The Jackson County School Board originally placed Paint Rock Valley School on their agenda to discuss repairs for the school last Thursday. One of the board […]

  • DeKalb County student graduates from high school and college in the same week

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – There’s one Sylvania High School senior who is having an extra special graduation week. “It feels like this is what I’ve been working towards, and I’m very excited about it,” he expressed. Christian Townson will be graduating twice. “I am going to be able to walk here at Northeast Alabama Community College a day before I walk at my high school class at Sylvania High School,” said Christian. He said it all started after his 9th-grade year. He and […]

  • Jackson County School Board to discuss major repairs at Paint Rock Valley School

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – A school in Jackson County needs extensive repairs, say school leaders. Paint Rock Valley School was previously in the news when the board voted against the superintendent’s recommendation to close it, and instead chose to keep it open last year. This week the Paint Rock Valley School will again appear on the Jackson County School Board agenda.  Superintendent Kevin Dukes says board members are getting bids together to fix Paint Rock Valley School’s lunchroom. It’s a major priority […]

  • Cecil Ashburn Drive construction could lead to road closure

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Cecil Ashburn Drive project, a high-interest topic in the community, will need to undergo some changes according to Huntsville city officials. More than 17,000 cars travel up and down Cecil Ashburn Drive, making it a main thoroughfare. It already needs to be widened from two to four lanes, according to the city’s top official. “We’re going to have future growth over in the Valley, over in Hampton Cove. We’re going to have future in Jones Valley […]

  • ‘Movers for Moms’ helps support mothers in need

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – With Mother’s Day around the corner, a local business wanted to make sure mothers in need felt loved and supported. Two Men and A Truck teamed up with the Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville for their annual Movers for Moms program. “It’s for moms who are running from certain situations like domestic violence or homelessness or have a child in tow,” said Stephanie Mills of Two Men and A Truck. Organizers set up a wish list to ask […]

  • Madison police warn residents of vehicle break-ins at public city parks

    MADISON, Ala. – Police are warning people to watch out after several vehicle break-ins at Madison City parks this spring. As the weather gets warmer, it’s motivating more people to visit the public parks. While most are getting out to enjoy the outdoors, others have another agenda – theft. “We’ve had two this past weekend and then two Monday night,” said Kory Alfred, director of parks and recs. Vehicle break-ins are very common during this time of year, and Madison City Police […]

  • Firefighters respond to apartment fire on Sparkman Drive in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Police arrived at Summer Tree Apartments Wednesday morning to find the main office engulfed in flames.   “Within five minutes you could feel the heat,” said resident Alton Tarver. Huntsville firefighters got the fire under control quickly, but Captain Frank McKenzie said the building seems to be a total loss. “The backside of my building got scorched with the vinyl melting and such,” Tarver added. Other than some exterior damage, the apartments at the complex were not damaged. Captain […]

  • How the community search party located Jennifer White’s body

    WINSTON COUNTY, Ala. – After her body was located, it was an emotional time for just about everyone searching for Jennifer White on Sunday. Within 30 minutes of the community-wide search through the forest, her family received some of the most important answers they’d been searching for: her body was found inside her missing car. “It was a relief for one,” said Dawn Hendricks, the family’s private investigator who spearheaded the search. “Sadness too, but we did it. We did it. The […]

  • Morgan County volunteers help two families build their dream homes during Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Women around the world are teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to make dreams come true. National Women Build Week is inspiring and uniting women while creating homes in the process. It takes thousands of nails, wood and paint to put together the perfect home. Morgan County volunteers are building two Habitat for Humanity homes, to kick off the big week. “It’s women helping women. Our homeowners are women. We’re getting together as women and we’re helping build them houses […]

  • Brownwood Elementary will close permanently after this school year

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Brownwood Elementary is one of Scottsboro’s oldest schools, opening back in the 1960s. Unfortunately, this community gem will be closing its doors after this school year. Scottsboro City Schools says it was a tough decision to make. “It was emotional for me as well, since it was my school. I went through all the classrooms and visited where I once went to class,” said Superintendent Jose Reyes. Due to the decrease in students over the years, they decided to consolidate the […]

  • WhistleStop is back in Huntsville, bringing barbecue and live entertainment downtown

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – WhistleStop Weekend is in full swing in downtown Huntsville. “Barbecue, music, and people are hard to beat,” said one griller. Rain or shine, WhistleStop invites everyone out to celebrate the art of barbecue for the 18th year in the row. “The best way to describe the WhistleStop festival is it’s just a big backyard barbecue,” said one organizer of the event. Different barbecue teams from around the area will be shutting down Church Street for three days, preparing their […]

  • Rep. Tommy Hanes says he’s drafting a new bill on the usage, transportation of biosolids from out-of-state

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Officials are still fighting to get the use of biosolids on an election ballot. In hopes of cleaning up the mess, State Representative Tommy Hanes, R- Scottsboro, proposed a bill that would let the voters decide, but the plan didn’t pan out how he expected. Its been a back and forth battle amongst people in Jackson County and around the state regarding the use of biosolids or treated sewer sludge. While farmers find the cheap fertilizer useful, others don’t want […]