• Follow me on:

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
  • Huntsville seventh grader set to compete in Scripps National Spelling Bee for the 3rd straight year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – One of the best spellers in the state calls the Rocket City home. Erin Howard is returning to the Scripps National Spelling Bee to represent Alabama for the third time. She will be competing against more than 200 spellers from around the world. “It was amazing. There are no other words to describe it,” said Erin about her previous trips to the competition. Erin’s interest in spelling started at the age of seven during a school spelling […]

  • Decatur family welcomes home their young soldier from South Korea

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s a day the Fagan family has been waiting for since January 2016. Riley Fagan joined the army after graduating high school. He was initially stationed in Texas, but he was later deployed to South Korea. “He’s been in South Korea up until a couple of weeks ago and so this is his first leave to come home. First time he’s been home,” said Riley’s mother, Tracy Burnett. Now that 417 days have passed, his sister Sidney organized […]

  • More marijuana growing operations found as weather gets warmer

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in Bryant this week for allegedly growing almost 85 marijuana plants. 39-year-old Joshua Barton and 34-year-old Hershall Raines are both charged with trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of prescription drugs. Authorities responded initially to a domestic dispute but noticed a strong smell coming from their backyard shed. Investigators say both Barton and Raines were inside of the shed when authorities discovered the grow operation and took the […]

  • Improvements made to problem railroad crossings

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Residents in Scottsboro reached out to WHNT last week about a couple of railroad crossings in the area that were causing travelers a lot of trouble. Resident Sonny Goolsby said driving over railroad crossways on Tupelo Pike and Ridge Dale Road is rough on his vehicle and can be dangerous if not crossed with caution. After many calls to the railroad company, he reached out to WHNT on Facebook hoping to spark some improvements. We took action and just […]

  • Don’t forget to check your smoke detectors

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Smoke detectors are vital to have in your homes, apartments, cabins or even boats. “Majority of fire deaths occur where smoke alarms are not present or not working,” says Fire Chief Gene Necklaus. Not only are they important to have, but it’s equally important to make sure they work. The Scottsboro Fire Department is taking that extra step to help residents in the area make sure they’re safe. “Smoke alarms need to be checked once a month.” Batteries need to be […]

  • Decatur woman delivers baby on the side of I-65

    CULLMAN, Ala. – There’s one extra special thing about Elijah Matthew. “He’s my miracle baby. Actually, I call him my miracle baby,” says his mother, Lauren Allen. Elijah was born on the shoulder of the road on I-65. Lauren said she didn’t expect him to arrive until his due date, March 26th. “Well then I actually started hurting about 5:30 this morning, I guess it was this morning.” Lauren and husband Mickey knew it was time to head to their hospital in Birmingham. “We […]

  • Paint Rock River floods Butler Mill and Mill Road in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Water from the Paint Rock River is spilling over east of the Grant community and other parts of North Marshall County. “Our soils were already saturated prior to this heavy rainfall. Plus we did have some heavy thunderstorms early on Thursday morning which dumped a lot of rain,” says Anita McBurnett, director of the Marshall County EMA. Marshall County EMA says the flood level for the Paint Rock River is 16 feet. With all the rain from the […]

  • Scottsboro City Schools superintendent says he isn’t comfortable with the idea of arming teachers

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – The ripple effect from the Parkland, Fla. shooting is being felt by many schools. Scottsboro school officials posted on Facebook the different safety precautions they will make in order to keep their students safe. “We wanted to give a little bit of time and allow some of the emotion to die down and then we wanted to allow our people to know exactly what we do in terms of safety,” explained Superintendent Jay Reyes. A new call system […]

  • Mosquitos are on the rise as we receive a lot of rain and warm weather

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – The return of warm weather mixed with all the rainy days we’ve had could bring a biting problem around a lot earlier this year, mosquitoes. “This has generally been warmer than most Februarys. With the unseasonably warm temperatures, we’ve already seen tons of mosquito pressure,” says Paul Moultrie, owner of Mosquito Authority. When mosquitoes are bad for you, it’s good business for Paul Moultrie. He says an excess amount of mosquitoes can be dangerous to both humans […]

  • Fishing season in Lake Guntersville is just beginning

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – If you’re driving through the Lake Guntersville area, you’ll start to notice a lot more anglers out on the water. “February kind of kicks off the fishing season here at Lake Guntersville,” says Katy Norton of Marshall County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. This is considered the most ideal time of year to catch some of the best fish in the lake. “They’re at their largest, if you want to say. They want to catch the big fish,” says Norton. […]

  • North Alabama firefighters receive extra training at Lake Guntersville State Park

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – It’s important for local responders to be well equipped with the latest equipment at all times. Firefighters from all over north Alabama gathered at Guntersville State Park to receive training on new GPS systems that will work in the most rural areas. Five different fire agencies from five different counties paired up for extensive training provided by state and federal funding. “It gives us equipment and resources and training that we need to come together in case of a […]

  • Albertville City Schools is revising security plans for the safety of students

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Many school systems around the country are refocusing on the safety plans in place. “Our hearts go out to the community in Florida,” said Superintendent Boyd English. Just a week after the deadly shooting in Parkland, police arrested an Albertville High School junior accused of having a gun on school property. Investigators don’t believe the student intended to harm anyone, however, officials take such incidents very seriously. “It’s an unfortunate incident, but I do commend our administrative team for […]