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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
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    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Attention Jackson County, there are seven pumpkins on the run and it’s up to y’all to help find them. “We feel like they have eluded the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. They are wanted in connection and for questioning for some things that went on,” explained Amanda Jones, a patient care rep at Heartlite Hospice Care. These pumpkins are hiding around the county, and it’s up to community members to get them turned in to the Jackson County Sheriff’s […]

  • First responders are excited about FirstNet communication system coming to Alabama

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – This week Governor Kay Ivey announced that Alabama will be joining FirstNet — a broadband network for first responders across the state. Local first responders are excited about the change. “We can get something really quick to people that need it,” said Chief Nick Welden of Valley Head Police. This is an advanced communication system for first responders all over the state. Departments will pay a service charge, but the program, as well as additional benefits, […]

  • Skyline School is looking for community support for their Backpack Buddie’s meal program

    SKYLINE, Ala. – Skyline’s Backpack Buddies started four years ago. “You know a lot of times you don’t understand until you’re working with children what the needs are.” Skyline’s home economics teacher, Deborah Helms started to realize a few of the school’s students weren’t getting enough food at home. She began looking up different ways to help. “I had been investigating and researching. The girl that does the program at Woodville High School, she helped me get started,” says Helms. Four years later and […]

  • The City of Scottsboro is putting the finishing touches on Veterans Ballpark Fields

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – After a few financial and weather delays, the City of Scottsboro is putting the finishing touches on the Veterans Ballpark Fields. “The concession building has some interior finish work on some countertops, and total partitions and installation of some kitchen sinks, and utilities such as that,” explained the project coordinator, Jim Olyniec. The fields only took about six months to complete. “The contraction completion date is in February.” The city council plans to do their final review of the fields […]

  • Section Pharmacy highlights American Pharmacist Month

    SECTION, Ala. – The month of October is American Pharmacist Month. The idea is to shed light on everything that your local pharmacists do to promote your health and well being. Dr. Monica Payne works at Section Pharmacy. She says American Pharmacist Month is Dr. Monica Payne works at Section Pharmacy. She says American Pharmacist Month is a great way to highlight the important role pharmacists play in their communities. “Every pharmacist that graduates has a doctorate degree, so we can do wellness screenings. I […]

  • Holiday Shoppe provides a thrifting experience for all holiday needs

    BOAZ, Ala. – The Holiday Shoppe is a unique thrifting experience created by Shepherd’s Cove Hospice and from donations by the community. “We always just kind of set back all of the Christmas and holiday things and just find a space in our community to open up for two and a half months to showcase it and have it available for sale,” said Brenda Mayhall, CFO of Shepherd’s Cove Hospice. It all started six years ago with a simple yard […]

  • Letter from the President – Artistic student catches the President Trump’s eye with inauguration sketch

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – One artistic Guntersville elementary student got a big surprise after a picture he drew of President Donald Trump on Inauguration Day caught the Commander-in-Chief’s personal attention. Students at Cherokee Elementary like Kyle Zeisset are up to date on current events.  Zeisset says his teacher Mrs. Sally Campbell gave them assignments to research different presidents. “She always gave us different presidents to research.” Last year, they researched our current leader, “Donald J Trump is number 45.” The students started by watching the inauguration and they “wrote down some stuff that we heard from it, and then she […]

  • Scottsboro Veterans Memorial Park is back on schedule after several weather delays

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. –  The City of Scottsboro is in the process of constructing a Veterans Memorial Park. While a couple of things held back the start of construction, crews are finally back on schedule. “We haven’t been able to come out of this holding pattern because of the rain. We had so much rain going through the spring and the summer, up until just a couple of weeks ago,” explained George Jones, a local veteran and one of the organizers of […]

  • Thief steals junior high Beta Club money in school break-in, cops asking for help reviewing security video

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — The search continues in DeKalb County for the person behind the Henagar Junior High School break in last Friday. The DeKalb County Board of Education released surveillance video in hopes that the community could help identify the intruder. “A custodian entered the school early Friday morning during his morning routine and noticed something awry in the office,” said Superintendent Jason Barnett. According to authorities, the intruder gained entrance through the side door of the school. “He broke […]

  • Groundbreaking for new amphitheater in Bridgeport brings excitement, hope for revitalization

    BRIDGEPORT, Ala. – Bridgeport has broken ground on one of the city’s first permanent amphitheaters; something city leaders call a much needed venue for many of the city’s events. “Once a year we have Trail of Tears. Trail of Tears is big for Bridgeport. Normally, we set it up on that end of town. We bring in tractor trailer low bed trucks,” says City Councilman Barry Hughes. These trucks can sometimes be a hassle. This sparked the idea of building something of […]

  • Hollywood Police Department has brand new body cameras for their force

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. – The Hollywood Police Department recently made upgrades to their body cameras. New advances in technology will help ensure that the cameras will function in the best way possible. “We had the version one, where officers would have to activate by pressing the button twice. We noticed that in high stress situations, sometimes the officer didn’t have time or wouldn’t think to activate his camera,” explained Chief Jason Hepler. These new devices pair perfectly with the system that […]

  • Arab High School student protects memorial for fellow fallen classmate

    ARAB, Ala. – The Arab Knights are in mourning for a student who was taken too soon. 16-year-old Belle Smith’s death from an accidental injury impacted not only her high school but the entire community of Arab. “Her brightness radiated,” recalled JROTC Cadet Khristian Swindle. “It struck people around her, and she made other people happy.” Family, friends, and classmates honored Belle’s life in many ways, including making a memorial out of her school parking space. “We were trying to figure out exactly what we wanted […]