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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
  • Bridgeport commemorates the 155th anniversary of the Siege of Bridgeport

    BRIDGEPORT, Ala. – The City of Bridgeport played a very important part in the Civil War. “Bridgeport was a very strategic location during the war because of the railroad tracks coming through that went to Chattanooga and the river,” explained Billy Watkins, an actor in the re-enactment. These two resources were vital to supplying the armies during the war. “Very early in the war, both the Confederacy and the Union realized the importance of this, so there were several struggles to take and […]

  • Moon Lake Elementary holds a balloon release in honor of the Pattersons

    MENTONE, Ala. – Libby just celebrated her 8th birthday. “Libby was easy going. She had fun no matter what she was doing,” said her brother Ethan Burch. Julia, about to be married. “A young man like Clint. He loved them. He loved Libby like his own daughter,” said her Uncle Tim Britton. A mother and daughter taken too soon. “I just got off school and I went to my room and I laid back on the couch and suddenly I was […]

  • Jackson County Commission discusses a new weather policy

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – The Jackson County Commission discussed a weather policy for quite some time. Officials believe they have a solution: liberal leave. “One that would allow for leave for employees that felt that there was inclement weather that affected them in cases where we may not have to close the courthouse,” said Commissioner Matthew Hodges. In the past if there was inclement weather or even a threat, the courthouse would close. “Of course that’s a burden for our […]

  • Moon Lake Elementary remembers 8-year-old Elizabeth Patterson

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – “I’m just grateful I got to know her. She was a great child.” This was Libby’s first year at Moon Lake Elementary. It tore the school apart to hear the tragic news of Julia and Libby Patterson’s deaths.”It was really sad. It was just a really sad day because everyone was just trying to get through the emotions,” said Mary Lance, Principal at Moon Lake Elementary. Many of her classmates understood what happened and expressed their grief. […]

  • Stevenson Middle trains their teachers on their new robotics program provided by Google Grant

    STEVENSON, Ala. – Stevenson Middle School now has robotics kits for the school to enjoy. With the work industry heavily STEM influenced, they felt the need to broaden their program. “We at Stevenson Middle School and our feeder school at North Jackson High School, we want to prepare students for the workforce,” said Principal Rob Paradise. Robotics also introduces a project based curriculum. “In that curriculum, they work with others. They use the science and engineering process, problem solving process together, to build the […]

  • Community mourns the tragic deaths of Julia and Elizabeth Patterson

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala – “I was sitting at my desk and heard a big boom.” Lisa Smith said she and her coworkers could instantly tell something horrible had happened just from the sound the collision made. “We ran outside and we saw the accident and we called 911,” said Smith. She said the sight was unbelievable. “Oh it was awful. It looked really bad.” She remembers Julia Yates Patterson to be a really nice woman. “They were really nice. She was […]

  • School board approves new principal for North Jackson High School

    STEVENSON, Ala. – North Jackson High School has a new principal.  Rob Paradise, Principal of Stevenson Middle School, has been promoted to the role. The Jackson County School Board unanimously approved Paradise for the position in a meeting this morning. Paradise will begin April 3. Former Principal Sam Houston resigned on March 1. Dianne Brooks has been working as interim principal at the school.

  • Hollywood Fire Department holds a mock DUI crash simulation

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. – The scene was a head on collision. One vehicle caught fire and the other ejected passengers. “It’s just to show them. If it’ll save a life, showing people to not drink and drive, we’ll do it however many times it’ll take to do it. We try to make it as realistic as we can,” said Fire Chief Patrick Allen of the Hollywood Fire Department. The scene was to show what could happen if you chose to drink […]

  • Sheriff Jimmy Harris pushes to have Alabama pistol permits accepted in every state

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – “I have contacted some of our senators and representatives to try to get them to work with these other states.” Right now only 30 states in the U.S. accept Alabama’s pistol permits. “You know I feel like if we are going to honor all of theirs, then they need to honor all of ours,” said Sheriff Jimmy Harris of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. Alabama accepts every state’s permits. Sheriff Harris said having states deny theirs isn’t […]

  • DeKalb County Commission is placing dumpsters around the county for spring cleaning

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – Dumping is a problem everywhere, so the DeKalb County Commission decided to do something about it in their community. “Several years ago we started this initiative of setting out dumpsters in various communities,” said Ricky Harcrow, President of DeKalb County Commission. Nine dumpsters will be placed around DeKalb. “Set out from March 20th through April the 7th, about three weeks,” said Harcrow. They’re placing these dumpsters in strategic places. “Where people can come and bring their unwanted trash and […]

  • Fort Payne City Council will present new logging ordinance on Tuesday

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – “We went through several public meetings and had quite a bit public comment,” said Councilman Wade Hill. It’s a battle between residents and loggers. Finding a balance remains a struggle. “We’ve tried to get in the middle of the road here and protect everybody as much as we can and do what we set out to do. Which was basically protect the city,” said Councilman Hill. After three different revisions, they finally finished a working copy. “If […]

  • The oldest man in Alabama turns 104 on Sunday

    BOAZ, Ala. – “I was born in 1913, so I’ll be four years over a hundred.” Clarence Rutherford will turn 104 on Sunday. “The governor says I’m the oldest one in the state of Alabama and there’s one man younger than me and he’s a year behind me,” said Rutherford. He goes to every paint session hosted at the community and his love for painting goes way back. “When I started out young, I painted people’s rooms for three dollars.” Which he […]