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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
  • School resource officer helps spread holiday cheer at Cornerstone Christian Academy

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. – School resource officer Timothy Devlin is bringing a little holiday cheer to Cornerstone Christian. Every day this past week, Devlin has dressed in a Christmasmas themed outfit for the enjoyment of the students. “I said it may get a little more extravagant,” said Officer Devlin. On Friday, Officer Devlin took it to another level and dressed up like the big man himself. “You know seeing the kids faces kind of made it worth it. I don’t mind looking like a fool […]

  • Students are among the many concerned about the repeal of Net Neutrality

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Net neutrality is a debate that has circulated amongst law makers and corporate officials several times. “Oh God, not this again. That was my actual first thought,” said college student David Sloan. With the news of the Federal Communications Commission unveiling a plan to repeal the protections to keep the internet open and free, it has many apprehensive. “They’re out to ring more money out of people for providing the same services they always have.” For many students like […]

  • DeKalb Ambulance Services collects toys for the Children’s Advocacy Center

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – DeKalb Ambulance Services dedicates their time to the county every single day. “Our crew members go out and they see the need,” said dispatcher, Casey Wilborn. This Christmas, DAS wanted to give service in a different way. They are collecting toys for the local Children’s Advocacy Center. “You know a lot of times that we have to come in contact with these people on really sad days, bad days for those kids,” said Wilborn. “We’re doing something to give […]

  • Marshall County woman wants dangerous ditch that killed daughter to be fixed, says 4 others killed in same spot

    GRANT, Ala. –  A Marshall County woman is on a mission and needs help to fix a dangerous ditch on Swearengin Road in Grant. Deborah Stapler says the problem area is to blame for the death of her daughter in a car wreck in 2010 and says the ditch has caused more deaths in the years since. We are taking action to get answers to figure out what is being done to fix this problem stretch of road. Deborah Stapler says […]

  • Fort Payne’s Toys for Tots needs some last minute items

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – After months of sifting through applications and Christmas shopping, Toys for Tots is bagging up the last of the gifts they’re preparing for distribution day. “We have a pretty high poverty rate here in DeKalb County. We are serving right now 301 families and that’s approximately 800 children,” says LaRue Hardinger, coordinator for Toys For Tots. Every year families in need are able to apply through DHR for Christmas gifts from Toys for Tots. “We fill those […]

  • Fort Payne City Council seeks funding for downtown sidewalk renovations

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – The streets of Fort Payne are in need of a facelift and the city council is seeking funds to do just that. “We’ve applied for an $800,000 grant, which will be $640,000 from the state and $160,000 from us,” said Mayor Larry Chesser. The goal is to start in the middle of downtown. “3rd Street South to about 8th Street North to replace, tear them up, change them. Maybe even make them a little wider,” said Mayor Chesser. […]

  • Jackson County Christmas Charities needs help adopting out families

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – For anyone needing assistance during the holidays, Jackson County Christmas Charities is there. “There are a lot of people out of work. There are a lot of people that maybe are working but maybe not making the income that they need, and everyone wants the children to have a Christmas,” says Chairman Shelia Shepard. During the month of October, applications are submitted through DHR for this assistance from Christmas Charities. Both children and adults will receive gifts. “Each individual […]

  • LIFE Resource Services of Jackson County now has a new location

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. –  After several months of hard work by the LIFE team and the community, the new location for LIFE Resource Services of Jackson County is now open, only bigger and better. “We’re really excited. We’re happy to see the community come together and help get this place ready and excited to have our clients here,” says Estell Reams, the office manager. Last year they were able to service around 40 people struggling with homelessness. With a larger center, […]

  • City of Scottsboro is almost completely finished with the downtown square renovation project

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Renovating downtown Scottsboro was the biggest project for the city this year. After a summer of construction, they were able to finish all of the concrete work before the expected date in mid-December. “The trees are planted. We’ve still got to do, after the first of the year, a lot of shrubs. During the spring and summer, we’re going to have live plantings, blooming flowers and that kind of thing,” says Mayor Robin Shelton. With new, wider sidewalks, added […]

  • Ider’s Christmas in the Park will be held on December 2nd to raise money for Shop with a Cop

    IDER, Ala. – Mycah Swift says Christmas in the Park has always been a dream of hers. “I’ve always had a passion for helping people.” With the help of the community, residents can look forward to a Christmas concert and different activities and vendors in Ider park on Saturday. The money raised at Christmas in the Park will go towards Shop with a Cop on December 16th for children whose lives have been touched by drugs. “The cops are going to take them […]

  • Scottsboro schools are seeing a constant decline in student enrollment since 1980

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – The Scottsboro Board of Education says that since 1980, enrollment in their schools has gradually declined. This information was brought to the attention of the board in last week’s work session. “We wanted to see the actual true data of what that slow, steady decline looked like,” says Dr. Jose Reyes, superintendent of Scottsboro city schools. Over the last 20 years, Scottsboro schools lost around 15% of their student population. “You know for us as a school system, a loss […]

  • Tony Goolsby of DeKalb County Roy Moore campaign speaks out about the scuffle with the media before rally

    HENAGAR, Ala. – Out of all things that could possibly go wrong at a campaign rally, the DeKalb County Roy Moore campaign team never expected a scuffle between their members and the media. “I certainly have never seen someone who has an official title within a US Senate campaign do something like that,” says Connor Sheets of Reckon Alabama. He recorded the video of the scuffle outside of the rally. Tony Goolsby, chairman of the DeKalb County team, was told that […]