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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
  • Jackson County Commission Chairman announces resignation, Governor to appoint replacement

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – The commission chair of Jackson County is leaving his position after five years of service. Matthew Hodges made the announcement just moments ago. Hodges will work through the month of September before leaving for a new position in Huntsville. “This county deserves a full-time chairman,” said Hodges. He believes this new position will keep him from being able to devote the necessary time to the county. "This county deserves a full time chairman." pic.twitter.com/E8PUkf60K8 — Olivia […]

  • Where were you for the 1979 solar eclipse? A trip down memory lane

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Do you remember life in 1979? Gas was $0.71; Jimmy Carter was president. Let’s go back specifically to February 26, 1979. That date is significant because it’s the last time Huntsville viewed a partial solar eclipse. Many residents will never forget where they were or what they saw that day. “It was a big deal when I was in high school,” recalled David Lilly. “I was at the old library on Fountain Circle and I guess like what we’re […]

  • Residents of Wannville are in desperate need of public water

    WANNVILLE, Ala. – The Jackson County community of Wannville has drinking water issues. “When we first moved here it was fine. Toward the end of the year last year, it started getting cloudy. It had a really bad sulfur smell to it and it just got worse and worse ever since,” says Chase Higdon, a resident. This is the reality for several of the residents in Wannville that use wells. Last year, Jackson County got a grant to fund public water […]

  • Booze It And Lose It — Rainsville preps for national anti-DUI campaign

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. –  The Rainsville Police Department is kicking off “Booze It and Lose It” this week, a campaign against driving under the influence. “In my career I noticed that a lot of people don’t have a problem with drunk drivers or impaired drivers until they kill somebody,” says Chief Kevin Smith. Impaired driving doesn’t only apply to those who drink and drive. “A lot of people don’t understand that when you’re prescribed medication that impairs your ability to drive that you can […]

  • Hollywood Police Department welcomes students back to school

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. – The Hollywood Police Department wanted to make sure students in the area started their school year off with a little police knowledge. “We are always in the school bringing the kids something,” says Chief Jason Hepler. He says visits like these are necessary for both officers and students. “It helps solidify that we are here for them and it establishes the bonds especially with the younger children,” explains Chief Hepler. They want to establish healthy relationships. “You never know what […]

  • Collinsville breaks ground on new Veterans Park memorial

    COLLINSVILLE, Ala. –  The town officially broke ground Tuesday on a veterans park memorial. “Today was kind of a symbolic of turning that first clod of dirt,” says Jimmy Carter, chairman of the project. It’s been a long time coming, but Collinsville has officially started construction. “Last fall we discovered some stones that were a foundation under a very old house, probably a 110 year old house,” says Carter. These stones will serve as the focus of the memorial. “They were native […]

  • The Mule Day festival has a new home in Collinsville

    COLLINSVILLE, Ala. – For 30 years, the City of Ider has celebrated the agricultural heritage of North Alabama with Mule Day. “I understand it was a big event and it was a big thing for the town of Ider,” says Mayor Johnny Traffanstedt. “I know the mayor of their real well. She said she enjoyed it, but several things played into the picture of the city dropping the Mule Day up there.” Mule Day was such a popular event that it […]

  • Mentone Market is open after 8 months of recovery

    MENTONE, Ala. – Mentone Market is known to everyone in the community as a central hub for socializing. “It’s way more than a store and a restaurant. It’s a family,” says Kristen Emory, the owner. The news on November 23, came as a shock. Fire fighters had the unfortunate task of letting the Emory family know their beloved store had caught on fire early that morning. “By that afternoon it was completely burned and destroyed and we lost everything,” says Emory. Known for […]

  • Food For Thought brings in over $10,000 for weekend meal programs in Scottsboro and Jackson County

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – For the last week, people throughout Jackson County have been working to gather donations for the Food For Thought fundraiser. The drive collects funds to support meal programs for students in need. Local and state officials gathered for the announcement of the Food for Thought donation total. To them, the outcome was unbelievable. “As of right now, we’ve raised $10,600 for Food for Thought,” announced Rick Roden, CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. In initial meetings, leaders […]

  • The Longest Yard Sale is back on Lookout Mountain

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – This year marks 30 years for the world’s longest yard sale. It stretches 690 miles through six states: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and of course, Alabama. Those participating in The Longest Yard Sale prepare the entire year. “You know everybody’s got their own thing. Whether it be old antiques to new city trends,” says Reponza Stallings, a three-year participant. From pillows to clothes to games and even stuffed animals, you can find just about anything at this yard […]

  • Weathington Park’s new walking trail is now open

    SECTION, Ala. – Weathington Park is now back open in section. The area surrounding the outlook received a major facelift. “This is the first stage of the first grant we got for paving the trail and fixing some benches for people to sit in,” says Mayor Ricky Hanback. They’ve added parking areas, along with a new walking trail and more improvements are in the works. “We got an entrance down toward the highway, so we plan on making a parking lot down that way […]

  • Paint Rock Valley is adding a place based learning curriculum and STEM for students

    PAINT ROCK VALLEY, Ala. – Paint Rock Valley went through several challenges this year, including the debate of closing the school for good. After much discussion and a school board vote, the school remained open. Teachers and staff are preparing diligently for the new year at Paint Rock Valley School. “We’re just excited about the new year, the upcoming year and the prospect of doing things differently and getting kids outside of the classrooms,” says Principal Kevin, McBride. The school is revamping the […]