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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
  • Princeton community celebrates after the Jackson County Board of Education votes to keep Paint Rock Valley School open

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – “The Valley really felt like my home, so knowing that it was going to stay open I was very excited,” says one of the students at Paint Rock Valley. Tears and cheers filled the room after the board decided to keep Paint Rock Valley open. “We just need backing. The community has always stood together. Our parents went through these issues. I have. I have grand kids there. I’ve been involved all my life at Paint Rock […]

  • Jackson County School Board votes, Paint Rock Valley School will remain open

    PRINCETON, Ala. — Update The Jackson County School Board voted on whether to close the school or not on Thursday afternoon. Yes: 2 votes No: 2 votes Abstain to vote: 1 The vote to close the school did not pass, thus, Paint Rock Valley School will NOT be closing. Original Story “I want the board to recognize how little they’ve done to support us, but they’ve worked hard in trying to close us down,” said Shadrack McGill, a community member. People of the community filled […]

  • DeKalb County Commission is honoring victims on Thursday in honor of the April 27th storms

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – After the tragic storms that occurred on April 27, 2011, “A committee was formed and funds were raised to build a memorial,” said Ricky Harcrow, President of the DeKalb County Commission. They usually have a ceremony at this memorial but not this year. They’ll be honoring victims in a different way. “I’ve ordered that all our county buildings fly their flag at half-staff,” said Harcrow. The municipalities have also been asked to do the same. “To commemorate that […]

  • North Sand Mountain celebrates National DNA Day

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – “It’s the code of life. DNA makes us what we are, the characteristics we carry, the traits we carry all comes from the DNA. Teachers at North Sand Mountain School wanted students to celebrate but also understand the science behind DNA. “They’re being able to connect that learning of DNA to this is the reason my eyes are the color they are. This is the reason my hair is the color it is,” said Scott Byrum, DNA Day Coordinator. […]

  • Scottsboro Municipal Airport is looking for funds for AWOS part

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – The airport’s automated weather observing system’s central processor is on its last leg. “It’s not repairable in case it went out. They’re starting to have more of these fail with the type of system we have,” said Ty Towery, manager of the airport. AWOS is important for pilots flying in and out of the airport. “General aviation pilots as well as the corporate jets need to know the ceilings so that they will know if the clouds […]

  • Creekside Elementary has a “hat day” to raise money for Ashleigh Jones

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Students across the Limestone County School District wanted to do something, anything to help Ashleigh Jones and her family. “Johnson Elementary wanted to do a hat day for her and students bring a dollar to wear a hat and word spread across the county. So all the schools wanted to do the same thing,” said Matt Scott, Principal of Creekside Elementary. Creekside Elementary school is also part of the district. Principal Matt Scott contacted parents Thursday night and […]

  • Rainsville PD has tripled the amount of arrests over the past month

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. – The Rainsville Police Department says its number of arrests have more than tripled over the course of a month. In February, officers made roughly 20, but in March they made 67 arrests. So how did they do it? “Our officers have really stepped up our enforcement efforts during traffic stops, which is one thing. In general, we just really want to make a difference in the city.” Rainsville has put more officers out policing roads, especially around the […]

  • DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office finds a man face down behind a residence on County Road 232

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – It’s all started when the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a residence on County Road 232 on Lookout Mountain on April 14. Authorities said a woman called 911 and reported a domestic dispute. DeKalb County deputies, state troopers and investigators were sent to the scene. When they arrived at the home, authorities said they found 36-year-old Alberto Felipe face down and unresponsive on a roadway behind the residence. The DeKalb County Ambulance Service was immediately […]

  • Representative Kerry Rich presents $12,000 to the town of Geraldine

    GERALDINE, Ala. – Mayor Chuck Ables wrote a letter to Representative Kerry Rich, “asking for some help to buy some playground equipment,” to go along with their walking park in the city. “I’d had several parents contact me about getting some playground equipment for the walking track so the parents could walk and the kids could have a place to play,” said Mayor Chuck Ables. Representative Rich was able to fulfill the request. “On a busy day in the state, it was […]

  • Scottsboro High School gets a first hand experience with agriculture

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – The green house sale is an annual event. “We teach our students basically the proper techniques in watering, fertilize, propagation, environment, soil, science everything we involve it all,” explained Drew Benson, the vocational agriculture teacher. They sell the plants to keep the program going year after year. “Agriculture is the number one industry in the state of Alabama,” said Benson. Which is why it’s important to teach the opportunities available in it. “We try to teach kids different trades, you […]

  • A Scottsboro woman’s death is still unsolved a year later due to long wait for forensics report

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Stacy Sullivan’s body was found on the railroad tracks on County Road 45 in Fackler, Alabama on April 21, 2016. Someone had reported an abandoned vehicle in the area that led authorities to her body. “We don’t know how she died,” said Sheriff Chuck Phillips of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Her family had reported her missing right after the body was found. “The body was sent for an autopsy the night she was discovered and we […]

  • Scottsboro High School is asking the community for design ideas for their new sculpture

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Scottsboro High was awarded $20,000 from the Alabama Arts Education Initiative. “Our goal is to build a large scale sculpture, an outdoor public sculpture. Hopefully interactive where we involved the entire community” said Angel Chaney, an art teacher at Scottsboro. Something that will depict the overall culture of the city and county. “A representation, a symbol for how we feel about our community, what our community represents to others, how our community reaches out to others,” said Chaney. Now […]