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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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    Jackson County EMA is encouraging owners of private shelters to register them with the EMA

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala – If you live in the Jackson County area and have built a storm shelter within your home, the Jackson County EMA wants you to register your information with them. “Many people have and they’re being built everyday, and we’re encouraging people to do that and let us enter it into our data basis,” said Mike Ashburn of the Jackson County EMA. The EMA is asking for this information to ensure your safety even after severe weather […]

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    This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week and Jackson County EMA wants you to be prepared

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Severe Weather Awareness Week brings attention to how to prepare for any weather emergency. “You know you go for a long time without having a tornado or severe storm, you don’t think about it,” said Mike Ashburn, Director of the Jackson County EMA. The Jackson County EMA encourages everyone in the county to register for code red alert message system, keep a weather radio and have a plan ready. “Know a safe place to go. If […]

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    Dekalb County Public library involved with a phone scam for money

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – “We don’t know who’s doing it or how they decided to pick us. Why they decided to pick us.” A local business owner in Fort Payne contacted the library saying they’d received a call about a solicitation campaign for the DeKalb County Public Library. “And that is us. We’re the only library in Fort Payne, but we never do this. We never call people. We will never call people at their home or business,” said Tracy Welden […]

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    Jurors return not guilty verdict in Jackson County love triangle murder case

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – The jury is now finished deliberating in the murder trial of David Hutchins who is accused of killing Chris Timberlake in November of 2014.  The Jackson County Court Clerk confirmed that jurors found Hutchins not guilty. The District Attorney’s office completed closing arguments this morning in which they pointed out Hutchins and Timberlake were friends. They also stipulated that Hutchins’s account of the events has changed multiple times. The prosecution says the shooting incident was not self defense. The defense […]

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    Jackson Co. school board appoints two interim principals for North Jackson and Woodville high schools

    STEVENSON, Ala. – Today, the Jackson County Board of Education appointed two interim principals for North Jackson and Woodville high schools. Dianne Brooks will start her job as interim principal at North Jackson High School on February 21, and her appointment is for 10 days. At a board meeting this morning, Superintendent Kevin Dukes refused to answer questions about what has happened with Sam Houston, North Jackson’s principal. Dukes would not say if or why Houston is on leave, but Houston hasn’t […]

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    Questions swirl about status of North Jackson High School principal

    STEVENSON, Ala. – A number of people have contacted WHNT News 19 in the past two days to ask us to investigate what is happening with the leadership of North Jackson High School. The principal, Sam Houston, has reportedly not been at school for the past few days.  WHNT News 19 called the school yesterday and today to learn he wasn’t in. “He’s out of the office,” a school employee said.  “We don’t know when he’ll be back.” The assistant […]

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    Jackson County Commission plans to develop an official website

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – “We constantly talk about transparency in government, and to me, through putting the information out there through these different media sources is how we share that transparency.” After several requests from community members, the Jackson County Commission has a proposal to create an official website. “Websites are really good when someone that is looking for the first time, trying to get in contact for the first time, you know wants that communication with the county,” says Commissioner […]

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    Jackson County Commission reviews a county park expansion proposal

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – A citizen of Jackson County proposed the idea of a bait shop and snack bar in the Jackson County Park. This will give those using the park a quick way to grab fishing items, quick food items, and even provide rentals for boats and jet skis. “We’ve been working with this individual out of that area to allow for customers to come in. The county has received a little bit off of rent, but the focus really […]

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    Fort Payne invests in upgrades for the Waste Water Treatment Plant

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – The Fort Payne Waste Water Treatment Plant is more than 18 years old, so this upgrade is long overdue. “We replaced several pieces of equipment over the last year. They’ve been minor costs compared to what we got left,” says Mayor Larry Chesser. “The project that we’re going to do this year is $1.1 million and it is to replace original equipment.” The city is using a loan forgiveness system from the state to help with […]

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    Scottsboro Fire Department brings awareness to National Burn Awareness Week

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – “Anybody with kids knows how they like to reach and grab.” Burns are the leading cause of child injury, and national burn awareness week gives fire stations the opportunity to educate people on how to stay safe. “It doesn’t take much a of burn to really affect a lot of a body, because they’re so small. What could typically be a 5% burn, may be a 20% burn for a child,” said Fire Chief Gene Necklaus. He advised that […]

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    Scottsboro Boys Museum will hold a program in honor of Black History Month

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – “We have a rich history. Nothing to be ashamed of, something to be very proud of.” February 1st begins America’s celebration of black history, and the Scottsboro Boys Museum is having a special program to commemorate the month. “We have a contributor to the museum, Dr. Herman Washington,” says Sheila Washington, director of the museum about who will be leading the program. “He’s an educator, retired educator. That moved back here from Portland and lives in Hollywood.” He’ll […]

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    Marshall County Schools to press charges against students accused of pouring urine in teacher’s cup

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Cindy Wigley, Superintendent of Marshall County Schools, said the school system will move forward with charges against three students accused of pouring urine into a substitute teacher’s cup. The act happened on January 26 at Brindlee Mountain High School. Pictures circulated on social media and the school system investigated, suspending the three students. The teacher did not drink the liquid, Wigley said.  She turned it over to school administrators right away. Wigley said the investigation has […]