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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.


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    Mentone holds a March on Mentone this weekend in support of women’s equality

    MENTONE, Ala. – “There are marches going on in six different continents also. Every state of the union and six continents of the world.” Women in Mentone have decided to get together and form a women’s march on Saturday. Mentone is one of the few cities in Alabama participating in this moment of awareness. “I went to the City Hall and asked them if we could do a march and they said yes. I also received some reports from other parts […]

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    Hollywood Police Department is raising money for their police canine “Fox”

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. – “We’re hoping to sell at least 150 and fund our program for the next year and a half or so.” The Hollywood Police Department is selling t-shirts to help keep their K9, and keep supporting other law enforcement agencies. “We help Scottsboro and Jackson County and all the other agencies. We’re also in the schools, making sure that the people’s kids are safe. That they’re not being exposed to dangerous drugs. If someone was to go missing, we’re dual […]

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    Armed man surrenders in Etowah County after standoff in Publix parking lot

    RAINBOW CITY, Ala. – Authorities with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office peacefully resolved a tense situation on Wednesday morning. Police said 43-year-old Hugh Roland was armed with a gun in the parking lot of a Publix grocery store in Rainbow City. Police were able to evacuate the parking lot, getting everyone back inside the store for safety. Back up was called, as well as a negotiator to help detain Roland. After about 45 minutes, Roland surrendered, and no one was injured. “Thankfully after about […]

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    Exclusive video: Teenage trespasser caught on camera on top of North Sand Mountain High

    HIGDON, Ala. – A 15-year-old boy was caught trespassing at the North Sand Mountain High School last week. On Thursday, the teen, who was shirtless, walked in the school building. He was escorted out, but later somehow accessed the roof of the school.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office removed him. A parent saw the teen walking near North Sand Mountain School on Friday, but he wasn’t on campus. If you take a look in WHNT News 19’s exclusive video, you can see him behind […]

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    UPDATE: Jackson County Supt. discusses what prompted “safety precautions” at North Sand Mountain School

    HIGDON, Ala. – The Jackson County Superintendent of Education spoke with WHNT News 19 on Tuesday about what prompted safety precautions at North Sand Mountain School. Superintendent Kevin Dukes said it was due to a 15-year-old boy who trespassed at the school last week. On Thursday, the teen, who was shirtless, walked in the school building. He was escorted out, but got on the roof of the school.  The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office removed him. The boy later showed up […]

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    LIFE Resource Services brings a new beginning to the homeless of Jackson County

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – “We got together and talked with some city officials here in Scottsboro and the Jackson County area and they saw that also there was a need,” said Josh Sherlin, the director and co-founder of Life. Today was the opening of Life, a resource service center in Jackson County. It’s a program designed to help those who need assistance to excel in everyday life. “Our target market would be homeless. To make sure we sit down and make an […]

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    The Jackson County Commission prepares for Alabama’s bicentennial celebration

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – The Jackson County Commission is forming a committee to gear up for Alabama’s bicentennial celebration. They’ll participate and support different activities and events to commemorate the anniversary. “The committee will be the ones that kind of decide whats all included in that. We’ll have some commissioners involved in that,” says Commissioner Matthew Hodges. “We want to get several folks from the community involved with that. So we would definitely like to hear from folks that would like […]

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    Kelley’s Rainbow receives $3,500 for their agency from the Dekalb Ambulance Service

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – “When Ashley Scott was killed, she actually did not have any idea that there was even a shelter available.” That need for awareness is a big reason the DeKalb Ambulance Service sold t -shirts in Ashley’s honor, giving all of the proceeds to Kelley’s Rainbow. “The shirts were $12 a piece and we actually received a check December 28th of last year, so that actually brought some good news for the New Year. It was $3,500,” […]

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    North Sand Mountain receives $5,000 from IMPACT Learning for a new Zspace

    HIGDON, Ala. – Zspace isn’t like the traditional teaching experience. “This right here just kind of gives them a hands on 3D experience,” said Principal Dustin Roden. It’s a machine that provides modules on many different subjects from an animal’s anatomy to even a break down of the earth’s surface. Jackson Wooden, an 11th grader at North Sand Mountain said his interest is cars. Zspace helps him visualize what he’s being taught in the classroom, that way he can better understand […]

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    Jackson County Chamber of Commerce has finalized its new initiative

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – “We see the future here in Jackson County as one vision, one voice and one Jackson County,” said Chairman Mike Elkins. This motto will back the chamber’s new and finalized copy of their five-year plan. These key points are intended to strengthen Jackson County’s economy through recruitment, tourism marketing, industry driven talent and young professionals. “Well I think the key to any plan is ownership, so we went out and spoke to all of our potential investors, […]

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    The Big Wills Art Council is in need of financial support

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – Started in the 90s, the Big Wills Art Council gave Fort Payne a chance to witness several different art outlets from people all over the world. The council uses art as a way to educate passion, emotion, and to connect the city to its heritage. “I present the arts whether it be in school, in public, in the DeKalb County Fiddlers Convention, or even helping secure artists for our annual festival our city presents,” said Russell […]

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    Jackson County fiber plant announces partial closure; 375 employees affected

    BRIDGEPORT, Ala. – Beaulieu America announced Tuesday it will close a portion of its operation in Bridgeport in the coming months. The plant employs 390 people and has operated since 1987.  WHNT News 19 has learned 375 employees will be cut by March 31. Beaulieu is a family owned business in the flooring industry, and is making the changes based on what people are buying.  With lower sales for carpet flooring, this caused them to re-evaluate their business model. “The Bridgeport […]