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Catherine Awasthi joined WHNT News 19 in October 2013 as a producer and multimedia journalist. Born and raised in New Orleans and Palm Beach, she is excited to continue her career in the South.

Catherine is a graduate of the University of Florida where she anchored and reported for WUFT-TV, a PBS affiliate. She also provided local news updates for NPR’s Morning Edition.

While still at UF Catherine started her career reporting for WGFL-TV/WNBW-TV, a CBS/NBC affiliate in Gainesville. She has covered breaking news while interning in New Orleans, including the rising Mississippi River crisis. During her internship with CNN International in New Delhi, she worked with environmentalists on the issue of trash incineration.

When Catherine is not in the field or producing your weekend news, you can find her at Monte Sano State Park with her newly adopted dog, Chey. She's also usually planning her next big trip across the globe!

You can usually catch Catherine on air Wednesday-Friday evenings at 5, 6, & 6:30.

Got a news tip or story idea? Send it to Catherine! She loves to hear feedback from WHNT viewers. You can also find her on Twitter @cat_awasthi.

Recent Articles

    Taking Action: Fighting websites that promote eating disorders

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – There’s been a rise in chilling websites that promote eating disorders, and they could have a big impact on your teenagers. A new survey from the National Eating Disorders Association estimates approximately half a million teens struggle with eating disorders. Adam Roderick was one of them. “I started putting a lot of pressure on myself to excel and pursue perfection, to prove everybody wrong,” Adam Said. “I was taking it to the next step. The unhealthy […]

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    UPDATE: Village of Providence HOA board responds to claims of misuse of funds

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Village of Providence HOA board members are defending their actions and facing some recent rumors head-on following several complaints made by a resident upset with the HOA’s response to her concerns.  (watch resident claims below) “My biggest concern is that it maintains its attractiveness, that it reflects the wonderful community of which it is,” Village of Providence resident Angela Sommerset stressed. “I want to make sure that I have kept my property as immaculate as I can.” Sommerset told […]

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    Huntsville Police investigate shooting, man hospitalized

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police Officers are investigating a shooting that happened on Seminole Drive and Vernon Avenue Saturday afternoon. “I heard at least six or seven shots go off and so I didn’t see who or what was doing the shooting or who even got shot,” Resident Wilma Latimore says. Police cars were scattered throughout the area in front of her home near Seminole Drive and Vernon Avenue Saturday afternoon. Officers worked to process the scene, which is […]

  • Cute Video from Rainsville: “I can’t live like this!”

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – We’ve heard it time and time again, kids say the darndest things! It’s even better when they pick up melodramatic phrases, and use them in the most unfortunate moments. Robert Reed sent in this video of his 2-year-old son Matthew. It’s his reaction to when his mother Mandi told him he has to take off his bandaid. He writes, “My son, Matthew, heard this phrase (I Can’t Live Like This) somewhere and says it now when […]

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    Police: Woman doused with gasoline and burned by ex-boyfriend

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (ABC 33/40) –  The Jefferson County Sheriff’s department is looking for 48-year-old Michael Kennedy, who they say may have ties to the Huntsville area. He’s wanted on several charges after allegedly setting his ex-girlfriend on fire. Just after 2:30 Sunday morning deputies respond to a report of a house fire in the 4400 block of Nellie Anderson Street. They arrived to find a 49-year-old female victim with extensive burns to her head, arms, upper body and legs. Emergency crews transported her […]


    New Walmart construction taking shape on Oakwood Avenue

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A lot of curious drivers may have passed the big construction site on Jordan Lane and Oakwood Avenue. A scaled-down version of a Super Walmart will soon overshadow that busy corner. It’s what District 5 Councilman Will Culver has been working toward. “As a part of our economic development, I have been working with the corporate office of Walmart for at least two to three years on this particular project,” Culver said. “I’ve been talking with residents in […]

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    GETTING RESULTS: Huntsville Animal Services cleared out following urgent appeal for dog foster homes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Good news — you heard Huntsville Animal Services’ call for help and you answered in a big way. Earlier this week, Dr. Karen Hill Sheppard issued an urgent appeal for people to adopt or foster dogs to help clear out the facility because of a respiratory illness spreading.  As of Thursday afternoon, she said the adoption room is empty and the dogs are all placed in foster homes or with rescue groups.  She expressed her gratitude […]

  • Domestic dispute ends at Decatur gym, man in custody

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – What started as a domestic dispute ended with the SWAT team called to a Decatur gym. Officers responded to call of a gunshot fired near the Total Bronze and Fitness center on Indian Hills Road and Pointe Mallard Parkway. Officers at the scene tell WHNT News 19 a married couple, was arguing. Then the woman went to the business. According to police, the man followed her to the building and fired a shot. The shot did not hit […]

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    Wreck shuts down part of Bankhead Parkway

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police Officers are investigating a wreck on Bankhead Parkway. It happening around 5:50 p.m. Sunday evening at the intersection on Douglas Lane. Police told WHNT News 19 one person was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Part of Bankhead Parkway was shut down while officers cleared the scene. One lane is back open as of 6:34 p.m.


    BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Confirmed cutting on Shepherd Drive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police Officers responded to a cutting on Shepherd Drive. It happened around 7:20 Saturday evening in the 2400 block. Officers at the scene said several people were intoxicated at a party. That’s when two women got in an altercation. Investigators said one of the women took out a box cutter and cut the other woman across the stomach. They tell us the victim will be okay and will likely need stitches. Officers took the offender to the […]

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    Equipment stolen from Central Middle School

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County Investigators are looking into a case of stolen property from a county school. Sergeant Brent Patterson said sometime after 11:00 a.m. Saturday, unknown offenders took a large amount of lawn equipment from the Central Middle School. The items included two Hustler 72″ zero turn riding lawn mowers, one cub cadet riding lawn mower and an attached trailer. These listed items were stored at the Central School ballpark. Sgt. Patterson said none if the property was covered […]


    Morgan County community, Deputies help make drug bust

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Morgan County Deputies and other agencies spent the morning making a drug bust in a community that’s had problems in the past. It started with a phone call from a concerned citizen on Nance Ford Road in Hartselle. That’s where residents say “strange behavior” has been going on for several years. “There has been a constant problem, complaints from the neighborhood, all the community around here for literally years about the activity and actions of the […]