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Catherine Awasthi joined WHNT News 19 in October 2013 as a producer and multimedia journalist. Now, she covers the Shoals as a bureau reporter.

Born and raised in New Orleans and Palm Beach, she is excited to continue her career in the South.

Catherine graduated from the University of Florida Summa Cum Laude in 2013. There, 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, you can find her at checking out the TVA trails with her adopted dog, Chey.

You can usually catch Catherine on air Monday-Friday evenings at 10.

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 @catherine_whnt.

Recent Articles
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    Missing teen swimmer in Colbert County identified

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – Thursday night, crews located the body of a 14-year-old boy who went missing while swimming in eastern Colbert County earlier Thursday afternoon. The Colbert County EMA told us the teen, now identified as LaBronte Davis, went under the water while swimming with a 12-year-old girl, a family member, near Lakewood View Rd. and didn’t resurface. The girl ran to a relative’s home to get help. The two were swimming in the area where Town Creek meets with Wilson Lake. The […]

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    Help Tuscumbia Police investigators track down two thieves caught on camera

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) -Normally in the middle of the night, the Tuscumbia multipurpose center is a pretty empty place. Police investigators guess that’s why two individuals seized there chance to break in on July 12th around 12:30 a.m. Once inside, the two men crossed through the gym and right in front of cameras. The footage shows that they casually strolled into office area and stole some money which was locked away. Tuscumbia Police investigators would like to identify the two men and […]

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    City retraining pool employees after friends get stuck after closing

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Employees at the Royal Avenue Pool in Florence are going through training again after two women and their children were left behind when they closed for the night. “We wrapped up swimming, then we came out of the dressing room and realized no one was here,” said Cassie Scott, one of the mothers stuck at the pool. Scott drove from Huntsville to spend Saturday with her friend in Florence, Hope Hines. She said the two haven’t seen […]

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    Contract bids underway for sewer restoration project in Cherokee

    CHEROKEE, Ala. (WHNT) – After years of waiting and months of questions to WHNT News 19, a sewer system upgrade is finally on the way to the town of Cherokee. Members from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were in Cherokee Tuesday meeting with the town council. They officially opened contract bids for a sewer restoration project the community has waited years to start. “One contract will be to go in and line the pipes that are leaking to fix the leaks, what’s […]

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    Crews plan to widen road behind Russellville Middle School

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A project to widen a well-traveled road behind Russellville Middle School is set to start soon, however, city leaders said it may not be ready for the first day of school. With the number of parents who chose Parliament Street as their route to school, Franklin county engineer and city councilman David Palmer said it’s time to upgrade, widen and make the narrow road safer. “We surveyed the road and learned there’s somewhere around 2,000 vehicles a day on this road […]

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    Lexington judge’s dog was shot, lost in snow and ice for 16 days

    LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) – What started as feeding a stray dog turned into a tale of survival. A dog in the Shoals has proven she has an extremely strong will to live. Lexington municipal court judge and family law attorney Denise Burch said her dog, Josie, survived 16 days in the winter weather with a gunshot wound to the face. “She always greeted me when I came home from work and she wasn’t there,” said Burch. “I went looking for her […]

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    Programs available to help track wanderers, those with special needs

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – On Tuesday, both a 20-year-old and 16-year-old went missing. Both have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Eventually, officials located both Timothy Robinson and Richard Lislie McDill and got them back home safety to their loved ones. However, The American Academy of Pediatrics reports almost every day, a child with autism is reported missing. They showed nearly half of all children diagnosed with autism run away and potentially are missing at least once before their 17th birthday. It’s a scary statistic to those […]

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    UNA makes list for safest college campuses in 2015

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A survey recently released puts the University of North Alabama in Florence at number 40 on the top 50 safest college campuses in 2015. The survey done by bestcolleges.com put California State University in Fullerton at number one. Here a few facts that adds to student safety at UNA: Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) is an after-hours escort program offered via a university police golf cart. The department hosts a monthly crime log on its website, with information dating back to 2009. Campus […]

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    ‘Give a Kid a Chance’ helps hundreds of families with school supplies

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – 160 pairs of shoes sounds like a lot, but it’s only a fraction donated Monday to ‘Give a Kid a Chance’ in Florence. “We still have children that we need to buy for,” stressed Debbie Jennings with ‘Give a Kid a Chance.’ “We’re not completely through.” However, the community has stepped up to fulfill their needs. The Shoals Realtors Association was the latest to offer a donation to the cause. They donated $600 and 160 pairs of […]

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    Attention Wanted Offenders: Town of Lexington offering warrant amnesty day

    LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) –  Officials in the town of Lexington are offering a day of amnesty next month. It’s the first time ever for the town’s courtroom. If you are a wanted offender, or owe the court money, the doors will be open without penalty for one afternoon. “People who have outstanding fines, who have warrants with this court, we’re going to give them the opportunity to come to court, without the fear of being arrested on that day,” explained […]

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    Florence Police search for Evergreen Restaurant burglar

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police investigators are searching for a man who burglarized an area restaurant, and the incident is caught on camera. According to investigators, the man broke into the Evergreen Restaurant on Florence Blvd. on June 6. The burglar went for the cash in the registers, but only got away with some change. Take a close look at the picture of the man. Investigators home you can help bring him to justice. Some dads in Colbert County […]

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    Getting Results: Morgan Jewelers closed, items left behind

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence woman reached out to WHNT News 19 after a jewelry store in the area closed its doors. She said her husband’s watch was still at Morgan Jewelers, and he had passed away, making the item extremely sentimental. Betty Smith’s great-grandson found the watch, and asked if he could have it. “He just wanted the watch because it belonged to his granddad, his great grandad really,” explained Smith. “I said I know the battery is dead […]


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