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
  • More storm shelters ready to help save lives in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  Almost six months after parts of Colbert County were struck but a tornado, four new storm shelters are ready in case it happens again. Emergency management officials recently unveiled two of those shelters in Sheffield. “We’re trying to evaluate and get away from the word ‘tornado’ and try to start looking at the hazards that winds can do to you,” explained Colbert County EMA Director Mike Melton. It comes down to communication and relaying information […]

  • ‘Cozy Christmas Mingle’ planned for homeless in the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Junior League of the Shoals has teamed up with the Homeless Care Council or Northwest Alabama to plan a ‘Cozy Christmas Mingle’ for the area’s homeless. “We expect 50 plus,” said Lyndsey Borden with Junior League of the Shoals. “Any one who is in need is invited.” They plan to give away new coats, hats, gloved and hot hands, but they need donations to make it a success. Drop off locations include Colbert Pharmacy in […]

  • Florence Police officers armed with gift cards keep an eye out for safe drivers

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police patrol officers are out and ready to spread the holiday spirit. Traffic officers are armed with gift cards, rewarding folks for driving safely during the holiday rush. “Our goal is to just try to make it safe for everyone during the holiday season,” said Sgt. Chris Ticer. “This was pretty successful last year, and the people really appreciated it.” Lean Whitten said it was the first time she had ever been pulled over. “It was scary,” […]

  • Florence Police looking for alleged ‘shoe-swapper’

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  An alleged shoplifter in the Shoals thought he was pretty sneaky this week. Now, Florence Police investigators are trying to find him, and charge him – if the shoe fits. They said a man wearing a Tennessee sweatshirt swapped his pair of shoes for a new pair at Austin’s on Tuesday. He then put the box with his shoes right back on the shelf. Recognize him? Give Florence Police a call. The Colbert County Sheriff’s Office has […]

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    One dead in Lauderdale County 41 accident

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Authorities confirm one person was killed in a single-vehicle accident this morning on Lauderdale County 41, or Jackson Rd near Fayette. 58-year-old Time Shane Thompson of florence was killed when the truck he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. The accident happened around 6:00 Thursday morning. Officials said Thompson was not wearing a seatbelt. Lauderdale County officials and state troopers are investigating the wreck.

  • Florence Police: Traffic laws don’t stop for the holidays

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Holiday drivers – pay extra attention on the roads right now. Last minute Thanksgiving shoppers are showing no mercy when it comes to red lights and stop signs. In just five minutes, we spotted three red light runners on the busiest stretch of Cox Creek Parkway in Florence. Patrol officers said that’s three too many. “It’s absolutely dangerous,” stressed officer Alan Hooper. “When you’re not paying attention, you’re not concerned about everyone else on the road and you’re putting […]

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    Water pollution a concern in springs surrounding new Florence landfill

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT)  – An environmental advocacy group in the Shoals found a concerning level of pollution in springs that line the new Florence landfill. David Whiteside and his team at Tennessee Riverkeeper are learning more about water quality where the new Florence landfill is discharging into seven different springs. “We used a conductivity meter to test the conductivity of water, which basically measures the amount of total suspended solids in the water,” Whiteside explained. “That is a great indicator of how polluted […]

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    Officer-involved skateboarding session goes viral in the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A University of North Alabama police officer found himself in an unusual situation last month. Pictures of a skateboarder jumping over the officer while he lay on the ground of the parking deck are getting a lot of attention one month later. Katlyn Shannon took the priceless photos. It all started as an article assignment for the UNA newspaper, the Flor-Ala – long boarding in the parking deck. Shannon said the photo session got a little loud. […]

  • Holiday pet food drive underway for Shoals Pet Pantry

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – While folks are out donating food for holiday dinners this season, a few businesses in the Shoals are making sure pets aren’t forgotten. Locations like The Coiffure at 108 in downtown Florence are collecting donations for a pet food drive. “We’re going to try to fill this whole window up for Christmas,” said Coiffure owner John Walls. Walls and his wife, Kris, are passionate about pets. They stuffed the front window of the salon full of […]

  • Family requests Sheriff’s Department to step in to assist in Rogersville murder investigation

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been about one month since police found Connie Rideway dead in her Rogersville apartment. The State Bureau of Investigation is overseeing the case, but the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department has had a special request to step in to assist. “We’re going to partner with SBI, work side-by-side to try to bring the people who committed this crime to justice,” said Sheriff Rick Singleton. An investigator with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department is now assigned […]

  • Muscle Shoals Police investigators looking for car jacker

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators in Muscle Shoals got a call Thursday reporting a vehicle stolen from the area was recovered in Arkansas. However, they still need the community’s help tracking down the people they say took off with it. Investigators said surveillance video at the Walmart in Muscle Shoals shows two people circling a red Ford Expedition in the parking lot on October 27. Then, they are shown hopping in and driving away. That vehicle was reported stolen, then recovered […]

  • Pipe leaking a million gallons of water a month for a decade finally repaired in Cherokee

    CHEROKEE, Ala. (WHNT) – A leaking pipe is no longer costing the town of Cherokee tens of thousands of dollar each year. For about a decade, Cherokee mayor Terry Cosby said a pipe under Highway 72 was spewing water, and the problem was no easy fix. “It’s a big drainage ditch underneath the highway,” Cosby explained. “You can stand up in it, but it’s coming out of the concrete and we can’t go dig up the four lane to fix it, […]


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