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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
  • Downed power lines caused part of North Parkway in Huntsville to shut down Saturday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville Police worked for hours to repair power lines on the access road to the North Parkway between University and I-565 Saturday. Traffic was blocked while crews worked to repair the lines. Officers say it’s not clear if a car hit the lines, or if they were downed due to the storms. There is not any word on injuries or power outages. Huntsville Police started blocking traffic around 6:45 Saturday evening.

  • Source: Fairfield PD

    UPDATE: Child found, Amber Alert cancelled for 9-year-old boy

    FAIRFIELD, AL (WHNT) –  UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled around 1:30 am on Sunday, August 31, child has been found safe. WHNT NEWS 19’s news partners, AL.com, report the boy was found unharmed at his grandmother’s house in Prichard which is in Mobile County. The boy was taken into protective custody as authorities investigate. Here’s the background information leading to the alert: Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis Jr. says 9-year-old Felix Rhashud was taken from his residence by his grandmother Saturday […]

  • Meridianville Middle School student passes away after medical complications

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Hazel Green community is dealing with the loss of a Meridianville Middle School student who passed away Friday. The family tells WHNT News 19  eighth-grader Will Walker died from a chronic lung disease and a staph infection following cancer treatment. He has been battling acute myeloid leukemia. On behalf of Superintendent David Copeland and the entire school system, I express my deepest sympathies to the Walker family and friends during this most difficult time,” […]


    Woman shot, police investigate in west Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A woman was shot in her apartment on Binford Drive Thursday afternoon. Tawanda Parmer told investigators with Huntsville Police that two men she did not know knocked on her door around 1:10 p.m. As she walked by the window, she said one of them fired a single gun shot through the window, which struck her in the arm. The men then took off from the apartment complex. Emergency crews took Parmer to the hospital. Police are […]

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    Planned outage for Elkmont Rural Village

    ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) – There is a planned outage set for an Elkmont community Thursday morning. Crews will be conducting maintenance and repairs on service lines. It will be necessary to shut off power beginning at 9:00 am until noon. Streets effected by the scheduled outage are Bob Jones, Dogwood, Plum Tree and Locust.


    Woman wanted for attempted murder arrested in Morgan County

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Morgan County and Giles County, Tennessee Sheriff Departments combined efforts and arrested a woman Wednesday for attempted first-degree murder. Giles County investigators say Renae campbell allegedly went to her sister’s home in Tennessee early Wednesday morning and attacked her with her fists and a knife. They say the sister suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. Giles county authorities contacted Morgan County investigators for help. Deputies from Morgan County obtained warrants and investigators from both departments […]


    Dawson man arrested on several charges involving a minor

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – DeKalb County officials arrested a man for several charges in a case that involved a minor. Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports the arrest of Robert Carl Bannon, 68 of Dawson on numerous charges after an investigation into sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl. Bannon is charged with Possession of Obscene Matter, Obstruction of Government Operations, Contributing, and Receiving stolen Property 3rd. He had a stolen pistol in his possession at the time of his arrest. Harris said […]

  • A friendly reminder: Bus laws in Alabama

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Slower speeds, crossing guards and big yellow buses. It will be a way of life for many of us in less than a week. As bus drivers get ready, scrubbing down their rides and checking the brakes, signs and lights — take some time to remember some of the rules that can help make the roads safer for them. Bobby Jackson is the Bus Director for Madison City Schools. He said the first week of […]

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    Men from Somerville, Huntsville indicted in federal child pornography cases

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WHNT) – A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted two north Alabama men in separate child pornography cases that include images of children younger than 12 years old, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance. A three-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges Justin Clay McNeill, 28, of Somerville, with receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography on a computer at his Morgan County residence. Those charges stem between July 8, 2013, and July 8, 2014. A separate and unrelated indictment […]

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    UPDATE: ‘Notorious’ out of the water, but demolished in the process

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Crews finally have a sunken boat out of the water at Ditto Landing, but the end result isn’t pretty.  They had to demolish parts of the ‘Notorious’ in order to get it out. Crews have been working since Friday to get the 78-foot boat out of the marina.  Someone found it half-sunken on Friday.  The ship has been at Ditto for about two years for repairs. Saturday night, crew began working on lifting “Notorious” out of […]

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    Huntsville City Schools, Dept. of Justice meet for settlement talks

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Some movement in the Huntsville City Schools rezoning case. Case records show the Department of Justice and the Huntsville Board of Education met for settlement conferences over the last several days. Records show the parties met twice last week to discuss settling the issues around the city’s plan to rezone students. Huntsville is trying to get out of a 1974 federal desegregation order, imposed to make the schools more racially balanced. Huntsville City Schools has asked the judge to […]

  • A yacht was found capsized at Ditto Landing on Friday morning. (Photo: Daniela Perallon/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Crews still cannot lift 78-foot boat partially sunken at Huntsville’s Ditto Landing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – UPDATE – Crews are still working to pull a partially sunken yacht out of the marina at Ditto Landing. “The Notorious,” which apparently has quite a history, was first found partially submerged at Ditto Landing in south Huntsville, Friday. Monday evening, crews were able to lift the majority of the yacht out of the water. Workers plan to bring in a third crane Tuesday to help move the more than 200,000 pound boat to land. Crews pumped water and fuel out […]


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