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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
  • Florence football players are light on their feet

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Teaching dance is Matthew Kiel’s passion. Right now,  he’s sharing that passion at Florence High School, and he has some new teammates on the dance floor. “Well, it’s obviously a great big challenge for me,” Kiel smiled. “In this class, we’re really focusing on strengthening them, making sure that they are aware of their balance, gathering that balance a little more.” Kiel is talking about some Florence Falcon football players. It’s his first year teaching at […]

  • Madison Rhodes (Photo: Florence Police)

    UPDATE: Florence Police say missing 15-year-old girl found safe

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Police in Florence say a 15-year-old girl that had been missing since last Friday has been found safe. Madison Abbigail Rhodes was found this morning (September 4) in Mississippi. “She is very much alive and safe,” Florence Police said.  Rhodes was brought back home to the Shoals. Rhodes’ grandmother reported her missing when the teen didn’t meet at the designated place at the Florence High School football game on August 28.  

  • Heads up Deshler fans, new stadium rules in place for home games!

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Heading to the game at Deshler Friday night? Fans, get ready for some new rules in the Tiger’s stadium. Tuscumbia police officers want to keep the crowd and the football players safe. So, they will start tackling some issues starting Friday. “We’ve given a lot of leeway through the years at the ballgames,” said Tuscumbia Police chief Tony Logan. “We just feel like that problems are starting to surface early in the season and we just need to get […]

  • Florence PD: Repeat ‘Smart TV’ thief caught on surveillance camera

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence K-Mart was the target of the same thief — twice. That’s according to Florence Police investigators working to track him down. They said the same guy walked into the K-Mart on Cox Creek Parkway on August 14 and again on the 18. He made off with a total of three RCA Smart TVs during his visits. If you recognize the thief, give the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers an anonymous call. This week’s most wanted […]

  • Concerned prankster makes crafty traffic light for busy St. Florian intersection

    ST. FLORIAN, Ala. (WHNT) –  One Lauderdale County intersection remains without a traffic light that was set to go up more than two years ago. So, some “concerned citizens” took it upon themselves to make light of the situation. Someone crafted a makeshift traffic light out of three cans, tape and paper. “I know it was intended to be a joke, and it’s funny,” said St. Florian mayor Don Strait. “I’ve had the runaround about it so long, it’s just disgusting […]

  • Mayor recommends land off Fairground Rd. for Florence-Lauderdale animal shelter

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Mayor Mickey Haddock recommended a site for the new animal shelter Tuesday at a city council work session. “I have visited many different properties,” Haddock explained. “This particular property, we refer to it as the ‘Fairground Road property,’ it has had horses on it. It’s very visible in our city.” Haddock said the Carmel Olive family has decided to sell the property, and that the city needed to move forward with negotiations. The land lies between Fairground Road and Cox Creek […]

  • A look at traffic stopped due to the wreck near Cox Creek Parkway on August 31. (Catherine Awasthi/WHNT News 19)

    Woman killed in wreck near entrance to Mars Hill Bible School in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. – An 88-year-old woman died in a wreck at the intersection of Mars Hill Road and Gresham on Monday afternoon. Officials say Virginia Hayes Sharp was killed when she collided with a Chevy Tahoe.  That driver was not hurt, but a third car was hit sitting at a stop light. Crews rushed 21-year-old Tameatra Edwards to the hospital. The wreck happened just near the area of Cox Creek Parkway around noon on Monday.  Cox Creek was closed for […]

  • UNA takes off as hub for 2016 rocketry challenge teams in the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – After Russellville High School took home an international rocketry challenge title, more schools in the Shoals now have an opportunity to team up with the University of North Alabama for to get ready for next year’s competition. Lee Brownell sponsored the world champion team until February, when he left to work with the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative (ASMTI.) “Turns out that was about a month early,” Browned said. “I was the rocket team sponsor at […]

  • UPDATE: Man who allegedly stole truck from Florence car lot is in custody

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Wayne Wilkinson owns a used car lot on Cloverdale Road in Florence, and he took it upon himself to track down a thief. Wilkinson said Michael David Lehr is in custody in Rome, Georgia. He now has his 2007 Chevrolet Silvarado back on the lot. Wilkinson said after exchanging all the crucial information before handing over keys, Lehr drove off in the truck. He never came back to the lot. “We filed a police report with the […]

  • Student from Arab describes lockdown at MSU campus after Thursday’s active shooter alert

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (WHNT) – An active shooter alert put Mississippi State University on lockdown Thursday morning.  It turned out that the suspect who made the threat never had a gun. Students locked down nearby were forced to think the worst. “We heard people around beside us and just desks moving around we didn’t know what was going on,” explained senior Christina Cooper, a student from Arab, Alabama. “Then, someone looked at their phone and was like ‘there’s an active shooter we […]

  • Photo By: Larry Faulkner

    Group works to get old Coca-Cola sign back up on Florence skyline

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The downtown Florence area is full of history, but one piece of it seems to be missing: the old neon Coca-Cola sign that towered over the Tennessee River. Tommy Warren reached out to WHNT News 19 to help track the sign down, and see what could possibly be done to restore it. “The Coca-Cola, historic Coca-Cola neon sign stood there from 1949 to 2004. and it’s part of Florence’s history,” said Warren. “It’s a landmark.” Warren […]

  • Hunters, anglers among many in crosshairs of state budget crisis

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Tuesday morning Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) Commissioner Gunter Guy gathered with DCNR leadership and community leaders at Joe Wheeler State Park to discuss the potential impacts to the department. They say they may be forced to shut down all 22 state parks if they are required to transfer money to the general fund for a fifth year in a row by the Legislature. “This funding crisis is very real for our department,” said […]

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