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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
  • Rev. Green Davidson IV after bail provision hearing in Tuscumbia.

    Animal cruelty case sparks call for stricter neglect laws in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Tuscumbia man was in court Wednesday on multiple counts of animal cruelty. Rev. Green Davidson IV  is not allowed to leave the state after missing his original court date last week. A new court date has been set for November 19 at 4:00 P.M. at the Tuscumbia City Court House. Tuscumbia Police and Colbert County Animal Control officers charged Davidson with six counts of animal cruelty in June. He has yet to see consequences […]

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    ‘One Place of the Shoals’ opens its doors to victims

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Domestic violence and abuse victims now have a place to go in the Shoals to get all the help they need. It’s only the second of its kind in the state. City and state leaders, as well as community members, cut the ribbon at One Place of the Shoals Tuesday. It was a big accomplishment for all involved in making it a reality. Dianne Bently is a long lime advocate for domestic violence victims. She said […]

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    Active Shooter Survival Classes available at UNA

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – After a high school shooting in Washington state Friday and a recent death threat on campus, University of North Alabama officials want everyone to take a proactive approach to stay safe. A gunman on campus isn’t something university police can predict, but it’s definitely something they can plan for. Now they want you to know you can take the extra steps to protect yourselves in that situation as well. UNA Police offer workshops on how to […]

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    Man in custody after standoff with Florence Police

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence Police standoff ended peacefully Monday night. A man is in custody after a four hour standoff with officers. Florence Police officers responded to a call of a man with a gun around 3:00 P.M. Lauderdale County employees conducting property tax assessments contacted police after a man in the area of Old Cloverdale Rd charged them with a gun. Witnesses stated that the man charged the employee’s vehicle and then began chasing the workers along the […]

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    Woman hurt in rollover accident in Colbert Heights

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A person was hurt when a vehicle rolled over along Woodmont Drive in Colbert Heights on Monday afternoon. Paramedics took the woman who was driving the vehicle to a nearby hospital.  We understand she was in stable condition, according to Tuscumbia Police. Drivers are seeing a bit of a traffic snag on Woodmont Drive near Kattie Lane — please use caution if you’re headed that way. No other vehicles were involved.

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    Owners of Muscle Shoals car shop still looking for thieves

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Muscle Shoals Police need your help identifying some men who are responsible for a car shop theft. It’s a case long gone unsolved. Owners of Holt’s Radiator and Batteries said two men took off with expensive equipment about six months ago. They provided WHNT News 19 and investigators with surveillance video from May. That video shows two men pulling up to the shop late at night with a truck and trailer. The men loaded up two […]

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    A ‘meaty’ donation to Franklin County schools

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – One organization recently made a meaty investment in the future of Franklin County students. It’s a longstanding tradition during ‘Beef Month’ in Alabama. The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association donates beef to county schools. This year, they donated over 400 pounds of meat to high school Family and Consumer Sciences classes. With cattle prices growing, and school system budgets shrinking, the gratitude stacks higher. “We’re so grateful for this. It allows us to do something we […]

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    First countywide ambulance service now taking calls in Franklin County

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A countywide ambulance service is now fully operational in Franklin County. Shoals Ambulance Service started dispatching response crews from their Russellville office, Wednesday. It’s the first time the county has signed a contract with one ambulance service to care for almost all the residents in the area. “After six months of searching, we won the bid for an exclusive contract for the ambulance service for Franklin County,” said Blake Hargett, Director of Shoals Ambulance operations. […]

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    Colbert County EMA: ‘A perfect storm’ for 911 failure

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A critical 911 system failure has Colbert County Emergency Management officials rethinking their backup plan. The system went down Monday night during a round of severe weather. Colbert County EMA Director Mike Melton said is was a perfect mix for disaster. The call center has AC power, a generator backup, and battery backups. It’s all a precaution, to ensure they can continue to answer calls and send crews out to help during disasters. They all failed […]

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    TVA working to restore sirens for severe weather in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – TVA sirens near the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant are usually used in case of a TVA related emergency. However, the Lauderdale County EMA has a partnership with TVA and will use those sirens in event of a tornado warning. With the most recent round of severe storms, they ran into some issues. “During a recent test, there was a communication issue with the three sirens we have in the eastern part of the county,” […]

  • Damage at Chevron on Woodward and 2nd St. Power lines down, no through traffic. (Photo: Catherine Awasthi/WHNT)

    Major storm damage in Colbert County, gas station hit hard

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The severe storms that hit the Tennessee Valley Monday night left a mess in Muscle Shoals and caused damage throughout the county. Trees and power lines were downed across the area and many roadways were blocked. Colbert County 911 service was down for some time, but was eventually back up and running. Crew responded to a possible tornado that touched down at Woodward Avenue and Second Street. The Chevron gas station on the corner was hit hard. […]

  • Jury finds Damien Shipley guilty of capital murder

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A jury found Damien Deandre Shipley guilty of capital murder Friday, after only deliberating about an hour. Shipley was charged in the shooting death of 28-year-old Dorian Hamilton during a home invasion in February 2013. Hamilton’s grandfather was there where the jury read the verdict. “I wish I was anywhere but this courthouse on this day,” said Cliff Hamilton. “The verdict doesn’t make me happy. It just brings a closure to that part of my […]


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