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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 Old Railroad Bridge and the TVA loop trails with her adopted dogs, Chey and Chloe. She's also usually planning her next big trip across the globe!

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
  • UPDATE: Threat against Rogers School was apparently directed at another school by same name in Washington state

    ROGERS, Ala. (WHNT) – Rogers School was closed Friday due to a threat.  However, it turns out the threat was apparently made against another Rogers High School on the other side of the United States. “The school received an anonymous email of a possible threat to the students during lunchtime today,” said Sgt. Brad Potts with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Dept. “That email was actually traced back to originating from Washington State.” Lauderdale County Schools were on a two-hour delay, so […]

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    Home catches fire on Roxie Drive, no one inside

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A family was in shock when they arrived to their Florence home to see smoke pouring out of the top story. The page went out to Florence Fire & Rescue around 2:30 Friday afternoon. It took about an hour to put out completely. No one was home at the time the fire started. Firefighters at the scene said it appeared the fire started upstairs. Neighbors also reported seeing flames from the second floor. The smoke was so […]

  • Getting Results: Who is responsible for treating Wheeler Dam Bridge for ice?

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  There has been some confusion after Wednesday’s snowstorm as to who is responsible for treating the Wheeler Dam Bridge for ice. A concerned viewer reached out to Whnt News 19, asking us to find out whose job it is to pre-treat the bridge, saying it had never been done before. As we all know, those icy elements can be dangerous. Dave Deering said neither TVA nor the State Department of Transportation gave him a clear answer. “The TVA […]


    Florence PD still looking for a man they say cashed stolen checks

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – After two ATM skimming devices were found in the Shoals, fraud is at the top of mind for many law enforcement officials. That’s why Florence Police once again asking for help to identify a man they say cashed stolen checks. Walmart surveillance cameras caught him at two separate Florence locations back in September. They say stole checks from a Florence man’s jeep.           First, investigators say he cashed them at the Hughes Road location. Then, wearing a bright […]

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    Shoals emergency crews working overtime in the snow

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Emergency Management officials declared roads impassable throughout the Shoals area in the early afternoon Wednesday. Still, crews responded to various wrecks through the evening. So, Blake Hargett, a supervisor at Shoals Ambulance is asking once again that people stay off the roadways. “Don’t do it,” Hargett pleaded. “That’s all I can say, don’t do it.” His crews spend day in and day out responding to emergencies, and the snow makes it all the more difficult of a […]

  • Pathfinder Alabama program hopes to recruit more Shoals businesses

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) –  We’ve met a few of the 13 students chosen for a job placement program, guiding tomorrow’s workforce. Pathfinder Alabama is a program aimed at taking students of career tech classrooms, and putting them directly into a real life work setting. They are certified and qualified, more so than many people that work at these technical jobs. Trace Reynolds is one of those students. He’s working at the Tasus plant in Florence “He’s doing an outstanding job,” said […]

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    More icy roads in the Shoals means a costly aftermath

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been a rough few days in terms of road conditions all over the Tennessee Valley. Colbert County EMA officials are having to prepare for yet another expense because of severe weather. With temperatures well below freezing through Friday evening, road conditions were the primary concern. Crews salted roads around the clock in both Lauderdale and Colbert counties. But, all the salt comes with a cost in the long-term. “Anytime you’re putting chemicals on the roads, […]

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    More congregations offer help as warming centers

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The main warming center in Florence is gearing up for the coldest week of the year. Volunteers spend hours at First Presbyterian Church on Tennessee Street. They’re helping their community stay warm on cold nights. “We generally like to have everyone checked in by six,” said Krista Manchester, United Way Volunteer Coordinator. “Tonight, we’ll let anyone come in as they need to.” Wednesday night was one of the coldest this year. First Presbyterian is the go-to warming center in […]

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    Police searching for man passing counterfeit checks

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Russellville Police investigators need your help finding a man they say is cashing counterfeit checks. They said the man pictured above passed a bad check at a store in the Russellville area earlier this week. Store employees thought the check was a forgery, meaning a real check with fake information. But, it turned out to be completely fake. They’re hoping the community might recognize the man, and call the tip line at (256) 386-8685. The Lauderdale County District […]

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    Truck destroyed in gas station fire, emergency water lines frozen

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – A man is counting his blessings after the truck he was driving burst into flames at a Shell gas station truck stop in Muscle Shoals. “The captain on the scene said the driver pulled up to get fuel, and he sees smoke coming out of his dash,” said Muscle Shoals Fire Marshal Donald Ray Coons. “He says then the next thing he sees there’s flames coming out of his dash.” Coons said the driver first […]

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    Volunteer fire fighters put out chimney fire in Zip City

    Lauderdale County, Ala. (WHNT) – Four volunteer fire departments responded to a fire Monday, despite the wind, the sleet and even a little bit of ice. Zip City Volunteer Fire Department said the call came out around 4:00 in the evening. When they arrived, they quickly saw the source of the flames. “The chimney was on fire, it was smoking pretty heavy,” said Zip City Fire Chief Robin Mitchell. “Of course the home owners built the fire to try and  stay warm.” […]

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    Organ donor’s mother urges community to register

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – National Donor Day is one that hits close to home in the Muscle Shoals community. In honor of celebrating organ donors, high school students at Muscle Shoals High School are spreading awareness and urging their peers to register. Through next week, students are set up in the cafeteria to help register anyone through the Alabama Organ Center. They’re also selling red shirts for $15 in honor of three of their fellow students, who have both received […]


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