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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
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    Senate bill limits fire fighter representation on state EMS Advisory Board

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  A bill in the hands of a senate committee could limit the number of members on the state’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board. Senate Bill 387 would cut membership down from 25 members to 11. Many of the proposed cuts represent the state’s fire departments. “We deserve a voice on that EMA committee,” stressed Rogersville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Morris Lentz. “An equal voice, not a majority voice, but an equal voice with the others.” The bill was introduced […]

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    Investigators looking for pharmacy thief who smashed through doors

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – A man who walked out of a pharmacy in Muscle Shoals with pill bottles actually wound up with nothing at all. Muscle Shoals Police investigators need your help tracking down the man who broke two sets of glass doors with a crowbar at Dalton Pharmacy Tuesday night. Surveillance video shows the man hopped the counter, grabbed some pill bottles and left. However, investigators said those bottles were empty, and he dropped them all on the way […]

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    Woman killed in accident on Darby Drive in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A woman was killed in a traffic accident in Florence Thursday afternoon. Details are limited at this time, but the accident happened at the intersection of Darby Drive and Cloyd Boulevard around 1:15 p.m. Darby Drive was shut down southbound for hours while emergency crews worked to clear the scene.  The call initially went out as a wreck with entrapment, then officials later said a driver had died. Officials at the scene say this wasn’t the first major accident […]

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    Man caught with fraudulent check, money making system in Rogersville

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – What started as a call about a reckless driver ended with a stop to a widespread fraud scheme. Rogersville Police stopped a man and found a fake cashier’s check, written and signed for more than $900,000.  But, that’s just scratching the surface. “On April 7th we got a call from a manager at Foodland in Killen about a man who wrote a check and they questioned him about it because it didn’t look right,” explained Rogersville Police Chief Terry Holden. “He […]

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    Victims of violent crime are remembered, empowered

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – This week is one dedicated to victims of violent crime. Advocates from around the Shoals use National Crime Victims’ Rights Week as an opportunity to let surviving victims and family members know that they have rights, and places to go for support. This year’s theme was engaging communities and empowering victims. It’s the one time of year the families of homicide victims come together to honor their loved ones. “It’s a very difficult time for […]

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    Cuts to ALEA budget mean cuts to patrol on the water

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – With summer right around the corner, more boaters are going to be heading out to the state’s waterways. With budget cuts looming for all state agencies, your safety out on the water could be compromised. For the state’s lead law enforcement agency, a 30 percent cut to the general fund means fewer eyes on the roads and also on the waterways. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency oversees multiple facets of public safety.  Cutting that already tight budget […]

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    Engineers prepare plan B for Wood Avenue restoration project

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  The Wood Avenue restoration project is one that many who live in area are familiar with. The original set of plans city engineers submitter were denied by the state for ATRIP funding. The Department of Transportation said they didn’t want to pay for $2.5 worth of utility replacement. So, engineers and city department came up with a plan B. “It’s a milling and building approach,” said Mile Doyle with the Florence Water Department. “They’re going to mill […]

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    Colbert County 911 expands call center to serve more people

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  As the Colbert County 911 dispatch service continues to take on more agencies, employees needed room to grow. They moved into a new, bigger 911 call center Monday morning. It’s a move Michael Smith with the dispatch center said helps better serve the people of Colbert County. “It’s better for the people of the county,” said Smith. “We feel like when 911 got voted in many years ago that that’s what they thought they were getting […]

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    Lifting spirits in Hackleburg in wake of deadly tornado anniversary

    HACKLEBURG, Ala. (WHNT) – The town of Hackleburg continues to recover four years after schools and homes were wiped out by tornadoes.  Saturday, the community came together, hoping to lift up their sprits a week before the April 27th, 2011 anniversary. The area’s Ministers Association put together a concert, and brought in the southern gospel group ‘The Steeles’. “I knew that they were uplifting and that’s what we wanted to give to the town,” said Jason Swinney with the Ministers […]

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    ‘Arc of the Shoals’ fears mental health budget cuts will hurt most vulnerable people

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – With mental health care taking a hit in an attempt to balance the budget in Alabama, it’s hard to grasp the full impact to services many families rely on. The cuts would directly impact some of the state’s most vulnerable residents, like those that get support from Arc of the Shoals in Tuscumbia. “Families are very dependent on us. We’re all they have,” stressed program director Donna Akins. “Some parents will have to quit their jobs to […]

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    Positive change in downtown Sheffield

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) –  The “zero-tolerance” message from the mayor of Sheffield seemed to have made an impact in the downtown area. Reports show crowds that were once rowdy and uncontrollable late at night seem to have settled down for the time being. “I don’t know if we’ll ever know that it’s over,” explained Mayor Ian Sanford. Two weeks ago, officers reported unruly crowds and even some dangerous gun activity. They held a public meeting to see if they could […]

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    Century-old tombstones vandalized in Lauderdale County cemetery

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Someone vandalized multiple tombstones at a cemetery in Lauderdale County, some dating back 100 years and more. Investigators with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department said it happened at the Murphy Chapel Freewill Baptist Cemetery sometime between April 1 and April 4. They’re offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who knows who caused the damage. “Maybe we can find out who did it one of these days,” said longtime cemetery caretaker Ronnie Brown. “It’d be nice to find […]


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