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
  • Shoals pastor shares a message for the holidays: ‘Give, & it shall be given’

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A pastor in the Shoals wanted to remind others of the true spirit of giving during the holiday season. To inspire others, pastor Mike Westfall of Grace Crossroad Church in Florence shared a story of Christmas past. “We wanted to bless somebody this time, those who bless others,” Westfall said. “We wanted to be a blessing to them.” There’s a familiar saying that resonates this time of year,”give, it shall be given.” With a sign in hand […]

  • Florence Police: Counterfeit $50 bills spreading across the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Officials found more fake money circulating the Shoals – this time in Florence. They have not made a connection between the cases reported, but the first fake fifties were passed in Russellville one week ago. Then officials reported the same bills were popping up in Marion County and Lawrence County. Friday, Florence Police investigators said a woman attempted to pass similar counterfeit money about a week ago. Surveillance video caught the woman trying to pay with four fake […]

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    Social media shows the force is strong with NASA

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Just like much of the nation, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ premiered here in the Rocket City Thursday night. A hot spot to catch the movie was the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s IMAX theater. So, it’s no surprise when NASA took to social media to show that their force is pretty strong when it comes to Star Wars. You know it to be true. 8 #StarWars worlds that are strikingly similar to real planets: https://t.co/1F5CLMKjoq pic.twitter.com/EE8gAzkP6y — […]

  • Officials ask UNA to reopen forensics lab to help clear evidence backlog

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A family in the Shoals has waited since June to find a loved one who went missing, and because of the backlog in forensic evidence testing, they will have to wait even longer. Leon Tidwell’s family reported him missing near Riverton Rose Trail in Colbert County in June. Late-October, hunters found human remains in that same area. Now, Sheriff Frank Williamson is still waiting to see if DNA evidence will help identify the body as Leon Tidwell. […]

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    Shoals area industrial parks are certified ‘fiber-ready’

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Another wave of high-speed broadband internet hit the Valley this week. AT&T invested in three Shoals area industrial parks, a big step forward in bringing in big corporations and industry to the area. “The Florence-Lauderdale industrial park, the Shoals Research Airpark and the Rogersville Business Park are designated as AT&T fiber ready,” announced Fred McCallum, AT&T Alabama President. “There is a great partnership here.” Broadband internet is something leaders in the Shoals have been waiting for to […]

  • Help volunteer at Colbert County Animal Shelter over winter break

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  The folks at the Colbert County Animal Shelter are just as busy as most of us this holiday season and could use your help as a volunteer. Starting next week, many students across the Valley will be out of school for winter break. A perfect way to keep them entertained is to take them to volunteer with the pets. “We allow them to come 16-and-above without a parent, but below the age of 16, we ask that a […]

  • Russellville Police investigators show all three bills have the same serial numbers

    Fake $50 bills circulating Shoals area cause headaches for local businesses

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Tis’ the season for more burglaries, thieves and fake cash. Police are warning business owners of counterfeit cash circulating parts of the Shoals. They said one man is making rounds, allegedly handing out fake $50 bills. It started in Russellville. “He made a small purchase of some type of snacks, about $3.75, paid with the counterfeit $50 bill, and then got the change back,” Lt. Scotty Lowery explained. Surveillance cameras at Dollar General caught the man managers said […]

  • Sheriff’s investigators looking for man who broke into Shoals MPE

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –   A break-in at one Shoals business has Lauderdale County Sheriff’s investigators looking for a thief caught on camera. Surveillance cameras caught a man in a hoodie rolling what looks like a spool of copper out of Shoals MPE on November 13. Investigators hope you might recognize the thief by his fashion statement – his pants are tucked into his boots, and he has on an Auburn sweatshirt. They said the man also rifled through employee trucks, […]

  • Big plans for Sheffield’s Tennessee River shoreline

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Investors are working to develop an area along the Sheffield shoreline into a resort destination for the Shoals. John Elkington with Inspiration Landing Development is more than ready to get started on a project that would include a 150-room hotel, amphitheater to sit 4,500, a marina and an extravagant town center. Elkington led another major project, historic Beale Street in downtown Memphis. Now, his handpicked team has drawn out plans for what they are calling a very special piece […]

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    One less battle for Florence’s Coach Mayfield to fight

    FLORENCE, Ala. – Construction crews spent Wednesday afternoon at Steve Mayfield’s home in Florence Wednesday. However, they were getting started on a project that will likely light up your heart. “The disease is progressing,” Mayfield explained, “and all of our bedrooms are upstairs. People kept asking, ‘what are you going to do when you can’t get up the stairs anymore?'” Mayfield is a familiar face to many in the Shoals. He was head football coach at Central High School and coached […]

  • Company announces plans, jobs for Rogersville Industrial Park

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A big announcement in Rogersville Monday revealed a new company will be heading to the town’s industrial park. Mayor Richard Herston said Custom Synthetic Fibers will initially employ up to 50 people with plans to expand in the next few years. “They will all be local hires,” Herston said. “People around here need work and a lot of people who are working away are interested in trying to get closer to home. So, I think there’s […]

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    Florence Police: Two men arrested for vandalizing, urinating on Veterans Memorial

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Some accused vandals in Florence were caught on surveillance cameras urinating on a veterans memorial. Sgt. Cliff Billingsley said two men were caught on surveillance attempting to destroy a monument at Veterans Memorial Park on October 24. “Two subjects climbed over the fence, the gates were closed to Veterans Park, and they climbed up on top of one of the monuments, the F-4 Phantom,” Billingsley explained. “While they were on top of the Phantom, they then […]

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