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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.


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    Pets more likely to run away on the 4th of July

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – As July 4th approaches, animal control officers ask that you please remember not all members of the family are excited about fireworks. Family pets, such as dogs and cats, are often frightened by fireworks and run away from their own yards. “Hey, shoot your fireworks, be safe, have fun, but don’t get the pets involved,” stressed Colbert County Animal Control officer Anthony Wilbanks. Make sure that your pets are indoors, behind secured fences, or on leashes when fireworks are […]

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    Investigators look for some hungry thieves in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  The owners of Bonnie’s Kountry Cafe in Elgin said they had a stealthy pair of thieves break in Tuesday night. They tell Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Investigators some men broke in through the ceiling, knocked out drywall and headed straight for the kitchen. Investigators said they made off with cases of frozen burger patties and fries. There’s no surveillance footage, so they hope you may know who was responsible. Maybe someone trying to drop you a burger combo on the […]

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    18-Wheeler tears fencing on O’Neal Bridge, shuts down traffic

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT ) – The driver of an 18-wheeler did not follow the warning signs Wednesday posted about taking alternate routes while O’Neal Bridge is under renovations. Project supervisor Don Allen with Seminole Equipment Inc. said the signs are there for a reason. The work the crews are doing cuts down the height restriction of the bridge, and heavy rainfall makes the tarps sag even more. That was the case Wednesday, when around 5:00 p.m. a tractor-trailer ripped eight feet of […]

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    ‘Leave a Cup, Leave a Bowl’ aims to feed the hungry in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A small, family owned cafe and bakery in Florence is on a mission to feed the homeless and needy in the community. Dana and Shaun Melton own Imagine That Cafe & Bakery. They started a feeding program, “Leave a Cup, Leave a Bowl.” “I think there’s a time in everybody’s life where we just need a smile and a good meal,” said Dana. She was inspired by a homeless man in the area who had begged her […]

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    Taking Action: When can you shoot fireworks in Florence?

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Officers at the Florence Police Department have had many questions from the community about when fireworks are allowed in the city. They took to social media to remind folks about the ordinance, and clear up any haze. “I just think there’s a lot of misinformation that’s out there right now about what the ordinances are in the city of Florence on when you can fire fireworks and when you can’t,” explained Sgt. Brad Holmes. He said […]

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    Buzzards still vandalizing trucks at Joe Wheeler Dam boat ramp

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Feather-headed vandals are still at it at a Joe Wheeler Dam boat ramp in Elgin, snacking on rubber lining and windshield wipers. Buzzards have cost thousands of dollars in damage to trucks, and fishermen are fed up. “They tear the rubber off of the windshields, they tear your wipers up,” pointed out Ronnie Rogers, president of the Tennessee Valley Bass Club. “I know several people who have had problems so bad that they had to […]

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    Helen Keller Festival will be hot, officials provide ways to stay cool

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Tuscumbia’s Spring Park is ready for the 37th annual Helen Keller Festival. With temperatures in the 90’s, festival goers need to be ready too. Starting Friday, the park in downtown Tuscumbia will be filled with live music, arts, vendors and much more. “Helen Keller is typically hot weather,” said Johnnie Dixon with Pop’s BBQ. “The people working with us have been here before, and they’re prepared.” The hottest place is where vendors are whipping up festival favorites. “We’re deep […]

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    UNA Police search for trio who allegedly tried to steal money from lion donation box

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – UNA Police investigators are looking for three men who they say tried to steal money donated to the lions on campus. They said on the night of June 22, they caught the trio on surveillance cameras in the area of the George H. Carroll Lion Habitat. The donation box was damaged. One of the men is very visible, and the others stay back mostly out of camera range. The most visible is a white male, around […]

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    Cooling center opens for the week in the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Those in the Shoals who need relief from the extreme heat can head over to Room in the Inn in Florence. The group is opening up a cooling center for a limited time. They will open their headquarters at 104 S. Poplar Street for water donations and a place to cool off for a few hours a day. Below are the hours you can stop by and cool off: Friday, June 26, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. […]

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    UPDATE: Air conditioning back on in Lauderdale County Detention Center

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The air conditioning in the Lauderdale County Detention Center is back on after undergoing some maintenance this week. Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton said, “there have been a few heat-related incidents with inmates, but for the most part they are handing the heat very well.” Sheriff Singleton said there had been a maintenance issue for quite some time. The department finally has the money in this year’s budget to replace a cooling unit. Workers started the process of […]

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    Hackleburg Market opens to shoppers, provides fresh start for the town

    HACKLEBURG, Ala. (WHNT) –  Wednesday was a big day for the town of Hackleburg. From a new grocery store to a renovated city hall, the town is officially back in action. “Now, we’re in business,” said Hackleburg Mayor Whitey Cochran as they cut the ribbon to Hackleburg Market. “This store right here means a lot,” said Troy Anglin. “It’s pretty exciting.” With Tuesday’s grand opening of their new and only grocery store, there was a certain demeanor. State and local leaders […]

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    County engineer hopeful new technology will help with funding for Oak Hills flooding

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)  – While Russellville is cleaning up after some surprising flooding late last month, one Franklin County subdivision is gearing up for the next round of rain. Franklin County leaders say the Oak Hills subdivision needs relief from constant flooding, and they are trying once again to help. “We have had repetitive flooding in that subdivision actually since it was built in the 1970’s,” explained county engineer David Palmer. “We have applied for CDBG funding to help […]

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