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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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    Polls open Tuesday in Colbert County for property tax vote for schools

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Voters in rural Colbert County will head to the polls Tuesday to decide on a proposed 3-mill property tax increase. “What angers me most about this vote is when the school board scheduled it for,” explained Andrew Sorrell with the Political Action Committee that is fighting the tax increase. “They scheduled this for the day after Memorial Day, hoping that nobody is paying attention, and nobody will come show up to vote.” The millage increase […]

  • VIDEO: Veteran gets tangled in power lines while skydiving during Memorial Day event

    WINCHESTER, Tenn. (CBS) – A veteran skydiving from a plane was injured Saturday in a Memorial Day weekend event mishap in Winchester, Tennessee. The incident occurred during the opening ceremony of “Red, White and YOU” celebration at the Winchester City Park. A camera was rolling when the skydiver became entangled in power lines. Winds appeared to have carried the skydiver off course, right into nearby power lines. The unidentified man was airlifted to the hospital after sustaining non-life threatening injuries, eyewitnesses […]

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    Military mom surprises son at high school graduation

    CULLMAN, Ala. (CBS 42) – A senior at Paul W. Bryant High School was in for the surprise of his life. On the Saturday before Memorial Day, Steven Turner Jr. would walk across the stage to receive his diploma, but someone very important in his life was missing. His mother, Vera Turner is an officer in the Navy. She had been deployed to Guantanamo Bay, and Steven hadn’t seen her in 9 months. There was an empty chair next to […]

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    Shoals Ambulance Service: It takes a very small amount of water for young children to drown

    FLORENCE, Ala (WHNT) -The Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, which is a prime time to remind you of a common summer threat – drowning. Generally when you think of drowning, the culprit is usually an unlocked gate to a swimming pool or a trip to the river with no life jacket. However, for small children, the threat could actually be something a little bit more shallow. “Kids are curious,” explained operations manager at Shoals Ambulance Service Blake […]

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    Police look for man who rigged car wash coin machine

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – A man walked away with a lot more than he paid for at a Muscle Shoals car wash. Investigators are asking for your help to track the man down who they said manipulated a change machine into dumping the entire stock of money. The incident happened Tuesday, May 12 around 8:00 at night. The coin-operated car wash is next door to ‘Pawn Daddy’ on Wilson Dam Road. The owner estimates the loss to be about $600. A few […]

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    Paramedics learn to respond to & treat synthetic drug overdoses

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – As more calls come in involving synthetic drugs, first responders are learning what they are dealing with. Shoals Ambulance Service leaders think education is key to keep everyone safe. So, they hired an instructor to teach two one-hour courses Wednesday on the dangers of synthetic drugs. “This is something that’s extremely dangerous that could take your life the first time you use it,” stressed operations managers at Shoals Ambulance Blake Hargett. “It’s out on the streets. […]

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    Driver rear-ends school bus in Lauderdale County, student injured

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lauderdale County school bus was involved in an accident with another vehicle Wednesday, and a student on board the bus was injured. The wreck happened after 3 p.m. on Chisholm Road, about two miles past Cox Creek Parkway.  It was about a mile from Forest Hills School. A Lauderdale County Sheriff’s deputy said a student was taken away from the scene in a stretcher.  The student has minor injuries, the deputy said. We understand […]

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    Red Bay town leaders look into medical flight membership

    RED BAY, Ala. (WHNT) –  Leaders in Red Bay are looking into a service that could help save lives and save their residents some money. They want to purchase a membership to help cover the costs of emergency medical flights. The AirMedCare Network offers site plans to rural municipalities. “The municipal site plan covers all of the residents in a municipality in the event they find themselves in need of air transportation,” said Christopher Willis with AirMedCare. “If these residents are flown […]

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    Traffic Alert: Concrete barricades up on O’Neal Bridge

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Construction workers replaced the orange traffic cones on O’Neal Bridge in Florence with concrete barricades. Alabama Department of Transportation officials confirmed they will be up for a majority of the restoration project. “On the bridge it will be stop and go,” stressed Florence Police Officer Jeremy Keeton. “We want to make sure everyone is safe, and make sure everyone gets to where they’re going safely. So, again, plan on taking an alternate route if possible. Keaton said the […]

  • Battle continues for increase in deputy uniform allowance in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The battle continues in Lauderdale County over who should pay for an increase in the Sheriff’s deputies uniform allowance, and how much that increase should be. Sheriff Rick Singleton said for the past 40 years, the department has only been allowed about $300 per deputy per year by law to supply uniforms. Deputies currently pay out-of-pocket for basic uniforms, up to $500. Singleton is ready for an increase, but in Lauderdale County, it will take an act in the […]

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    Russellville Police: Man walks out of Walmart with $1,000 TV

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Russellville Police investigators are working to track down a man who they said stole an item with a hefty price tag. Surveillance video shows a man walk through the Walmart garden center to the electronics department. Then, you can see the man pick up a television, put it in his shopping cart and walk away. Investigators said the man walked straight out of the garden center, and put the item in his car. They said the TV was worth $1,100 […]

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    Women & Guns: Changing culture at the shooting range

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – To many, handling firearms is predominately left in the hands of men.  That’s changing, though. More and more women are taking steps to protect themselves, starting at the shooting range. “More and more ladies are coming in,” said Last Resort Guns co-owner Andrew Jones. “They see it very much as a, I won’t say they’re scared, I’d say they are concerned for their safety. They recognize that sometimes they are on their own.” Janet Gray is […]


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