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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.

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    Small town resources play big role in early morning hazardous truck fire

    CHEROKEE, Ala. (WHNT) – The town of Cherokee may not be very big, but when emergency situations shut down the highway, teams pull together all their resources to help. An early morning 18-wheeler fire had those crews working through the night. It happened just outside of Cherokee town limits Thursday. Mayor Terry Cosby said they did what they could for a small town. “I think we’re pretty well equipped and well-trained,” the Mayor said. “They were able to get a hold of […]

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    Russellville Police investigators need your help getting fake cash off the streets

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Investigators with the Russellville Police Department are working to get counterfeit money off the streets. They need help tracking down those who produce it and attempt to use it. Investigators said a person of interest attempted to use a fake $100 bill at an area Wal-mart. Surveillance video showed the man handing a cashier a fake bill, then asking for it back before leaving the store. The video also caught the person of interest leaving in this van. Investigators said they are […]

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    Early morning truck explosion leaves damaged road in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – An 18-wheeler carrying hazardous materials caught fire early Thursday morning, causing Highway 72 to shut down for eight hours near Cherokee. HAZMAT and Cherokee fire crews had to wait seven hours before attempting to approach the flames because the chemicals were extremely toxic. “Better safe than sorry,” said Cherokee Fire Department incident commander Chuck Lansdell. “We would much rather err on the side of caution than to go make that phone call we dread. It was […]

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    Florence Police arrest two for December Riverside Community Center shooting

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators arrested two men Thursday for the December, 2014 shooting at the Riverside Community Center in Florence. With the assistance of the US Marshall’s Task Force and the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department, officers arrested  29-year-old Demetrice Carroll and 30-year-old Carlos Thomson in Lauderdale County. They are charged with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling. The shooting happening on December 18th last year. Investigators said a Antoine Foster was shot multiple times. They said it was the […]

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    One lane on Highway 72 near Cherokee open after truck fire

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Officials with the Colbert County EMA confirm that a truck has caught on fire on Highway 72 in the Cherokee area. Due to the hazardous materials, Highway 72 east and westbound were shut down in both directions. Also, the overpass at Cherokee/Natchez Trace was closed. Currently, one lane is open to let traffic flow through. Incident Commander Chuck Lansdell said they immediately evacuated four homes. Around 7 a.m., HAZMAT and fire crews approached the fire, putting it […]

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    EMS officer position to be filled for Russellville Fire Department

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  The Russellville Fire Department is moving forward with the process to bring a emergency medical service officer on board full time. Fire Chief Joe Mansell said it’s an addition that comes with changing times. Mansell ran the first medical calls from the department there 23 years ago. Since then, it’s become a big part of their daily operations. “Just like any city fire department, we don’t run as many fire calls as we run EMS calls,” the chief […]

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    Traffic Alert: Work to start on Pine Street in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – CJF Construction is planning to start some repair work on Pine Street Thursday and Friday. During the day, Pine Street will be down to one lane southboud starting at Irvine Avenue. Northbound traffic will be diverted to Wood Avenue through Friday evening. Construction crews will be working most of the day. They are set to start laying sewer lines across from the new student housing building on the UNA campus. Try to avoid the area, and use Wood […]

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    Man charges Lauderdale County deputy with knife, kicks another in the face

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  A Waterloo man is in jail after investigators said he charged a Lauderdale County Sheriff’s deputy with a knife. 69-year-old Floyd Woods is charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer with a knife. Investigators said Woods was threatening to kill himself and his girlfriend. Then, they say he was laying in the middle of the road, trying to get hit by a car. A nearby deputy responded to the call. Investigator […]

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    Russellville Police look for liquor store thief

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Russellville Police investigators are looking for the man they said walked away from an area liquor store with two bottles of booze. Surveillance video at the ABC Liquor store caught a man dressed in an Auburn sweatshirt putting alcohol down his pants. Investigators said he made off with two bottles of expensive liquor. They also caught a glimpse of his car when he drove off. If you recognize the man, call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers […]

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    Finding a solution for late night crowds, noise in downtown Sheffield

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – City leaders, business owners and police officers are working with residents in downtown Sheffield find a solution to their concerns. City council members held a special meeting Tuesday for those who are impacted by the large crowds that hang out late at night in the area. “We want to hear from everyone who has a concern or a solution,” said Mayor Ian Sanford. “The people downtown are entitled to a peaceful environment and a safe environment.” […]

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    Shoals booking agency to spread, promote local musical talent

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two Shoals natives want to help the area’s best musicians get in front of the right audiences. Scott Boyer and Justin Sizemore tapped into the Shoal’s most valuable resource: aspiring musicians. They started an agency that sets up bands with events and books them at local and regional venues. The duo also reaches out to talented artists from across the Southeast to bring them to the recording capital of the world. “There’s an opportunity here for local musicians, […]

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    Sheriff’s department conducts internal investigation after inmate accidentally released

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Lauderdale County Sheriff had an internal investigation conducted and returned Monday after a correctional deputy released an inmate by accident last week. Michael Prater was let free Thursday morning. Chief Deputy Richard Richey said he was considered dangerous. Deputies took him back into custody Friday night. “We have policies,” said Sheriff Rick Singleton. “If policy would have been followed, this would not have happened. One thing you’ll never be able to eliminate is human error.” Singleton […]


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