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Catherine Awasthi joined WHNT News 19 in October 2013 as a producer and multimedia journalist. Born and raised in New Orleans and Palm Beach, she is excited to continue her career in the South.

Catherine is a graduate of the University of Florida where 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 or producing your weekend news, you can find her at Monte Sano State Park with her newly adopted dog, Chey. She's also usually planning her next big trip across the globe!

You can usually catch Catherine on air Wednesday-Friday evenings at 5, 6, & 6:30.

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 @cat_awasthi.

Recent Articles
  • Attempted murder, suicide at a home on Old Trinity Road leaves one man dead, wife in hospital. (Photo by Laura Christmas, WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Names released in attempted murder suicide, husband dead, wife in hospital

    TRINITY, Ala. (WHNT) – A man is dead and his wife is in the hospital after an attempted murder, suicide in Trinity. One of their children witnessed the shooting, and the other called 911. Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn tells WHNT News 19 the man shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself around 8:50 a.m. Sunday morning. It happened a home at 1207 Old Trinity Road. Trinity Police Chief Chris McLemore says the couple’s 15-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son […]


    POLICE: Decatur man stabbed roommate during altercation

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A Decatur man wound up behind bars after an argument with a roommate turned violent. Decatur Police arrested 21-year-old Steven Lee Norton early Sunday morning and charged him with domestic violence. According to officials, Norton stabbed his roommate 21-year-old Skyler Cannon in the chest and back during an altercation. Norton left the scene, and officers located him hiding nearby shortly after. Reports show he has a minor cut on his hand from the incident. Emergency crews transported both Cannon […]

  • SUV flipped on side off I-65 in Piney Chapel (Photo By: Laura K.)

    VIEWER PICS: Bad accident on I-65 in Piney Chapel

    PINEY CHAPEL, Ala. (WHNT) – Med-flight was called to an accident on Interstate 65 in Piney Chapel. Laura K. sent these pictures in from the scene near Looney Road and and I-65 around 6:45 Sunday. Multiple crews responded. The pictures show a white SUV on its side near a fence along the highway. Laura said she saw Med-flight leave the scene, but has limited details on what happened.


    Silver Airways to remain in Shoals through beginning of October

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP/WHNT) –  Federal officials have ordered Silver Airways to provide service at the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport for another month. The U.S. Department of Transportation initially ordered the company to stay through Sept. 5 after the airline announced it would not renew its contract with the Essential Air Service program. The program tries to ensure smaller airports are served by certified air carriers. The fate of the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport was up in the air in […]

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    Death investigation underway, Jefferson County deputy used Taser on inmate

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP/AL.com) – The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is probing the death of a Jefferson County jail inmate who died after a deputy used a Taser to try subduing him. A Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman says 47-year-old Ricky Deangelo Hinkle was being moved to a specialized cell after he threatened to commit suicide Saturday Morning. Hinkle died Saturday night after a sheriff’s deputy used a Taser when he became combative, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. The Pleasant […]

  • David Cawthorne Haines with ISIS captor  (Photo Courtesy: MGN Online)

    UPDATE: Haines’ family, President Obama release statements on ISIS beheading of British aid worker

    (CNN) –  British aid worker David Haines has been executed by ISIS militants, according to a video posted Saturday to a website associated with the group, making him the third Western captive to be killed by the Islamist extremist group in recent weeks. The ISIS video post showing Haines’ beheading called his execution “a message to the allies of America.” It is produced very similarly to the videos that showed the executions of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, […]

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    HUNTSVILLE POLICE: Man uses box cutter to rob juvenile boys at Red Carpet Inn, no arrests made

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two boys were hurt during an altercation Saturday afternoon at the Red Carpet Inn in Huntsville. Two juvenile boys told investigators with Huntsville Police a man lured them into a vacant room and offered them alcohol. Once inside, they said the man threatened them with a box cutter, demanding their property. The boys told police they both hit the man and left the Inn. Investigators said the man had a different story on the altercation. Reports […]

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    Tree trimmer falls 60 feet to his death in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. (AL.com) – A tree trimmer fell to his death while on the job Friday afternoon in Madison. That’s according to our news partners at AL.com, The Huntsville Times. Madison County Coroner Craig Whisenant confirmed 47-year-old Jason Buckley of Union Grove was flipped from a bucket and fell 60 feet to his death after a limb he was cutting struck the bucket’s arm. Buckley was working on Silver Creek Circle near Wall Triana Highway in Madison when the accident […]

  • Photo Courtesy:  Al.com

    Man hides in Nick Saban’s bathroom, surprises girlfriend with proposal

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (Al.com) – A man with a lot of ambition proposed to his soon-to-be wife with the mantra ‘go big, or go home’. Drew Clayton, a Mississippi State alum, knew he wanted to do something special to surprise his now-fiancée, Decatur native Kayla Posey, who was finishing up graduate school at the University of Alabama. In the end, only one place in the world made sense for Clayton to ask the most important question of his life. Nick Saban’s […]

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    ‘Flag Row’ no longer waving on Drake Avenue

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)  –  If you’ve driven down Drake Avenue in Huntsville recently, you may have notice the flags that lined the median are gone. American Legion Post 237 was in charge of them, and decided as a group to take all of them down. In June, WHNT News 19 took action after a viewer realized the flags were worn and tattered. That’s when we discovered America Legion Post 237 was responsible for their upkeep. We also learned ‘Flag Row’ was becoming an […]


    Intergraph World Headquarters will soon open its doors in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) –  A big project is wrapping up on the Interstate 565 – Madison Boulevard corridor. Two years ago, Intergraph announced building a headquarters on the site of its current campus, consolidating the sprawling set of smaller buildings into a single five-story facility. On Wednesday, Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong announced workers have almost completed the roads the lead to the new Intergraph World Headquarters. If you’re driving westbound on I-565 passing through Madison and you look left before […]

  • New brand, more patients, more funding for Mental Health Clinic of Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  Executive Director Brian Davis of the Mental Health Center of Madison County was back in front of commissioners Wednesday. A name change is in the works for the facility to attract more patients to get help. With more patients, the center hopes for more money to provide quality care. During the last Madison County Commission meeting, Davis announced they facility will do business as ‘WellStone Behavioral Health‘. The registered name will stay as is, but leaders are […]


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