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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
  • Huntsville Animal Shelter

    Day Two: Huntsville Animal Service’s urgent push for adoptions, fosters

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Bleach and fans fill the halls and kennels at Huntsville Animal Service’s shelter. It’s the second day they are urgently pushing for dog adoptions or fostering after a respiratory virus broke out earlier this week. Also filling the halls are community members, eager to offer a helping hand in the shelter’s desperate time. They have heard the word of a dangerous respiratory infection that has sickened several dogs and even killed three, and a puppy. Karen Buchan is the […]

  • Domestic dispute ends at Decatur gym, man in custody

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – What started as a domestic dispute ended with the SWAT team called to a Decatur gym. Officers responded to call of a gunshot fired near the Total Bronze and Fitness center on Indian Hills Road and Pointe Mallard Parkway. Officers at the scene tell WHNT News 19 a married couple, was arguing. Then the woman went to the business. According to police, the man followed her to the building and fired a shot. The shot did not hit […]

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    Wreck shuts down part of Bankhead Parkway

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police Officers are investigating a wreck on Bankhead Parkway. It happening around 5:50 p.m. Sunday evening at the intersection on Douglas Lane. Police told WHNT News 19 one person was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Part of Bankhead Parkway was shut down while officers cleared the scene. One lane is back open as of 6:34 p.m.

  • SATURDAY CUTTING

    BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Confirmed cutting on Shepherd Drive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police Officers responded to a cutting on Shepherd Drive. It happened around 7:20 Saturday evening in the 2400 block. Officers at the scene said several people were intoxicated at a party. That’s when two women got in an altercation. Investigators said one of the women took out a box cutter and cut the other woman across the stomach. They tell us the victim will be okay and will likely need stitches. Officers took the offender to the […]

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    Equipment stolen from Central Middle School

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County Investigators are looking into a case of stolen property from a county school. Sergeant Brent Patterson said sometime after 11:00 a.m. Saturday, unknown offenders took a large amount of lawn equipment from the Central Middle School. The items included two Hustler 72″ zero turn riding lawn mowers, one cub cadet riding lawn mower and an attached trailer. These listed items were stored at the Central School ballpark. Sgt. Patterson said none if the property was covered […]

  • METH BUST

    Morgan County community, Deputies help make drug bust

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Morgan County Deputies and other agencies spent the morning making a drug bust in a community that’s had problems in the past. It started with a phone call from a concerned citizen on Nance Ford Road in Hartselle. That’s where residents say “strange behavior” has been going on for several years. “There has been a constant problem, complaints from the neighborhood, all the community around here for literally years about the activity and actions of the […]

  • Taking steps toward Huntsville’s ‘Big Picture’ plan: Greenways, Ditto Landing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville`s greenways are some of the city’s most loved amenities. Since the first segment opened in the early 1990s, the system has grown to more than 20 miles of paved, multi-use paths in every corner of the city. But, as the 2006 greenway plan shows, we have a long way to go. That plan proposed 188 miles of paved, enjoyable trails. So far, they’ve constructed about 26. Thousands of the outdoorsy type take to these trails everyday. […]

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    State lawmakers push for a bill to prohibit minors riding in bed of pickup trucks

    Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been one year since four young people lost their lives in a fatal wreck near Guntersville. Two of those victims were riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Now, state lawmakers are trying their hands again at a new transportation bill.  It’s one that could help prevent tragedies like that from happening. The bill has failed in the Senate before. But, there’s a strong chance it could pass this time around. Representative Mike Rogers  wants stricter […]

  • Summer Months: ‘100 deadliest days’ for teen drivers

    Ala. (WHNT) – Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in America.  Studies show, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is called “the 100 deadliest days” for teenage drivers. That’s because it’s summer vacation for most beginning drivers. Distracted driving. Drinking and driving. Not wearing a seat belt. Those are the three leading factors the CDC reports lead to 5,500 teen deaths every year. Alabama State Trooper Curtis Summerville wants to remind everyone of a simple fact: Car crashes […]

  • 565 WRECK PI

    SUV flips, slows traffic on I-565

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Traffic was at a standstill Saturday after a SUV rolled over on I-565. A black Nissan Xterra rolled heading eastbound on 565 around 4:30 p.m., about half a mile from the Memorial Parkway south exit. Huntsville Police say the driver was alert and talking to authorities, no major injuries were reported. Traffic was backed up while emergency crews worked to clear the scene. Huntsville Police investigators are looking into what caused the wreck.  

  • New school enrollment forms mandated for Alabama public schools

    Ala. (WHNT) –  It’s that time of year, when parents are enrolling their kids for the upcoming school year. However, the forms this year may look different than last year’s forms. The Southern Poverty Law Center said in May, it found 96 Alabama school systems violating federal enrollment practices, denying or discouraging enrollment for immigrant children. In response the Alabama Department of Education has issued a new standardized enrollment form to prevent discrimination against children based on their immigration status or […]

  • City can put ‘weed liens’ on overgrown Huntsville properties

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – With all this summer rain, you’ve probably noticed your grass is growing more than you would probably like. Even though you may put on some sunscreen and take out the riding mower, your neighbor may not put in that extra effort. They may even let their lawn become a public nuisance, which could earn them a fine. The city has options if a yard looks a mess. A city ordinance is even in place to give them […]