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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.

Recent Articles
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    Two men steal iPads, cash from family owned restaurant

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office are working to catch some men who broke into a family owned restaurant. According to Ronnie Walton, owner of Waltons on Highway 101, two men walked out of his business with thousands of dollars worth of property. It happened around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. “We’ve been hit before, but never like this,” said Walton. “This is the hardest hit.” Surveillance video shows the men entering the dining room with masked […]

  • Patricia and Matthew Ayers, outside the courtroom on Jan. 30, 2015. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

    Judge to Lauderdale County couple convicted in child pornography case: “You both will die in prison”

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A married couple was sentenced Thursday in Lauderdale County for making child pornography. The child was in their custody. Judge Mike Jones sentenced Matthew and Patricia Ayers, telling them they would both spend the rest of their natural lives in prison. Going into the sentencing hearing, both the Ayers had pleaded guilty to sodomy and producing child pornography with a 6-year-old girl they had custody of. “That was our number one objective, was to get this […]

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    Update: Russellville Police catch alleged repeat car burglar

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police in Russellville tracked down an alleged car burglar Thursday. They say he could be responsible for more than a dozen vehicle break-ins in one part of town. From two separate cases, they were able to identify Jerry Austin Swindle as the same man accused of breaking into cars and using stolen items. The break-ins happened in the same neighborhood, in the west side of town, according to Lt. Scotty Lowery. He said the first lead came in […]

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    Muscle Shoals Police continue to investigate double murder

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Muscle Shoals Police responded to the scene of a shooting that left a man and woman dead. Muscle Shoals Police Chief Robert Evans confirms  23-year-old Kayla Glover, of Killen, and 25-year-old Gary Wayne Baskins, of Florence, were shot and killed Saturday morning. According to police, the shooting happened around 2:20 at Jody’s Restaurant located at 1460 Highway 20. “The male was inside of a parked vehicle in the parking lot of the restaurant, the female was outside […]

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    Taking Action: Lumberyard relocates next door to county neighborhood

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Jackie and Allan Scogin are tired of the noise. They’re hoping the lumberyard that relocated next to their subdivision realizes their unhappiness, and finds yet another location. Cameron Isbell opened the lumberyard about five months ago off Highway 157 and Ricks Lane. It’s on their own private property, and it’s out in the county. However, it’s only footsteps away from a man’s home. A six foot fence separates the two. “I just can’t understand why […]

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    Man posing as ‘Certified Alarm’ employee, going door-to-door in Sheffield

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Sheffield Police officers are responding to calls of a door-to-door solicitor. Certified Alarm Co. also sent out an alert on their Facebook page. It says a man is going around claiming to be an employee there. They say he’s trying to trick customers into switching alarms. The post said they man is not affiliated with the company at all. Certified Alarm never solicits in that manner. They’re asking that you warn your neighbors of the scammer. If […]

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    Florence Police officers sport beards to fight domestic violence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Some police officers in Florence are putting down their razors and getting a little scruffy for a good cause. It’s a campaign called ‘Beards for Bucks.’ Any officer who wants to grow a beard these next few months has to put in a minimum of $25. It’s to raise money for One Place of the Shoals. “One of the oaths that you take as a public servant is to be part of that service oriented aspect […]

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    New Colbert County sheriff ready for a few changes

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Shoals welcomed in two new sheriff’s Tuesday, one in Lauderdale County, the other in Colbert County. Sheriff Frank Williamson said he’s looking forward to serving the people of Colbert County. “That’s what I’ve done all my life is serve the people here,” Sheriff Williamson said. “All of my adult life anyway.” He served as a deputy for the department on the streets for more than six years. Prior, he worked for a phone company in […]

  • Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler swears in four new officers. (Photo Courtesy: Florence Police)

    Florence Police welcomes new officers, promotes others

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Police Chief Ron Tyler administered the oath of office to four new Florence Police officers at Tuesday night’s Florence City Council Meeting. They’re pictured in the photograph above (from Left) Officer Andrew Graves, Officer Matt Hayes, Officer Nathan Bissonette, and Officer Max Rhodes. The Chief also recognized newly promoted Sgt. Brad Holmes, Capt. Mike Holt, and Lt. Jeff Stanfield. Best wishes to all of you and thank you for your future service to our community!

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    Former Sheriff leaves behind big upgrades for deputies

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  He might have retired from office Friday, but longtime former Sheriff Ronnie May left the Colbert County department with some huge upgrades. “It’s just like my father always said, you try to leave a place better than when you started,” said May. Over the last five years, they were able to save money from office funds for some huge projects. They were all completed before May left office after four terms as Sheriff. The first was […]

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    Killen, Rogersville PD look for alleged gym thief

    THE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – One man gave the term ‘gym rat’ a whole other meaning in the Shoals. Police in two neighboring cities, Killen and Rogersville, are looking for one man who allegedly took some money from two different businesses. The first was Family Fitness on Highway 72 in Killen. Investigators said a man walked in past the desk and told employees he forgot his keys in the back. Surveillance video shows the man has a black bag in his […]

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    UPDATE: Three people arrested after using butcher knife to rob man

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police charged two women over the weekend for allegedly robbing a man with a butcher knife in October. They arrested Mary Riggs and Jenny Lane on Sunday. Police reports show a third person was arrested on Wednesday. Kenneth Thompson was identified as one of the suspects involved, and investigators said he was taken into custody without incident. A 60-year-old victim reported to investigators that they all lured him to 620 Simpson Street and took a large amount of money […]


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