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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
  • UPDATE: Wood burning stove responsible for fatal fire in Rogersville

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala. – New details have come to light in the fire that took the life of a man in Rogersville last Tuesday. Police announced the cause of the fire was a wood burning stove malfunctioning in the garage. The Rogersville Police Department confirmed the victim was  88-year-old Joe Romine. Family members said Joe Romine died when a fire started in his garage at his residence on Tipton Road, just off of Hwy 72 in Rogersville. Romine was working on a vehicle in […]

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    Teen marijuana use reports conflict after more states legalize, decriminalize drug

    There have been some conflicting reports on teen drug use, especially marijuana, as more states start to legalize the drug. The Washington Post reports teen alcohol and drug use, including marijuana use, was down across the board in 2014. The marijuana findings are particularly noteworthy given that Colorado and Washington state implemented full-scale retail marijuana markets this year, and Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., voters opted to do the same.  They report that, “there’s a substantial body of research showing that […]

  • UPDATE: 11 days, 267 hours for 2,282 toys stuffed on a bus

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  The Shoals community helped stuff thousands of toys onto a school bus, all so everyone here has a Christmas. It was all a part of KISS FM BAMA‘s Stuff-A-Bus toy drive. 23-year-old Hunter Jackson lived on the bus until it was stuffed. 11 days, 267 hours later, the bus was at toy capacity and unloaded at the old Board of Education building in Florence. They collected over 2,000 toys for kids on Colbert and Lauderdale County, to […]

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    Thief steals money, electronic device from Russellville business

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Russellville Police investigators need your help identifying a thief. They say a man made off with some cash from a local business on December 4th. Surveillance video caught him rummaging through desks and collecting envelopes. Officers say he made off with about $60 and an electronic device. Hopefully you might recognize the man from the snake tattoo on his arm. Investigators with Russellville Police are also looking for some of this weeks most wanted.   First on their list, Melissa Green. […]

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    High schoolers adopt 40 Angels for Christmas

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – A group of students at Muscle Shoals High School organized a generous amount of holiday cheer. They pooled their resources together from classes and school clubs to adopt Angels from the Salvation Army this year. Macy McCollister is the Inter Club president at Muscle Shoals High School. She was in charge of pulling it all together. “It’s just so rewarding to see everyone in our student body, their willingness to give back to the community at such a […]

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    Crime Alert: Florence Police urge you not to advertise your purchases to thieves

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators with the Florence Police Department have issued a crime alert. They say the holiday season is a prime time for opportunity crimes. They have responded to 40 active theft cases in the past 30 days. “Criminals look for the easiest opportunity to gain merchandise or any type of property they want,” said Sgt. Cliff Billingsley. “One of the ways to prevent that is to not let them know you have it.” A few tips, don’t […]


    Franklin County Sheriff: Man dies in car accident involving a horse

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Franklin County man was killed in a one-car accident involving a horse. Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver confirms 55-year-old Richard Hugh Murphy of the Oak Grove community died Thursday. Oliver confirms  Murphy’s car hit a horse  late at night on Franklin 724, about three miles east of Russellville. He died at the scene. Officials said the crash also killed the horse. Tina Rosekrans was a passenger in Murphy’s car. She was airlifted to and treated […]

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    Historic marker to commemorate ‘The Rolling Stones’ in the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Legendary musicians unveiled a historic marker in Florence Friday, commemorating the time The Rolling Stones spent in the area 45 years ago. The marker sits at at the site of the former Holiday Inn on South Court Street (now the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown) which is where the band stayed while recording three of their biggest hits. On December 1969, The Rolling Stones recorded three songs in Sheffield in that evoked the country, blues and R&B sound of […]

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    Muscle Shoals Police: Man steals beer, cigarettes from gas station

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – A smash-and-grab has Muscle Shoals Police investigators looking for a thief, and they weren’t just after cash. Video surveillance shows a man throwing something heavy into the door at Fuel City in Muscle Shoals and breaking the glass on November 29. Once inside, you can see the man stuffing something into a plastic bag. Investigators say the thief cleared the gas station out of Newport cigarettes. He didn’t quite make it out the door before grabbing […]

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    Florence church welcomes everyone, feeds thousands

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – First United Methodist Church in downtown Florence spent days preparing to feed more people than ever before. They cooked food for over three thousand homeless, less fortunate or just plain hungry neighbors. Wannell Scott, a discipleship minister at the church, spearheaded the efforts. She said they’ve had more volunteers this year than years prior. “This is ministry in action,” Scott said. “The younger generation they see a lot, but they want to physically be able to do something in the […]

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    Florence Police looking for sticky fingered Walmart thieves

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –   Florence Police Department investigators are looking for some thieves. They say a man and woman caused a scene at the Cloverdale Wal-mart and got away with some merchandise on November 18. Surveillance cameras caught some people running from a loss prevention officer. Investigators said they were caught shoplifting, then got into a scuffle with the officer. They’re hoping you may recognize the man’s tattoo (pictured above) or anything to help identify the alleged shoplifters. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department […]


    Buy a 20 oz. Pepsi product, benefit ‘Meals on Wheels’

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – When we think of the holiday season, a nice hot meal is usually at the top of the list. The Tuscumbia Division of Buffalo Rock is helping to provide warm meals to hundreds of neighbors who would otherwise not receive one. You can participate in their ’20 oz. 1 4 U’ fundraiser by simply quenching your thirst. “Buy 20 oz. Pepsi products! It’s what you’re doing already anyway,” said Mike Hamilton, Buffalo Rock’s local General Manager. […]


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