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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 checking out the TVA trails with her adopted dog, Chey.

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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    Storm damage reported in parts of the Shoals

    Shoals, ALA. (WHNT) – A storm knocked down power lines and trees throughout the Valley, but swept through the Shoals area first. Lt. Ive with the Sheffield Police Department Tweeted that there are close to 15 houses in the area with trees on top of them. The River Bluff road area was inaccessible, and impassable in parts. Crews put up cones and blocked roadways to protect everyone from downed, live power lines. Damage reports also came in from Florence about […]

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    Brooks High graduate is youngest person ever to run for Lauderdale County Board of Education

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) –  A recent Brooks High School graduate in Killen left his books and desk behind with his site set on a much bigger role in education. Stokes Kasmeier, 19, is running for a seat on the Lauderdale County Board of Education. “Coming fresh out of high school, you’ve got 12 years that I’ve been through my school career,” Kasmeier said. “I couldn’t figure out a better way to start than our education system. I see so many things that […]

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    TAKING ACTION: Clearing up Cherokee’s faulty water quality report

    CHEROKEE, Ala. (WHNT) –   Neighbors in Cherokee have more questions about the water in their town. They’ve reached to WHNT News 19 for some answers, once again. They asked for help getting to the bottom of a very interesting water quality report. “When it said Joe Jones call at 555-1234, or John Smith as our water quality supervisors, we don’t have water quality supervisors,” explained Kathy Powell, a Cherokee resident. ” We don’t have an Elm Street. We don’t have a Highway 16.” Powell was […]

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    Short film, ‘La Madame’ wraps up production in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A short film production shot partly in Florence is wrapping up this week. ‘La Madame‘ is a Transylvania based vampire story written and directed by Carlos Rosales. CS Productions shot a lot of the film in Florence’s Wildwood Park, and other areas in the south. Some of the cast members are also Florence natives with little to no acting experience. Rosales said it wouldn’t have been as easy of a process without the Florence community backing them. “Everybody’s displaying the dream,” […]

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    Some law enforcement agencies deal with computer database glitches

    LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) – A technical issue is having an impact on police departments here in Alabama. A few of the databases 911 operators and other official agencies use to share criminal and background information have been failing. Lexington Police Chief Augie Hendershot said his officers realized the issue when they tried to send reports after two serious accidents in the area. “Transferring the data from out local computer to the servers in Montgomery, they’re not going through. It’s really slow getting […]

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    ‘World Changers’ build wheelchair ramp in Muscle Shoals

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – A group of students who set out to change the world stopped by the Shoals this week. The “World Changers” are on a mission to do good for others, help communities and spread love. 142 of them from across the country are in the Florence area this week working on a variety of projects to help improve lives. “Right now, we are building a wheelchair ramp for a lady that was in a car accident,” explained […]

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    Shoals groups ‘Hydrate the Homeless’ in Sheffield

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. – Organization from across the Shoals came together in Sheffield Tuesday with one mission, to hydrate the homeless. The Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama handed out cooling items to anyone who needed to protect themselves against this brutal summer heat. “There are always resources handed out in winter months,” explained Melanie Dickens with the Homeless Care Council, “but what about those people that are living in their cars and they don’t have a daily shower or they […]

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    Leaning chapel in Sheffield has new owners, neighbor still concerned

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – A chapel with a lot of history in Sheffield is falling down. It has been for years, but no one was taking steps to repair it. Until now. “We love to bring things back to life,” said new owner Vicki Dean, “and, this church just seemed like it was calling our name. That it wanted to come back.” Vicki Dean and her husband took on a renovation task years overdue. They are now the proud owners […]

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    Water Traffic Advisory: TVA set to replace electrical wires over Tennessee River in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. – The Tennessee Valley Authority has issued a river traffic caution during intermittent transmission line work beginning Tuesday, July 7. TVA transmission construction crews will be replacing the electrical wires and two transmission structures near Tennessee River Mile 256.6, Wilson Dam and the Port of Florence. Work over the waterways will be intermittent between July 7 and mid-August with construction crews working from 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. on weekdays and one weekend. The tentative schedule is as follows: […]

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    Pets more likely to run away on the 4th of July

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – As July 4th approaches, animal control officers ask that you please remember not all members of the family are excited about fireworks. Family pets, such as dogs and cats, are often frightened by fireworks and run away from their own yards. “Hey, shoot your fireworks, be safe, have fun, but don’t get the pets involved,” stressed Colbert County Animal Control officer Anthony Wilbanks. Make sure that your pets are indoors, behind secured fences, or on leashes when fireworks are […]

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    Investigators look for some hungry thieves in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  The owners of Bonnie’s Kountry Cafe in Elgin said they had a stealthy pair of thieves break in Tuesday night. They tell Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Investigators some men broke in through the ceiling, knocked out drywall and headed straight for the kitchen. Investigators said they made off with cases of frozen burger patties and fries. There’s no surveillance footage, so they hope you may know who was responsible. Maybe someone trying to drop you a burger combo on the […]

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    18-Wheeler tears fencing on O’Neal Bridge, shuts down traffic

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT ) – The driver of an 18-wheeler did not follow the warning signs Wednesday posted about taking alternate routes while O’Neal Bridge is under renovations. Project supervisor Don Allen with Seminole Equipment Inc. said the signs are there for a reason. The work the crews are doing cuts down the height restriction of the bridge, and heavy rainfall makes the tarps sag even more. That was the case Wednesday, when around 5:00 p.m. a tractor-trailer ripped eight feet of […]


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