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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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    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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    Sheffield police officer finds time to play football with kids

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – A woman in the Shoals sent us a photo over the weekend that we’d like to share with you. A police officer is seen playing football with children in the Long Lowe housing projects in Sheffield. “With everything going on with the police dealing with Ferguson, I believe this shows a side that everyone needs to see,” said Lashawnda Jones. Thank you for the picture, Lashawnda. We reached out to the officer in the picture, Nick […]

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    PartCycle gets $5,000 boost

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – One start up business in the Shoals got an extra boost this week. PartCycle won the Idea Audition competition and a nice sum of cash. PartCycle is an automotive marketplace that could save some time looking to sell or buy recycled auto parts.  Andy Alonso founded the business 19 months ago with Brandon Gillis. “We got together with a simple goal of trying to find an industry that we were both passionate about, and one that was in […]

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    Tuscumbia city leaders looking into flooding solutions

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) –  Just when some residents in Tuscumbia thought they would never have relief from flooding issues, city council members moved forward with a grant process that will do just that. Tuscumbia is known for its flash flooding during heavy downpours. It’s a concern that’s only getting worse with time and failing infrastructure. The lack of city funding has postponed the issue for years. Monday night, the mayor and city council members asked the community for help in determining […]

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    Incoming Sheriff Singleton selects chief deputy

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  Lauderdale County Sheriff Elect Rick Singleton selected a chief deputy Monday. Singleton chose longtime Sheriff’s deputy Richard Richey to work by his side. Singleton was elected November 4, and he takes office Janurary 20. After what he called ‘prayerful consideration’ of 11 candidates, Singleton said it was Richey’s diverse law enforcement experience that got him the position. Richey served the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office for 32 years. “Chief Richey, like myself, began his law enforcement career as […]

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    UNA students push for gender neutral, family friendly restrooms

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –   Campus restrooms are a hot topic recently at the University of North Alabama. In this case, it’s the lack of gender neutral and family restrooms, and students feel it’s an issue.  The student senate voted Thursday night on a resolution covering special restrooms. Kekoria Greer is student government president at UNA. She said the proposed recommendations to the board are a proactive approach to a growing issue. “We see that some students feel uncomfortable here,” […]

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    Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office searches for horse thieves

      LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – It may sound like something from a western movie, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s investigators need your help to some horse thieves. A witness caught these two men (pictured) taking  two horses from a home on Clay Hill Road in Florence. It happened around august 19th. Pictures show one truck and another car driving up to the property, loading up the two horses, then driving away. Investigators hope someone might be able to identify the thieves by the […]

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    Colbert County animal abuse case officially closed

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Tuscumbia man was in court Wednesday for what Colbert County Animal Control officers said was the worst animal abuse case they’ve ever encountered. Reverend Green Davidson IV accepted a plea deal in Tuscumbia city court. It included two counts of animal abuse, $2,000 restitution to the Colbert County Animal Shelter, up to a 20 day suspended jail sentence and two years probation. Colbert County Animal Control officers charged Davidson with six counts of animal abuse back […]

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    Entrepreneurs pitch business ideas at UNA to win $5,000

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  From fashion to geriatrics, people of all ages took an opportunity to make their ideas something bigger in Florence Tuesday. Entrepreneurs of all ages pitched business ideas to a panel at the University of North Alabama. Participants competed for a chance to win $5,000 and a chance to network and start up a business. Idea Audition is a joint venture between the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and the University of North Alabama. Participants presented business ideas […]


    Florence man arrested, tied to multiple crimes

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police arrested a man who they have tied to a string of break-ins, and now, a robbery. Police charged 24-year-old Brandon Lee Hollis with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle, theft of property, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, plus fraudulent use of a credit card. Investigators said Hollis broke into two vehicles Sunday night and then tried to use a credit card stolen from one of the cars at a […]

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    UPDATE: Russellville Police say alleged Walmart thief returned tablet

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators with the Russellville Police Department said an alleged thief returned a stolen tablet to the owners. The incident happened at Walmart on October 30th after a couple put the tablet down at an employment computer, and it was stolen. The person returned it to the owners Friday after watching the Crime Stoppers report. The couple will not press charges. The Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office is looking for multiple criminals wanted for writing worthless checks and failing to […]


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