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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.

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    UNA student arrested following on-campus robbery

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – University of North Alabama campus police arrested a student this morning for a weekend robbery. The incident happened on campus. UNA Interim Police Chief Mark Parker said 22-year-old Joshua Jones is charged with third-degree robbery and third-degree theft of property. He said Jones lives off campus. Jones is accused of robbing a man near Lion Drive and Circular Road Sunday. According to police, Jones allegedly took the man’s cellphone and wallet. They recovered the wallet. “The victim […]

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    Seaport Airlines: “We’re the last hometown airline for the Shoals”

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) –  Seaport Airlines is officially open for business at the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport in Muscle Shoals. Economic development leaders and frequent flyers in the Shoals have waited 20 years for the direct flight to Nashville. Airline leaders are calling it the “last hometown airline in the Shoals.” “We really see ourselves as the Shoals’ hometown airline, and you won’t be needing to look for another one,” said Seaport Airlines President Rob McKinney. “We are your last […]

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    Florence’s Meals on Wheels program hopes to clear waiting list in 2015

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Meals on Wheels program in the Shoals is in good standing as we enter 2015. Program leaders are thanking generous donors and Buffalo Rock radio, who helped raise more than $2,500 for the program though a Pepsi Challenge fundraiser. Eva Graham is the Meals on Wheels program director. She said that fundraiser helped get them in a good position. “Yes, it helped us greatly, and we really appreciate it,” Graham said. “I hope Pepsi continues […]

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    Hometown church helps Florida man raise funds for power wheelchair

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –    There’s currently an effort to raise money for a man who needs an electric wheelchair to get around. From Wood Avenue in Florence to Panama City Beach where John Benson now lives, a hometown church is helping during a time of need. Benson moved from Florence to start a life with his now fiancé Mandi Haroldson . However, his electric wheelchair broke down. Now, he’s stuck in a nursing home. “The wheelchair would allow me to get […]

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    Engineer helps solve hometown flooding problems

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) –   We’ve all heard that home is where the heart is. For engineer Kelly Taft, home is where she’s putting her heart into fixing some serious problems. One of our Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin once said, “you may delay; but time will not.” That’s clearly the case with conditions of roads and bridges across the nation; time is actually delaying the inevitable. “The dilapitation of our current infrastructure is a big problem,” said Kelly with Kelly Group […]

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    Florence apartment complex offers storm shelter to tenants

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A developer in Florence is building a storm shelter for tenants, right in the apartment complex. The site is at the Meadows off Helton Drive, and construction is still underway. It’s a sight not often seen around town. “It is the first in this area, and hopefully some other folks will follow suit,” said Tom Wideman, the apartment complex developer. “We talked about it and just decided that that would be a good thing to offer.” It’s been […]

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    Killen Fire & Rescue helps one of their own, no one hurt in early morning fire

      KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – Killen Fire & Rescue workers responded to an early morning fire at a fellow firefighter’s home. It happened around 4:45 a.m. Sunday morning on Maury Lane off Highway 72 in Killen. Will Rogers said his dog woke him up to warn him about the blaze. He said he tried to put the flames out himself, but eventually had to call it in. “This is my family,” Rogers said. “I’ve worked here for 14 years.” It […]

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    Domestic violence tends to increase during holiday season

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Although the holiday season is a time for family, many struggle with the pressure. This time of year is also one when domestic abuse is more prevalent. Recently, that’s reflected in the number of domestic violence cases in the Florence area. Arrest records show six domestic violence, abuse and assault arrests over the last two days in the area. From strangulation/suffocation to aggravated family child abuse – it’s a trend. Sgt. Cliff Billingsley with Florence Police said, “the holiday season […]

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    Santa’s Castle welcomes everyone in the Shoals

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Driving down Highway 72 through Rogerville, it’s hard to miss what looks like a Christmas castle glowing off the side of the road. This was the first year Santa’s Castle was open to visitors in the Shoals, offering everyone an opportunity to walk through a winter wonderland, Santa’s home. Outside, hundreds of glowing lights an decorations captivate drivers. Shane Dabbs really knows how to share Christmas spirit, it’s his passion. “I’ve been a collector of Christmas decorations […]

  • Window dressing for a cause, bringing Christmas to shelter animals

    Florence, Ala. (WHNT) –   The end of the year is a hard time for animal shelters, people get busy and funds start to run short. Coiffure at 108  in downtown Florence is hoping to ease the burden. They’re working to stuff their window full of donations for the animal shelter. It’s a window dressing for a cause. “We decided that since we didn’t get to the mall to pick up an angel and take a family on, we decided to […]

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    Power restored in Colbert County after overnight copper theft

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Utility crews in the Shoals spent the morning working to restore power in a community after an overnight copper wiring theft. Steve Hargrove with Sheffield Utilities said someone broke into one of their substations and took underground copper wire and other items causing a power outage in the Ford City area. Hargrove said calls started coming in around 6:00a.m. Wednesday morning. The Colbert County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

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    Troopers urge drivers to stay aware of deer on the road

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –   With wet roads and more drivers out for the holidays, Alabama State Troopers want to remind drivers of one more danger:  deer. Statewide, statistics show the number of accidents involving a driver who actually hit a deer have gone up by about 200 since 2011. The same deer-vehicle collision report shows more people are getting hurt in the wrecks over time.  Deer Crashes 2011 2012 2013 Crashes 1,993 2,008 2,167 Injuries 173 133 180 Fatalities […]


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