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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.

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    New buildings open as students start new year at UNA

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – As students head to the University of North Alabama campus for a new school year, two new building will be ready to greet them. “Students are excited, said David Shields, vice president of student affairs. “You can feel the excitement on the campus.” Along Pine Street, a new residence hall for freshmen and a state of the art science building stand tall. “Students that have moved into the new residence hall this year were just thrilled […]

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    EMA Director: Treat Wilson Lake channel as a major highway in the Shoals

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Lauderdale County Emergency Management officials warn that the Wilson Lake channel can be dangerous for boaters. They ask that when you’re heading out on the water, to treat the channel as though it were a major highway. “It’s the interstate that runs through our Shoals area,” said Lauderdale County EMA director George Grabryan, “and we’ve got a lot of commercial traffic that goes back and forth on the river.” With industry lining both shorelines, large […]

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    Lauderdale-Florence Tourism Board selects Canadian as executive director

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT ) –  Florence-Lauderdale Tourism board members voted Tuesday to offer the executive director’s job to Rob Carnegie. Members said Carnegie currently holds a similar position in Canada. Now, he has to formally accept the offer. Carnegie was the first of three candidates members interviewed for the position left empty in February. In a second motion today the board voted to give assistant director Alison Stanfield, also a candidate for the job, a $7,500 bonus for the job she has done the […]

  • Taking Action: Water safety facts put boating fatalities into perspective

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – This month alone, there have been at least four drownings in the Tennessee Valley, many of which were the result of not wearing a life jacket. “Make sure you have them,” stressed Senior State Trooper Jonathan Appling, “because that’s a big part of boating safety, ensuring that if something does happen that they do remain safe because even the best swimmers, the best, most competent swimmers still can get into trouble out there on the water. Especially big bodies […]

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    U.S. Coast Guard continues its search missing victim after boating accident on Wilson Lake

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL-  Authorities say a woman is dead, one boater still missing and several others injured after a pontoon boat was hit by a barge on Wilson Lake. A total of eight people were impacted in this incident. Authorities say the accident happened around 10:15 p.m. Saturday night, one mile East of Wilson Dam. The victims told police the pontoon boat stalled just before the barge hit it. Crew members on the barge were able to rescue six victims who were […]

  • Taking Action: Addressing the sinking crosswalks in downtown Tuscumbia

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – The brick crosswalks in downtown Tuscumbia make the city unique in the Shoals, but those crosswalks are becoming a hazard to drivers. A viewer in Tuscumbia reached out to WHNT News 19 through social media concerned about the condition of those crosswalks, and worries they could pop a tire. “The basic problem is these crosswalks,” Travis Bolton explained. “They’re very pretty, but they’re starting to sink in.” Bolton said the only solution right now is to […]

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    Police work to identify 3 thieves at Russellville Walmart

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Russellville Walmart seems to be a hot spot for criminals these past few weeks.  Police are looking into three different thefts, — some creative, some, not so much. One of the men they are working to identify switched the price tag on an expensive fishing rod reel to something a little cheaper.  He’s wanted for theft by deception. Investigators said another man simply strolled out of the store with a buggy full of items he didn’t pay […]

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    Man drowns after slipping off sea wall in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – A Colbert County man drowned in Bear Creek behind his step father’s home Friday. It happened on Creekside Drive in the Riverton Rose community. Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson identified the drowning victim as Gary Kent, 63. Investigators say Kent reportedly fell off the sea wall built behind his step father’s home sometime between 5:30 – 6:00 a.m. Kent’s 90-year-old dad tried to to jump in and save him.      

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    Franklin County sheriff’s deputies now equipped with body cameras

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Law enforcement agencies across the Tennessee Valley continue to work to keep up with changing times.  Body cameras are becoming the norm to protect both officers and citizens, and Franklin County deputies are now ready to record. “We’ve been working on it a few months to try and obtain the grant and funding to buy it and it just so happened we were able to get 80 percent of the money,” said Franklin County Sheriff […]

  • School leaders select location for temporary Florence Middle School in 2016

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence city school leaders selected the location where they will temporarily place Florence Middle School while renovations are underway next school year. Florence City Schools superintendent Janet Womack said they will place portables in the green space behind Hibbett Middle School next fall. That location was large enough for the 700 middle school students. Womack said the location was selected for numerous reasons, with safety and security as their first priority. “That location has one main road […]

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    Volunteer fire departments push for ‘fire service fee’ in Franklin County

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Franklin County has 13 volunteer fire departments. However, none of them receive any funding, other than the occasional grant. “If we don’t get grants, we’re on our own,” said East Franklin Volunteer Fire Department chief Rodney Alexander. “We have to do it our self. We have to have fundraisers in order to keep our fire departments going. We have some individuals that pay their fire fees on a yearly basis, but it’s not everyone. So, it’s tough.” […]

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    UPDATE: Community support pours in for deputy in intensive care after crash

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Lauderdale County deputy remains in intensive care after a serious crash over the weekend. However, the community is stepping up for him and his family. Sheriff Rick Singleton said Austin Hill was involved in a one vehicle crash in his patrol car in the area of County Road 139, northwest of Zip City. He said it started when Hill responded to calls of drug activity in the area, then he spotted the vehicle in […]


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