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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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    Volunteer fire fighters put out chimney fire in Zip City

    Lauderdale County, Ala. (WHNT) – Four volunteer fire departments responded to a fire Monday, despite the wind, the sleet and even a little bit of ice. Zip City Volunteer Fire Department said the call came out around 4:00 in the evening. When they arrived, they quickly saw the source of the flames. “The chimney was on fire, it was smoking pretty heavy,” said Zip City Fire Chief Robin Mitchell. “Of course the home owners built the fire to try and  stay warm.” […]

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    Organ donor’s mother urges community to register

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – National Donor Day is one that hits close to home in the Muscle Shoals community. In honor of celebrating organ donors, high school students at Muscle Shoals High School are spreading awareness and urging their peers to register. Through next week, students are set up in the cafeteria to help register anyone through the Alabama Organ Center. They’re also selling red shirts for $15 in honor of three of their fellow students, who have both received […]

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    Drug bust nets 10 arrests in Franklin County

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  Law enforcement in Franklin County spent a morning this week rounding up some criminals to get them off the streets. The Franklin County Drug Unit, Franklin County deputies and Russellville Police officers arrested ten criminals Wednesday on various drug related charges. They stemmed from grand jury indictments and felony warrants. Those arrested were Denise Terry Miller, 43-Phil Campbell; Karla Laraye Watson,40-Russellville; Howard Ray Trapp Sr., 65-Phil Campbell; John Randall Scott, 54-Russellville; Marsha Dean Pruitt-Bey, 38-Russellville; Steven […]

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    DreamVision SoundScape: Unanswered questions, skepticism remain

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Wednesday’s announcement by DreamVision may have made the idea of the world’s largest theme park in Alabama sound a little more concrete. However, both leaders in the Shoals and leaders from the state have unanswered questions. CEO of Provident Global Capital, LLC. Bryan Robinson announced they’ve secured 3.5 billion dollars in funding for the project. But, we have yet to learn where it’s coming from. We did learn the company registered with the state of Alabama […]

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    UPDATE: Animals from hoarding case surrendered to district attorney

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The couple who have been jailed on animal cruelty charges after a massive hoarding case reached a deal with the Lauderdale County District Attorney. They handed their 200 animals over to the state Monday night. “We reached an agreement with both of the Sherwoods to surrender the animals, so we’ve got that behind us,” said Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly. Animal control officers seized the animals on Jan. 30.  Laura Fitterman Sherwood and her husband Pat are […]

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    Shoals students guiding tomorrow’s workforce

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s no secret that students who attend career academies are there to prepare themselves for the workforce. Muscle Shoals Career Academy has partnered with Lyons HR to create a work-based learning program for students in the Shoals. It’s an idea that puts experienced students in real-world work settings. It’s also one of a kind. ‘Pathfinder Alabama’ is a program MSCA Director Gary Dan Williams worked on for years. They placed their 13 best and brightest students […]

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    Killen Police: Reports of door-to-door scammer in the area

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – The Killen Police Department is warning residents of a door-to-door solicitor in the area. They say they’ve received complaints of two men going door to door in Killen inquiring about alarm systems with home owners. Officials say the men are driving a black sedan, possibly a KIA with aftermarket wheels and a dealership drive off tag with possible letters “SGI” on the tag. They urge if you have any contact with the men, please call 911 and advise them […]

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    Community tips help investigators make multiple arrests

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – With the help of the community, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s investigators have been able to track down more criminals and make more arrests. Investigator Brad Bolton says the department continues to get a big response from the community countywide. More and more neighbors are calling in crime tips. “They’re helping us track down stolen property and giving us tips as to who the suspects may be,” Bolton said. “That gives us some type of direction to go […]

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    Russellville Police still looking for a thief who targeted a local business

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Russellville Police investigators are still working to identify a thief caught on camera at a local business. A man was caught rummaging through drawers back in December last year. Investigators said he made off with $60 cash and an electronic device from the business on December 4th. Hopefully, you might recognize the man from the snake tattoo on his arm. Russellville Police officers are also looking for some criminals this week who are wanted on grand jury indictments. […]

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    EMA picks up agency for 911 dispatch, no major problems

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Colbert County Emergency Management Agency picked up calls for Sheffield police in early January. Colbert County EMA Director Mike Melton said it has been a month of adjusting, but they were prepared for the heavier workload. “I think we’re on the same page and we’re getting closer with them each day,” Melton said. “We’ve had our ups and downs as far as the flows of dispatches. Anytime you start dispatching another agency there’s an […]

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    Listerhill Credit Union upgrading computer system, closing temporarily

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Many members got the memo that Listerhill Credit Union is upgrading its computer system at the end of the month. The upgrades will mean faster service, but they will also require shutting all services down temporarily. “The branch is being closed, as well as online banking, mobile banking and our automated access 24-hour access telephone teller,” said Kristen Mashburn with Listerhill Credit Union. All 11 branches will shut down all services during the upgrade. That includes […]

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    Leighton Police start the new year with multiple arrests

    LEIGHTON, Ala. (WHNT) –  Police in Leighton have had a successful start to the new year. They’ve made multiple arrests on various cases, which means a lot for such a small town. One big arrest, getting 34-year-old Paul Richard Willis off the streets.  Police Chief Brandon Hood said Willis was a passenger in a car that was stopped for speeding. “We discovered that he had Ice, which is the purest form of Crystal Meth,” said Hood. “That’s something we don’t see a lot […]


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