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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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    Russellville High School students win international rocketry challenge

    PARIS  – Students from Russellville High School have achieved international success — after winning the Team American Rocketry Challenge last month, they went on to win the world finals at the Paris Air Show! The team learned the news Friday.  Seven students from the Russellville City Schools Rockets and Robots Club represented America, and was sponsored by Raytheon. They beat teams from the United Kingdom, who came in second place, and France, who took home third. The winning team members were Cristian […]

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    Upgrades to Long-Lowe housing in Sheffield near completion

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) –  Some much-needed renovations are almost complete in Sheffield. The Sheffield Housing Authority is excited to showcase upgrades they’ve made to the Long-Lowe apartment complex. “That entire part of the city just looks different with this complex,” said Sheffield Housing Authority director Shirley Whitten.  “Like I say, they looked like barracks or something, and now, it looks like any other market rate apartment complex. It’s very, very nice.” The project started in July of 2012. The team with the housing authority […]

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    Florence Police say man pocketed ring from pawn shop in the middle of the day

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT)  – A man in Florence was caught on camera pocketing jewelry from a pawn shop in the middle of the day. Investigators with the Florence Police Department are looking for the man who they said swiped a ring from a display case at Gold, Guns and Guitars on Florence Blvd. The man was caught on camera June 3 around 1:00 in the afternoon reaching behind the counter and pocketing an item before walking out and driving away. The cameras also […]

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    Taking Action: Why are water bills so high in Cherokee?

    CHEROKEE, Ala. (WHNT) – Water bills have become rather expensive over the last few years for those who live in the town of Cherokee. A concerned viewer reached out to WHNT News 19 to figure out why there has been such an increase over the last two years. Kathy Powell’s bills show she’s been paying almost $50 more than average per month since 2013. She said others in her community have been paying even more. Some bills even surpass $100 total per […]

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    Mandatory water cutbacks in place for western Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – The West Lauderdale County Water Board says water resources are low, and it’s putting mandatory cutbacks in place for customers. Linda Lack with the West Lauderdale County Water Board acknowledged it’s early in the summer season to do this, but resources are depleting earlier than usual. The board is asking the community to stop all outside watering until further notice.  Tanks are low right now because of little rain. “Workers have been trying to maintain water […]

  • Enjoying the beach? Law enforcement officials urge you to hold off on posting pictures until you get home. (Image: Petr Kratochvil / MGN Online)

    At the beach? Post pictures when you get home — law enforcement say home burglaries are up in some places

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Home burglaries are on the rise in Colbert County — and they are happening in broad daylight. Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said summer is a prime time for burglars to target your home, and it’s becoming a problem in the outlying areas of the county. “We’re seeing a lot of burglaries during the day while people are either out of town or they’re working,” the sheriff said. He said social media sites most definitely play […]

  • The Dawes family recollecting the attack at First Fridays in Florence

    Police: ‘Lots of movement’ in Florence assault investigation, extra patrols planned for First Fridays

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police investigators are actively investigating an assault that happened at a First Fridays event in Wilson Park. Florence Police Chief Ron Tyler said they are working closely with the family who was attacked by a group of 20 to 30 juveniles. “Lots of movement, but nothing we are prepared to comment on yet,” said Tyler. “We’re still following up on leads and conducting interviews. We have worked closely with the family and they are aware […]

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    Tuscumbia family sells lemonade to fight childhood cancer

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – A Tuscumbia family is spending the weekend selling lemonade to help in the fight against childhood cancer. The Sassin family is among 50 families across the country who have been selected as “Hero Family State Representatives.” They’re joining “Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation” in their fight during lemonade days. “There’s so many kids that get diagnosed like every single day, and not many people are aware of childhood cancer,” said Katelyn Sassin, a childhood cancer survivor. Katelyn was diagnosed […]

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    Alabama senator sued for negligence in 2013 case

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, ALA. (WHNT) – An Alabama state senator is currently involved in a medical malpractice case. Dr. Larry Stutts, an obstetrician-gynecologist who defeated Roger Bedford to win the District 6 seat in northwest Alabama, is joined as defendants in the suit by Gentiva Health Services Inc., as well as two nurses. Court documents that were filed Friday show a Shoals woman he treated is suing Stutts from an incident that occurred in 2013. Stutts is accused of negligence in the lawsuit because […]

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    Police in Florence look for alleged electronics thief

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Florence Police investigators are using surveillance footage to track down a man who they said stole electronics from an area Walmart. The theft happened on May 13 around 1 a.m. Surveillance snapshots show the man wearing a white t-shirt and blue ball cap. Investigators say he has discoloration under his eyes and was driving a Dodge Caravan. This weeks most wanted criminals span the shoals. In Colbert County, sheriff’s investigators are looking for Christopher Darren Fuller. He’s wanted […]

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    UPDATE: Man charged in Tuesday’s hostage situation at Red Bay pharmacy

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. –  The man accused of holding six people hostage at a pharmacy in Red Bay on Tuesday has now been charged in the case. Red Bay Police say Christopher Trail is charged with kidnapping, theft, and robbery of the pharmacy. Prior to that, a residence was broken into, and he is also charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief.  He appeared in court for a hearing Wednesday and was transferred to the Franklin County Jail.  Trail’s bond is […]

  • The newly paved Waterfall Walk at the Rockpile area of the TVA reservation in Muscle Shoals (Photo By: Kristine Shattuck-Cooper)

    TVA improves reservation in Muscle Shoals, will hold celebration Saturday

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is wrapping up improvements and new attractions at their reservation in Muscle Shoals. They are inviting the community to celebrate Rockpile Recreation Area facilities just below Wilson Dam. Staff will be on hand Saturday, June 13 to guide participants through the area and provide free recreation goodies from 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. They will also hold a three mile bike ride for national trails day Saturday.  They ask bikers to meet in front […]


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