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Catherine Awasthi joined WHNT News 19 in October 2013 as a producer and multimedia journalist. Born and raised in New Orleans and Palm Beach, she is excited to continue her career in the South.

Catherine is a graduate of the University of Florida where 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 or producing your weekend news, you can find her at Monte Sano State Park with her newly adopted dog, Chey. She's also usually planning her next big trip across the globe!

You can usually catch Catherine on air Wednesday-Friday evenings at 5, 6, & 6:30.

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 @cat_awasthi.

Recent Articles
  • New brand, more patients, more funding for Mental Health Clinic of Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  Executive Director Brian Davis of the Mental Health Center of Madison County was back in front of commissioners Wednesday. A name change is in the works for the facility to attract more patients to get help. With more patients, the center hopes for more money to provide quality care. During the last Madison County Commission meeting, Davis announced they facility will do business as ‘WellStone Behavioral Health‘. The registered name will stay as is, but leaders are […]


    TEDx inspires, elevates Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Elevating and lifting ideas higher. That was the motivation behind this years TEDx Talks in Hunstsville. Sunday’s event was one of the largest turnouts, with lines to register out the door and almost every seat filled. Innovators, thinkers, entrepreneurs and leaders came together with a common theme. Lisa Williams is an entrepreneur herself. She was a speaker in last year’s Ted Talks. This year, she was a host along side Dwight Pope. Pope also spoke at last year’s […]

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    Three businesses broken into, same building in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Someone broke into three businessess in West Huntsville Sunday evening. Huntsville Police are investigating break ins at American National, V.V.G. Inc. and Lorilard Tabbacco on Wynn Drive. They all happened around 6:55 p.m. Investigators say an unknown offender kicked in the doors to all three businesses. They don’t know if anything was taken. They will continue to investigate.


    RUFF boys help build confidence, character and bikes

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) –  A group of RUFF boys in Madison are giving back to their community. RUFF stands for ‘Ready yoUrself For the Future’. Saturday, the Develop class #1 did just that. They’re taking small steps to make a big differences, both in their lives and the lives of others. The class was at Fire Station #1. Mayor Troy Trulock stopped by to help make an impact on the boys. Behind it all is Anthony Graham. He started RUFF in 2010. “We have three main core […]

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    Small plane crashes in Guntersville, no one hurt

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A small plane crashed in Guntersville Saturday morning. The Piper Cherokee aircraft went down into the water near Buck Island. The pilot was not hurt and there are no reports of any injuries. No word yet on what caused the crash.

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    Huntsville Police: Man robbed in his Huntsville hotel room

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police are investigating a robbery that happened at the Red Carpet Inn on University Drive. The victim told investigators a man drove him to his hotel room around 11:30 Saturday morning. He said a short time later that man went to his room, hit him in the face, and took some money from him. No one was badly injured. Police are still looking for the robber.

  • TAKING ACTION UPDATE: A young mother pleads for help after shoddy repair job

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -A Woodway Pines tenant is asking for help with a leaky ceiling. On Thursday Stephanie Woods said the an officer with Huntsville Code Enforcement surveyed the damage in her apartment. She said they gave management four months to fix the leak and repair the damp carpet and water marks it caused. Woods came to WHNT News 19 with pictures from two months ago of some water damage. Maintenance went to repair the damage last month, and management thought it was […]


    UPDATE: Charged dropped against woman arrested for attempted murder

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Morgan County woman arrested for attempted murder has been set free. Ranae Campbell’s attorney says his client’s charges have all been dropped. Her sister and alleged victim, Dovie Patterson, is now charged with false reporting, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest. It was originally reported that Giles County investigators said Campbell allegedly went to her Patterson’s home in Tennessee early Wednesday morning and attacked her with her fists and a knife. That report proved to be false.


    Round two of Pop Up Parks in Downtown Huntsville set for October

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The unexpected and exciting mini-parks that popped up in Downtown Huntsville are making a comeback. Downtown Huntsville Inc. CEO Chad Emerson announced Wednesday that a dozen small, temporary parks will be set up around the historic Courthouse Square and Washington Street from Oct. 16-26. That’s more than double the time the parks were here last year. “Move out the cars and bring in the people,” said Emerson. “That’s the motto for the Pop Up Park experience.” […]

  • Downed power lines caused part of North Parkway in Huntsville to shut down Saturday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville Police worked for hours to repair power lines on the access road to the North Parkway between University and I-565 Saturday. Traffic was blocked while crews worked to repair the lines. Officers say it’s not clear if a car hit the lines, or if they were downed due to the storms. There is not any word on injuries or power outages. Huntsville Police started blocking traffic around 6:45 Saturday evening.

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    UPDATE: Child found, Amber Alert cancelled for 9-year-old boy

    FAIRFIELD, AL (WHNT) –  UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled around 1:30 am on Sunday, August 31, child has been found safe. WHNT NEWS 19’s news partners, AL.com, report the boy was found unharmed at his grandmother’s house in Prichard which is in Mobile County. The boy was taken into protective custody as authorities investigate. Here’s the background information leading to the alert: Fairfield Police Chief Leon Davis Jr. says 9-year-old Felix Rhashud was taken from his residence by his grandmother Saturday […]

  • Meridianville Middle School student passes away after medical complications

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Hazel Green community is dealing with the loss of a Meridianville Middle School student who passed away Friday. The family tells WHNT News 19  eighth-grader Will Walker died from a chronic lung disease and a staph infection following cancer treatment. He has been battling acute myeloid leukemia. On behalf of Superintendent David Copeland and the entire school system, I express my deepest sympathies to the Walker family and friends during this most difficult time,” […]


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