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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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    Traffic Alert: Concrete barricades up on O’Neal Bridge

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Construction workers replaced the orange traffic cones on O’Neal Bridge in Florence with concrete barricades. Alabama Department of Transportation officials confirmed they will be up for a majority of the restoration project. “On the bridge it will be stop and go,” stressed Florence Police Officer Jeremy Keeton. “We want to make sure everyone is safe, and make sure everyone gets to where they’re going safely. So, again, plan on taking an alternate route if possible. Keaton said the […]

  • Battle continues for increase in deputy uniform allowance in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The battle continues in Lauderdale County over who should pay for an increase in the Sheriff’s deputies uniform allowance, and how much that increase should be. Sheriff Rick Singleton said for the past 40 years, the department has only been allowed about $300 per deputy per year by law to supply uniforms. Deputies currently pay out-of-pocket for basic uniforms, up to $500. Singleton is ready for an increase, but in Lauderdale County, it will take an act in the […]

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    Russellville Police: Man walks out of Walmart with $1,000 TV

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Russellville Police investigators are working to track down a man who they said stole an item with a hefty price tag. Surveillance video shows a man walk through the Walmart garden center to the electronics department. Then, you can see the man pick up a television, put it in his shopping cart and walk away. Investigators said the man walked straight out of the garden center, and put the item in his car. They said the TV was worth $1,100 […]

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    Women & Guns: Changing culture at the shooting range

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – To many, handling firearms is predominately left in the hands of men.  That’s changing, though. More and more women are taking steps to protect themselves, starting at the shooting range. “More and more ladies are coming in,” said Last Resort Guns co-owner Andrew Jones. “They see it very much as a, I won’t say they’re scared, I’d say they are concerned for their safety. They recognize that sometimes they are on their own.” Janet Gray is […]

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    1,700 pounds of trash removed from Tennessee River in the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –   An extraordinary river cleanup is wrapping up in the Shoals. Living Lands & Waters has helped to remove eight million pounds of trash from rivers across the nation. They spent the last four days in the Shoals. “In our time here I feel like we made it a little bit better, and we left a mark,” said Living Lands & Waters founder Chad Pregracke, “but we didn’t leave it better as in just us, we did it as a whole.” […]

  • Gus Malzahn ‘Tiger Treks’ through the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A lot of orange and blue hype in the Shoals. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn made his first stop in north Alabama Monday, along side Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl. Malzahn said the Shoals tops his list of stops on the annual ‘Tiger Trek’. “It’s really great,” Coach Malzahn smiled. “It’s one of my favorite stops. You can just tell the passion of the fans. It’s always one of the stops I look forward to.” The Shoals Area Auburn […]

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    Police look for two men accused of stealing debit cards, truck

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Tuscumbia Police investigators need your help tracking down a pair of thieves, accused of using stolen debit cards. They said two men are making rounds with debit cards they allegedly stole from cars around the Tuscumbia area. The men attempted to use the stolen cards at multiple gas stations and convenience stores. Surveillance cameras caught the men leaving the Walmart in Muscle Shoals on April 28 and May 2. Investigators also said the men stole a white […]

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    Shoals residents express concerns about proposed mental health cuts

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Hundreds of people gathered Monday night in the Shoals to talk about proposed cuts to the mental health care budget in the state. It was a chance for clients and patients to voice concerns about what they may lose if those cuts go through. The town hall-style meeting was held at the Riverbend Center for Mental Health, the primary facility in the Shoals area. They serve more than 7,000 people in Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties. With […]

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    ‘TipSoft’ app helps you report crime by text message in the Shoals

    LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) – There is a new tool to help catch criminals in the Shoals. The Shoals Area Crime Stoppers just picked up ‘TipSoft’, a crime reporting app. The app helps to make reporting a crime or sending a tip to officials much easier. “It’s a tip management software that’s been around for about 12 years now and it’s actually the leading tip managing software available today,” said Shoals Area Crime Stoppers President Augie Hendershot. “People can actually use their […]

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    Bigger & Better: New Hackleburg school set to open next fall

    HACKEBURG, Ala. (WHNT) – Laying down flooring doesn’t usually build excitement, but in the town of Hackleburg, it means more than we can imagine. Their new school is almost completely rebuilt, and it is set to open for the upcoming school year. An EF-5 tornado took down both the high school and elementary school four years ago this week. “Of course, we’re not very patient people,” smiled Hackleburg High School Principal John Hardin. “We’ve all been wanting to get in this thing since […]

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    Lawrence County teachers and students somber after property tax referendum fails

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The next day after Lawrence County residents shot down higher property taxes to help the county’s education system with an overwhelming majority of 79% against to 21% for, the mood at Lawrence County High School was somber. Advanced Placement History teacher and baseball coach Denton Bowling said he tried to comfort students who asked him if the school was still going to have a baseball team.  He talked about the vote with his students as it […]

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    Hackleburg tornado victim’s memory lives on through Wrangler scholarship

    HACKLEBURG, Ala. (WHNT) – The community gathered in the town of Hackleburg Monday to remember the victims and devastation left by the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. An EF-5 struck the town at 3:27 in the afternoon, wiping out schools and homes. It also killed 25 people in Marion County, including the town of Hackleburg. “It was a battlefield here,” said Roger Knight. “I went up to the Wrangler factory later that day to find my wife, and it looked […]


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