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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
  • Taking steps toward Huntsville’s ‘Big Picture’ plan: Greenways, Ditto Landing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville`s greenways are some of the city’s most loved amenities. Since the first segment opened in the early 1990s, the system has grown to more than 20 miles of paved, multi-use paths in every corner of the city. But, as the 2006 greenway plan shows, we have a long way to go. That plan proposed 188 miles of paved, enjoyable trails. So far, they’ve constructed about 26. Thousands of the outdoorsy type take to these trails everyday. […]

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    State lawmakers push for a bill to prohibit minors riding in bed of pickup trucks

    Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been one year since four young people lost their lives in a fatal wreck near Guntersville. Two of those victims were riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Now, state lawmakers are trying their hands again at a new transportation bill.  It’s one that could help prevent tragedies like that from happening. The bill has failed in the Senate before. But, there’s a strong chance it could pass this time around. Representative Mike Rogers  wants stricter […]

  • Summer Months: ’100 deadliest days’ for teen drivers

    Ala. (WHNT) – Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in America.  Studies show, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is called “the 100 deadliest days” for teenage drivers. That’s because it’s summer vacation for most beginning drivers. Distracted driving. Drinking and driving. Not wearing a seat belt. Those are the three leading factors the CDC reports lead to 5,500 teen deaths every year. Alabama State Trooper Curtis Summerville wants to remind everyone of a simple fact: Car crashes […]

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    SUV flips, slows traffic on I-565

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  Traffic was at a standstill Saturday after a SUV rolled over on I-565. A black Nissan Xterra rolled heading eastbound on 565 around 4:30 p.m., about half a mile from the Memorial Parkway south exit. Huntsville Police say the driver was alert and talking to authorities, no major injuries were reported. Traffic was backed up while emergency crews worked to clear the scene. Huntsville Police investigators are looking into what caused the wreck.  

  • New school enrollment forms mandated for Alabama public schools

    Ala. (WHNT) –  It’s that time of year, when parents are enrolling their kids for the upcoming school year. However, the forms this year may look different than last year’s forms. The Southern Poverty Law Center said in May, it found 96 Alabama school systems violating federal enrollment practices, denying or discouraging enrollment for immigrant children. In response the Alabama Department of Education has issued a new standardized enrollment form to prevent discrimination against children based on their immigration status or […]

  • City can put ‘weed liens’ on overgrown Huntsville properties

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – With all this summer rain, you’ve probably noticed your grass is growing more than you would probably like. Even though you may put on some sunscreen and take out the riding mower, your neighbor may not put in that extra effort. They may even let their lawn become a public nuisance, which could earn them a fine. The city has options if a yard looks a mess. A city ordinance is even in place to give them […]

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    Madison County school board approves purchase of land for new high school

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – The Madison County Board of Education authorized superintendent David Copeland to purchase land for a new high school in the Monrovia area Thursday night. According to a Madison County spokesperson, the land is located at the corner of Pine Grove Road and Pettus Road, across the street from Legacy Elementary School. It’s a huge step forward in a plan that’s been in the works for years. As the search was on for the perfect stretch of […]

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    Fire crews respond to wheat field fire

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WHNT) – Fire crews were at the scene of a wheat field fire Sunday afternoon. Toney  Firefighters and Bobo Fire and Rescue responded to the scene on Elkwood Section Road around 1:15 p.m. Crews sent two off-road attack trucks and one engine to tackle the five acre fire. Fire officials said it took 30 minutes to bring the fire under control, windy conditions hindered the operations, taking units longer. Units were on scene for 1.5 hours. No injuries […]

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    Man shot in the leg in West Huntsville, looking for suspect

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Huntsville police  responded to an assault incident on University Drive early Sunday morning. It happened at about 12:15 a.m. A man told police he was shot in the leg at the 5900 Block of University Drive. He was treated at the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. No arrests have been made at this time. Officers will continue to investigate.

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    Typo lets convicted batterer out of prison early in New Orleans

    New Orleans, Lou. (WWL-TV) –  A typo leads to the release of a New Orleans inmate. The man served just three months of his 33 month sentence. WWL-TV reports 30-year-old Isiah Spencer admitted to beating his ex-girlfriend so badly that she had to have her spleen removed was mistakenly released from jail because of a typo in the court record. It’s the second time in a week that an inmate has been released from Orleans Parish Prison in error. Spencer was […]

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    USA’s oldest woman celebrates 116th birthday on July 4th

    CAMDEN, Ark. (KLRT/CBS) –  A south Arkansas woman celebrated her 116th birthday Friday  with cake, a party and a new title – she’s now officially the oldest confirmed living American and second-oldest person in the world, the Gerontology Research Group said. Gertrude Weaver spent her birthday at home at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation in Camden, about a hundred miles southwest of Little Rock. This year’s festivities included the new award from the Gerontology Research Group, which analyzed U.S. Census […]

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    Local patriot shares a birthday with the USA, inspires the community

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – When you think of a patriot, you, like many, may picture men and women on the front lines fighting for our freedom. However, one Madison woman shares more than just a birthday with this great nation. “I’m a firecracker girl! I mean, I was born to be an American Citizen,” said Lisa Williams. She’s a picture of the American dream. Lisa was born in Saigon, Viet Nam on the 4th of July. When she was three, […]