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.

Recent Articles
  • Connie Ridgeway's sons, Austin and Cameron Williams at the vigil Saturday night

    Hundreds gather to remember Rogersville homicide victim, stand against violence

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Almost 200 people gathered at Heritage Park Saturday night in Rogersville to remember Connie Ridgeway, and stand together against violence. Police found Ridgeway stabbed to death in her apartment on October 23. The State Bureau of Investigation still has not found her killer. Ridgeway’s children, Austin and Cameron Williams lit the first candles at the vigil to remember their mother. “Every time we do one of these things, another piece of our heart breaks,” said Mary […]

  • Scotty Keeton (Photo By: Franklin Count Sheriff's Office)

    UPDATE: Son charged with murder after Vina woman found dead in home

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the homicide of 62-year-old Sharon Keeton Friday afternoon. On Saturday they charged Sharon’s son, 31-year-old Scotty Lee Keeton, with her murder after he was released from the hospital. The sheriff’s department said the call came in around 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. When deputies arrived at the home, located on Old Vina Road, they found Sharon dead inside. They also found her son unconscious inside the home. “Her son was also there at […]

  • New owners of old Grace Church in downtown Sheffield: ‘We are here to stay’

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – The new owners of the old Grace Church building in downtown Sheffield are following through with their promise.  In no time, the century-old building will be ready for a new life. Gary and Vicki Dean took on quite the project back in June. They bought the old chapel with plans to restore it. But, with hundred-year-old walls falling down, ceilings caving in and floors you may not want to walk on, it’s not an easy task. “We […]

  • This man in the furry hat is wanted by Florence Police for theft of property

    Man allegedly steals debit card at downtown Florence restaurant, racks up charges

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Florence Police investigators said a man allegedly swiped someone’s debit card while they were out enjoying dinner, then racked up some charges. They need your help to track the man down. Investigators said the man took off with a stolen debit card from a restaurant in downtown Florence on Halloween. They said he went on to use the card at restaurants around town, then at two Walmarts. The man is wanted for theft of property. If […]

  • Family sees first signs of soldier Missing in Action from service in Italy 70 years ago

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – There were 131 service members from Lauderdale County who were killed during World War II. Thirty-one of those were listed as Missing in Action – including Pfc. Mack Tays. 70 years later, things belonging to Tays are starting to come home. “You know, for a long time, I thought, ‘well, he’s going to come back,'” said Tays’ only living sister, Marie Whitehead. “After we got the final telegram that he was killed, I didn’t believe it. He’ll […]

  • Taking Action: Help reunite a veteran with a lost Air Force ring

    TOWN CREEK, Ala. (WHNT) –  With veterans on our minds this week, one woman in the Shoals area is hoping the attention on soldiers may help to reunite own with a lost ring. Melissa Grimes has been trying to track down the owner of a Unites States Air Force ring since May. She hasn’t had any luck with pawn shops or social media, so she turned to WHNT News 19. “My daddy was in the Air Force and it’s a […]

  • (Photo By: American Legion Post #11)

    American Legion National Commander meets with members at Post #11 in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The National Commander of the American Legion stopped by the oldest American Legion post in Alabama Monday. Dale Barnett talked with members of Post #11 about strengthening their mission and routing corruption. “He’s been working extremely hard on our behalf, which is what he is supposed to be doing as Commander of the American Legion, for all veterans,” said Sons of the America Legion Post #11 Commander Michael Montgomery. “He gave us quite a bit of […]

  • Florence businessman helps provide mortgage-free home for wounded veteran

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The College Republicans at the University of North Alabama raised nearly $20,000 for a veteran to have a home. The money helped them to provide a mortgage-free home, family counseling and financial mentoring to a wounded combat veteran. “He’s an Alabama native, Purple Heart recipient,” explained Nathaniel White with the UNA College Republicans. “We’re very happy to provide this for him.” They’ll be working through the Military Warriors Support Foundation. A Florence businessman made it possible – almost anonymously. “In listening […]

  • Law enforcement in the Shoals need help tracking down alleged repeat car burglar

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office is working with other departments to track down Dustin Jabrandon Bowling on felony charges. Bowling is wanted for burglary 3rd, theft and receiving stolen property. He was last known to live on Bainbridge Rd. in Muscle Shoals. Investigators said Bowling could possibly be driving a red pickup truck with black rims, a white Ford Edge SUV and a Ford F-250 pickup truck. Bowling is wanted in connection with a string of burglaries and […]

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    Cancer rates up among firefighters, Rogersville VFD taking steps to prevent it

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Running into burning buildings can cost a firefighter his or her life, whether it be during the call – or decades after. Many are finding out the impact of their jobs goes much further. “Cancer is real for firefighters,” said Rogersville VFD assistant chief Morris Lentz. “It’s evident for firefighters.” Which is why Rogersville volunteer firefighters are taking action against cancer in the fire service, starting by setting out the facts. Lentz said there are forms of cancer […]

  • Connie and her two sons, Austin and Cameron (Photo Courtesy: Mark White)

    Rogersville town council works to create ‘Connie Ridgeway Day’ to honor homicide victim, memorial planned

    ROGERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Rogersville town council members drafted a special resolution declaring October 23 as ‘Connie Ridgeway Day’ to honor and remember a woman who was murdered last month. They presented the resolution Monday night at the town council meeting. Councilman Colby Tucker drafted the resolution. “A small town like that, when you lose somebody, when someone is taken away, it takes away from everybody else too,” Tucker said. Although the resolution was not approved, town councilmen put together […]

  • One of the four new neighborhood watch signs provided for Lauderdale County

    Neighborhood watch signs need some TLC in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  Neighbors looking out for neighbors is an important part of living in Lauderdale County. That is why Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton wants to revitalize the neighborhood watch program, including the road signs. “They’re corroded and have mold and that kind of thing,” explained the sheriff department’s neighborhood watch liaison, Jerry Clemmons. Clemmons said the signs are there as a reminder to criminals. They serve an important role and need to look the part. However, he said […]


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