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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
  • Becky DeArmond Over  Lake Guntersville

    Your Photos: Rainbows over the Tennessee Valley

    TENNESSEE VALLEY – The rainy weather yesterday provided the perfect opportunity to capture a rainbow. We bet you took a picture or two, right? We invite you to share your pictures in our photo gallery.  Please upload your pictures by clicking the ‘Submit Your Photo’ button below.  This is the quickest way for us to add them – we check for new photos and approve them daily. If you can’t, that’s okay – you can email pictures to photo@whnt.com.

  • Candidates meet the community at poltical rally, open to everyone

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A dedicated community member held a political rally Saturday, a chance for those on the November ballot to meet with voters. Organizer Jerry Burnet said invided candidates in the running for multiple different positions here in North Alabama. “My effort is to bring exposure to all of the candidates,” Burnet said. “I want the community to know what candidate is running and who is representing that district. And the only way I know to do that is to have […]

  • GREAT VIDEO: Watch Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle take ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ for ALS

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Mayor Tommy Battle got some much needed relief from the heat Saturday morning after biking four miles during his annual Mayors Bike Ride through downtown Huntsville. Forget bottled water or fans, the Mayor rounded up a group of kids after the ride and cooled off for a cause. Battle did what everyone has been doing this week: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. “This was a good day to do it,” Battle said after the challenge. “On the hottest […]

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    South Huntsville restaurant burglarized, property stolen

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police officers are investigating a burglary at a South Huntsville restaurant. The owner of Bad News BBQ, Christopher Kelly, reports someone had forced their way into his business around 8:00 p.m. Saturday. Kelly told officers his property was damaged, and items were missing. No one is in custody. Police will continue to investigate.

  • Where to recycle glass in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you’re new to Huntsville, or maybe just want to start reducing your carbon footprint, you may want to head over to the Huntsville Recyclery. Whether you’ve collected bins full or just bags full, you can drop off your glass 24 hours a day. You also don’t have to separate it by color. The bins are located about three miles out of town at 1004 A Cleaner Way, which is off of Triana Boulevard S.W., south […]

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    State admits to delaying income tax refunds, new fraud and identity theft algorithm

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AL.com) -The state of Alabama slowed about 100,000 tax refunds this year because of a new computer algorithm designed to detect fraud and identity theft. That meant some tax refunds have gone longer than normal in getting returned to Alabama taxpayers, and will be paid with 3 percent interest, as required by law. State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee said she would rather pay interest to taxpayers for delayed refunds than make payments to ID thieves, who can be […]

  • ‘TRIP’ report shows how much Huntsville roadways cost drivers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A new report that evaluates the current condition, use and funding of Alabama’s surface transportation system highlights what it’s all really costing drivers. The report, “Alabama Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe and Efficient Mobility,” provides key facts and figures regarding road and bridge conditions, economic development, highway safety, and transportation funding in Alabama.  TRIP’s report finds that the average Huntsville driver loses more than $1,200 each year as a result of driving on roads that […]

  • A ‘Leadership’ bike ride to WHNT News 19

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – With the fall-like temperatures, Thursday was a great day for a bike ride. About 40  members of the Leadership Huntsville/Madison County’s Connect Class 17 visited WHNT News 19 and they did it by arriving on bikes. The class visited the station to discuss social media issues in newsgathering.  They also learned how our meteorologists present the forecasts from a green chromakey wall.  That seems to always be the most popular portion of any station visit!

  • Photo Courtesy: AL.com

    Hazel Green woman hopes to win “The Friskies’ contest, $25,000

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (AL.com) –  Sara Frye from Hazel Green could get her paws on $25,000  this September if her cute kitty video wins “The Friskies.” Frye’s video of her foster cats Lilac and Linus were picked as a finalist out of thousands of videos submitted for the contest. Frye fostered Lilac, Linus and another cat, Leonard, for Shelby Humane Society earlier this year while she was finishing school. The 24-year-old said she entered the Friskies contest through Instagram, never […]

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    Senator Jeff Sessions talks defense budget cuts

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As nations across the globe are looking into advanced technology and missile defense systems, the time is crucial for America to stay on top. With the most recent round of defense budget cuts, that’s becoming a difficult task. Senator Jeff Sessions spoke on the issue at Wednesday’s Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville. “As we can so readily see, the world remains a dangerous place,” Sessions said to the crowd. Sen. Sessions is a ranking member […]

  • Photo Courtesy: MGN Online

    College students nationwide fight for their gun rights

    (AP/AL.com) — A 20-year-old student from San Diego is criticizing Dartmouth College for not letting her carry a concealed gun on campus for protection against a man facing criminal charges for stalking her. Taylor Woolrich says she asked the university to make an exception to their gun ban because she feared an attack from Richard Bennett, who she said started stalking her when she was 16. The 67-year-old was arrested by San Diego County sheriff’s deputies in June and is […]

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    Senator Jeff Sessions on ISIS: “I am deeply worried”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS,  continues to sweep through northern Iraq, U.S. lawmakers worry about the threat here in the states. U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions was in Huntsville Wednesday at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium. The Senator was proud of the Huntsville community and how it’s played into some of the best missile systems the nation has. Among other pressing defense matters, Sen. Sessions also talked about the crisis in the Middle […]


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