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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    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  If you ask folks in Florence if they feel that they have the best downtown area in the state, the answer is pretty simple. “I think so,” said Bobby Long, who has lived in Florence for quite some time. “I have traveled a few times, but I always come home.” According to onlyinyourstate.com, Florence’s downtown strip was named the best in the state. It was number one of seven top main street areas, the only one on […]

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    Florence Police look for man accused of swiping cell phone

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Florence Police investigators are asking that you keep a close eye on your belongings while out shopping this holiday season. One woman wasn’t so lucky. Investigators said surveillance caught a man in a grey hoodie picking up a woman’s phone who had left it at self-checkout, then leaving. The incident happened at the Walmart on Cloverdale Road. Florence Police investigators are also asking for your help in tracking down some of this week’s most wanted. They’re […]

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    ALEA stresses active shooter plan: Run, hide, fight

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Law enforcement officials want you to be prepared if you ever come in contact with an active shooter. Whether it be in your workplace or school, an active shooter plan could save your life. “If you find yourself in that situation and you don’t have even a remote idea of what you’re going to do, you’ve already set yourself up for failure,” stressed Senior Trooper Johnathan Appling with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.  “Just have […]

  • Drug task forces cut short after lack of funding, denied grants

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – After budget cuts hit state agencies a few months back, most drug task forces got cut short. Colbert and Lauderdale counties are two that have been turned down in funding requests from the U.S. Department of Justice grant, funneled out through ADECA. Many agencies depended on that extra money for the past 20 years. “We knew that funding was going to be cut, and we knew that the number of grants that were going to […]

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    Court documents: Former Shoals youth pastor charged with sodomy now suing sheriff

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The former youth pastor accused of dozens of counts of rape and sodomy in the Shoals is now filing his own civil lawsuit from inside his jail cell. Charles Kyle Adcock remains in the Colbert County jail without bond after an order to revoke a previous bond in September. Adcock’s attorney filed court documents just before Thanksgiving requesting the court issue a ‘Writ of Habeas’ to require Sheriff Frank Williamson to allow Adcock a day […]

  • More storm shelters ready to help save lives in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  Almost six months after parts of Colbert County were struck but a tornado, four new storm shelters are ready in case it happens again. Emergency management officials recently unveiled two of those shelters in Sheffield. “We’re trying to evaluate and get away from the word ‘tornado’ and try to start looking at the hazards that winds can do to you,” explained Colbert County EMA Director Mike Melton. It comes down to communication and relaying information […]

  • ‘Cozy Christmas Mingle’ planned for homeless in the Shoals

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Junior League of the Shoals has teamed up with the Homeless Care Council or Northwest Alabama to plan a ‘Cozy Christmas Mingle’ for the area’s homeless. “We expect 50 plus,” said Lyndsey Borden with Junior League of the Shoals. “Any one who is in need is invited.” They plan to give away new coats, hats, gloved and hot hands, but they need donations to make it a success. Drop off locations include Colbert Pharmacy in […]

  • Florence Police officers armed with gift cards keep an eye out for safe drivers

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police patrol officers are out and ready to spread the holiday spirit. Traffic officers are armed with gift cards, rewarding folks for driving safely during the holiday rush. “Our goal is to just try to make it safe for everyone during the holiday season,” said Sgt. Chris Ticer. “This was pretty successful last year, and the people really appreciated it.” Lean Whitten said it was the first time she had ever been pulled over. “It was scary,” […]

  • Florence Police looking for alleged ‘shoe-swapper’

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  An alleged shoplifter in the Shoals thought he was pretty sneaky this week. Now, Florence Police investigators are trying to find him, and charge him – if the shoe fits. They said a man wearing a Tennessee sweatshirt swapped his pair of shoes for a new pair at Austin’s on Tuesday. He then put the box with his shoes right back on the shelf. Recognize him? Give Florence Police a call. The Colbert County Sheriff’s Office has […]

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    One dead in Lauderdale County 41 accident

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Authorities confirm one person was killed in a single-vehicle accident this morning on Lauderdale County 41, or Jackson Rd near Fayette. 58-year-old Time Shane Thompson of florence was killed when the truck he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. The accident happened around 6:00 Thursday morning. Officials said Thompson was not wearing a seatbelt. Lauderdale County officials and state troopers are investigating the wreck.

  • Florence Police: Traffic laws don’t stop for the holidays

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Holiday drivers – pay extra attention on the roads right now. Last minute Thanksgiving shoppers are showing no mercy when it comes to red lights and stop signs. In just five minutes, we spotted three red light runners on the busiest stretch of Cox Creek Parkway in Florence. Patrol officers said that’s three too many. “It’s absolutely dangerous,” stressed officer Alan Hooper. “When you’re not paying attention, you’re not concerned about everyone else on the road and you’re putting […]

  • Bacterial bloom in Spring water (Photo By: Charles Rose)

    Water pollution a concern in springs surrounding new Florence landfill

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT)  – An environmental advocacy group in the Shoals found a concerning level of pollution in springs that line the new Florence landfill. David Whiteside and his team at Tennessee Riverkeeper are learning more about water quality where the new Florence landfill is discharging into seven different springs. “We used a conductivity meter to test the conductivity of water, which basically measures the amount of total suspended solids in the water,” Whiteside explained. “That is a great indicator of how polluted […]

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