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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
  • Luke Joseph Lemire charged with disorderly conduct. (Photo Courtesy: Madison County Jail)

    UPDATE: Standoff situation near Oakwood Avenue is now over, man charged with disorderly conduct

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police investigators arrested a man after a nearly seven hour standoff situation in Northwest Huntsville. They charged 28-year-old Luke Joseph Lemire with disorderly conduct around three Saturday morning. Police responded to a harassment call on Lasalle Rd. near Mallory Ave. around 4:30 Friday. Once officers arrived, they say the man became angry and threatened them. WHNT News 19’s crew on the scene said they could hear an irate man shouting from a residence earlier in the evening. […]

  • Getting Results: Leaky ceiling repaired, breath of fresh air for young mother

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The young mother who came to WHNT News 19 for help with her leaky ceiling finally has a breath of fresh air. Stephanie Woods said with our help, and the help from Hunstville Community Development, maintenance finally fixed a problem she had been dealing with for months. About two weeks ago, Woods asked for help.  She told WHNT the Woodway Pines apartment management  wasn’t properly repairing a leak in her ceiling, leaving her and her baby to […]


    iPhone 6 release brings long lines to area stores

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Before the morning light Friday, crowds of people rushed out to line up to purchase the highly-anticipated iPhone 6 and 6-plus. You might call it “Christmas in September.” Dozens of people lined up before dawn outside several stores across Huntsville with one thing on their minds, Apple’s latest device. Neal Ingram is a senior trainer and got to his Verizon store an hour and a half before it opened. The crowd of 50 filtered in two hours earlier than […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Addressing concerns over the Coca-Cola dumpsite

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The demolition area of the Coca-Cola bottling plant on Clinton Avenue has become a common sight in Huntsville. Crews work every day, breaking it down piece by piece. You may be wondering where all the debris goes. WHNT News 19 Took Action to find out. Crews are taking much of the debris to a site off Highway 72 East, near Moontown Road. The dumpsite has been there for years. But with all the new action, one neighbor […]


    Bridge work continues on Holmes, causes confusion for C T Garvin customers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  It’s a road project we’re all to familiar with here at WHNT News 19. The Holmes Avenue bridge is still blocked from both sides. The detour is a frustrating one for drivers. However, long time businesses that line Holmes Avenue also have to deal with the roadblock everyday. ATRIP, or the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, is funding this portion of the reconstruction. The work includes widening the creek channel to improve water flow and installing a modern […]

  • Attempted murder, suicide at a home on Old Trinity Road leaves one man dead, wife in hospital. (Photo by Laura Christmas, WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Names released in attempted murder suicide, husband dead, wife in hospital

    TRINITY, Ala. (WHNT) – A man is dead and his wife is in the hospital after an attempted murder, suicide in Trinity. One of their children witnessed the shooting, and the other called 911. Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn tells WHNT News 19 the man shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself around 8:50 a.m. Sunday morning. It happened a home at 1207 Old Trinity Road. Trinity Police Chief Chris McLemore says the couple’s 15-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son […]


    POLICE: Decatur man stabbed roommate during altercation

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A Decatur man wound up behind bars after an argument with a roommate turned violent. Decatur Police arrested 21-year-old Steven Lee Norton early Sunday morning and charged him with domestic violence. According to officials, Norton stabbed his roommate 21-year-old Skyler Cannon in the chest and back during an altercation. Norton left the scene, and officers located him hiding nearby shortly after. Reports show he has a minor cut on his hand from the incident. Emergency crews transported both Cannon […]

  • SUV flipped on side off I-65 in Piney Chapel (Photo By: Laura K.)

    VIEWER PICS: Bad accident on I-65 in Piney Chapel

    PINEY CHAPEL, Ala. (WHNT) – Med-flight was called to an accident on Interstate 65 in Piney Chapel. Laura K. sent these pictures in from the scene near Looney Road and and I-65 around 6:45 Sunday. Multiple crews responded. The pictures show a white SUV on its side near a fence along the highway. Laura said she saw Med-flight leave the scene, but has limited details on what happened.


    Silver Airways to remain in Shoals through beginning of October

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP/WHNT) –  Federal officials have ordered Silver Airways to provide service at the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport for another month. The U.S. Department of Transportation initially ordered the company to stay through Sept. 5 after the airline announced it would not renew its contract with the Essential Air Service program. The program tries to ensure smaller airports are served by certified air carriers. The fate of the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport was up in the air in […]

  • Photo Courtesy:  Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

    Death investigation underway, Jefferson County deputy used Taser on inmate

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP/AL.com) – The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is probing the death of a Jefferson County jail inmate who died after a deputy used a Taser to try subduing him. A Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman says 47-year-old Ricky Deangelo Hinkle was being moved to a specialized cell after he threatened to commit suicide Saturday Morning. Hinkle died Saturday night after a sheriff’s deputy used a Taser when he became combative, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. The Pleasant […]

  • David Cawthorne Haines with ISIS captor  (Photo Courtesy: MGN Online)

    UPDATE: Haines’ family, President Obama release statements on ISIS beheading of British aid worker

    (CNN) –  British aid worker David Haines has been executed by ISIS militants, according to a video posted Saturday to a website associated with the group, making him the third Western captive to be killed by the Islamist extremist group in recent weeks. The ISIS video post showing Haines’ beheading called his execution “a message to the allies of America.” It is produced very similarly to the videos that showed the executions of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, […]

  • Photo Courtesy: VFM Leonardo, Inc

    HUNTSVILLE POLICE: Man uses box cutter to rob juvenile boys at Red Carpet Inn, no arrests made

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two boys were hurt during an altercation Saturday afternoon at the Red Carpet Inn in Huntsville. Two juvenile boys told investigators with Huntsville Police a man lured them into a vacant room and offered them alcohol. Once inside, they said the man threatened them with a box cutter, demanding their property. The boys told police they both hit the man and left the Inn. Investigators said the man had a different story on the altercation. Reports […]


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