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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
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    School leaders prepare for building updates, assess Florence Middle

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Florence City Schools leaders are investing time and money into the future of the Florence Middle School campus. They’ve hired an expert from Atlanta to evaluate the older building, to see what changes they’ll have to make. Florence City Schools Superintendent Janet Womack said it’s part of their capital plan project. They are inspecting buildings and making renovations as needed. “Certainly with an aging facility, there are problems,” said Womack. “We want to know if the […]

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    Florence Police officer on administative leave, fired two shots

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence Police officer is on paid administrative leave follow a shooting Wednesday afternoon. Officers responded to a call of a man with what looked like a gun. The caller said a the man approached his family in their vehicle on North Eclipse Street and was acting erratic and pointed a rifle at his family. When officers arrived, video from the dashboard camera shows the man was not cooperating when they asked him to put the […]

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    UNA officials search for person responsible for death threat

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – University of North Alabama officials need your help to find the person responsible for a death threat that prompted officials to shut down the campus Thursday. UNA was not open to students, faculty or some staff on Thursday. Campus will remain closed Friday for fall break. Campus officials shut down the campus after someone made a death threat on the wall of a men’s bathroom in Collier Library on September 26. According to campus Police Chief Bob Pastula, […]

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    Killen community copes with loss of Brooks High School student

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – The small town of Killen lost a young community member Wednesday. An 18-year-old Brooks High School student took his own life Wednesday morning, according to Killen Police Chief Brian Hammond. Chief Hammond confirms the teen never went to school that morning. Chief Hammond told WHNT News 19 neighbors heard a gunshot, and found the boy dead in his front yard. The family is well known and active in the Killen community. They have not yet released the […]

  • Planting roots at Phil Campbell High School

    PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – The New Phil Campbell High School is standing strong. And on Wednesday, they were reminded of their hard work since the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. The reconstructed high school opened its doors just last month, after an EF-5 tornado swept through the town of Phil Campbell killing several and destroying everything in it’s path in 2011. The Appalachian Regional Commission held their conference in Florence this year. They chose recognizing recovered tornado-hit areas as their service project. […]

  • New district lines, new House races for Franklin County voters

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – With the November general election less than a month away, Franklin County officials want to prepare voters for some changes. For the first time in  decades, Franklin County will have two legislators representing residents for the Alabama House. That breaks the county into two districts, 18 and 7. The new district lines come after the 2010 census. Franklin County Probate Judge Barry Moore wants to make these changes clear to voters well before election day November 4th. […]

  • Jury selected, capital murder trial to start for Damien Shipley

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A jury trial is underway this week for a Sheffield man indicted by a grand jury for capital murder. Damien Deandre Shipley is charged with the the shooting death of 28-year-old Dorian Hamilton during a home invasion in February 2013. Monday, the defense and prosecution selected jurors to hear the case against Shipley. Opening arguments are set for Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in Judge Jackie Hatcher’s courtroom. Shipley is one of four people who police say […]

  • Riverton Marina turned upside down

    CHEROKEE, Ala. (WHNT) – In the early hours of Friday morning, storms wiped out a marina on Riverton Rose Trail in Cherokee. Neighbors in Riverton Riviera awoke to a shocking scene. Boats were stranded and docks were destroyed. There were also several trees snapped and a house deck damaged in the same area. The winds woke Myra Riddle up around 1:18 Friday morning. “I heard lots of debris hitting the window,” she said. “I ran downstairs to get into the […]

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    UPDATE: More information about Owens Cross Roads death investigation

    UPDATE: OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. (WHNT) —  Sunday evening, police began a death investigation at an Owens Cross Roads home. Madison County Sheriff’s deputies told us neighbors did a welfare check on the man living at the home on Brockway Road, and found him deceased inside. Police told WHNT Monday that the man (whose name will not be released) died because of health complications from an existing medical condition. They now believe his passing was not suspicious and foul play […]

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    Running for Rowan, helping to change a life

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WHNT) –    A Madison County community laced up their shoes and stretched out their legs, all to benefit one little girl. They are raising funds for Rowan Scott, a kindergartner at Riverton Elementary School.  She has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy. Rowan’s church family organized a one mile run/walk at Hazel Green High School.  Rowan’s mother, Lindsey, said the turnout was overwhelming. “Just the love and support that has been shown was great,” she said.  “We had […]

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    Photo Gallery: Huntsville’s Color Run

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    Death threat written on bathroom wall of UNA campus, police investigating leads

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Officials with the University of North Alabama Police Department said they’re investigating a  death threat written on the wall of a bathroom on campus. Police were alerted to the threat Friday afternoon, after it was discovered in a men’s bathroom in Collier Library. UNA Police Chief Robert Pastula sent out an email alerting the campus about the threat and the possibility of danger.  In response, Pastula said he’s staffing each shift with additional personnel effective immediately.  Extra safety […]


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