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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 Old Railroad Bridge and the TVA loop trails with her adopted dogs, Chey and Chloe. She's also usually planning her next big trip across the globe!

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
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    Police search for men who took cash registers from Sheffield liquor store

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators with the Sheffield Police Department are looking for two men they said broke into a brand new liquor store and got away with a lot of property. A surveillance camera from Stonebrook Spirits caught the scene early Tuesday morning. Two determined men took their time pulling the locked doors open to the liquor store on Cox Blvd. Investigators said once the men got inside, they made off with both cash registers. Alarms went off, but the first people to arrive […]

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    UPDATE: Man in custody after intense standoff with officers in Colbert County

      COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Authorities say a man who led law enforcement officers on a chase earlier today, and then a standoff, is in custody.  He is alive and no officers were injured. The scene was on Old Highway 20, west of Leighton.  The suspect reportedly had a pistol as several law enforcement agencies negotiated with him.  They arrested him around 3:30 p.m. Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said the man was said to have been drinking prior to the […]

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    Rehab project underway at O’Neal Bridge, two lanes to close daily

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Renovation work on O’Neal bridge in the Shoals began Wednesday as scheduled. Workers with the refurbishment crew spent the day underneath the bridge, preparing for what will go on up top. “They were behind the scenes, setting up the scaffolding and rigging so they can start to work on the bridge come tomorrow,” said Craig Elliot, a Construction Engineer with the Department of Transportation in Tuscumbia. A multi-million dollar rehabilitation project is now underway. Phase one means O’Neal […]

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    Florence Police: Woman’s body found in UNA parking deck, don’t suspect foul play

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Florence Police Department is investigating the death of a UNA graduate after her body was found in the university parking deck early Wednesday morning. Officers responded to a welfare check and found the body of 23-year-old Sarah Davis on the seventh level of the parking deck. Investigators don’t suspect foul play to be involved at this time. Davis was from the Lawrenceburg, Tennessee area visiting friends in Florence. Both Florence Police and UNA public safety are investigating the […]

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    Quik Stop gas station robbed in Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence police are investigating an early morning robbery at an area gas station. Investigators said a man walked into the Quik Stop convenience store at Royal Avenue and Hermitage Drive Wednesday morning and robbed the clerk. The incident happened around 5:05 in the morning. Investigators said the man left the store heading North on Royal avenue. The robbery is under investigation. If you recognize the man in this picture, call the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers tip […]

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    Scam Alert: Fake callers pretend to be Sheffield Utilities, demand money

    SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – There is a phone scam involving Sheffield Utilities circulating and callers are targeting Sheffield businesses. Chief Greg Ray with the Sheffield Police Department said he has seen this scam before, and luckily no one has fallen for it yet. “This is not our utility company doing this,” Chief Ray warned.  “This is a scam. These are people trying to steal your money and trying to steal your identity.” They call is coming from a 1-800 number claiming to be […]

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    School board leaders in the Shoals meet to talk policy making

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) –   School board members across northwest Alabama met for their winter meeting Monday. The topic was “Looking Behind the Curtain: Who is Influencing Education Reform?” — learning who exactly is involved in policy making in education. Alabama Association of School Board Executive Director Sally Howell and Lissa Tucker, the director of governmental relations, were presenting. Some main points: letting members know who the major players are in policy making and the current legislative issues. “The policy landscape […]

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    Project moves forward to help ease flood zones in Tuscumbia

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – With all the rain we’ve seen across the Tennessee Valle lately, Tuscumbia is one city that’s glad to have some flood plans in the works. Back in November, Kelly and Bart Taft started the process of engineering flood plans and applying for a major grant from FEMA. “You have to go through and prove your point,” said Tuscumbia Mayor Bill Shoemaker. “There’s still a lot of engineering and it’s not going to be a problem to make it work because […]

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    Smash-and-grab burglary at Chevron in Franklin County

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators in Franklin County are looking for a man who they say broke into an area gas station and burglarized it. Franklin County Sheriff Shannon Oliver said it happened at the Chevron on Highway 43 just north of Russellville early Saturday morning. Surveillance video shows the man, wearing a red hat and jeans, made off with some cash and cigarettes. If you recognize him, give the Shoals Area Crime Stoppers tip line a call at […]

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    Update: Police identify woman who took an $800 cell phone from a Walmart customer

    RUSSELLVILE, Ala. (WHNT) – Russellville Police investigators have identified the woman they say stole a cell phone from another customer at an area Walmart. They have not filed charges, but could be at a later date. Investigators are still working the case. Surveillance video caught a woman in a pink shirt walking away with the phone from the self-checkout at the Walmart on Highway 43. Investigators said she took off with a Samsung Galaxy Note Four. That cell phone is worth $800, […]

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    Shoals man charged in deadly wreck where vehicle went into Cypress Creek

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police arrested the man they believe was driving the vehicle that crashed into Cypress Creek last Friday. Jeremy Dean Martin is charged with manslaughter. “Our investigation led to probable cause to believe that he was the driver of the vehicle when it crashed into Cypress Creek,” said Florence Police Investigator Justin Wright. Police also believe Martin was under the influence at the time, but won’t release any further details at this time. Court records show Martin has […]

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    SUV pulled from Cypress Creek, investigation continues into fatal accident

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Crews were back on the Cypress Creek Bridge Monday to continue the investigation into a fatal wreck. Friday, rescue crews and multiple agencies spent 12 hours on the scene of an accident where a car was said to have veered off the road and into the creek. They recovered the body of 29-year-old Johnathon Heath Atkisson later that afternoon.  The temperature that day was a record low. Monday, crews spent hours safely pulling the vehicle from […]


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