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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 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.

Recent Articles
  • Investigators need your help tracking down alleged Tobacco Express thief in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department are looking for a man they said walked out of a tobacco store with products they say he did not pay for. The man was caught on surveillance camera at the Tobacco Express on Florence Blvd. and Huntsville Road. He was wearing a black cowboy hat and investigators said he took some tobacco products before leaving the store. For this week’s most wanted, it’s ladies night. First, Florence Police investigators are […]

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    Company behind DreamVision theme park says plans to be announced by the end of the year

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – On Thursday, Provident Global Capital, the company behind the DreamVision theme park, announced a new division – PGC entertainment. Company leaders explained PGC Entertainment will manage entertainment-related investments for the company, including the previously announced DreamVision theme park developments in Alabama and Texas. In a release titled ‘Theme Park Plans Still Ongoing,’ company leaders said that the DreamVision Company is undergoing a corporate restructuring and we remain a dedicated partner. It also said that land acquisition negotiations are underway […]

  • Neighbor’s tip leads to arrest of duo connected to slew of Shoals burglaries

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) –  Tuscumbia Police officers arrested a pair of accused repeat burglars, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the community’s help. A slew of burglaries in one Tuscumbia neighborhood prompted some officers to go door-to-door looking for information. Luckily, once neighbor spoke up. “They saw a vehicle that looked out-of-place, people they had not recognized before, and gave us that kind of information that really helped us a lot,” explained Chief Tony Logan. Logan said that tip […]

  • TVA unveils new native plant garden, other additions to Muscle Shoals trails

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – With more than a decade of work behind them, teams in the Shoals unveiled a few new additions to the TVA reservation trails in Muscle Shoals. They held a ribbon cutting Tuesday, presenting a new pavilion, park and native plant garden. “It means everything,” said Shoals Wildflower Society president Margie Anderton. “It’s in memory of Whitey Hall and we loved Whitey better than anything. He could grow anything. This would have been his dream to […]

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    Help reunite Eevee, the dog from Killen, with her owner deployed overseas

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – When members of our military are sent overseas, they leave behind friends, family and sometimes even pets. “Most people would probably decide that, okay I have no family that can take care of my pet, I have no friends, I’m just going to have to take it to a shelter,” explained Leslie Covington with the organization ‘Dogs on Deployment‘. DOD offers military members a service no one else really thought about — watching over their pets. You can […]

  • Franklin County coroner in court, arrested for operating his ambulance business without a license

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Elzie Malone turned himself in to the Russellville Police Department Tuesday Morning following a hearing on his case in regards to getting a business license. Police arrested the Franklin County Coroner for continuing services in Russellville City limits without a license. “Unfortunately Mr. Malone and Pleasant Bay [Ambulance Service] have continued to operate illegally in this county and so we’re asking the court to give us an injunction to enforce the law,” explained Russellville City Attorney Roger […]

  • Talk of alcohol sales within Lexington town limits

    LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) –  Lexington town council members voted this week to work toward alcohol sales in town limits. They’re requesting that a legislator sponsor a bill for residents to vote on during the 2016 municipal election. Town leaders said they are always looking for ways to increase the town’s tax base. Mayor Tim Collier said they have been losing money for the past years. “Businesses shutting down, the paper mill shutting down, traffic’s been slowing down and we’ve just got to […]

  • Surveillance camera catches alleged thieves, one wearing Batman tank top

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence Police are assisting an area Walmart with a misdemeanor shoplifting case. Surveillance video caught two men leaving the store with items they allegedly did not pay for. One wearing a Batman tank top, the other a heavy winter jacket. It’s not Bruce Wayne, but investigators hope you may recognize the duo. Russellville Police investigators are working to track down some folks wanted on grand jury indictments. First, Tommy Dwayne James is wanted for possession of a […]

  • Sheriff Rick Singleton: ‘Entry level pay for deputies is pathetic,’ disappointed in commissioners who denied increase

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  Deputies just starting out at the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department won’t see higher paychecks. A few county commissioners voted against a salary adjustment, and Sheriff Rick Singleton said he will continue to fight for the men and women of his department. “The starting salaries for our corrections deputies and sheriff’s deputies here in Lauderdale County is, in my opinion, pathetic,” Sheriff Singleton stressed. He said while Lauderdale County is one of the largest in the state, […]

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    Lexington Police chief takes pride in ‘God Bless America’ car decals

    LEXINGTON, Ala. (WHNT) – Law enforcement agencies across the nation are outfitting their patrol vehicles for common, unifying mottos. In response to recent violence against law enforcement officers, an article by the Associated Press shows more and more agencies placing phrases like, “God Bless America,” or “In God We Trust” on their patrol cars. In the Shoals, police chief Augie Hendershot said he’s glad to see more police departments taking a stand. “I know that our number one priority is to serve and […]

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    Judge revokes bond of former Shoals youth minister charged with sex crimes

    BEDFORD, TX – A former Muscle Shoals youth minister who is facing almost 30 counts of rape and sodomy recently got a job with a church in Texas.  That raised eyebrows from plenty of church members and it also got him in trouble with the law back in Alabama. Charles Adcock turned himself to Colbert County authorities on Monday morning and appeared in court, where Judge Hal Hughston revoked his bond.  He ruled that Adcock’s new job would have put him working around […]

  • Muscle Shoals Police: Convenience store clerk robbed, put in cooler

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Muscle Shoals Police investigators need your help identifying the man who they said robbed a convenience store at gunpoint Tuesday night, then put the clerk  in the cooler. Surveillance cameras at Listerhill Station caught a man walk into the store, hiding what police said is a gun under his shirt. You can see him demanding money from the clerk. After the clerk handed the man the cash in the register, investigators said he walked the woman to the […]


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