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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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    Roger Bedford: “I’ve made peace” with apparent loss to Larry Stutts

    FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The 2014 Alabama District Six Senate race was one of the closest races in the history of the Alabama Senate. Now, under Alabama law, election officials will recount votes and certify the results. Just 60 votes puts a new senator, Larry Stutts, in District Six. It’s a seat where Roger Bedford served for the last 32 years. With 95 of 95 precincts reporting, here is the final count: Larry Stutts (R) – 17,605 Roger Bedford, […]

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    UNA junior elected as a Tennessee city commissioner

    COLLINWOOD, TN (WHNT) – One student at the University of North Alabama is branching out, getting ahead of the game by holding an elected office. Voters in Collinwood, Tennessee elected UNA junior Chassity Martin to the office of Commissioner. Martin is studying Political Science and Legal Studies at UNA, and is one of three new commissioners elected Tuesday. UNA congratulated Martin on her success on Twitter Wednesday morning.

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    Florence Fire Rescue announces new chief, makes history

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The incoming Florence Fire Chief is one making city history. Florence Fire Rescue leaders voted 5-0 to elect Jeffrey Perkins as the new Fire Chief of Florence Fire Rescue Department. “It means a lot,” said Perkins. “I was proud to hear the fact that I got the position. It’s a very exciting day for me. Even though it’s raining out,  it’s very sunny to me.” Perkins was promoted Wednesday morning from the position of Deputy Chief of […]

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    Rick Singleton wins Lauderdale County Sheriff’s race

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The race for Lauderdale County Sheriff was decided early on Tuesday night. Republican Sheriff Rick Singleton defeated Lexington Police Chief and Democrat Augie Hendershot for the position by more than half the votes. It’s a job title Singleton has wanted for quite some time. “The first day I ever put on a uniform and a gun and a badge as Deputy Sheriff of Lauderdale County, I was asked why I wanted to do that,” he […]

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    Truck crashes into Water Department in Colbert County, video released

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT)- A late night crash in the Spring Valley community sent one man to the hospital. State Troopers tell WHNT News 19  37-year-old Benny James Lawrence was traveling on LaGrange Road (County Road 77) when his truck left the road and traveled about a  long distance before crashing into the area Water Department. There was an ATV on a trailer attached to the back. They released surveillance video of the incident Monday morning. Officials at the scene said Lawrence was trapped […]

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    Arx Mortis top 10 haunts, scene for a fairytale wedding vow renewal

    KILLEN, Ala. (WHNT) – A haunted attraction in Killen is one we hope you didn’t miss out on this Halloween season. USA Today rated ‘Arx Mortis’ one of the top ten scariest haunts in the nation! From the talented makeup artists to the 30 minute venture through zombie prisons, crazy clown shows and a swamp full of Gullies, it’s definitely worth a visit. Alison Stanfield works for the Lauderdale County Tourism Office. She said the top ten rating for Arx […]

  • International Fertilizer Development Center celebrates 40th anniversary

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – A research center that helps people in third world countries obtain the ability to grow their own food hit a milestone Thursday. The International Fertilizer Development Center reached its 40th anniversary this year and held a celebration in the Shoals Thursday. It started as a research project within the Tennessee Valley Authority, then moved to an unassuming building on the Muscle Shoals TVA reservation. For forty years, the International Fertilizer Development Center has helped research and develop more than […]

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    Florence Police looking for thief, cashed stolen checks at Walmarts

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) -  Investigators with the Florence Police Department need your help finding a thief. A man in Florence is accused of stealing checks, then cashing them in at a few Walmarts in the area. Investigators released surveillance video of the man they say stole checks from a Florence man’s Jeep, then took them to two stores. First, they said the man went to the Walmart on Hughes Road in September wearing a red hat. Then, investigators believe the […]

  • Rev. Green Davidson IV after bail provision hearing in Tuscumbia.

    Animal cruelty case sparks call for stricter neglect laws in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Tuscumbia man was in court Wednesday on multiple counts of animal cruelty. Rev. Green Davidson IV  is not allowed to leave the state after missing his original court date last week. A new court date has been set for November 19 at 4:00 P.M. at the Tuscumbia City Court House. Tuscumbia Police and Colbert County Animal Control officers charged Davidson with six counts of animal cruelty in June. He has yet to see consequences […]

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    ‘One Place of the Shoals’ opens its doors to victims

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Domestic violence and abuse victims now have a place to go in the Shoals to get all the help they need. It’s only the second of its kind in the state. City and state leaders, as well as community members, cut the ribbon at One Place of the Shoals Tuesday. It was a big accomplishment for all involved in making it a reality. Dianne Bently is a long lime advocate for domestic violence victims. She said […]

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    Active Shooter Survival Classes available at UNA

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – After a high school shooting in Washington state Friday and a recent death threat on campus, University of North Alabama officials want everyone to take a proactive approach to stay safe. A gunman on campus isn’t something university police can predict, but it’s definitely something they can plan for. Now they want you to know you can take the extra steps to protect yourselves in that situation as well. UNA Police offer workshops on how to […]

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    Man in custody after standoff with Florence Police

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Florence Police standoff ended peacefully Monday night. A man is in custody after a four hour standoff with officers. Florence Police officers responded to a call of a man with a gun around 3:00 P.M. Lauderdale County employees conducting property tax assessments contacted police after a man in the area of Old Cloverdale Rd charged them with a gun. Witnesses stated that the man charged the employee’s vehicle and then began chasing the workers along the […]


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