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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
  • 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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    Large equipment stolen from a Huntsville business, cameras vandalized

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Kennedy and Sons is hoping the community can help catch some thieves. They say three men stole equipment from the established Huntsville business on Stringfield Road off Blake Bottom Road late Monday night. Laura Lopez works at Kennedy and Sons. She said it was a shocking Tuesday for owner Jeff Kennedy. “He noticed the chain was cut, and then he noticed some of the cameras were damaged,” Lopez said. “That’s when he also noticed that there […]

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    This week, there’s more to Space Camp than meets the eye

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – This week, hundreds of students took part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.  Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students, or SCIVIS, was in session. It was the 25th year for the program. SCIVIS allows visually impaired children ages 10-18 to take part in Space Shuttle missions, underwater astronaut training, high ropes courses, zip-lining and any other activities every Space Camp or Aviation Challenge trainee experiences. Dan Oates organizes SCIVIS. “It’s really difficult […]

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    UPDATE: Toddler back from hospital after fall from second-story apartment window

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The mother of a two-year-old boy who fell from a second story apartment window said her son will make a full recovery. The boy suffered several broken ribs and a sprained neck, but has been released from UAB Hospital and is back home recovering. Neighbors awoke to frantic screams for help and to call 911 Tuesday evening on Dallas Street after a small boy reportedly fell from a second story apartment window. Witnesses say the toddler […]

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    3 injured in explosion at U.S. Steel facility in Fairfield

    FAIRFIELD, AL (WIAT)– Three workers were injured in an apparent explosion at the U.S. Steel facility in Fairfield Sunday. Officials with UAB Hospital have confirmed that the three were transported to the hospital earlier today, but did not have conditions available. Courtney Boone with U.S. Steel tells our sister station WIAT 42 News that information on the incident will be released soon. Courtney Boone with U.S. Steel released a statement Sunday evening confirming the injuries, but did not release any […]

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    Man drowns in Little Bear Creek

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – A man drowned while swimming just outside of Tuscumbia Sunday morning. Alabama Marine Police confirm  Eric Willingham went missing while swimming in  Little Bear Creek, west of Tuscumbia and south of US Highway 72. After searching for more than two hours, emergency crews retrieved the body of the  42-year-old Colbert County man around 2:00 p.m. The Colbert County coroner confirmed Willingham drowned and will not conduct an autopsy. Crews found his body in 13 feet of water.  Authorities say […]

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