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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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    UPDATE: Russellville Police say alleged Walmart thief returned tablet

    RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators with the Russellville Police Department said an alleged thief returned a stolen tablet to the owners. The incident happened at Walmart on October 30th after a couple put the tablet down at an employment computer, and it was stolen. The person returned it to the owners Friday after watching the Crime Stoppers report. The couple will not press charges. The Lauderdale County District Attorney’s Office is looking for multiple criminals wanted for writing worthless checks and failing to […]

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    The count continues for State Senate District 6 winner

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The race between longtime State Senator Roger Bedford and newcomer Dr. Larry Stutts isn’t over yet. On Wednesday, election officials counted provisional ballots in Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Lawrence and Lauderdale counties. Most finished by the end of the day, adding 7 votes to Stutts’ total count. Over 100 ballots were to be counted by the Lauderdale County Registrar.  After six hours, they called it a day. Officials will resume counting Thursday morning. “Nobody is saying […]

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    UPDATE: Most teens okay following wreck involving overturned truck in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s good news to report about a wreck that happened Tuesday where six teenagers were sent to the hospital. Only one of the teens is still being treated.  The other five were treated and released from area hospitals. The wreck happened Wednesday afternoon on Highway 157 in the Cloverdale area.  A red GMC truck flipped into the side of the road near Garner Street. Some of the teens were riding in the truck bed and […]

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    UNA reminds students of alcohol policy and consequences

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – University of North Alabama officials are reminding students of the alcohol policy in place in the university code of conduct. This comes after a recent arrest of three current UNA football players for minor in possession of alcohol. Police arrested Luke Wingo, Wilson Lovelace, and Griffin McCarley at a house party in Florence over the weekend. Wingo is the Lions’ starting quarterback. University officials said they will not suspend the players, but deal with the incident internally. All will be […]

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    Your Photos: Rainbows over the Tennessee Valley

    TENNESSEE VALLEY – The rainy weather yesterday provided the perfect opportunity to capture a rainbow. We bet you took a picture or two, right? We invite you to share your pictures in our photo gallery.  Please upload your pictures by clicking the ‘Submit Your Photo’ button below.  This is the quickest way for us to add them – we check for new photos and approve them daily. If you can’t, that’s okay – you can email pictures to photo@whnt.com.

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    Tuscumbia police looking for criminals responsible for 2 break-ins in 1 night

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT)  – Tuscumbia Police are looking for two men who broke into two businesses in one night. Investigators have surveillance video from the night of Oct. 26. Those videos show two instances of vandalism and one theft. A man broke through the door of the Chevron gas station on Dickson and 6th St.  Video shows him jumping behind the counter and leaving with a tray full of cash. Investigators say it was $104. Less than an hour later, video […]

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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 […]


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