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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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    Sheffield Police investigate gas station robbery

      Sheffield, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators are holding two men for questioning after a late night gas station robbery. They are still looking for a third man involved in the incident that happened at the Shell station on Hatch Blvd. Officials said a man approached the attendant with what looked like a gun, and demanded cash from the register. They said two others were in the car that drover away from the convenience store with an unknown amount of cash. Police have not yet […]

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    Florence investigators looking for man wanted for felony theft

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) –  A Florence man is wanted for felony theft, according to investigators with the police department. They need your help tracking him down. James Michael Joyner is wanted on numerous charges. Investigators said he made fraudulent purchases on a previous employer’s charge accounts at several businesses and he took materials from work sites after his departure from the company. Joyner is wanted for second degree forgery, fraudulent use of a credit card and second degree theft of property. […]

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    Two months of silence after DreamVision theme park announcement in Muscle Shoals

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) –  The DreamVision Company released plans for a multi-billion dollar theme park in the Shoals on February 11. Since then, nothing else has been said. Executives announced more details were to follow, such as when and where that park would be. Two months later, silence. That’s according to city leaders in the Shoals. “I’ve had no contact with them,” said Sheffield Mayor Ian Sanford. “Whether they’re working behind the scenes or not, I have no way of knowing.” […]

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    Body of missing helicopter pilot found in Tennessee River near Waterloo

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Crews located the body of a missing helicopter pilot in the Tennessee River near Waterloo Tuesday. It was about seven and a half miles from the crash site at Colbert Ferry Park. Authorities on the scene told our reporter that employees of Haverfield Aviation found the body and identified it as the pilot. The coroners from Lauderdale and Colbert Counties also identified the body as the pilot. “About ten minutes after three, they did a […]

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    Tourism continues to soar in Lauderdale County

    LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The ‘Muscle Shoals’ documentary played a key role in getting the area back on the map as a tourist destination, and a recent report shows Lauderdale County is a growing hotspot for travelers. “An area like this really does lend itself to that sort of off the beaten path, unique family vacation,” said Alison Stanfield, Assistant Director of Florence-Lauderdale County Tourism. The Alabama Tourism Department released a report showing travelers spent $210 million in Lauderdale […]

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    Crews tired, disheartened after 5 days of searching for missing pilot

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Search and rescue teams continued looking for a missing pilot Friday, marking day five in search efforts. On Thursday, crews pulled a Haverfield Aviation Hughes 500 helicopter out of the water. When they recovered it Tuesday, officials said the pilot was not inside nor around the wreckage. However, crews from across the Shoals, and some even from Hardin County, Tenn. are not giving up in the search. ”We’ll be out here doing this until we get […]

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    Lightning strike causes house fire in North Florence

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A home caught fire during the severe weather that rolled through the Shoals late Thursday night. According to Lauderdale County EMA Director George Graybryan, an air conditioning unit was struck by lightning at a home on Calhoun Drive. The fire spread through the gas line. “There was a lot of natural gas involved,” Graybyran said. “So, the gas department was on scene.” One man was transported to the hospital with a back injury. It’s not clear if […]

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    Muscle Shoals investigators look for Texaco robber

    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – Muscle Shoals Police investigators are looking for the man they said robbed the Texaco gas station on Highway 20 earlier this week. Police Chief Robert Evans said they have obtained an arrest warrant for James Michael Harper in connection to that robbery that happened Monday night. The warrant is for robbery in the third degree with a $10,000 bond. The Colbert County Sheriff’s Department needs your help tracking down some of this week’s most wanted. First, […]

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    Commission’s vote on RegionalCare request could move process forward

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The city of Florence is one step closer to having a brand new, sate of the art hospital right in city limits. Florence City Council member unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night, meeting RegionalCare’s request. Now they are closer to being able to purchase the land to build. “We need to move forward for every citizen in Lauderdale County and the City of Florence,” said Florence Councilman Andy Betterton. Now, Lauderdale County commissioners will vote “no” the […]

  • Search crews bring in cadaver dogs, specialized helicopters to find missing pilot

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  The search team grew Wednesday as crews returned to the Tennessee River, hoping to locate a missing pilot. Tuesday evening, divers got their hands on the helicopter under water after two days of searching. The pilot was not inside, nor around the aircraft. Cadaver dogs from Tennessee joined the effort Thursday to help search the water, and multiple helicopters searched the shoreline. One of those was a specialized surveillance helicopter with the Army. “We’ll be documenting […]

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    Teams locate aircraft in Tennessee River near Colbert Ferry Park, continue search for pilot

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Late Tuesday evening, crews found a Haverfield Aviation’s Hughes 500 helicopter which reportedly went down Monday near the Natchez Trace Bridge. The body of the pilot was not recovered. Wednesday, cadaver dogs stood by, ready to search the water for the body of the pilot. The The National Transportation Safety Board also arrived, ready to take over the investigation. Tuesday, crews searched the area by boat, using sonar to help pinpoint the location of the downed aircraft.  It was a […]

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    Teams search for aircraft that crashed in the Tennessee River in Colbert County

    COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Colbert County Emergency Management Agency reported an aircraft crashed in the Tennessee River Monday afternoon. State Troopers said multiple credible calls came in about 1 p.m. about an aircraft crashing into the Tennessee River. An eye witness told WHNT News 19’s Catherine Awasthi on the scene that a black helicopter flying lower than the Natchez Trace Parkway bridge hit the water. The witness, who was fishing at the time, said the helicopter broke apart […]


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