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Clarissa McClain anchors WHNT News 19 at 6:00 and WHNT News 19 at 10:00 with Greg Screws.

Helping people, keeping them informed, and inspiring them is what drives her passion for news. Her personal philosophy: “Everyone has a story — good or bad, happy or sad — It’s my job to share it with others. One story has the power to change many lives.”

One would think after years of pretending to be Vanna White, staging talk shows in her parent’s living room, and developing a slight obsession with makeup, she would have known all along that she was destined for a future in television. But it took her four years and two academic major changes to figure it out. In 2005, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Auburn University. WAR EAGLE!!!

Her broadcasting career began with an internship with the award-winning Investigative Team at FOX5 News in Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly after that, she landed her first job at WTVY News 4 in Dothan, Alabama. Clarissa spent one year in the Wiregrass, reporting on a range of topics from city government to the Enterprise tornado disaster. In April 2007, she moved to North Alabama to work at WHNT-TV.

In 2014, Clarissa and several of her colleagues received a regional Emmy award for “Boys & Girls”, a special report on the Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama.

Clarissa is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but loves living in the Tennessee Valley. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, hanging out with friends, traveling, and cooking.

On her top five list of favorite things: two hour naps, shoe sales, singing loud and very off key in the car, old Disney movies, and playing with her terribly spoiled pooch Elle.

Email Clarissa a story idea to clarissa.mcclain@whnt.com.


Recent Articles
  • SPEAK Program seeking local students to help raise awareness and peers struggling with suicide

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville Hospital Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 SPEAK Student Ambassador Program. SPEAK stands for Suicide, Prevention, Empowerment, Awareness and Knowledge. The program is open to upcoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in Huntsville City, Madison City, and Madison County Schools.  SPEAK Student Ambassadors are responsible for promoting suicide prevention and awareness among students, teachers and faculty in their schools. All ambassadors receive training for crisis intervention and awareness, and help provide […]

  • Brewery, technology companies among the winners of the 2018 Best Places to Work

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce held its 11th annual Best Places To Work® luncheon at the Von Braun Center North Hall. The awards honor the “best of the best” member businesses in the Tennessee Valley. Each year, the chamber celebrates businesses that create an excellent workplace culture through employee engagement, strong leadership and communication. The winners are solely determined by employee surveys and were calculated by Quantum Workplace. “It’s very important to companies,” says Pammie Jimmar, the Vice […]

  • Feeling down? How to make a happy box to pull you out of a funk

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT NEWS 19 continues Taking Action to keep the conversation about mental health awareness and suicide prevention at the forefront. We’re partnering with the Huntsville Hospital Foundation for the SPEAK initiative, which stands for Suicide, Prevention, Empowerment, Awareness and Knowledge. Our latest effort is the Happy Box Project. Just like grown-ups, kids deal with a lot of stress. We asked a few New Century High School students and SPEAK Ambassadors to give us some examples. “I have […]

  • Shipt debuts Target same-day delivery for Huntsville members

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Many of you wake up to long to-do lists. One task that shows up often is grocery shopping. Last fall, WHNT News 19’s Taking Action report, The Grocery Delivery Test, looked into whether home delivery grocery services are worth the price you pay. Clarissa McClain tried out Instacart and Shipt and spoke to a mom of three who said it saved her so much time. Today, Shipt announced that members in Huntsville can now get items from Target. Whether […]

  • Huntsville optimistic despite not making Amazon HQ2 short list

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Amazon released its top 20 list of cities still in the running for its second headquarters, also known as HQ2. Huntsville didn’t make the cut, but one area leader involved in the proposal says they still gained a lot from the process. More than 200 cities wanted to land Amazon’s HQ2. Among that group, the rocket city. Erin Koshut, Director of Cummings Research Park at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, says it was important to […]

  • Madison mother writes about grieving her teenage son, one year after his murder

    MADISON, Ala. – For most of us, it’s simply the day after Christmas. However, for one Madison family, it marks one year since something really bad happened. Eighteen-year-old Jason West was shot and killed on December 26, 2016. His mother shared a blog post about how the family is coping. Madison Police say the Sonic on County Line Road became the scene of a deadly set up. Court documents revealed that Jason West walked up to a car window and […]

  • New Century Technology High School wins SPEAK video challenge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – New Century Technology High School is the winner of the SPEAK video challenge. WHNT NEWS 19 is Taking Action by partnering with the Huntsville Hospital Foundation’s SPEAK Initiative. SPEAK stands for Suicide, Prevention, Empowerment, Awareness and Knowledge. SPEAK Student Ambassador and New Century Technology High School junior Sierra Arbogast created the video that included youth suicide statistics and personal stories of classmates that had experienced bullying. Here is the full video entry: At the end of the […]

  • SPEAK student ambassadors help raise awareness about suicide prevention in schools

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT NEWS 19 is Taking Action to bring attention to suicide. It doesn’t matter if the stories are difficult to tell, we believe it’s an important message to share with everyone. It’s part of our partnership with the Huntsville Hospital Foundation’s SPEAK Initiative. SPEAK stands for Suicide, Prevention, Empowerment, Awareness and Knowledge. Now, some high school students are joining the effort and participating in a video challenge to raise awareness about this important subject and other factors […]

  • Huntsville attorney urges sexual assault victims to ‘use your voice’

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Long before the allegations against him took the national stage, U.S. Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore became known in Etowah County’s legal and judicial circles. WHNT NEWS 19 spoke with an attorney with ties to his judicial past, who tried cases in his courtroom. Teri Mastando, a Huntsville attorney, tried cases before Roy Moore when he was a judge in Etowah County. As allegations swirl about his conduct with underage girls, Mastando says she never heard of them before. However, she […]

  • SPEAK suicide prevention app offers confidential, immediate help for north Alabama community

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s an app available now and there’s nothing else like it in our community or state for that matter. It’s a resource for anyone and designed for a very important purpose – to save lives. It’s part of the ongoing SPEAK Initiative, a joint effort by the Huntsville Hospital Foundation and Huntsville Hospital to increase awareness about suicide in north Alabama. WHNT NEWS 19 is Taking Action to bring attention to this very important subject. “This is […]

  • Professionals emphasize knowledge and empathy during Mental Illness Awareness Week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mental health professionals want you to look around you, because someone you know is likely suffering in silence. “One in five people will experience a mental health diagnosis within any given year,” said Josaylon Wade, Wellstone Inc.’s Chief Clinical Officer. According to Wade, only about two-thirds will seek help. That’s why it’s important for all of us to be on alert. “If you have someone that you know, a loved one […]

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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – So many moms are time-starved and searching for solutions to make their lives easier. I became a mom last year and it’s been a great, life changing experience so far. Like many of you, I take on the task every week. Imagine my delight when I found out there are options available in our area that mean I can get what I need without leaving home. WHNT NEWS 19 is Taking Action to show you these shortcuts […]