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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
  • 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 […]

  • Taking Action: We put grocery delivery services to the test

    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 […]

  • Father of suicide victim & SPEAK Task Force member calls for broader focus on mental illness

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The topic of suicide has been making international headlines lately. Sadly, many people felt there was no other alternative. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s most recent statistics from 2015, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15-34. One man, who lost his son to suicide, feels like the focus should be broader. Daniel Adamek shared his story with WHNT NEWS 19 in an effort to help others better understand the challenges […]

  • New “Initiative” program seeks input on ways to make a stronger community impact

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Connect, the young professionals program of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, is actively soliciting ideas from Huntsville/Madison County’s many non-profits on things they need to be successful and provide services to their stakeholders. This call is part of Connect’s new “Initiative” program element. Harrison Diamond, Chair for Connect Class 20, said Initiative is just one way the volunteer program committee is trying to revamp Connect. “For the past 19 classes, we’ve had projects,” explains Diamond. “We’ve had some successes […]

  • Rocket Chef 2017 competition heats up the stage once again at Merrimack Hall

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Rocket Chef 2017 is in the books and was a smashing success! The culinary competition, which is in its 4th year, took place on Monday, August 7th at Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from the event are split equally between the Food Bank of North Alabama and Merrimack’s Happy Headquarters outreach program. In front of a sold out crowd,  four chefs were put to the test with crazy combinations of mystery ingredients and a limited amount […]

  • Huntsville Councilman shares personal Facebook video after attempt to break up a neighborhood fight

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – An outspoken Huntsville City Councilman says he and another man tried to break up a fight between a group of teenagers. Unfortunately, it didn’t end as peacefully as they wanted. In the aftermath of the incident, Devyn Keith shared his experience on Facebook and the video is getting a lot of attention. After getting elected in November, Keith decided to live in four different neighborhoods in district one during his term. Terry Heights is the first. He says, […]

  • Community invited to town forum addressing drug use and addiction

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Partnership for a Drug-Free Community is hosting a free, community wide forum on Friday, July 21st. It will be held at the Redstone Federal Credit Union Atrium, located at 220 Wynn Dr., Huntsville AL. The general public, including teens and parents, are invited to attend the meeting from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. At the forum, a panel of individuals will offer their insight about these topics: The dramatic rise of deaths due to opiate abuse Prescription pill […]