Clarissa McClain

Clarissa McClain anchors WHNT News 19 at 5:00 with Lee Marshall and WHNT News 19 at 9:00 on WHNT2 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 MAC 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.

Clarissa is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, yes a real native, (there aren't many left), but loves living in the Tennessee Valley. Clarissa is a newlywed. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 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.

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Recent Articles

  • Chemo Care Bags Filled with Candy, Supplies and Love

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 10:31pm, April 14, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Chemotherapy is not an easy thing to deal with. Every little bit of support helps patients...
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    chemo care bags
  • One Place of the Shoals Connects Victims with Resources

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, April 7, 2014, by , updated on: 10:40am, April 8, 2014

    FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Being the victim of domestic violence, rape or sexual abuse is traumatic. Sometimes, getting to all...
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    one place of the shoals
  • St. John A.M.E. Church Soup Kitchen Serving Food and Compassion

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, March 31, 2014, by , updated on: 09:45pm, March 31, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – One Huntsville church is on a mission to show compassion to those in need. St. John...
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  • Mentone Volunteer Firefighters Surprised with Pizza Party and Pay it Forward Cash

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, March 24, 2014, by , updated on: 04:28pm, March 30, 2014

    MENTONE, Ala. (WHNT) – Mentone is a quaint, small town. With a population of a few hundred people, there’s an...
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    mentone pif
  • Gas Inspectors Participate in Training at Leak City

    Posted on: 5:45 pm, March 21, 2014, by

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – An important training program took place this week in Athens. Around 20 natural gas inspectors and...
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    LI FIRE TRAINING
  • Blount Hospitality House Provides a Home Away from Home

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, March 17, 2014, by , updated on: 01:31pm, March 18, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – No one wants to have a loved one in the hospital, for any period of time....
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    blount hospitality house
  • Volunteers Dedicated to Peace, Love and Animals Rescue Organization

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, March 10, 2014, by , updated on: 07:34pm, March 10, 2014

    TANNER, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT NEWS 19 surprised a dedicated volunteer with the animal rescue organization Peace, Love & Animals....
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    animal rescue
  • Women’s Group Helping Those in Need Just ‘Cause

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, March 3, 2014, by , updated on: 09:48am, March 4, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Do you ever feel like doing something nice for someone for no reason? One woman in...
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    just cause book drive
  • Help our Homeless Veterans and Citizens Receives Surprise Cash

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, February 24, 2014, by , updated on: 07:10pm, February 24, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Whether you pay attention or not, whether you like it or not, there are homeless people...
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    Help our homeless veterans and citizens
  • Free2Teach Resource Store Providing Supplies to Public School Teachers

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, February 17, 2014, by , updated on: 08:57am, February 18, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Teachers have a very important job. Sometimes, it turns into an expensive one too. Teachers often...
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  • Special Report: Nine Minutes in Heaven

    Posted on: 10:00 pm, February 13, 2014, by , updated on: 03:28pm, February 13, 2014

    ALTUS, Okla. – Many of us have visions and dreams about what heaven will be like. Sometimes those visions include...
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    heaven web pic
  • Woman Says She Spent 9 Minutes in Heaven

    Posted on: 12:24 pm, February 11, 2014, by , updated on: 10:18am, February 14, 2014

    ALTUS, Okla. - An Oklahoma woman said she spent nine minutes in heaven as she flatlined during a medical procedure. Crystal...
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