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

  • Elkmont Man Creates The Coupon Patrol to Help Needy Families

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, February 10, 2014, by , updated on: 07:21pm, February 10, 2014

    ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) – Food, health and beauty products, cleaning supplies are things many of us buy regularly at the...
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    coupon patrol
  • Inside-Out Ministries Offers People Warm, Caring Place in Cold

    Posted on: 10:58 am, February 10, 2014, by

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s been really cold outside lately, and a lot of times, people are stuck in that dangerous...
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  • Powering Off: Excessive Internet and Social Media Use and How to Create a Healthy Balance

    Posted on: 6:27 pm, January 30, 2014, by , updated on: 11:30am, January 31, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Are you digitally dependent? Many people would say yes and there’s research to prove it. According...
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    Could you do without your smartphone for even a few hours?
  • Athens-Limestone Foundation for Aging Enhances Existing Organizations

    Posted on: 7:54 pm, January 27, 2014, by

    ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s an organization in Limestone County devoted to helping other organizations and has been for the...
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  • Local Children’s Clinic Keeping Kids Healthy & Hopeful

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, January 20, 2014, by , updated on: 07:13pm, January 20, 2014

    NEW HOPE, Ala. (WHNT) – A sick child with no access to health care can create issues, like absences from...
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    New hope children's clinic
  • P.O.W.E.R. Mentoring Program Hoping to Expand in North Alabama

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, January 13, 2014, by , updated on: 09:41am, January 14, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – P.O.W.E.R., Placing Opportunities Within Everyone’s Reach, is the name of a local mentoring program that pairs...
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  • Community Free Dental Clinic Serving Uninsured Patients with Compassion

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, January 6, 2014, by , updated on: 07:14pm, January 6, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Dental work can be expensive. Without insurance or money to take care of their teeth, many...
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    Community Free Dental Clinic
  • Food Bank of North Alabama Helping Fight Hunger During the Holidays

    Posted on: 2:57 pm, January 2, 2014, by , updated on: 03:33pm, January 2, 2014

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The holidays are a joyous time, but it can also be a stressful time for families...
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  • Drake State Participating in Program to Train Older Workers

    Posted on: 5:36 pm, January 1, 2014, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College will soon start a new program to help adults...
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  • Alabama RepFinder App Designed to Give Voters Greater Access to Legislators

    Posted on: 6:33 pm, December 31, 2013, by , updated on: 09:13pm, December 31, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Do you know who your current Alabama House and Senate members are?  If not, there’s now...
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    Alabama RepFinder
  • Fish N Loaves Ministry Gets Money to Fund Christmas Meal

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, December 23, 2013, by , updated on: 08:08pm, December 23, 2013

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Food and good company are free of charge every Friday at 6th Avenue Church of God...
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    fish n loaves
  • Westside Fire Explorer Post 423 Exposes Teens to Firefighting

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, December 16, 2013, by , updated on: 07:55pm, December 16, 2013

    HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – Firefighters have an important job. They save homes, businesses and lives. Teens in Madison County are...
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    Westside Explorer Post 423