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

  • New Specialist at Huntsville Hospital Helps Expectant Moms

    Posted on: 2:35 pm, December 10, 2013, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A new specialist at Huntsville Hospital is offering expectant moms hope during high risk pregnancies. Dr....
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  • 305 8th Street Offers Family Environment for Disabled Adults

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, December 9, 2013, by , updated on: 07:48pm, December 9, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a good feeling to be a part of a family and to have a place...
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    305 8th street
  • Community Free Clinic Treats Thousands of Patients

    Posted on: 7:03 pm, December 2, 2013, by , updated on: 09:51pm, December 2, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Imagine being sick or needing medication for a serious condition like hypertension or diabetes and having...
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    Community Free Clinic
  • UPDATE: Corrections Officer Accused of Deadly Shooting at Huntsville Apartment Complex

    Posted on: 11:08 pm, November 27, 2013, by , and , updated on: 09:45pm, November 28, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -Huntsville Police say a man shot around 10:45 Wednesday night has died. Investigators identified the man as...
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    Galaxy Way Shooting
  • Pay It Forward Cash Used to Buy Blankets for Salvation Army Shelter

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, November 25, 2013, by , updated on: 07:26pm, November 25, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s getting cold outside. With the drop in temperature, there’s a rise in the need for...
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  • Friends of Rescue Aims to Find Forever Homes for Animals

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, November 18, 2013, by , updated on: 09:43pm, November 18, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There are hundreds of animals in shelters across north Alabama that face a harsh fate if...
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    Friends of Rescue
  • Huntsville Community Drumline Helping Kids Excel in Music & Life

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, November 11, 2013, by , updated on: 08:03pm, November 11, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Music moves us. It is entertainment and inspiration. One performing arts center in Huntsville is helping...
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    Huntsville Community Drum Line
  • Passionate and Patriotic Teacher Receives Help for Annual Veterans Day Program

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, November 4, 2013, by , updated on: 07:44pm, November 4, 2013

    America’s service men and women and their families make sacrifices so all of us can live in freedom. Honoring veterans...
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    Becky Walker
  • Food for the Soul Soup Kitchen Filling People with Food & Hope

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, October 28, 2013, by , updated on: 07:21pm, October 28, 2013

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The Morgan County Committee on Church Cooperation, or CCC for short, is helping those in need....
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    Food for the Soul Soup Kitchen
  • Homicide Survivors Program Serves 13 Counties in North Alabama

    Posted on: 7:30 am, October 22, 2013, by , updated on: 07:31am, October 22, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Losing a loved one is hard. It’s especially tough if the loss happens in a violent...
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    pay it forward
  • Decatur City Leaders Consider Making Ice Complex a Dual Use Facility

    Posted on: 4:08 pm, October 21, 2013, by , updated on: 08:14am, October 22, 2013

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur city leaders are looking for ways to keep costs down.  One option on the table...
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    Point Mallard Ice Complex
  • Morgan County Woman Rewarded for Commitment to Jail Ministry

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, October 14, 2013, by , updated on: 08:40am, October 11, 2013

    SOMERVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Morgan County Jail houses hundreds of inmates. One woman in Morgan County sees something beyond...
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    Sandra Borden