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Clarissa McClain anchors WHNT News 19 at 6:00 with Greg Screws and WHNT News 19 at 10:00 with Jerry Hayes. She also brings you our weekly Pay It Forward segment Mondays on WHNT News 19 at 6:30.

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. 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
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    Local Children’s Clinic Keeping Kids Healthy & Hopeful

    NEW HOPE, Ala. (WHNT) – A sick child with no access to health care can create issues, like absences from school or social problems. A local clinic, the first of its kind in the state of Alabama, aims to keep kids healthy and hopeful. New Hope Children’s Clinic is a school based health clinic for the student population in southeastern Madison County and it’s open to any child in need. Volunteer physicians and nurses treat at least 500 young patients […]

  • P.O.W.E.R. Mentoring Program Hoping to Expand in North Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – P.O.W.E.R., Placing Opportunities Within Everyone’s Reach, is the name of a local mentoring program that pairs Alabama A&M University students with kids in the Sparkman or Seminole Boys and Girls Clubs. “We want the children to understand that you can be more than what you see on television and you can aspire to do great things,” says Alabama A&M professor and P.O.W.E.R. founder Rachel Dunbar. Dunbar aims to provide opportunities for kids. “I think a program […]

  • Community Free Dental Clinic

    Community Free Dental Clinic Serving Uninsured Patients with Compassion

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Dental work can be expensive. Without insurance or money to take care of their teeth, many people end up in a lot of pain. The Community Free Dental Clinic in Huntsville is working to alleviate some of that. Ginger Finzel, Community Free Dental Clinic Executive Director, says since its opening, the response has been huge. “We are stunned,” says Finzel. “Nine months and we’ve treated just about 1,100 patients.” Forty-three volunteer dentists along with a team […]

  • Food Bank of North Alabama Helping Fight Hunger During the Holidays

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The holidays are a joyous time, but it can also be a stressful time for families who are already battling hunger year round. When children are not in school, sometimes they’re not eating healthy, balanced meals. In some cases, they’re not eating at all. WHNT NEWS 19 visited the Food Bank of North Alabama to see how the agency is trying to help. “Look at them! They’re just beautiful,” says North Alabama Food Bank Executive Director […]

  • DRAKE STATE

    Drake State Participating in Program to Train Older Workers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College will soon start a new program to help adults age 50 and over. It’s part of a national effort to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in health care, education and social services. “Have an open mind,” says Drake State President Helen McAlpine. “It’s so important because education literally changes lives.” McAlpine encourages older adults to consider the possibilities. The college will assist adults age 50 and over […]

  • Alabama RepFinder

    Alabama RepFinder App Designed to Give Voters Greater Access to Legislators

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Do you know who your current Alabama House and Senate members are?  If not, there’s now an app to help you identify your legislative representatives. Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) was part of the committee that helped redistrict the state of Alabama. That meant huge changes for Alabama voters. “One day at lunch with some friends who work here locally, I jokingly said there ought to be an app for that,” says Holtzclaw.  “It could tell people […]

  • fish n loaves

    Fish N Loaves Ministry Gets Money to Fund Christmas Meal

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Food and good company are free of charge every Friday at 6th Avenue Church of God in Decatur. WHNT NEWS 19 went to the river city for a surprise visit. A husband and wife team at the church have a heart for the homeless. They make sure at least one day a week, they have a warm meal to eat. “My husband feeds the tummy, and I feed the soul,” says Wanda Graham. It’s a catchy […]

  • Westside Explorer Post 423

    Westside Fire Explorer Post 423 Exposes Teens to Firefighting

    HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – Firefighters have an important job. They save homes, businesses and lives. Teens in Madison County are getting exposed to the world of firefighting through the Westside Fire Explorer Post 423. “Rack ‘em.” Those two words spark a mad dash inside Harvest Volunteer Fire Station #2. Sixty seconds is all the time the teens have to get into fire suits, as if they were responding to a real fire call. It’s one of the many exercises they’re […]

  • New Specialist at Huntsville Hospital Helps Expectant Moms

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A new specialist at Huntsville Hospital is offering expectant moms hope during high risk pregnancies. Dr. Margaret Carter is the only maternal fetal medicine specialist in the region. Dr. Carter helped local mother Jill Boehme get through several difficult months, but in the end, a healthy baby boy was born. WHNT NEWS 19’s Clarissa McClain shows you the emotional reunion.

  • 305 8th street

    305 8th Street Offers Family Environment for Disabled Adults

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a good feeling to be a part of a family and to have a place to call your own. One organization in Huntsville is doing just that for disabled adults. Sixteen people consider 305 8th Street home. The adults who live there don’t qualify to receive state assistance, but they are receiving a chance to grow and have a family. At 305 8th Street, you can feel the love the moment you walk in the […]

  • Community Free Clinic

    Community Free Clinic Treats Thousands of Patients

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Imagine being sick or needing medication for a serious condition like hypertension or diabetes and having no health insurance. That’s where the Community Free Clinic is stepping in to help. The clinic is open to anyone who lives in Madison County and doesn’t have insurance. There’s rarely a slow moment at the Community Free Clinic on Sivley Road in Huntsville. Thousands of patients are treated there every year. Tony Fitchard is one of them. Fitchard is […]

  • Galaxy Way Shooting

    UPDATE: Corrections Officer Accused of Deadly Shooting at Huntsville Apartment Complex

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -Huntsville Police say a man shot around 10:45 Wednesday night has died. Investigators identified the man as Jason Akeem Lewis.  Madison County Jail Chief Steve Morrison now confirms Madison County Detention Center Officer Jeremy Primus is accused of shooting Lewis at the Twickenham Apartments on Galaxy Way. Paramedics rushed Lewis to Huntsville Hospital with a gun shot wound to the chest. At the time, he was in critical condition, but later died at the hospital. According to […]