Clarissa McClain

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

  • 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
  • Special Art Class for Elkmont High School Students

    Posted on: 10:46 pm, October 8, 2013, by

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Students in Limestone County are getting exposed to something different. Sixty high school students got...
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  • Non-Profit Child Care Center Providing Low Cost, High Quality Education

    Posted on: 7:53 pm, October 7, 2013, by

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Child care can be really expensive. One woman in Huntsville is providing an affordable option for...
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    daycare pif
  • Destructive Eating: Alabama Woman Eats Corn Starch from the Box

    Posted on: 10:06 pm, October 3, 2013, by , updated on: 12:21am, October 4, 2013

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – An Alabama woman is dealing with an odd and dangerous disorder. She eats large amounts of...
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    corn starch web pic
  • Destructive Eating: Tonight on WHNT News 19 at 10:00

    Posted on: 9:00 am, October 3, 2013, by

    Eating is a part of our daily routine.  We have breakfast, lunch and dinner, and sometimes a snack or two....
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  • Help for Non-Profit Group that Supports Homeless Veterans

    Posted on: 7:34 pm, September 30, 2013, by

    “No Veteran Left Behind” is the slogan Operation Stand Down lives by. The non-profit group helps homeless veterans in Huntsville...
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    operation stand down
  • “Lunches of Love” Provides Weekend Meals for Children in Need

    Posted on: 6:30 pm, September 23, 2013, by , updated on: 10:53am, September 24, 2013

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Poverty is a reality for many families in north Alabama. Often times, that means children...
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    lunches of love web pic
  • Organization Supports Individuals Living with Intellectual Disabilities

    Posted on: 7:41 pm, September 16, 2013, by

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Living with an intellectual disability can be hard. There’s an organization here in north Alabama that’s...
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    AbilityPlus Clients Play Pool at Facility in Madison.
  • Testing the Waters: Taking Action Investigation

    Posted on: 9:48 pm, July 29, 2013, by , updated on: 10:43pm, July 29, 2013

    WHNT News 19 wants to make sure the places you and your kids go to cool off during the summer...
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  • The Top Stories from the Past 50 Years

    Posted on: 4:43 pm, June 17, 2013, by and , updated on: 01:31pm, July 8, 2013

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – News is non-stop, so as you can imagine WHNT News 19 has covered a lot of...
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  • Group Endeavors to Expand Madison’s Text to Protect Progam

    Posted on: 8:25 pm, May 3, 2013, by , updated on: 09:53pm, May 3, 2013

    Texting is a big part of how a lot of people communicate and Madison Police want to be in on...
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    text to protect
  • Special Report: A Fighting Chance

    Posted on: 10:05 pm, April 30, 2013, by , updated on: 10:37pm, April 30, 2013

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) – Dog fighting isn’t something people talk about openly, but police say it’s definitely happening. We have...
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