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Lauren Harksen joined the WHNT News 19 news team in December 2018 as a multimedia journalist/digital producer.

Lauren grew up in the City of Madison and is excited to be back working at the station she grew up watching.

Lauren is a graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in broadcast journalism, and a minor in dance, from Troy University. Go Trojans! While at Troy University, Lauren was an anchor, reporter, and producer for TROY TrojanVision News and earned several awards from International Broadcast System.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys staying active in her local church, finding community events to attend, and keeping up-to-date with her dance technique.

If you have any ideas or comments, feel free to email her at lauren.harksen@whnt.com.

Recent Articles
  • Madison County’s DYW receives over $4000 at state program

    MADISON CO., Ala. – Madison County’s Distinguished Young Woman was named second runner-up and received over $4000 in scholarships at the Alabama state program. Lauren Scott is a senior at Huntsville High School and was named the local representative at the local DYW program last summer. She says it was an honor to represent Madison County at the state level. I am so proud of the technological achievements, cultural richness, and economic opportunities that characterize our county. Madison County is home […]

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    Alabama ranks in bottom ten of safest states in U.S.

    Alabama ranked as the 41st safest state (where 1st has the lowest crime rate) in a new study. The National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS) has just released a 2019 study that reveals the safest cities in the United States. Alabama has violent crime rates that are nearly 2 times higher than the national average. However, as the data shows, there are often vast differences from one city (or state) to the next. The top four are suburbs […]

  • Give a hug on National Hugging Day

    Not only is January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day… it’s also a national holiday I’m sure Dr. King would have loved as well: National Hugging Day! You or someone you know may be feeling frustrated with work or school. What’s a better form of compassion than a good, old-fashioned hug? According to the Holiday Calendar, National Hug Day was created by Reverend Kevin Zaborney in Caro, Michigan in 1986 as an antidote to the reverend’s perception that many American were […]

  • One man killed in Lauderdale County wreck

    KILLEN, Ala. – One Florida man was killed in a wreck on Sunday night outside Killen, according to Alabama State Troopers. John Cameron Crouch was killed in a single-vehicle crash at 9:30 p.m. when his car hit a tree on the driver’s side. Troopers say Crouch was not wearing his seatbelt. Crouch was pronounced dead on the scene by the Lauderdale County Coroner. The crash occurred on County Road 73 near the intersection of County Road 34 approximately 10 miles […]

  • Wreck causes Huntsville lanes to shut down

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A car wreck caused a Huntsville intersection to shut down Monday morning. All northbound lanes of Jordan Ln. and eastbound lanes of University Dr. closed. As of 6:30 a.m., one lane is open eastbound on University Dr. Huntsville police are still working the scene. We will update with more information.

  • Gas prices face small increase in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Gasoline prices in Huntsville have risen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 261 stations in Huntsville. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.6 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.24/g, according to GasBuddy. Average gasoline prices on January 21 in Huntsville have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.30/g in 2018 $2.12/g in 2017 $1.65/g in 2016 $1.93/g in 2015 $3.12/g in 2014 Including the change locally […]

  • Alabama issues certified professional midwifery licenses for the first time in over 40 years

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The state of Alabama has not issued a certified professional midwifery license in over 40 years until now. According to AL.com, the board approved the license of five certified professional midwives: Stacey Bufkin, Tori Dennis, Karen Brock, Rebekah Myrick and Layla Brown. The last time a CPM license was issued in Alabama was 1976. With the establishment of Medicaid in 1970, Alabama slowly stopped issuing licenses. This did not mean giving birth at home was illegal. It […]

  • Man dies in Madison County house fire while trying to extinguish the flames

    NEW HOPE, Ala. — Police say a man is dead after his home caught fire in Madison County. Ray Miller, 61, died at the home while fighting the fire Tuesday morning, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. The call came in just after 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Miller’s wife told investigators that she was awoken by a cat, then she found a fire near space heaters in a different room. Investigators say she woke her husband up and ran […]

  • VBA resources for Veterans, dependents, survivors, and federal employees during shutdown

    Many are feeling stressed during this government shutdown, including those who have served our country. Veterans, who are also government employees, are included in those being furloughed or working without pay. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is one agency fortunate enough to be fully funded for the year ahead of the shutdown and are operating as usual. The VA says they say they are “not only still open for business, but we are actively working to provide you with much needed […]

  • An egg just cracked the world record for most-liked Instagram photo

    Think about your favorite photo of all time. Is it colorful, inspiring, entertaining? Now, guess what the rest of the world must like to see. Maybe a new celebrity baby or a basketball trick shot? With so many photos on Instagram, one must rise above the rest: The most-liked Instagram photo. The record was just cracked and it’s more egg-citing than you could guess… An egg. No, that’s not a yolk. A photo posted by @world_record_egg on Instagram just beat […]

  • House move in Madison County expected to cause traffic delays

    MADSION CO., Ala. – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says a house move will begin Monday morning. The move will begin at 8:45 a.m. starting at Guntersville Ave, heading north on Highway 431, and ending at Monte Sano Boulevard. Drivers can expect road congestion. Lt. Donny Shaw of Madison County Sheriff’s office says the move is expected to last until 4:30 p.m. Traffic delays today due to house move. Starting at FBC Guntersville 1020 Gunter Ave, going to 1020 Monte […]

  • Gov. Kay Ivey ranked 3rd most popular governor in the U.S.

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey is ranked as the third most popular governor in America, by Morning Consult. The governor landed a top spot by having an approval rating of 63 percent, and a disapproval rating of 19 percent. Gov. Ivey responded to the ranking on Twitter Saturday saying, “Thank you to those who believe in me & who believe in making Alabama a better place to live, work & raise a family.” For the fifth consecutive quarter, I’m […]