Lauren Harksen joined the WHNT News 19 news team in December 2018 as a multimedia journalist/digital producer. In March 2019, she was promoted to a multimedia journalist/weekend producer.

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

Lauren 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, photographer, 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.

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Recent Articles
  • Portion of Ford Chapel Road to close for 8 weeks

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — A high-trafficked road will be closed for 8 weeks to finish the construction of a sky-bridge between Sparkman High School and Sparkman 9th Grade Academy. For years, traffic on Ford Chapel Road is constantly stopped or altered so students can walk from one school to the other. Tim Hall, spokesman for Madison County School says the road was originally designed to be an access to Jeff Road and after the sky-bridge is completed, the road will […]

  • BBB says to protect yourself by using credit cards

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Portrait Innovations, a professional photography studio, closed its doors without any explanation, leaving customers without photos in their hands or money in their wallets. The Better Business Bureau says the loss of money could have been avoided. Julia Cherry with the BBB says many businesses seem to be closing their doors more frequently due to the increase in online shopping. “Because of them transitioning to online and not in-person, we’re seeing that consumers have gift cards or […]

  • Huntsville Havoc visits families in the NICU

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Havoc visited the neonatal intensive care unit at the Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children to see first-hand what they will be playing for on Saturday night. The Havoc has raised more than $690,000 in the past 13 years for lifesaving NICU equipment, which helps babies who come into the world early with health problems. While on their visit, the team surprised several families with blankets they made themselves. Huntsville Havoc goalie Max Milosek was born […]

  • Children with cancer ask to dance with P. Diddy

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — Children across America are asking rapper and singer P. Diddy to dance with them to bring awareness to childhood cancer. Fighting All Monsters works to support families with children facing threatening challenges, like childhood cancer. One member of the group is a 12-year-old girl named Mady Kelsoe. Her message: “Childhood cancer is real.” Ashley Kelsoe says her daughter Mady was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma at the age of 8. Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that […]

  • NWS: 3 tornadoes impacted north Alabama, including EF-2 tornado that hit Marshall County, Brindlee Mountain Primary School

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – The National Weather Service says an EF-2 tornado went through parts of Marshall County Saturday. A survey team from NWS Huntsville says the EF-2 tornado had winds of 120 mph when it hit Brindlee Mountain Primary School. 9am Sun: Our team surveying damage in Marshall County has determined an EF-2 tornado with winds of 120 MPH hit the Brindlee Mountain School area. Additional details still to come. #HUNwx — NWS Huntsville (@NWSHuntsville) January 12, 2020 Damage […]

  • State troopers notice drivers following new laws

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — Several new driving laws have gone into effect the past couple of months and state troopers believe residents have been following them. The newest seat belt law says both front seat and backseat passengers need to be wearing their safety belts. The law is a secondary offense. That means a driver won’t be pulled over for passengers not wearing their seat belts, but if they are pulled over for another reason members of law enforcement can […]

  • State troopers investigate 22 deadly crashes over holidays

    The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Troopers investigated 22 traffic deaths during the 2019 Christmas-New Year’s holiday travel period, from 12:01 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, to midnight Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Crashes occurred in Baldwin, Barbour, Cullman, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Henry, Lamar, Mobile, Pickens, Randolph, Russell and Tuscaloosa counties. Sr. Trooper Chuck Daniel says during the holiday season, there can be a rise in crashes. “When you’ve got more people on the road, and more people are speeding, or more […]

  • Recovery Resource Hub comes to Madison County

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Partnership for a Drug-Free Community announced a new program to help people with substance abuse issues to find help. The Recovery Resource Hub aims to make it easier for people to find treatment and recovery resources while reducing the number of overdose deaths in the community. Overdose-related deaths may be on the rise, according to Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill. In 2016, 61 people died of an overdose in the county. By 2019, Berryhill says there […]

  • Man killed by Limestone deputies pointed loaded shotgun at them, sheriff says

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – A man shot by Limestone County deputies Sunday evening pointed a shotgun at deputies before they opened fire, Sheriff Mike Blakely said Monday. George Dison, 57, was shot after deputies responded to a home on Sugar Way, Blakely said. The shooting happened after two separate domestic violence calls on the same day. Blakely said deputies visited the home Sunday morning after Dison reportedly threatened family members with a shotgun. “When the deputies arrived at the scene, […]

  • Staying safe on the water in rough winds

    DECATUR, Ala. — High winds and rough waves caused the sinking of three boats off Ingall’s Harbor on Saturday. If you’re an avid fisher or boater, sometimes you can’t stay away from the water, but when braving the rough water, you need to keep safety in mind. Several boaters told WHNT News 19 the moment they knew their boat was beginning to go down was when waves up to seven feet crashed down. Jason Clark says when that happens and […]

  • 3 boats sink after capsizing in Ingalls Harbor

    DECATUR, Ala. — Three boats sunk off Ingall’s Harbor Saturday morning. Alabama State Troopers say rough water led to boating issues shortly after the start of the Winter Blues on Wheeler catfish tournament. One boater, George Cuvar, says the waves scared him to death. “It’s going to be a while before I ever get back out on the water. The waves were coming over the front of the boat. We tried to nose the boat up but it didn’t do […]

  • Grant children’s wishes by taking on Trailblaze Challenge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Make-a-Wish Alabama has the perfect way to help you jump-start and stay committed to getting healthy for the new year. Tracy Smith, Make-a-Wish Alabama President and CEO says right now, about 200 children in the state are living with life-threatening medical conditions and waiting on wishes. You can help grant the wishes by taking on the Trailblaze Challenge. “It’s a 12-week training program that culminates into one weekend where we have all these hikers in the Pinhoti […]

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