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
  • Orion’s final jettison motor test qualifies for future moon missions

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — Orion‘s final jettison motor test was successfully completed at Redstone Arsenal on Wednesday. NASA, along with contractors Lockheed Martin and Aerojet Rocketdyne, were certifying the Launch Abort System’s jettison motor for human spaceflight on Artemis II, Orion’s first flight with astronauts. On NASA’s website, they say with the series of static tests completed, “Orion’s LAS jettison motor is qualified and ready for flight on the Artemis II mission with astronauts.” The third and final test-fired for […]

  • Trash bags filled with narcotics stolen from Huntsville Omnicare

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville police are investigating a pharmacy burglary from Sunday where thousands of dollars of narcotics were stolen. Investigators are searching for two suspects who burglarized Omnicare on Old Madison Pike, taking with them two trash bags filled with narcotics. Omnicare is a long-term care pharmacy owned by CVS. They dispense prescriptions to places like nursing homes and assisted living communities. Lt. Michael Johnson with Huntsville police said after the incident, Omnicare shared surveillance footage of “two individuals […]

  • North Alabama high school senior with one hand inspires others

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Savannah Monroe is a Hazel Green High School senior, a musician, and an artist. Savannah says she loves to create and not have a set foundation for what she creates. “I like different because I’m also different,” says Savannah. “I’m known as the girl with one hand.” Savannah was born without fingers on her right hand. “She was born like that,” says Tamara Monroe, Savannah’s mother.  “God made her special for a reason.” Her parents say ever […]

  • Marlee Sutton Foundation urges parents to seek professional help for children with mental illnesses

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — The Marlee Sutton Foundation was founded by Scott and Wendy Norwood to raise awareness and education of mental health, to help society move away from the stigma. The Norwood family’s lives were changed on March 12, 2018, when their daughter, 13-year-old Marlee, died by suicide. “Our world was drastically changed and myself, I never want another family or parent to have to go through the hurt and the anguish that we have been through,” says Scott […]

  • Gov. Ivey awards over $386,000 to Community Action agencies

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $386,250 to support a network of 20 Community Action Agencies across the state that assist Alabamians by providing programs to reduce and eliminate poverty. Chief Financial Officer for Community Action within Huntsville, Madison County, and Limestone County, Ronnie White, says they were told the local agency would recieve approximately $19,000, which is more than they have ever received. White says the Huntsville, Madison County, Limestone County Community Action Partnership helps around 7,000 […]

  • Community Action Partnership looks for Community Services Specialist

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Community Action Partnership for Huntsville, Madison County, and Limestone County is hiring a Community Services Specialist. The position would provide direct services to the low-income community through various programs offered at Community Action. The Community Action Director of Programs, YaShika Ray says the perfect candidate is someone who is passionate about his or her community. “Perfect candidate — love for the community, community organizer, someone who is organized but someone who’s familiar with resources and is willing […]

  • Lawrence County Schools to get a full-time mental health counselor

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. — The Lawrence County School District is adding a full-time mental health counselor to their staff. The non-profit, Marlee Sutton Foundation, helped raise the funds to add an additional resource to help students in need. Scott Norwood, one of the founders of the Marlee Sutton Foundation, says his family’s lives changed on March 12, 2018 when their daughter, Marlee, died by suicide. Norwood says at that moment, “we knew then there was a need, that our students […]

  • MidCity cited in 2017 as one of the 12 largest commercial real estate projects in the nation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — North Alabama is growing and one development is putting Huntsville on the map for having one of the largest commercial real estate projects in the nation. In 2017, MidCity District was listed as #4 in the nation for having the largest retail real estate developments underway. Huntsville’s business relations officer Harrison Diamond says the transition from Madison Square Mall to the MidCity District is transforming Huntsville’s economic future. “It’s really become a collection point for our community […]

  • MidCity developers announce new office space

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — MidCity developer RCP Companies announced new details coming to the district. Multi-floor buildings designed for office space are in the works. RCP Companies is planning 3-5 office buildings in the area for a total of 350,000 square feet. They say they are planning for two 60,000 square foot buildings, with 3 floors of office space on top of retail and restaurants on the ground floor. These will be in the center of the district and adjacent to […]

  • South Koreas public television network films documentary in James Clemens High School

    MADISON, Ala. — The public television network for Korea, Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) filmed for two days at James Clemens High School as one part of a ten part educational documentary. The idea of the film is to study different teaching methodologies and standards. “We are looking for what could be the ideal, perfect school so that’s why we stopped here,” says Felix Kwon, a Korea EBS reporter. James Clemens psychology teacher Blake Harvard is the focus of one part […]

  • Madison County Commission District 4 collects hazardous waste products

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — The warnings of throwing out hazardous waste products are becoming more prevalent. For the second time in less than a month, Huntsville Fire & Rescue was putting out a landfill fire Thursday morning. The landfill director says it’s impossible to determine an exact cause, but officials say it could have been anything from an improperly disposed of lithium battery to warm coal. Now, officials are reminding people to dispose of their lithium batteries properly to avoid […]

  • Poarch Band of Creek Indians donates $35,000 for bullet-proof vests to Marshall County Sheriff’s Office

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — The Poarch Band of Creek Indians presented the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office with a gift to help them purchase bullet-proof vests. Sheriff Phil Sims was presented with two checks of $17,500 from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and their gaming operation, Wind Creek Hospitality, totaling $35,000. The money will fund bullet-proof vests for 30-35 deputies within the Sheriff’s Office. Earlier in the year, the office sent in a proposal to the tribe about their need […]

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