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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
  • STAC Team seizes large amount of drugs within 2019

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The STAC Team has been busy this year working to get drugs off the streets. The STAC Team, or Strategic Counter-Drug Team, is made up of several agencies with Huntsville Police Department leading the force. Late HPD Officer Billy Clardy III was a part of this team. The team’s main focus is to disrupt and dismantle as many drug trafficking organizations as possible. STAC Team Commander Lt. Tony McElyea gave WHNT News 19 the drug bust statistics […]

  • Rocket City Marathon celebrates 44 years

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Rocket City Marathon is celebrating over four decades this year and hundreds of people woke up at the crack of dawn to run throughout the city of Huntsville. The Huntsville Track Club presented the Rocket City Marathon along with Half the Marathon, Kid’s Marathon, and a brand new Marathon Relay on Saturday. The marathon has been a fixture in North Alabama for over 40 years. The 26.2 mile, Boston Marathon qualifying course, ran through parts of […]

  • Madison police cover for Huntsville police during funeral

    MADISON, Ala. — The Madison Police Department is offering their services to allow Huntsville officers to attend the funeral of fallen Officer Billy Clardy III. MPD posted a tweet on Sunday afternoon which said: “Madison PD will cover HsvPolice calls for service in their jurisdiction west of the Madison City limits on Tuesday to allow HPD Officers to attend funeral services for HPD STAC Agent Billy Clardy, III. A true American Hero.” Madison PD will cover @HsvPolice calls for service […]

  • The STAC Team explained

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — As a member of the STAC Team, late Officer Billy Clardy III worked to make major drug busts across north Alabama. Chief Mark McMurray with the Huntsville Police Department said Clardy was selected to join the drug task force in 2018 because of his knowledge and his performance on the street. Lt. Tony McElyea is the commander of the STAC Team and said it is a Strategic Counter-Drug Team. Participating agencies include the Madison Police Department, Madison […]

  • Respiratory syncytial virus spreading quickly this year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —¬†That winter cold you have could be more than just a cold, it could be RSV, and while most adults recover from it in a week or two, RSV can cause serious problems for babies. Kelsey Lightfoot, the NICU manager for Crestwood Medical Center says a lot of people are hearing about RSV. “It’s usually during the winter season, but we have seen it a couple months ago already,” says Lightfoot. RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, began showing […]

  • World War II veteran remembers Pearl Harbor 78 years ago

    MADISON, Ala. — 78 years ago, a surprise raid on a major United States Navy base near Honolulu killed more than 2400 Americans and brought the U.S. into World War II. “December 7, 1941… a date which will live in infamy,” said President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Members of the community, including other veterans, spent the anniversary morning at the Memory Garden in Madison paying respects and giving honor to those who spent their life fighting for our freedom. Each year, […]

  • Crestwood Medical Center to open newly expanded NICU

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Crestwood Medical Center will soon be opening a new neonatal intensive care unit. When babies are admitted into the NICU, it generally means being separated from the family, but Crestwood is looking to change that approach. From a single room to ten individual rooms, Crestwood’s NICU manager, Kelsey Lightfoot, says they’re seeing a huge upgrade. “Our current NICU is just one big room, about the same size as one of our NICU bays here now,” said Lightfoot. […]

  • Sunlake at Edgewater apartment fire cause indeterminable

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville City Fire Marshal Daniel Wilkerson says the cause of the fire at Sunlake at Edgewater apartment complex is ruled indeterminable. Huntsville Fire and Rescue responded to an apartment fire in the 600 block of Lakefront Drive Sunday morning. Huntsville Fire spokesman Capt. Frank McKenzie said eight apartments were destroyed, with several others heavily damaged by smoke. Huntsville Fire and Rescue said 16 units are unlivable. Wilkerson says there are four classifications of fires: natural, accidental, incendiary, […]

  • Residents displaced by Huntsville apartment fire staying positive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Several families are without homes after an apartment fire destroyed eight units in Huntsville. Huntsville Fire and Rescue crews were called to Sunlake at Edgewater apartments,¬† located off Zierdt Road, just south of I-565 on Sunday. Several residents who were impacted by the fire say the whole incident is awful, but they are glad no lives were lost. “Main thing out of this is that everyone survived,” says BJ Wells. “We didn’t have causalities or anything like […]

  • Synchrony Bank apologizes for deposit email

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A major bank is apologizing after sending out fishy-looking emails to people who weren’t their customers. You may have received an email that looks like this: The email from Synchrony Bank said it deposited a small amount of money into your Amazon Credit Builder account. Many who received the messages may not even have an Amazon account or are customers with Synchrony. Elizabeth Garcia with the Better Business Bureau serving north Alabama says many were worried the […]

  • Roads during Thanksgiving travel expected to be congested

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – With Thanksgiving just a few days away, the rush to get out of town is already underway. AAA says more than 49 million Americans are expected to drive at least 50 miles over the holiday, the most since 2005. Airlines are seeing record-breaking travel numbers this year, but there are even more people driving. Trooper Curtis Summerville with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says they’re expecting more traffic as opposed to some other holidays. There will be […]

  • What is a “Blue Alert?”

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — A Blue Alert was issued throughout Alabama on Saturday night in connection with the shooting death of Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams. Many WHNT News 19 viewers asked: “What is a Blue Alert?” Madison County Sheriff’s Office PIO Brent Patterson says we don’t see or hear of Blue Alerts often. “Any time an officer is hurt, killed, injured, and we know that whoever did this, or the suspect, poses a huge risk for the public, we […]

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