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
  • Distinguished Young Women program to give scholarship money to high school senior girls

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Upcoming high school senior girls have a chance to win scholarship money for college while gaining lifelong skills for free. Distinguished Young Women, formerly America’s Junior Miss, is a national scholarship program that works to inspire high school senior girls to develop their potential through a fun, transformative experience that culminates in a celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. Distinguished Young Women strives to give every young woman the opportunity to further her education and prepare for […]

  • Decatur police warn against online job application scam

    DECATUR, Ala. — Deceptive job application forms are circling on social media websites. Decatur police say victims of this scam will be scrolling social media when they find a convenient application on their news feeds. Only after they have entered their social security number and banking information do they realize the position was a sham. The Decatur police public information liaison Emme Long says this scam is interesting. She warns against red flags on applications such as asking for detailed […]

  • Family to begin Alabama A&M University scholarship in remembrance of drowning victim

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Banks family is funding a new scholarship in honor of Franklin “Franky” James Banks II. Franky accidentally drowned at DeSoto State Park on Friday, May 31. He was a 20-year-old sophomore at Alabama A&M University with a major in forestry. To keep Franky’s memory alive, the Banks family is looking to start a scholarship fund. They want this award to be different than a typical academic scholarship. Franky struggled in school but was active in diverse […]

  • Governor Ivey awards over $1 million grant to assist child abuse victims in north Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey awarded grants totaling $1.58 million to help sexual assault and child abuse victims in north Alabama. The National Children’s Advocacy Center Intervention and Clinical Director Paula Wolfteich says their center is completely reliant on these funds. “Two-thirds of our budget is paid for through ADECA funding,” says Wolfteich. Each service the NCAC provides helps abused children and their family members receive needed care. “When kids come here, it’s the beginning of their journey, their […]

  • New center at UAH to help grow technology-based businesses

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The University of Alabama in Huntsville opened a new building called the Invention to Innovation Center, or I²C, on Monday. The center’s main purpose is to help promote business growth. On the website, it says the center “is a regional initiative that fosters, promotes, and accelerates commercialization of technology-based ventures through incubation, co-working, mentorship, funding, and strategic support.” UAH President Robert Altenkirch says each startup company will go through an interview process and based on guidelines, a […]

  • Chug tea at the 6th anniversary Piper and Leaf celebration

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Piper and Leaf Company is celebrating 6 years and they’re going on strong. Known for teas filled with local ingredients and signature mason jars, Piper and Leaf has been a local favorite in north Alabama. Micah Thomas is a manager at Piper and Leaf and says its huge for any small business to hit an anniversary and its their mission that keeps them going. “We have a company vision and it’s to serve the joy,” says Thomas. […]

  • Huntsville City Schools to eliminate 6 bus routes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  Huntsville City School leaders are looking to cut millions of dollars from their budget. This includes eliminating six buses for the 2019-2020 school year. Huntsville City Schools Communications Director Keith Ward says this was a way of making the buses and their routes more efficient. The PTA Council’s incoming president, Liz Boykin, says the decision on the changes could be due to different reasons, such as the number of kids on a bus. “There may be some […]

  • Huntsville school leaders eye staffing cuts to correct budget problem

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Huntsville city school leaders are looking at cutting millions of dollars from their budget and that means some workers in the district won’t have jobs this fall. Around 73 teachers and support staffing positions may be eliminated. Huntsville City Schools Communications Director Keith Ward says the eliminations were a state recommendation. Alabama funds over 1400 teaching positions and Huntsville City Schools was funding 200 additional positions. “One of the recommendations by the State is we try to eliminate […]

  • Friends remember an Alabama A&M University student who drowned

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — An Alabama A&M University student died from an accidental drowning at DeSoto State Park on Friday. Franklin James Banks II, also known as “Franky,” was a 20-year-old sophomore at the university, majoring in forestry. Venita King worked at AAMU as the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Management & Director of Admissions when she met Franky. “When I met him, he was just kind, polite,” said King. “He said yes ma’am, no ma’am, and he greeted me with […]

  • Madison Crossroads Community Center officially opens

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – After five years of planning, executing and building, residents of the Madison Crossroads and Toney area can call the new community center their own. Madison County District Four Commissioner Phil Vandiver hosted an official ribbon-cutting event and open house at the new center on Monday. He’s excited to give residents a place to play recreational sports, but says the center is “a whole lot more.” The $4 million, 32,000 square-foot center includes two gyms which can […]

  • Free strollers for foster families offered at Kids to Love

    MADISON, Ala. — Kids to Love, a non-profit organization, offered free strollers for foster families on Monday. Families with young children understand the need for strollers and with several young children, it can be difficult to afford a stroller for every single kid. This is especially true for foster families. On Monday, June 3, Kids to Love hosted “Strollerpalooza,” and gave away strollers to foster families. A generous donation of strollers and car seats by Unclaimed Baggage made the event […]

  • Parking study to come to downtown Decatur

    DECATUR, Ala. — Downtown Decatur has grown exponentially over the past ten years. While it’s good for the city, the growth brings parking issues. With the Cook Museum of Natural Sciences nearing Opening Day, the city is pushing for a new parking study. A few components of the “Master Parking Plan”  could include, but are not limited to: shared parking paid on-street parking (in selective, strategic areas) parking enforcement use of mobile applications for paying for parking parking policies & […]

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