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
  • 2 houses impacted following fire in North Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Officials are investigating a structure fire on Glasgow Road. Huntsville Fire and Rescue were called to a house fire Wednesday just after midnight. When officials arrived, they say the house was fully engulfed with flames coming through the roof. Officials say the fire spread to a home next door but they were able to put it out. Crews extinguished the flames in both houses and a nearby shed by 2:31 a.m., according to the report. According to […]

  • Resurfaced road in Owens Cross Roads to be striped

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — After WHNT News 19 spoke with a Madison County Commissioner, a resurfaced road will now be getting striped. Green Mountain Road in Owens Cross Roads was re-surfaced only a few weeks ago. The county commissioner of District 3, Craig Hill, says before the re-surfacing, parts of the road would get slick in wet weather. Now that the re-surfacing has been completed, viewers sent WHNT News 19 complaints about the absence of stripes on the road. “The […]

  • Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle vetoes 32% pay raise

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle has vetoed a 32% mayoral pay increase. Huntsville city council president Devyn Keith proposed the pay raise two weeks ago. It included an amendment to exclude a city council pay raise. At Wednesday night’s meeting, the council passed the resolution with a 3-2 vote. The 32% pay increase would raise the Huntsville mayor’s salary to $175,926 a year. During the discussion, Mayor Tommy Battle said he never asked for the pay raise. Thank […]

  • Some Huntsville city workers concerned about new salary schedule

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Huntsville City Council passed a new pay raise schedule for city employees Wednesday night, but not everyone thinks it’s for the best. The new salary schedule for city employees is the first updated plan since 1989. The plan will set salary increases for grades 2 to 10 at 3%. The percentage goes down for higher paid grades. 2% percent for steps 11-18, and 1.5% for steps 19-25. The Huntsville City Director for Communications, Kelly Schrimsher says […]

  • Manslaughter case of Scottsboro teen being sent to grand jury

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. — The death case of 17-year-old Anthony Raymond Jack Scott is being sent to a grand jury. A long-awaited preliminary hearing took place on Thursday. 16-year-old Jacob Taylor Isbell is charged as an adult with manslaughter in Scott’s death. On July 3, Scott was shot in the face at home on the 19000 block of Alabama 35 in Scottsboro. He later died on July 5 at Erlanger Hospital. Detective Zackie Gant testified Isbell provided him with a […]

  • Guns stolen from Huntsville pawn shop

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville police are asking for the community’s help in locating stolen guns and the burglar who stole them. Officers responded to an alarm call at Redstone Pawn on North Memorial Parkway early Wednesday morning. Police say they quickly realized it was a burglary. The K9 unit was brought to the scene to follow a track but lost it behind the pawn shop. After watching security footage, police say the thief stole an arm full of guns from […]

  • Online and home-schooled students start a new school year

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — While many prepare to head back to the traditional “brick and mortar” schools, they aren’t the only ones starting a new school year. Some students attend school wherever they have internet access. Corbin Hyde is entering the 3rd grade and dreams of being a pediatric surgeon. With big dream comes a lot of learning, but he is taught outside of a traditional classroom. Because of health issues, he’s homeschooled. Corbin’s mother Laura Hyde says in a traditional […]

  • Heat exhaustion prevalent in pets during cooling temperatures

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The summer months might be slowly coming to an end, but this is the time that pet owners need to be extra cautious of heat exhaustion and heatstroke in their pets. Dr. Dawn Tucker, and associate veterinarian at Animal Emergency & Critical Care says they most of the cases in the spring and the fall as temperatures outside begin to cool off some because we have such high humidity. A normal body temperature for a dog is […]

  • Animal emergency clinic now open 24/7/365

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A local animal emergency clinic is now offering their services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When your pet has an emergency and needs help, they need to be seen as quickly as possible. Primary care clinics aren’t always open to take care of the hurting pet. That’s why the Animal Emergency & Critical Care Center of North Alabama has decided to permanently open their doors. They aren’t an alternative to […]

  • School bus GPS tracking app coming to Madison

    MADISON, Ala. – Madison City Schools Transportation Department will soon be releasing a school bus GPS tracking app. With many students heading back to school, some parents worry about the safety of their child. But with the release of this new app, it has the possibility to give parents peace of mind. The system is called EDULOG. It gives parents the ability to track their child’s school bus. It will provide the exact times of bus stops in the morning […]

  • Dramatic store video shows armed robbery at Madison Walgreens

    MADISON, Ala. – Madison police are looking three suspects accused of robbing a Walgreens. Officials say three individuals robbed the Walgreen’s on the corner of Highway 72 and Hughes Rd in Madison on Friday, July 26th. According to police, these suspects were armed. In the video, you can see a young man walk into the store around 3:50 a.m. About 20 minutes later, he returns again with two others behind him. One of the suspects was holding a pink handgun. […]

  • Madison City School bus drivers needed

    MADISON, Ala. — Madison City Schools start classes in less than a week. In addition to teachers preparing their classrooms, the Transportation Department is preparing the transportation for students to and from school. The Madison City Schools Transportation Coordinator says they are on the final touches. “Right now, we are trying to finalize our routes, which in a few of our schools, we’ve had to add additional bus routes because of the growth.” The school system has added eight new bus […]

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