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
  • SWDA opens new Huntsville hazardous waste drop-off facility

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Huntsville Solid Waste Disposal Authority opened a new building, called the Huntsville Household Hazardous Waste Facility, where you can drop off hazardous waste materials at a convenient time for you. Residents of Madison County have been used to the “First Saturday Drop-off” where you could get rid of items that you can’t throw away or recycle, but all of that could be changing soon. Instead of dropping items off once a month after waiting in a […]

  • Local Huntsville business plans to open new building after 2017 fire

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A few years ago, the local, family-owned business, Allied Digital Printing, faced devastation. But despite losing everything, the owners are planning to open an even bigger building soon. The local business had been in Huntsville for nearly 50 years but in October of 2017, the company had an electrical fire where they lost everything. That didn’t stop them, though. They continued to serve their customers. “In two days, we were up and running again,” says co-owner Victor […]

  • Sparkman High School wins World Championship

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Sparkman High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble won a World Championship over the weekend. They competed in Dayton, Ohio over the weekend at the Winter Guard International competition. WGI is a governing body for visual performing arts competitions, including color guard (known as winter guard), percussion ensembles, and small marching bands (known as winds). The ensemble won the gold medal in the Percussion Scholastic Open Division of WGI with a 96.2 score. Dressed in icy blue and black […]

  • Churches prepare for possible severe weather on Palm Sunday

    MADISON, Ala. — With severe weather expected on Palm Sunday, the National Weather Service tweeted a warning to all churches. The tweet warned that pastors need to designate someone to monitor current weather conditions and a NOAA weather radio. ⛪ATTENTION CHURCHES: With severe weather possible on Palm Sunday, pastors need to designate someone to monitor current weather conditions & NOAA weather radio. Know where to go if a warning is issued. Large open rooms such as sanctuaries & auditoriums are […]

  • Senate Bill 183 to take away local authority in prohibiting puppy mill breeding

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — At first glance, a new bill working through the Alabama State Senate looks like an animal welfare bill set to regulate pet stores. The first sentence of Senate Bill 183 synopsis reads: “This bill would provide the regulation of pet stores.” It goes on to describe the protection consumers would have when buying pets from a retail store. The CEO of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society says it’s not what it looks like. “It is a bill […]

  • North Alabama Red Cross looking for blood donations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The North Alabama Red Cross is needing more blood donors. They are hosting a Donor Room Blood Drive this week along with the ‘Sound the Alarm‘ campaign. Earlier this year, the American Red Cross issued a blood emergency, meaning there isn’t enough blood to supply those who need it. The Donor Room Blood Drive is helping to meet this need at a local level. One donor gives platelets about every two weeks. He says if you’re able, […]

  • Huntsville girls learn about STEM at “All Girls Auto Know”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Barbie said it best when she said, “Girls can be anything!” At Huntsville Toyota’s second annual event, “All Girls Auto Know,” around 150 6th-8th grade girls from across the Huntsville area were told this as they learned about the automotive industry. The purpose of “All Girls Auto Know” is to introduce young girls to the automotive industry and spark interest in STEM-related fields. “This gives girls, like myself if I would’ve had the chance when I was […]

  • Meatball eating contest gives money to cancer research

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Several University of Alabama at Huntsville fraternity men went head-to-head in a meatball eating contest to compete in winning money toward a charity. This first-ever event held by Tellini’s Italiano is called “Meatballs for a Cause.” The rules:  they had five minutes to eat as many giant meatballs as possible. All of the men ate between ten and twelve total. The winner, a brother from Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, ate a total of twelve. “I was insane,” […]

  • Huntsville City Council looking to reduce light pollution

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Huntsville skies could become clearer with something known as the ‘dark skies’ resolution. This was first introduced by City Councilwoman Francis Akridge. Huntsville’s City Council passed an ordinance to look into the best way of reducing light pollution in the city. This would include replacing all of the current light bulbs in street lights with LED bulbs. This is believed to reduce light pollution that obscures viewing of the night sky. Joe Gehrdes, the Community Relations […]

  • New recycling program coming to Madison County

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Residents of Huntsville and Madison are accustomed to putting trash in a big green cart and recyclables in a small blue bin. All of that could be changing soon, thanks to a new program called the Recycling Alliance of North Alabama. The 18-gallon blue bins that you’re used to will be replaced with a cart that’s five times larger. It will be able to hold 95-96 gallons of recyclables. And right now, recyclables are picked up once […]

  • Moe’s BBQ closing Jones Valley location

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A local barbecue restaurant is closing one of their locations on their 10 year anniversary. In a Facebook post, the restaurant announced the Jones Valley location is closed effective Monday, April 1. The post reads, in part, “Due to the road closure of Cecil Ashburn, we have had to make some really tough business decisions. So today, on our 10 year anniversary, we have decided to shut the doors at the Jones Valley location for good.” Chris […]

  • Harvest ‘porch pirate’ caught on Ring doorbell video

    HARVEST, Ala. — Porch Pirates don’t only search for gold during the holidays, they steal year round. And sometimes, it’s from your front porch. A recent incident was caught on a video doorbell known as Ring. After the resident posted it to the social media platform Neighbors, Ring posted it on their official Facebook page. The video takes place in the Heritage Estates neighborhood in Harvest. The thief sneaks up to the front door, grabs the package, and runs off. […]

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