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
  • 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 & […]

  • Dog reunited with Decatur family after being missing for nearly 2 years

    DECATUR, Ala. — After nearly two years, a dog is reunited with his family because an adoption representative remembered him. When furry friends run away, it can feel like a dead end. In November of 2017, the Neil family lost their dog Earl, after hearing shots at the beginning of hunting season. Pete Neil was walking Earl when he took off running. “He was gone,” said Pete. “Nowhere to be found.” The family posted Earl’s photo in several Facebook groups, […]

  • Cook Museum of Natural Sciences in Decatur to Open

    DECATUR, Ala. — The Cook Museum of Natural Sciences in Decatur will be opening in June. From a humble bug collection in 1968 to the newest 62,000 square foot museum, the Cook Museum has come a long way. “The mission is to engage, excite, and educate people of all ages about the natural world around them,” says Mike Taylor, the Marketing and Public Relations Manager of the Cook Museum of Natural Sciences. Taylor says when people see the “Cook” name, […]

  • Morgan County Rescue Squad shortens response time

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – The Morgan County Rescue Squad is implementing a new system to shorten their response time to people in need on the water. The unexpected could happen while people are on a boat. That’s when the Morgan County Rescue Squad comes in. Michael Overall, the Water Captain of the Squad, says they “are like the volunteer fire departments in a way. We are all on standby. We are all volunteer.” Overall says Memorial Day is the busiest […]

  • Community celebrates Toffee’s birthday “pawty”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The community is invited to celebrate at Toffee’s Backyard Birthday “Pawty.” You may or may not remember a little puppy named Toffee. Almost a year ago, a 7-week-old deaf puppy was successfully rescued from a 50-foot hole in south Huntsville. It took more than 30 hours of hard work to pull Toffee out, but rescue crews refused to give up on her. The rescue went viral, with people all over the country tuning in to the rescue […]

  • Less than a two-day supply of Type O blood available

    TONEY, Ala. — The American Red Cross says it is facing a critical shortage of Type O blood. There is less than a two-day supply of the blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical, medical treatments and patient care and be directly impacted. The Toney Volunteer Fire Department hosted a blood drive through LifeSouth on Tuesday to help with the shortage. The assistant fire chief of the department says they host a blood drive about every […]

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