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Clarissa McClain anchors WHNT News 19 at 6:00 and WHNT News 19 at 10:00 with Greg Screws.

Helping people, keeping them informed, and inspiring them is what drives her passion for news. Her personal philosophy: “Everyone has a story — good or bad, happy or sad — It’s my job to share it with others. One story has the power to change many lives.”

One would think after years of pretending to be Vanna White, staging talk shows in her parent’s living room, and developing a slight obsession with makeup, she would have known all along that she was destined for a future in television. But it took her four years and two academic major changes to figure it out. In 2005, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Auburn University. WAR EAGLE!!!

Her broadcasting career began with an internship with the award-winning Investigative Team at FOX5 News in Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly after that, she landed her first job at WTVY News 4 in Dothan, Alabama. Clarissa spent one year in the Wiregrass, reporting on a range of topics from city government to the Enterprise tornado disaster. In April 2007, she moved to North Alabama to work at WHNT-TV.

In 2014, Clarissa and several of her colleagues received a regional Emmy award for “Boys & Girls”, a special report on the Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama.

Clarissa is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, but loves living in the Tennessee Valley. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, hanging out with friends, traveling, and cooking.

On her top five list of favorite things: two hour naps, shoe sales, singing loud and very off key in the car, old Disney movies, and playing with her terribly spoiled pooch Elle.

Email Clarissa a story idea to clarissa.mcclain@whnt.com.


Recent Articles
  • Long-term care needs are rising for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Alzheimer’s disease is harsh. It steals the mind of the person diagnosed and joy from their caregivers. And it’s claiming lives at an alarming rate, increasing 55 percent from 1999 to 2014. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Counties with the highest death rates were primarily in the southeast. In their own way, there are many people already working to respond […]

  • CDC report projects Alzheimer’s cases to triple by the year 2060

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates as many as five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which is a fatal form of dementia. That number is projected to nearly triple to 14 million by the year 2060. WHNT News 19 spoke to healthcare providers who say our community isn’t immune to the increase. The CDC report represents real people, struggling with the decline of their mind. Huntsville Hospital neurologist, Dr. Anjaneyulu Alapati, sees two to […]

  • PROJECTXYZ brings Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson to Huntsville for special luncheon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A local business brought in a big name chef to make its holiday luncheon special for employees. Darnell “Superchef” Ferguson created a delicious menu which included meatloaf cupcakes, marinated pork tenderloin, crispy Brussel sprouts and one game-changing item – 24-Karat gold wings. The winner of the Food Network’s 2018 Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge came to the Rocket City to cater the holiday luncheon for PROJECTXYZ. The company is a government contractor that provides engineering and logistics support service to […]

  • Donation of 4,000 new books for students at Owens Cross Roads School

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Reading is vital for students. It can teach them things, help them excel in other subjects and take them to fun, imaginary places. But most importantly, reading should be fun! A local librarian went to great lengths to make sure all 400 students at Owens Cross Roads School get the chance to fall in love with reading. Owens Cross Roads School students are receiving something special. “As far as we know, this has never been done in our […]

  • Rocket City Trash Pandas merchandise store now open at Bridge Street Town Centre

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Official Rocket City Trash Pandas merchandise is available for fans here in the Tennessee Valley.  Shirts, hats and other swag are for sale at the Trash Pandas Emporium. The store, located at Bridge Street Town Centre, had its soft opening today. The grand opening is this Saturday, November 17th. The cold and rainy weather didn’t damper the Trash Panda pride! “In spite of the weather, we’ve had people still coming in with their umbrellas dripping wet and ready […]

  • The Great Diaper Drive Blitz Day brings in more than 76,000 diapers and wipes

    MADISON, Ala. – Another successful blitz day is in the books! WHNT News 19 is partnering with the Food Bank of North Alabama, iHeart Media Huntsville, Rocket City Mom and Crestwood Maternity Center for the annual Great Diaper Drive.  We set up at the Walmart on Madison Boulevard. Our community’s generosity led to an impressive total of 76,441 diapers and wipes. We also collected more than $4,000. Starting at 5:00 a.m., we were ready to collect and our community responded in a big […]

  • WHNT News 19 Legal Action Line returns on Tuesday, October 23rd

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – WHNT News 19 is Taking Action to help you get answers to your legal questions with our annual Legal Action Line. It is taking place on Tuesday, October 23rd from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Attorneys with the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association will volunteer their time to field your legal questions. Mark Debro, President of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, encourages people to call in and speak to a legal professional. “This is their chance to do it,” explains Debro. “Everything […]

  • Hampton Cove Preschool collects diapers and wipes and encourages other businesses to join the cause

    BROWNSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – The Great Diaper Drive is back! WHNT News 19, along with the Food Bank of North Alabama, Rocket City Mom, iHeart Media and Crestwood Maternity Center, is taking action to collect diapers and wipes for families in north Alabama. The need is big. One business owner knows first hand how important and expensive diapers can be for parents and she’s joining the cause! At Hampton Cove Preschool, diapers are changed often. “We actually change diapers every two hours,” explains Melissa […]

  • Madison woman receives the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Ole Miss

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – The University of Mississippi recognized a Madison woman for her leadership and contributions to her alma mater.  Shaquinta Morgan was honored alongside a civil rights icon.   Morgan received the 2018 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni who have shown exemplary leadership throughout their first 15 years of alumni status in both their careers and dedication to Ole Miss. Morgan was honored at the same event as James Meredith this past weekend at the university’s […]

  • North Alabama pastor discusses the coexistence of mental illness, suicide and spirituality

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – “Where is God when I’m depressed?” Some Christians would say you don’t question God ever. However, a local pastor would argue that it doesn’t have to be that way. That question was the title his recent sermon. The Bible is filled with examples of people who struggled through periods of darkness and despair. The prophet Elijah cried out to God saying, “I have had enough, Lord, take my life!” – I Kings 19:4 Job said, “I loathe my […]

  • Local pastor opens up about how mental illness and Christianity can coexist

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Do spirituality and suicide prevention belong in the same conversation? WHNT News 19 recently spoke to one local pastor who wholeheartedly believes they should be. “I think that God made us that we’re emotional beings,” explains Steve Lacy, a teaching pastor at the Madison Campus of Willowbrook Baptist Church. “We’re physical beings and we’re spiritual beings. It’s kind of a triad. I think all three affect the others.” Lacy recently preached a sermon titled, ‘Where is God when […]

  • Competing chefs raise a record setting amount for Rocket Chef 2018

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  — Another Rocket Chef is in the books. The annual culinary competition raises money for Merrimack Hall’s Happy Headquarters Outreach Program and the Food Bank of North Alabama. This year, there were some major milestones. The competitors raised more than $22,000 combined during the online fundraising part of the culinary contest. It’s the most ever by a group of chefs in the event’s five-year history. The competing chefs for Rocket Chef 2018 were: Chef Irwanto Fnu from Yoshi Sushi […]