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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
  • 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 […]

  • Taking Action: Undercover water testing returns positive for total coliform at popular splash pad

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –  Summer is in full swing. For many folks looking to cool off, one easy way to do that is to head to a splash pad. There are many across the Tennessee Valley. WHNT NEWS 19 is Taking Action to keep you and your family safe. We went undercover to check the water. On July 5th, WHNT NEWS 19 collected water samples from seven sites across north Alabama. The locations are as follows: The Bicentennial Park Splash Pad […]

  • WHNT NEWS 19 conducts undercover testing to check water quality at popular splash pads

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – When you go to a public pool or splash pad, you trust that it’s safe. WHNT NEWS 19 wants to make sure that trust is being earned. Splash pads are a popular and prevalent option to get relief from the heat. Thousands of people visit them during the steamy, summer months. On July 5th, WHNT NEWS 19 collected water samples from the following sites across north Alabama. Bicentennial Park Splash Pad in downtown Huntsville. Everybody Can Play […]

  • Charity, competition and creativity collide at Rocket Chef fundraising event

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Rocket Chef returns on Monday, August 13th. The live cooking showdown serves as a dual fundraiser for Merrimack Hall’s Happy Headquarters and the Food Bank of North Alabama. Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center’s mission is to provide visual and performing arts education, and cultural activities, to children and adults with special needs and to provide quality professional entertainment to the community.  The Food Bank of North Alabama works to end hunger by offering hunger relief programs that […]

  • Rocket Chef proceeds help Food Bank and Merrimack Hall expand community outreach

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Every year, the Rocket Chef culinary competition combines food with helping others in the community. On August 13th, competition, creativity and charity collide! In 2014, Rocket Chef started as a dream. “I was thinking about the first time Deborah Jenkins, our founder, approached me about this,” recalls Melissa Reynolds, Merrimack Hall Executive Director. It led to a transformation. “They want to do a project with a live cooking show on our stage and I was like, […]

  • Effort underway to move Bessie K. Russell Library to a new building

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The North Huntsville Capital Campaign Committee is organizing the effort to move a library operating out of a double-wide trailer to a brand new building. Tayari Jones, a New York Times bestselling author,  is coming to Huntsville this week to help the cause. Jones will attend a luncheon Thursday, August 2nd at the Ernest L. Knight Reception Center on the campus of Alabama A&M University. The luncheon is a fundraiser for the new North Huntsville library. The new […]

  • SPEAK Program seeking local students to help raise awareness and peers struggling with suicide

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville Hospital Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 SPEAK Student Ambassador Program. SPEAK stands for Suicide, Prevention, Empowerment, Awareness and Knowledge. The program is open to upcoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in Huntsville City, Madison City, and Madison County Schools.  SPEAK Student Ambassadors are responsible for promoting suicide prevention and awareness among students, teachers and faculty in their schools. All ambassadors receive training for crisis intervention and awareness, and help provide […]

  • Brewery, technology companies among the winners of the 2018 Best Places to Work

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce held its 11th annual Best Places To Work® luncheon at the Von Braun Center North Hall. The awards honor the “best of the best” member businesses in the Tennessee Valley. Each year, the chamber celebrates businesses that create an excellent workplace culture through employee engagement, strong leadership and communication. The winners are solely determined by employee surveys and were calculated by Quantum Workplace. “It’s very important to companies,” says Pammie Jimmar, the Vice […]

  • Feeling down? How to make a happy box to pull you out of a funk

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – WHNT NEWS 19 continues Taking Action to keep the conversation about mental health awareness and suicide prevention at the forefront. We’re partnering with the Huntsville Hospital Foundation for the SPEAK initiative, which stands for Suicide, Prevention, Empowerment, Awareness and Knowledge. Our latest effort is the Happy Box Project. Just like grown-ups, kids deal with a lot of stress. We asked a few New Century High School students and SPEAK Ambassadors to give us some examples. “I have […]

  • Shipt debuts Target same-day delivery for Huntsville members

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Many of you wake up to long to-do lists. One task that shows up often is grocery shopping. Last fall, WHNT News 19’s Taking Action report, The Grocery Delivery Test, looked into whether home delivery grocery services are worth the price you pay. Clarissa McClain tried out Instacart and Shipt and spoke to a mom of three who said it saved her so much time. Today, Shipt announced that members in Huntsville can now get items from Target. Whether […]

  • Huntsville optimistic despite not making Amazon HQ2 short list

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Amazon released its top 20 list of cities still in the running for its second headquarters, also known as HQ2. Huntsville didn’t make the cut, but one area leader involved in the proposal says they still gained a lot from the process. More than 200 cities wanted to land Amazon’s HQ2. Among that group, the rocket city. Erin Koshut, Director of Cummings Research Park at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, says it was important to […]

  • Madison mother writes about grieving her teenage son, one year after his murder

    MADISON, Ala. – For most of us, it’s simply the day after Christmas. However, for one Madison family, it marks one year since something really bad happened. Eighteen-year-old Jason West was shot and killed on December 26, 2016. His mother shared a blog post about how the family is coping. Madison Police say the Sonic on County Line Road became the scene of a deadly set up. Court documents revealed that Jason West walked up to a car window and […]