Marlena Mumma

Marlena anchors Sunday night newscasts and serves as News Bureau Reporter covering Auburn, Opelika, Eufaula, and communities across East Alabama.

Marlena Mumma joined the WLTZ First News team in January 2017.

Marlena anchors Sunday night newscasts and serves as News Bureau Reporter covering Auburn, Opelika, Eufaula, and communities across East Alabama.

Mumma was born and raised in Orange County, California. She attended the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) where she studied Journalism and minored in Political Science and Psychology.

During her internships there, Marlena covered big stories all along the Mexico Border, the Tucson shooting involving Congressman Gabby Giffords, and Occupy Tucson.

Marlena then headed across the country and started her career at WBKB in a small town in Northern Michigan – Alpena. There, she did everything from reporting to anchoring and even weather on the weekends.

Warm weather called Marlena to her next job in the Lone Star State. She reported and anchored weekend newscasts for KETK in Tyler, TX and WVLA in Baton Rouge, LA. During her time there, she covered an array of stories from the Kaufman County Murders, featured on Dateline NBC, to the controversy surrouding the Church of Wells, and Catherine Grove. She also interviewed Texas Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, among many others.

After two years in East Texas, Marlena headed to Central Texas to report for KWTX in Waco. She was soon promoted to the 3 p.m. anchor spot. She produced and hosted many different guests from bands, to cooks, to fashion designers and pet adoption centers (where she adopted her 85 pound Aussie/Lab Mix, Bradley). Marlena’s effort saw that broadcast grow from #3 spot to the #1 spot.

Marlena met and fell in love with a solider and married him in May 2016. He is taking the Captain’s Career Course at Fort Benning and that’s what brought Marlena to WLTZ. Marlena and her husband are excited to live in East Alabama.

If you have a story idea for Marlena, email her at mumma@wltz.com.

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Articles

Bring Your Pets Inside During Frigid Weather

Snow conditions also mean lower temperatures. Those frigid temperatures are dangerous for people and animals need protection, too. So, some will be bringing pets indoors. Or, make sure, outside pets have proper…

Fire Destroys Opelika House

An Opelika house destroyed by a fire. It happened Monday morning on Lee Rd. 735. Witnesses on scene say nobody was hurt. The family dog even made it out ok. The house, a total loss. The investigation into the cause…

MLK Events Across the Chattahoochee & The Plains

Many people in our community will be celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday and we have a few events to tell you about. Monday at 8 a.m-1 p.m.EST, you can join the 2018 MLK…

Parking Changes Coming to Downtown Auburn

More parking spots coming to downtown Auburn. Parking a top priority for Auburn City Council members this year. Auburn city council voted to first buy the space of the Auburn Baptist Student Center…

East Alabama Blood Banks Experiencing Shortage

East Alabama experiencing a blood shortage. Folks at LifeSouth Community Blood Center said donations tend to drop during the winter due to people traveling from the holidays as well as the weather. “Donations have dropped really low at this time.…

EAMC Restricting Visitors Who Have the Flu

East Alabama Medical Center Personnel not letting visitors in who have the flu. Due to the flu outbreak in Lee County, hospital officials said they have placed these restrictions for the health of their patients. They said people who have…

Flu Season Spikes in Lee County

Coughing, body aches, headaches and a fever. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you most likely have the dreaded flu. Alabama seeing high flu activity and hitting even earlier than expected. “Usually…

Auburn man charged with Kidnapping and Rape

37-year-old Brian D. Askew was arrested Friday on felony warrants charging him with Kidnapping First Degree and Rape First Degree.  The arrest stems from a reported sexual assault of a runaway who fled the Lee County Youth Development Center in…

Auburn Police Investigating Weekend Robbery

Auburn police are investigating a robbery that happened over the weekend. It happened at a business in the 4200 block of S. College St. around 8 p.m. Sunday. According to police, an armed black man entered the business and demanded…

Troup County Schools Closed Monday Due to Wintry Weather

Due to potential freezing rain and black ice expected to impact Troup County, Monday, January 8, 2018, all Troup County School System schools and offices will be closed. They'll will post more information about school re-openings Monday evening.

Non-Essential Georgia State Offices Closed Monday Due to Weather

Governor Nathan Deal announced non-essential state offices will remain closed on Monday, January 8, due to a National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory. They are closing non-essential agencies to ensure their employees’ safety as well as ensure the Georgia Department…

Auburn President Steven Leath Launches "Pair" Program

$5 million dollars over three years to be invested in cross-disciplinary research at Auburn University. “Our intentions are if you get the faculty working as a team, when you reach out to industry and government the type of sponsorship that…

Ice Skating Rink Now Open in Downtown Auburn

Auburn Parks and Recreation brought an ice skating rink to downtown Auburn! It’s called the Downtown Holiday Skating Rink! The department started working on it months ago and it's the first year…

Watch Out for Seasonal Job Scams

Companies still need part-time workers this holiday season. Small businesses, catering, and delivery companies, especially, need staff to handle the end of the year peak. Stay alert, though, holiday time is prime…

Markale Hart Murder Case Ends in Mistrial

The Markale Hart murder trial ends in a mistrial. Hart is accused of shooting and killing Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell at a party in 2014. A few reasons led up to this point: Tuesday, a juror got sick and…

Two People Gunned Down in Columbus Hotel Room

Two people were gunned down in a Columbus hotel room. This happened around 7 p.m. Friday night at the Efficiency Lodge of Columbus off of Macon Rd. 23-year-old Damian Belle and 21-year-old Kelsey Marshall were found dead with multiple gunshot…

Markale Hart Takes the Stand in His Own Defense

Testimony revealed Friday that everything that led up to the fatal shooting had to do over Jakell Mitchell’s girlfriend, Ayanna Huguley. Mitchell posted a picture of his girlfriend on Instagram and…

Prosecution Rests Case in Markale Hart Murder Trial

  Day four of the Markale Hart murder trial wraps up with the prosecution resting it's case. Hart accused of shooting and killing Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell. The lead detective took…

Opelika Christmas Parade Attracts Hundreds to Downtown Area

The Opelika Christmas Parade brought out hundreds to the downtown area on Saturday. The morning parade featured more than 80 floats, local high school bands, Santa Claus and more. The theme was “Christmas Showcase: A Fun Tribute. ” The parade…