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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Auburn University showcasing faculty research Sept. 22

Auburn University will hold its “This is Research: Faculty Symposium 201” Sept. 22 in the Student Center to recognize the research and creative scholarship of Auburn and Auburn Montgomery faculty. "The symposium is designed to increase the visibility of our…

AU Bookstore Holding Grad Fair This Week

The Auburn University Bookstore is hosting a grad fair for students graduating in December to reserve their cap and gown and order graduation announcements, an Auburn ring and invitations. The fair is being held in the Haley Center lobby this…

Columbus Man Behind Bars for Stabbing Woman

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Swing 4 Diabetes

A former LPGA golfer and a former NFL player have teamed up to host a golf tournament to combat diabetes. Kendall Simmons and Diana Ramage met after Simmons’ nurse asked Ramage if she had any glucose when they were both…

Alexander City Man Arrested for August Robbery in Auburn

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Successful Medical Procedure Performed on Neighborhood Duck

An unusual procedure was performed on a duck that the Auburn University Veterinary Clinic has never seen before. For one-year-old Chester, he was suffering a penetrating wound and his esophagus and skin healed together. But, the AU veterinarians were ready…

"LaGrange Has Talent" to Help Raise Money for Education Programs

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Irma Makes Her Way Through East Alabama

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Shelters Open in the Lee County Area

Lakeview Baptist Church-1600 E. Glenn Ave. Auburn, AL 36830 First Baptist Church-301 S. 8th. St. Opelika, AL 36801 Providence Baptist Church-2807 Lee Rd. 166 Opelika, AL 36804      

Governor Ivey Issues State of Emergency for State of Alabama

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Labor Day Weekend Fatalities Down in Alabama from Last Year

Alabama State Troopers investigated three traffic fatalities and one drowning this past Labor Day weekend. Between 12:01 a.m. Friday, September 1, and midnight Monday, September 4, Troopers investigated fatal traffic crashes in Blount, Wilcox and Chilton counties. According to a…

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Reopens with New Exhibit

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art reopens September 5, following renovations of its public spaces, with a special presentation of the exhibition “Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel,” on display through Jan. 7, 2018.   SYMPOSIUM AND PROGRAMMING…

Auburn University Provost, Dr. Tim Boosinger, Announces His Retirement

Timothy Boosinger, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has announced he will retire from Auburn University in early 2018. Boosinger joined the Auburn faculty in 1983 as an assistant professor of pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. After…

Columbus Woman Shot and Killed Over Labor Day Weekend

A woman was shot and killed in Columbus Sunday night, over the Labor Day Weekend. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. in the 900 block of Ewart Ave. When police arrived, they found Takelia Johnson suffering from a gunshot wound.…

Auburn/Opelika Hotel Becomes a Marriott Resort

Auburn/Opelika Marriott will have a groundbreaking Tuesday morning to become a Marriott Resort, one of 54 worldwide and only 17 in the United States. According to a press release, it's ranked as one of the top five Marriott Hotels in…

Labor Day Travel

Alabama State Troopers stepped up patrol this weekend with more officials out on the road and in the water to promote safety and prevent crashes injuries and deaths. “Last year in Alabama,…

Columbus Man Arrested in Connection to Two Murders

Columbus Police have arrested a man they say is connected to two murders that happened in July 2017, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. They arrested 26-year-old Reginald Jackson for the murders and violating probation. He was arrested at Midtown Medical…

ALEA Out in Full Force for Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend, summer’s season finale, typically draws heavier-than-usual traffic on Alabama’s roadways and waterways. “Safety is one of our top priorities throughout the year, but it’s especially important during extended holiday weekends, when so many want to enjoy one…

Auburn Labor Day Closures, Weekend Hours

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“Critical Conversations” Speaker Series

The “Critical Conversations” speaker series kicks off with a moderated discussion on the topic “Ideological Differences and Free Speech on Campus” between scholars Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, and Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public…

Opelika Power Services and AMEA Offer 2018 Scholarship Program

Will you be graduating from high school in the spring of 2018? Do you receive your electricity from Opelika Power Services (OPS)? Then if your answer to these questions is “yes,” you could be eligible to receive a scholarship from…

Auburn University's New & Future Buildings

Auburn University students started the new school year with two brand new buildings. The first, the Mell Classroom Building at the RBD library. “What’s special about this building is we spent four years…

Auburn Game Day Tips

With the first Auburn football game kicking off this Saturday, there are a lot of new additions and fun activities the university will provide for fans on the big day. Every year Auburn University tries to…

Skateboarder Hit by Car on Auburn University's Campus

A skateboarder was hit on Auburn University’s campus Tuesday. It happened around 12:20 p.m. on Duncan Dr. near Bibb Graves Dr. According to Auburn police, an 18-year-old student was struck by a 68-year-old man. The 18-year-old was treated on scene…

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey Celebrates Expansion of Opelika Facility

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey made a stop in Opelika Tuesday to partake in a ribbon cutting of an international businesses' expansion. Baxter international makes dialyzers supporting chronic renal disease patients. In just the Opelika branch, they’ve made more than 75…

City of Auburn Making Changes to Downtown Parking

PKG DOWNTOWN PARKING 11P Parking has always been a hot button for the city of Auburn. But, they are addressing those issues and have a ton of moving parts to increase traffic flow and create more parking spaces for citizens…

Tropical Storm Harvey Wrecking Havoc on State of Texas

After lashing the Texas gulf coast as a category-4 hurricane, Harvey is now a tropical storm -- lingering just inland and continuing to dump soaking rains across the region. The threat from the storm has shifted now, from 130-mile-an-hour winds…