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

EAMC Plans to Open Freestanding Emergency Room in Auburn

50,000 people have come through East Alabama Medical Center’s emergency room this year. Sometimes the backlog of serious and minor injuries means a long wait. After a four year process, the hospital now has…

Joint meeting to review planning initiatives set for Nov. 21

The Auburn City Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting to review the CompPlan 2030 Five-Year Update and the Northwest Auburn Neighborhood Plan on Tuesday, Nov. 21.  The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at…

Fox News Contributor Accused Georgia Rep. Calvin Smyre of Sexual Assault

A Fox news contributor has come forward accusing a Georgia representative of sexual assault in 1996. In many tweets replying to  #RoyMoorechildmolester, Jehmu Green accused Georgia Democratic Representative Calvin Smyre of sexually assaulting her 21 years ago in Chicago. She…

Opelika Teen with Autism Found Safely

An Opelika teen with autism went missing but was found safely Saturday afternoon. 15-year-old Justin Mims disappeared Friday night around 10 p.m. for about 15 hours. This picture flooded Facebook asking anyone who has seen him to please give Opelika…

Off Duty Lee County Deputy Saves Motorist

An off duty Lee County deputy and his father saved a man after he left the roadway and overturned in a creek. It happened off of Highway 431. According to Sheriff Jay Jones, the deputy and his father saw the…

72-year-old Columbus Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

A 72-year-old Columbus man was killed while riding his motorcycle Saturday night. It happened on Floyd Rd. According to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan, the victim, Bobby Francis was attempting to turn left on to Booth St. when a pickup…

Mass Shooting at Texas Church Leaves Multiple People Dead

Another mass shooting in America. This time, the worst mass shooting ever at an American house of worship. A gunman reportedly entered a Texas church this morning and opened fire. More than 20 people were killed and another ten wounded.…

Opelika & Auburn Hold Ceremony for Veteran's Day

Auburn will host a Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10, at the Auburn Veterans Memorial. Beginning at 10 a.m., they'll gather in concert with communities throughout the nation to honor those who have served our country.  Mayor Bill Ham,…

Law Enforcement Offers Safety Tips Before Trick-or-Treating

Your ghosts, goblins and princesses are going to be out in the neighborhoods trick or treating Tuesday. But, law enforcement is offering some tips before heading out Halloween night. They said always trick or treat in groups and don’t go…

Wetumpka Man Drowns in Coosa River

A Wetumpka man drowned in the Coosa River below Jordan Dam around 3 p.m. on Sunday. 42-year-old George Zeigler fell into the water and did not resurface. He was recovered near the area where he went into the water and…

Auburn Man Arrested for 1st Degree Rape

Auburn Police Division arrested an 18-year-old man charging him with first degree rape. 18-year-old Jubal Camp is accused of forcibly sexually assaulting a woman at a residence on Longleaf Dr. on October 8. According to police, the victim was an…

Mobile Health Clinic Coming to Opelika

Different organizations in Lee County came together and formed “Community of Hope,” to tackle issues families face in our community. What they found is a lot of these families have trouble getting access to basic healthcare. So, they looked at…

Nine People Shot, Two Dead at a Nightclub in Lanett

Nine people shot two dead at a nightclub in Lanett, Alabama Saturday night. Now, police are trying to track down those responsible. But, neighbors around the club and even the property owner,…

Dustin Wright Tribute, One of the Soldiers Killed in Niger

Friends, family and former classmates paid tribute to one of the fallen soldiers killed in Niger, Sgt. Dustin Michael Wright. Less than one month after his death, loved ones gathered on the football field at Sgt. Wright's former high school…

Columbus Man Arrested for Sodomy and Child Molestation

A Columbus man was arrested on sodomy and child molestation charges. The Special Victims Unit arrested 35-year-old John Williamson on Saturday. He's charged with felony incest, sodomy, and aggravated child molestation. Williamson is set to appear in Recorder's Court Monday…