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

Vigil Held for Fallen Georgia Law Enforcement Officer

A candlelight vigil held Saturday night for a fallen Georgia law enforcement officer. Hundreds of people gathered to pay homage to 26-year-old Chase Maddox. Maddox was shot in the head during a deadly encounter with a suspect on Friday. His…

Markale Hart Faces Two Additional Charges Before Retrial

The December trial of Markale Hart ended in a hung jury. He’s the man accused of shooting and killing Auburn Football player Jakell Mitchell. Hart will be re-tried at the end of this month. But, Lee County Judge Christopher Hughes…

Update On Nova's Heart Condition

Nova, the golden eagle, has been a staple in the Auburn University community for more than 10 years. Soaring around Jordan-Hare Stadium to open up the season and every football game. But, he’s…

Some Opelika & Auburn Railroad Crossings Closed for Repairs

Some railroad crossings in both Auburn and Opelika will be closed for repairs. In Opelika, the crossings at N. 17th and Talladega St. as well as 9th St. and Airport Rd.  in downtown will be closed to traffic until Wednesday,…

5th Annual Alabama Oyster Social

A big party coming to raise oyster awareness and funds for the Auburn University Shellfish Lab. The 5th and final Alabama Oyster Social puts the spotlight on oyster farmers and educates people about…

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones Named Alabama Sheriff of the Year

A big congratulations are in order for our Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones. He was named Alabama Sheriff of the year Tuesday night. The award was presented by the Alabama Sheriff's Association at the Alabama Sheriff’s Convention. Sheriff Jones was…

The All Clear Given After Hazmat Situation at Auburn University

Auburn Fire and Police responded to Auburn University Saturday for a hazmat situation. According to university officials, a graduate student found a foul odor coming from a sink in Funchess Hall where it's believed that a small amount of chemical…

Snow Day Activities in Downtown Opelika

Schools are closed yet again Thursday and if you are feeling a little cabin fever, you can take the kiddos over to O Town Ice Cream for some afternoon fun and hot cocoa. O Town ice cream in downtown Opelika…

East Alabama Snow Day

Even though it’s a nightmare on the roads right now, kids did get a day off of school and many of them took advantage of that snow day. "Opelika doesn’t get a lot…

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…