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

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…

Chambers County Sheriff's Office Investigating Club Shooting

The Chambers County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that happened at a club Saturday night. It happened at the Sportsman's Club on County Road 160, located north of Lafayette. Deputies found a black man suffering from a gunshot wound…

Auburn University Scientists Study West Nile Virus Outbreaks

30 cases of West Nile Virus in Georgia so far this year. Just last week, someone else died from the virus in Georgia. Auburn University scientists have made the connection between birds and West Nile Virus outbreaks. They explain the…

Tropical Storm Nate's Affects on Alabama/ Georgia

Hurricane Nate brushed the local area as it made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and raced rapidly northward Sunday, bringing minor impacts to mainly our Alabama counties. The Columbus metro area was largely spared from the brunt of the…

Columbus Man Shot and Killed on Culver Ave.

Columbus Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened Saturday morning. It happened on 351 Clover ave. around 8 a.m. According to police, they received a call of a person who was shot. When they arrived, they found 35-year-old Lonny…