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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Robbery & Assault Suspect Fled Naked, Led Officials on Manhunt

U.S. Marshals served a warrant for 22-year- old Jamal Hutchinson around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at an apartment complex on N. Donahue Dr. When they knocked on the door, Hutchinson jumped out of the second floor window, naked, and ran…

One Dead After Officer Involved Shooting in Phenix City

One person is dead after they were shot by a Phenix City Police Officer, according to Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The incident happened Sunday around 5 p.m in the area of 12th Place and 11th Avenue in…

15th Annual Lee County Water Festival

Fourth graders from Lee County were able to attend a “field trip” on water related topics. It’s the 15th annual Lee County Water Festival. The students go through three, hands on…

Eufaula Man Arrested for Burglarizing a Convenience Store

A Eufaula man was arrested early Tuesday morning for his involvement in a theft and burglary at a Eufaula convenience store. 41-year-old Rheem Robinson was arrested for breaking into the store and then trying to run away from police. Robinson…

Auburn Police Arrest Man For Allegedly Raping 15-year-old girl

Auburn police have arrested a man they say raped a 15-year-old girl. 19-year-old Wilmer Villafuerte, from Loachapoka, was arrested around midnight on Tuesday and charged with rape in the 2nd degree. Around 10 p.m. Monday night, Auburn police responded to…

Eufaula Crash Kills a 10-year-old, Injuries Five Others

A crash in Eufaula Friday night kills a 10-year-old. It happened on Eufaula Ave. near Washington St. and Davis St. around 8 p.m. a A Honda driven by a 34-year-old woman from Abbeville was driving north on Eufaula Ave. when…

21-year-old Man Shot and Killed Sunday Morning in Columbus

A 21-year-old was shot and killed in a Columbus neighborhood Sunday morning. According to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan,  JaKorbian Quinbrell King was shot and killed, just before 8:00 a.m. The 21-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple…

Lee County Gathering

An “old time” music festival is going on this weekend in downtown Loachapoka. It’s an all day jamming session of “mountain and folk time music” that’s been going on for 9 years.…

Traveling WWI Exhibit in Auburn

It’s the 100th anniversary of the United States involvement in WWI. Alabama is commemorating the soldiers with a traveling exhibit making it’s way throughout the state. Right now, it’s at The Caroline Marshall…

Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled April 15 on West Point Lake

The Captain Bill Pruitt Chambers County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #20 invite the public and their families to their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15. It will be at 2 p.m. EST at Rocky Point Beach on…

City of Opelika Hosting Shred Day on Saturday, April 8

Saturday, the city of Opelika will host a “Shred Day" at their recycling center. Not only will they, take shredded documents but also electronics, aluminum, glass anything you'd like to bring to be shredded. It’s from 8 a.m. 11 a.m.…

EF1 Tornado Damage Officially Confirmed in Chambers County, Alabama

The National Weather Service (NWS) made it official; an EF1 tornado caused damage Wednesday in northwestern Chambers County, Alabama. "This is the first tornado in Chambers County this year,"  said Kevin Laws, Science and Operations Officer for NWS Birmingham based in…

Lee County Preparing for Severe Weather

Calm skies over Lee County, Alabama Wednesday morning didn't settle nerves or have anyone here let down their guard. “We live in a mobile home so it’s safer for the kids…

City of Eufaula Cleaning Up After Monday's Storm

When the storms hit Monday, many parts of our viewing area were hit bad, including Eufaula. Trees fell on businesses, power lines blocked streets, now residents are picking up the pieces. The…

Eufaula Storm Damage

Storms hit Eufaula Monday morning and crews there are encouraging residents to stay at home. They are working downed power lines and trees and police tell us to stay put as they start the cleanup. The storm hit around 11…

Columbus Police Investigating Murder from over the Weekend

A 44-year-old man was shot to death in Columbus Saturday morning. It happened in the 2200 block of Ticknor Dr. Saturday morning around 7:20 a.m. Police say Dudley Jones, Jr. appeared to have died from a gunshot wound. Coroner Freeman…

2017 Eufaula Pilgrimage

The 52nd annual Eufaula Pilgrimage kicked off Friday. Thousands of people from across the country flock to the area to tour the historic…

Amber Alert Discontinued for Missing Alabama 11-month-old

Gordo Police Department located a child they put an Amber Alert out for on Saturday. The State of Alabama issued an Amber Alert for 11-month-old Christian Perkins. Christian was believed to be in extreme danger. Police also believed the infant…

Shooting at Columbus Apartment Leaves One Man Dead

Columbus Police are investigating a shooting that happened at a Columbus Apartment complex Friday night. The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. at the 317 building of Wilson Apartments, which is located at 3400 8th Avenue.  Officers along with Fire/EMS responded…

5th Annual Bark in the Park in Auburn

Get your four-legged friend ready for an event targeted specifically for them. Auburn Parks & Recreation will host their 5th annual Bark in the Park event at Kiesel Park Saturday, March…

EAMC Plans on Opening New Cancer Center

East Alabama Medical Center will move forward with plans to build a brand new, state of the art cancer center. Alabama Health Planning Agency approved their proposal March 15 at the state capitol. With the growing…

City of Eufaula Tightens Leash Law

Eufaula City Council, in a 4-0 vote, passed a new ordinance  that would enact a tether or pulley restraint system for small animals and dogs, instead of chaining them to a single fixed point. Folks in…