Marlena Mumma

Marlena anchors Sunday night newscasts and serves as News Bureau Reporter covering Auburn, Opelika, Eufaula, and communities across East Alabama.

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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.

Articles

On The Tracks in Downtown Opelika

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Single Engine Plane Crashes Near I-85 in Opelika

Authorities are looking into a plane crash that happened in Opelika Tuesday night. That single engine private plane crash near the Marvyn Pkwy. entrance ramp to interstate 85 around 10:10 p.m. Three people were aboard that plane. One went…

Municipal Runoff Results Canvassed by Auburn City Council

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Ron Anders Talks About Goals As the Next Auburn Mayor

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Auburn Man Dies In Car Crash

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Shelter Provides Refuge From Hurricane Michael

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Voters Choose New Auburn Mayor

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9th Annual Auburn Oktoberfest

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Girls in Aviation Day

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Auburn Police & Fire Kick Off Annual Toy Drive

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Former Auburn Mayoral Candidate Arrested for Public Intoxication

A former Auburn mayoral candidate was arrested over the weekend for public intoxication. According to police, 62-year-old Richard Speake was unresponsive lying on a lawn in the 100 block of Burton St. Saturday morning around 7:45 a.m. Speake was…

Opelika Installs New Wayfinding-Welcome Signs in Downtown

Downtown Opelika has some new signage. It’s something that’s been talked about through the Chamber of Commerce, Opelika Mainstreet and the city for years. But, just this week,they made it happen and the signs are up. The signage tells…

Red Clay Oyster Fest

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83-year-old Man Dies In Opelika Car Crash

A crash in Opelika killed an 83-year-old man. It happened in the 200 block of Veterans Parkway around 9 a.m. Monday morning. According to Opelika police, he ran off the road and was pronounced dead on scene. But, what caused…

Community Market Celebrates 15 Year Anniversary

The Community Market in Lee County celebrated their 15 year milestone Thursday night. The Community Market is part of the Food Bank of East Alabama. It’s open six days a week, giving…

Shooting on Rigdon Rd. and 10th St. Leaves One Person Dead

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City of Lanett Holds Second Annual Film Festival

The city of Lanett is hosting their second annual film festival September 7-8, 2018. They had 5-7 directors and actors last year. This year, 20 producers, actors and directors will show…