Marlena Mumma

Marlena anchors WLTZ First News Today weekday mornings 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 WLTZ First News Today weekday mornings 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

Auburn University Entomologist Talks Bed Bugs

Hopefully you've never seen one of these nasty creatures before, a bed bug. Bed bugs are found almost anywhere people gather including houses, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores and even public transportation. We catch…

Talking about Suicide

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for children in Georgia ages 10-17. New Horizons Behavioral Health is starting the conversation of courage with local businesses and state leaders to hopefully decrease that…

Cheddar's is Back for Dining for Charities!

Cheddar's is back as a Dining for Charities partner! They are making their 3rd appearance with us $25 Value for $15. 15% of proceeds goes to our charity for the months of August and September,…

Backpack Safety For the Spine

School is officially back in session and your kids may start bringing home textbooks, if they haven't already. Marlena Mumma talked with Dr. Jay Brodwyn for tips on how to carry some of…

Lee County Humane Society Hosting Microchip Event

A grant from State Farm will allow the Lee County Humane Society to host It’s Hip to Microchip, a microchip clinic with Carefree Cats Mobile Vet Clinic. A pet microchip greatly increase the chance of…

Mend the Heart

In a continuing effort to assist residents affected by the March 3 tornadoes, Mend will host a tornado relief benefit from 6 – 8 p.m. CST on August 13 called “Mend the Heart.”…

LaGrange Fire Department Building Station #5

The LaGrange Fire Department is building Station #5 and a burn building in order to provide better response time for the citizens of LaGrange! The new station will house a Fire Engine…

Miss Historic Columbus Stops By!

  It's an exciting weekend coming up! Miss Columbus, Miss Historic Columbus and Miss Southern Rivers will be crowned Saturday, Aug. 10. Miss Historic Columbus Maloreigh Todd stopped by to discuss the crowning…

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care While Pregnant

Pregnancy can be difficult on the body. But, there are ways to cope with the pain. Dr. Jay Brodwyn and his team have been providing chiropractic care to pregnant woman. They tell…

Auburn High School Student Starts Own Jewelry Line

Hattie Holmes is the Owner and Creator of Hattie's Jewelry. She is also an Auburn high school student and her pieces are timeless and classic! Check out her full line: 334-740-4321 homemadebyhattie@gmail.com http://www.homemadebyhattie.com

Five Tips to Chill Out This Summer

Stress is a physical and psychological response to a demand, threat or problem. It can be positive or negative, but it always stimulates and increases your level of awareness, also…

Become an Alabama Watershed Steward!

Alabama Watershed Steward Program Tuesday, August 8, 9:00am-5:00pm Opelika SportsPlex 1001 Andrews Rd., Opelika, AL 36801 Find the Facebook Link and Promotional Video here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2791497237546579/ REGISTER TODAY! (Opelika SportsPlex on August 8, 2019) https://www.aces.edu/event/aws-opelika-08-08-2019/…

DINING FOR CHARITIES: Which Wich

  Which Wich Superior Sandwiches 234 W Magnolia Ave Auburn, AL (334) 329-7990  Which Wich Superior Sandwiches 2105 Interstate Dr Opelika, AL (334) 759-7401   $25 Deal for $15 Each $25 order comes as…

Take a Look at the LaGrange Animal Shelter!

WLTZ headed out to the LaGrange Animal Shelter to show you the 120 dogs and 40 cats they have that need forever homes!   1390 Orchard Hill Rd, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 298-3606…

Academy Dance Center Celebrates National Dance Day!

  CELEBRATING 51 YEARS OF DANCE EXCELLENCE THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY AREA & HONORING ‘NATIONAL DANCE DAY,’ ACADEMY DANCE CENTER PRESENTS THEIR ANNUAL FREE DANCE DAY & OPEN HOUSE!   Celebrate NATIONAL DANCE…

Songwriter Showdown AGAIN!

Back by popular demand - SONGWRITER SHOWDOWN! This contest has been held in several locations, and is now being hosted by Trevioli’s Lounge - located at 7466 Blackmon Road. Showdown will run for…

Opioid Training Institute Coming to Auburn-Opelika, July 30

The Opioid Training Institute, a collaborative program offered by the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy and the Alabama Department of Mental Health, will conduct a training sessions in the Auburn-Opelika area, July…

Miss Collegiate America Stops By Our WLTZ Studio!

A local Columbus Tech student, Callie Rice, is the new Miss Collegiate America. She won this national title on Saturday, June 29th in Little Rock, AK. She competed among 52 established collegiate women…

Watch Out for Those Pesky Summer Bugs!

The heat brings out those nasty insects. But, it's important to keep yourself and your kids protected while outdoors.We caught up with an Auburn University entomologist to break it down on what bugs you…

Opelika Main Street Hosts First Ever "On Tap"

Opelika Main Street On Tap is a craft beer festival featuring representatives from over 25 craft breweries from across the nation. Hosted in Opelika's historic downtown, attendees will get the taste beers…

Back to School Vaccines

Could it already be time for school to start again? Yes!! Visit your local health department now and don’t wait until the last minute! Your child may need required immunizations or exams,…

DINING FOR CHARITIES: Denny's

Denny's is part of our Dining for Charities! The Deal $25 for $15. The deal good ONLY between 1 p.m.-10 p.m. 15% of the proceeds goes to Paws Humane Society. 3239 Macon…

Babypalooza!

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Babypalooza Baby & Maternity is the must-attend baby expo for new, expectant, and hopeful moms. Coming to the Auburn / Opelika, Alabama area on Saturday, July 20, 2019…

Karing 4 Kayla

Kayla Grimes was severely injured in the March 3 tornado in Beauregard. She also lost her dad, step mom and best friend Taylor. Kayla is a fighter and getting stronger every day. But,…

Fourth Annual Cheers on the Corner

Cheers on the Corner is fast approaching and tickets are available! The event is Friday, July 19, in Auburn from 6 to 9 p.m. CST. There will be 24 stops…

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

If you experience any joint pain, back pain, stress, headaches, any sort of issues, pain medication can only go so far. Plus, it's not a natural alternative. That's where chiropractic care can step in.…

DINING FOR CHARITIES: J.R.'s Steakhouse

 J.R.'s Steakhouse is part of our Dining for Charities!  J.R.’S Steakhouse Fort Mitchell 32 Bradley Rd, Fort Mitchell, AL  36856 334-384-9992 $50 value for $25 Certificates come as (2) $25 certificates Only (1) certificate…

Adult Mental Health First Aid

ADULT Mental Health First Aid Tuesday, July 16, 2019 2100 Comer Avenue, Conference Room B Registration Opens at 8:00 Training starts promptly at 8:30 AM Holly Pounders returns to present the …

Better Business Bureau Warns Against IRS Scams

The Better Business Bureau receives many calls every year inquiring about the “IRS” calling and leaving a voice mail threatening legal action if the consumer does not respond immediately. Please know that this…

BBQ Fundraiser for Sickle Cell Awareness

The Association of Sickle Cell, Lower Chattahoochee Region is holding its 1st ever BBQ Fundraiser on July 13, 2019. The menu will be as followed: 1. Rib Plate - $7 includes the…