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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Non-Essential Georgia State Offices Closed Monday Due to Weather

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Auburn President Steven Leath Launches "Pair" Program

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Markale Hart Murder Case Ends in Mistrial

The Markale Hart murder trial ends in a mistrial. Hart is accused of shooting and killing Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell at a party in 2014. A few reasons led up to this point: Tuesday, a juror got sick and…

Two People Gunned Down in Columbus Hotel Room

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Markale Hart Takes the Stand in His Own Defense

Testimony revealed Friday that everything that led up to the fatal shooting had to do over Jakell Mitchell’s girlfriend, Ayanna Huguley. Mitchell posted a picture of his girlfriend on Instagram and…

Prosecution Rests Case in Markale Hart Murder Trial

  Day four of the Markale Hart murder trial wraps up with the prosecution resting it's case. Hart accused of shooting and killing Auburn football player Jakell Mitchell. The lead detective took…

Opelika Christmas Parade Attracts Hundreds to Downtown Area

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Eufaula PD Lieutenant Loses Battle With Cancer

Eufaula police sadly say goodbye to one of their own. According to their Facebook page, Lt. Nadine Brown lost her fight with cancer Saturday morning. Lt. Brown retired from the department in 2014. The police department said she'll be greatly…

Two UGA Players Arrested After SEC Championship Game

Georgia linebacker Natrez Patrick and wide receiver Jayson Stanley were arrested late Saturday night, hours after the Bulldogs beat Auburn 28-7 in the SEC Championship Game. This according to AL.com. Patrick -- a starter for the Bulldogs -- was arrested…

Auburn Man Arrested & Charged for Sex Acts with an Underage Girl

Auburn police charge a man for sex acts with an underage girl. 34-year-old Ulyses Rosa charged with sodomy - second degree and electronic solicitation of a child. Police said the mother of the 14-year-old girl found explicit text messages from…

LGBT Float Enters Opelika Christmas Parade

The Opelika Christmas parade rolls through Saturday, December 2 with a new twist. Pride on the Plains​, an LGBT organization has entered a float. Pride on the Plains says it just wants to participate as any community group would. But,…

Cyber Monday is Here!

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Single Vehicle Crash Kills Prattville Woman

A single-vehicle crash claimed the life of a Prattville woman. It at 12:45 a.m. Sunday. 58-year-old Nancy Jean Edwards Sanders was killed when the 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser she was driving left the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. Sanders,…

Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence has been increased to 13 years

Oscar Pistorius' prison sentence has been increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal. The court Friday upheld an appeal by prosecutors, who challenged Pistorius' original six-year jail sentence saying it was too lenient…

Hundreds Killed in an Attack on a Mosque in Egypt

At least 155 people were killed in an attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai Region on Friday. After an explosion, gunmen who were waiting outside the mosque opened fire at worshipers as they fled Friday prayers. The blast…