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

GBI Investigating Body Found in Lake Eufaula

A body was found in Lake Eufaula Friday night. A fisherman discovered the body at 6:40 pm CST on the Georgia side of the lake in Quitman County. He called 911 and said he’d direct them to the site…

VFW Post 665 Hosts Memorial Day Event

The VFW Post 665 in Columbus held a Memorial Day ceremony for all the veterans, active duty and their families in the area. The boy scouts led a flag retirement and then they served…

Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day Events: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 665: Located at 1824 Victory Drive, is hosting a Memorial Day Event for veterans from 12-2 (Monday, May 28).. During the lunch, Boy Scouts will be leading a flag retirement…

Plans Underway to Revitalize Downtown Lanett

Years of downward spiral saw Lanett, Alabama looking run down; empty buildings and not much to brag about. “When we have people coming into our community and they are looking at our community to…

City of Lafayette Announces New Police Chief

The city of Lafayette has just selected their new police chief.   Cpt. George Rampey has been serving as interim chief for about a month, but was selected by city council to take full responsibility of the position. He’s…

Opelika Teachers Share Dramatic Rescue

Opelika teachers remember the shocking afternoon of their brush with death. Ten Opelika educators in Washington, D.C. for a math conference when an out of control car jumps the curb and plows into…

Baby Alligator Found in Auburn Neighborhood

Auburn Animal Control Officers captured a baby alligator in an Auburn neighborhood off N. College St. Now, it’s not something they see every day. But, it’s not uncommon. This little guy, though, will…

Rabies Case Confirmed in Lee County

Three suspected rabies cases reported in Lee County. Rabies confirmed in at least one case near a popular golf course. A dog there killed a raccoon with the virus. “Rabies is fatal to all…

Columbus Man Shot & Killed on Winston Rd.

A Columbus man was shot and killed Saturday night. It happened around 9:30 p.m. on Winston Rd. Columbus Police say they found Darrell Boggans suffering from a gunshot wound and rushed him to Piedmont Medical Hospital, but he later died…

Columbus Man Murdered Inside Home

Columbus Police need your help tracking down the person or persons responsible for shooting and killing 74-year-old William Meadows. Police responded Sunday morning around 10:30 a.m. to Meadows house at 1545 Alta Vista Rd. That’s where they found him dead…

Two Opelika Teachers Involved in Car Wreck in Washington, D.C.

Two Opelika teachers were involved in an accident in Washington, D.C. They have been evaluated by the medical staff and from the reports, Opelika City School Representative Becky Brown said they feel very hopeful for their recovery. They did sustain…

Lanett Police Chief Angie Spates Placed on Administrative Leave

Lanett Police Chief Angie Spates has been placed on paid administrative leave. She’ll continue to be on leave pending further action by the Lanett City Council, according to Mayor Kyle McCoy. Spates has been Police Chief since 2008. Major Johnny…

Opelika Police Arrest Man Tied to String of Robberies

Opelika Police have tracked down a man they say was involved in a string of robberies. On April 18, officers stopped a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Jairus T. Davis after he was trying to commit a robbery in Auburn. Investigation…

Auburn Man Arrested for Child Pornography

Auburn Police have arrested 24-year-old Andrew Benjamin Cantley and charged him with Possession of Child Pornography on Friday. Police started investigating after a report filed on March 26 said an inappropriate picture of a female under the age of 17…