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

Two People Gunned Down in Columbus Hotel Room

Two people were gunned down in a Columbus hotel room. This happened around 7 p.m. Friday night at the Efficiency Lodge of Columbus off of Macon Rd. 23-year-old Damian Belle and 21-year-old Kelsey Marshall were found dead with multiple gunshot…

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

The Opelika Christmas Parade brought out hundreds to the downtown area on Saturday. The morning parade featured more than 80 floats, local high school bands, Santa Claus and more. The theme was “Christmas Showcase: A Fun Tribute. ” The parade…

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!

The holiday shopping season has just started, but not everyone is a fan of fighting crowds for the best deals…if that describes you… well you’re going to love, Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday begins Sunday evening where you’ll get a second…

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…

Eufaula Police Officer Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

A Eufaula officer was arrested for possession of marijuana. The Eufaula police department launched an internal investigation and arrested officer Dora Bishop for possession of marijuana in the second degree. Bishop is in the Eufaula city jail awaiting a bond…

Watch Out for Iron Bowl Ticket Scams

Big game coming up this weekend on the plains and tickets are going for a hefty price. But, the university and the Better Business Bureau warn fans that there are scammers out there selling…

Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Dead at 85

Country music legend Mel Tillis died Sunday morning at a hospital in Florida.   According to his publicist, Tillis battled intestinal problems since early 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. Tillis recored more…

Joint meeting to review planning initiatives set for Nov. 21

The Auburn City Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting to review the CompPlan 2030 Five-Year Update and the Northwest Auburn Neighborhood Plan on Tuesday, Nov. 21.  The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at…

Fox News Contributor Accused Georgia Rep. Calvin Smyre of Sexual Assault

A Fox news contributor has come forward accusing a Georgia representative of sexual assault in 1996. In many tweets replying to  #RoyMoorechildmolester, Jehmu Green accused Georgia Democratic Representative Calvin Smyre of sexually assaulting her 21 years ago in Chicago. She…

Opelika Teen with Autism Found Safely

An Opelika teen with autism went missing but was found safely Saturday afternoon. 15-year-old Justin Mims disappeared Friday night around 10 p.m. for about 15 hours. This picture flooded Facebook asking anyone who has seen him to please give Opelika…

Off Duty Lee County Deputy Saves Motorist

An off duty Lee County deputy and his father saved a man after he left the roadway and overturned in a creek. It happened off of Highway 431. According to Sheriff Jay Jones, the deputy and his father saw the…

72-year-old Columbus Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

A 72-year-old Columbus man was killed while riding his motorcycle Saturday night. It happened on Floyd Rd. According to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan, the victim, Bobby Francis was attempting to turn left on to Booth St. when a pickup…