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

Columbus Man Shot and Killed on Culver Ave.

Columbus Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened Saturday morning. It happened on 351 Clover ave. around 8 a.m. According to police, they received a call of a person who was shot. When they arrived, they found 35-year-old Lonny…

City of LaGrange Hosts National Night Out Oct. 3

The LaGrange Police Department will be hosting its 34th annual National Night Out in LaGrange Tuesday, October 3rd. The public is invited to attend. WHO: LaGrange Police Department WHAT: 34th Annual National Night Out, a nationwide event designed to heighten…

Valley Woman Shot & Killed in Driveway of House

A Valley woman is dead after she was shot in the driveway of a house. According to Valley police it happened at 2:30 p.m. at a house in the 4300 block of County Road 388. Officers found a 54-year-old woman…

U.S. Senate GOP Runoff

You saw the candidates vote and what the President has to say about who ought to be Alabama’s next U.S. Senator. But, it’s really up to Alabama voters to decide which Republican candidate gets to face Democratic candidate, Doug Jones,…

President Trump Reacts to NFL Protests Against National Anthem

President Donald Trump criticized athletes who protest during the national anthem. Many NFL players responded by protesting quietly in the moments before kick off. They took a stand by taking a knee, taking a seat or locking arms during the…

Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Opelika/Auburn/Phenix City

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are scheduled to make several appearances in the area. It has been over a decade since the Clydesdales have visited the Opelika/Auburn/Phenix City area. The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed…

Auburn Scientists Study Hurricanes and their Impacts

The prediction for a booming hurricane season this year is coming true and Auburn University scientists say they know why. A hotter than normal sea surface, a weak El Nino, weaker trade winds, weaker vertical wind shear, and a stronger…

Auburn University showcasing faculty research Sept. 22

Auburn University will hold its “This is Research: Faculty Symposium 201” Sept. 22 in the Student Center to recognize the research and creative scholarship of Auburn and Auburn Montgomery faculty. “The symposium is designed to increase the visibility of our…

AU Bookstore Holding Grad Fair This Week

The Auburn University Bookstore is hosting a grad fair for students graduating in December to reserve their cap and gown and order graduation announcements, an Auburn ring and invitations. The fair is being held in the Haley Center lobby this…

Columbus Man Behind Bars for Stabbing Woman

One person is hurt another behind bars after a stabbing Saturday morning in Columbus. It happened in the 800 block of Coolidge Ave. just before 11 a.m., according to the Columbus Ledger. Police have arrested 71-year-old George Clark and charged…

Swing 4 Diabetes

A former LPGA golfer and a former NFL player have teamed up to host a golf tournament to combat diabetes. Kendall Simmons and Diana Ramage met after Simmons’ nurse asked Ramage if she had any glucose when they were both…

Alexander City Man Arrested for August Robbery in Auburn

Auburn Police arrested 19-year-old, Jakobe Keshun Thomas, Alexander City man on a warrant charging him with Robbery First Degree. The arrest stems from an investigation into a robbery that happened in the parking lot of a business in the 1600…

Successful Medical Procedure Performed on Neighborhood Duck

An unusual procedure was performed on a duck that the Auburn University Veterinary Clinic has never seen before. For one-year-old Chester, he was suffering a penetrating wound and his esophagus and skin healed together. But, the AU veterinarians were ready…

Irma Makes Her Way Through East Alabama

Irma cuts a path of destruction through East Alabama. “Just trying to stay safe in this crazy weather we are having,” said Darrel High, who is a Beauregard resident. Here, powerful winds topple a tree into…

Shelters Open in the Lee County Area

Lakeview Baptist Church-1600 E. Glenn Ave. Auburn, AL 36830 First Baptist Church-301 S. 8th. St. Opelika, AL 36801 Providence Baptist Church-2807 Lee Rd. 166 Opelika, AL 36804      

Governor Ivey Issues State of Emergency for State of Alabama

Alabama governor Kay Ivey has also issued a full state of emergency for Alabama with the approach of Hurricane Irma. She held a press conference Sunday with Alabama Emergency Management Director and acting Meteorologist in charge with our states plan…

Labor Day Weekend Fatalities Down in Alabama from Last Year

Alabama State Troopers investigated three traffic fatalities and one drowning this past Labor Day weekend. Between 12:01 a.m. Friday, September 1, and midnight Monday, September 4, Troopers investigated fatal traffic crashes in Blount, Wilcox and Chilton counties. According to a…

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Reopens with New Exhibit

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art reopens September 5, following renovations of its public spaces, with a special presentation of the exhibition “Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel,” on display through Jan. 7, 2018.   SYMPOSIUM AND PROGRAMMING…

Auburn University Provost, Dr. Tim Boosinger, Announces His Retirement

Timothy Boosinger, provost and vice president for academic affairs, has announced he will retire from Auburn University in early 2018. Boosinger joined the Auburn faculty in 1983 as an assistant professor of pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. After…

Columbus Woman Shot and Killed Over Labor Day Weekend

A woman was shot and killed in Columbus Sunday night, over the Labor Day Weekend. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. in the 900 block of Ewart Ave. When police arrived, they found Takelia Johnson suffering from a gunshot wound.…