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Laura Christmas is a Multimedia Journalist for WHNT News 19 and the Sand Mountain Bureau Chief. A Florida native, Laura attended the University of Florida and will always be a Gator at heart. While attending UF Laura reported and produced for a NPR affiliate, Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM; a PBS affiliate, WUFT-TV; and ESPN 850 WRUF. Laura also anchored local news updates for NPR’s Morning Edition. She also completed a concentration in Political Science.

While still at UF Laura started reporting for WGFL-TV/WNBW-TV, a CBS/NBC affiliate in Gainesville. That job turned full-time after she graduated from UF in December 2012.

Laura is proud to call the south home. She grew up in a small town in Central Florida and enjoyed the experiences that afforded her. She was homeschooled for ten years before attending a public high school and then UF.

When she isn’t finding stories in Marshall, DeKalb and Jackson Counties Laura enjoys being outdoors, especially on Lake Guntersville. She enjoys reading, particularly historical novels and works on the Supreme Court.

She is thrilled and blessed to be able to find and share stories that matter in the Sand Mountain Region and to be a part of the WHNT News 19 team.

Have a story idea for Laura, or merely want to see if you can beat the record for the best ‘Christmas’ joke she’s heard? Email her at laura.christmas@whnt.com


Recent Articles
  • Marshall Co. Board of Education members vote to merge Brindlee Mountain middle and high schools

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County Board of Education members voted to merge a high school and a middle school, and in addition, two other schools in the system could also see changes. “Combining the two schools will allow us to work more efficiently and more effectively for our students,” said Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley. “These two schools are already located on the same campus. They already share the same athletic facilities and the same lunchroom.” The middle and high […]

  • “This statistic does not lie” – With the prevalence of cooking fires, fire officials want you to know prevention

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — It’s something fire officials say not to take lightly. Statistics show cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Fire officials want adults and kids old enough to cook to understand prevention. “The last structure fire we ran here in Guntersville was a cooking-related fire,” said Guntersville Fire Marshal Buddy Pettry. “This is something we do see often, and so do a lot of fire departments. This statistic […]

  • Posting your vacation pictures while you’re away could make you a target for burglary

    BOAZ, Ala. — Would you send an open invitation to a thief telling them when you’ll be out of town? Of course not, but police officers say that’s what you could be doing when you post about your vacations while you’re away. In a world accessible through a screen and a click, most of our lives are on display, open for likes and shares. But those likes and shares can open doors to people you might not know. “You don’t […]

  • Heading out boating? Make sure you have what you need before you go

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Every Memorial Day weekend the Valley’s lakes and rivers are full of boaters. Before you head out, think about some of the things in your boat that you need that are required, or what you might need in case of an emergency. Every boat owner should know the rules and regulations operating it depending on where they are. But, some things that need to be, or should be, on a boat can be overlooked or forgotten. “First […]

  • DeKalb County Schools students graduate from D.A.R.E. in an enormous event

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. — A graduation Wednesday morning was one organizers said was the biggest in the State, but the DeKalb County students in the spotlight aren’t heading to college. They did learn a big lesson though, one deputies hope they’ll carry with them through their lives. Hundreds of kids wearing bright yellow cheered together in Rainsville Wednesday morning. They listened to local officials talk to them about the importance of what they’ve learned these last several weeks. The event is […]

  • Deputies want parents to be aware of candy shaped ecstasy

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputies want to warn parents about a drug that’s circulating around the county. Deputies say it’s especially concerning, because it looks like candy. During a recent traffic stop, DeKalb County deputies and a K-9 Unit found a trafficking amount of drugs and paraphernalia, including a colorful drug — ecstasy. “The biggest thing that we want people to realize, parents to realize, is what it looks like,” DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy […]

  • Marshall County Schools have no Valedictorian this year, but that could change again

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – One by one the classes of 2017 are graduating across the Valley. This year’s seniors from the Marshall County Schools System graduated with recognitions other than Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the first year. But school leaders are discussing potential changes again. Back in 2013, the Board of Education approved revisions to the senior recognitions in the Marshall County Schools System. The new awards are Top Percent, Academic Elite, Honor Graduate, Career Technical Awards, and Fine Arts […]

  • Guntersville third graders learned STEAM hands on – the fun way

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A group of Cherokee Elementary School students got out of the classroom for hands-on learning, disguised as fun. Friday morning, a pavilion at Civitan Park in Guntersville burst with the sound of third graders. “We have 42 third graders from Cherokee Elementary here today,” said Guntersville City Schools Gifted Specialist Teresa Zimmer, “We set up five different stations and they’re doing everything from making balloon powered helicopters to making their own ice cream to making snow.” “We […]

  • TVA wants visitors to know it’s illegal to remove artifacts and damage historic sites on TVA property

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. —  There are many historic sites on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s property and TVA officials say there are issues with people damaging or taking things from those places, and that’s against the law. “We have over 11,500 archeological sites on TVA property,” said TVA Senior Archaeological Specialist Erin Pritchard. One of the more significant sites is in Marshall County, on the Tennessee River. “Painted Bluff has a number, probably over 100 rock art images,” Pritchard explained, “The […]

  • A program gives Guntersville Fire & Rescue responders critical information with the touch of a finger

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — First responders have seconds to make decisions and take action in the event of an emergency. Guntersville Fire and Rescue responders are using a program that gives them access to critical information needed during a call — all with the touch of a finger. “Active911 is a software that we use to put our hydrant information, we put prefire planning information, some of the safety concerns, hazards, of businesses in the city,” explained Deputy Chief Brian Walls, […]

  • Marshall Co. commissioners are discussing the future of the county’s outdoor warning sirens

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Like other Alabama counties, Marshall County commissioners are discussing the future of the county’s outdoor warning sirens. The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency identified ten units that the manufacturer stopped producing parts for, and that led to a broader, ongoing discussion. Marshall County EMA officials are working to determine the life expectancy of the county’s outdoor  warning sirens. The county has 59 sirens.  All of the county’s sirens are working, but there’s a problem. Ten of the […]

  • Police: Man wanted for sexual abuse of a young girl, his wife is in jail, accused of covering the situation up

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A man accused of sexually abusing a young girl is on the run and Albertville Police detectives need help to find him. His wife is in jail, charged with child abuse, accused of covering up the situation. Police say the alleged victim was 14 at the time of the initial report. Albertville Police officers were notified about this case about two years ago, but back then, the case didn’t go far. “At the time of the interview, […]