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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
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    Train, semi truck collide on road near Lake Guntersville State Park

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – There are some traffic issues on Highway 227 in Guntersville.  That’s the road that leads to Lake Guntersville State Park. A train and a semi truck collided near the feed mills, a few miles from the park. Crews are working to get the truck off the tracks.  The road is closed for now. No one was hurt.

  • Learning the dangers of distracted driving

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Teaching teens the dangers of distracted driving could save lives – theirs or someone else’s. Teachers at a Marshall County school are working to make that stick. After students hurry to change classes, the halls die down at Guntersville High School. Coach Kenny Chaffin’s class gets quiet as students lean over books. Chaffin teaches driver’s education and is mounted with the monumental task of teaching this group of students the dangers of distracted driving. “Talking is probably the number […]

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    Jackson County Public Works looks to prevention in repairing flood-damaged roads county-wide

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — In fixing the roads damaged in the December floods, Jackson County is focusing on both repair and prevention, looking ahead to the future. Most of the roads damaged in the December floods are nearly fixed, but not without a hefty price tag of nearly $1 million in some counties. Crews in Jackson County are focusing on both repair and prevention, looking to thwart any future damages that could arise. On Jackson County Road 95, crews worked throughout […]

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    Outdoor warning siren near Grant not working

    GRANT, Ala.  — An outdoor warning siren in Marshall County isn’t working. That siren is at the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department on Hebron School Road. That is just off of U.S. Highway 431 near the Grant community. “Looks like lightning struck it during the December 25th storm we had,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says. Hutcheson says crews weren’t able to get the heavy equipment out there to fix it because of bad weather and where the siren is situated. “It appears lightning […]

  • U.S. Senator Richard Shelby speaks in Arab

    Longtime U.S. Senator Richard Shelby talked issues, discussed recent events with Marshall Co. officials & residents Monday

    ARAB, Ala. — Longtime U.S. Senator Richard Shelby is making the rounds across north Alabama, and that included a visit to Marshall County on Monday. U.S. Senator Richard Shelby got a standing ovation as he was introduced at the Arab Recreation Center Monday. The Arab Rotary Club hosted the lunch. State and local officials joined members of the community to hear Senator Shelby speak. Some of the topics revolved around immigration, restrictions on gun ownership, and violence against police. Shelby also […]

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    February is amnesty month for the Marshall Co. District Attorney’s Office Restitution Recovery & Worthless Check Units

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — For another year, February is designated as amnesty month for the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office Restitution Recovery and Worthless Check Units. “Those Units will be holding off on arresting people this month,” Assistant District Attorney Chris Abel says, “Anybody that owes any fines, court costs and such on check cases, or to the restitution recovery unit, can come in this month without fear of being arrested and if they pay their fines and costs off then they […]

  • After much anticipation, Ider Special Needs Program boasts new sensory room

    IDER, Ala. (WHNT) — The Ider Special Needs Program has been working toward getting a sensory room for months, and now it’s a reality. Inside one of the classrooms at the Ider Special Needs Program, the lights are turned off. Scattered throughout the room though, are brightly lit panels, ceiling hangings, and other functions. Each one has a purpose and does something different. The room is the program’s newly opened sensory room. “It’s a room that’s used for kids that […]

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    Arab Police: Man found by officers passed out in street accused of peering into windows & burglary

    ARAB, Ala. — A man is in jail facing multiple charges in Arab, but when he was arrested officers, found him passed out in a street. The situation started with a call to Arab Police. The woman said a man  was peering into windows of her home. “She tries to communicate with him and he basically tells her he’s looking for a guy named Charlie,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says. There wasn’t anyone named Charlie who lived at the home […]

  • Lake Guntersville State Park

    6 taken to hospital following exhaust fan malfunction at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge, all ok

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Six people were taken to the hospital to be checked after an issue arose with the exhaust fans Thursday at Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. According to Fire Marshal Buddy Petry, at approximately 1 p.m. a problem developed with the exhaust fans on top of the gas boilers. This caused a gas buildup which leaked to the Lodge, Petry said. About 100 people were evacuated.  Six people were taken to Marshall Medical Center to be checked, but […]

  • Guntersville City Schools to move forward with a plan to fix traffic issues on Highway 79 at Cherokee Elementary School

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville City Schools is moving forward with a plan to alleviate traffic issues at Cherokee Elementary School. Traffic slows and gets backed as parents navigate through the drop off and pick up lines at Cherokee Elementary School in Guntersville on Alabama Highway 79. It’s the nature of the process, but as it’s a busy highway,  safety is a concern. The school system has made changes to fix the issues before, but now it’s working toward a […]

  • Possible extension to a popular Guntersville walking trail an option for the city

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — An extension to a popular lakeside walking trail in Guntersville could be in the works, if the pieces fall into place. The Guntersville City Council approved applying for a grant for a walking trail extension to go under River Bridge and connect to City Harbor. It also approved a measure that the Council will match the grant if it is approved. The walking trail runs through Civitan Park along Lake Guntersville. Right now the popular walking trail […]

  • 3-car-crash halts traffic on Blount Avenue in Guntersville Wednesday afternoon

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A three car wreck halted traffic on U.S. Highway 431 through downtown Guntersville Wednesday afternoon. At least three cars were involved in the crash on Blount Avenue. It happened at 3 p.m. in front of the Marshall County Courthouse. Two people involved in the crash were taken by ambulance to be treated. Traffic was stopped completely as crews worked to clear the highway. Guntersville Police and Guntersville Fire and Rescue were on scene.


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