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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

Recent Articles
  • Timothy Scott Summers (Image: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

    Man arrested, accused of causing standoff with Jackson County authorities, making false 911 calls

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says a man is responsible for a string of false 911 calls and now, a stand-off with deputies. Officials say the man barricaded himself inside someone else’s home in Paint Rock, saying he had bought it. The name Timothy Summers is a familiar one to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. “We’ve been dealing with this gentleman for probably the past month, making false 911 calls,” Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says, “On […]

  • Marshall County seeing success in animal adoption rates

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Marshall County is seeing  success  in the adoption rate of the animals brought in by the county’s Animal Control division. Animals that are brought in by Marshall County Animal Control quickly leave. They’re adopted or fostered, so much so that the county hasn’t had to put an animal unnecessarily down in months. “So far this year we haven’t put down any animals, any dogs,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson said. Marshall County doesn’t have an animal shelter. The […]

  • James Franklin Garrison (Photo: Marshall County Jail)

    Marshall County man faces child pornography charges

    ARAB, Ala. – A 73-year-old Marshall County man has been arrested for possession of child pornography. James Franklin Garrison was booked in the Marshall County Jail on Monday afternoon. His bond is set at $25,000. Arab Police say they received a tip about Garrison recently and obtained a search warrant to look in his home.  Investigators say they found a number of pornographic images of children on Garrison’s electronic equipment.

  • UPDATE: Fort Payne man charged in his wife’s murder

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – A Fort Payne woman is dead and her husband is in jail, charged with her murder.  Police say this was a case of domestic violence. Fort Payne Police officers were dispatched to 701 9th Street SE early Monday morning to do a welfare check on a young woman. “When officers got there they cleared the residence and found a female in the back bedroom deceased,” Chief Randy Bynum said. The victim was Ashley Lynn Scott, 25. […]

  • Internationally celebrated artist Nall to donate numerous original works to Arab Chamber of Commerce

    ARAB, Ala. — The city of Arab is getting a very special and unique gift from one of its own. Internationally celebrated artist Nall is donating hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of his original paintings to the Arab Chamber of Commerce for the city to enjoy. Numerous paintings are set up inside the Arab Chamber of Commerce. They are intriguing – encouraging the viewer to think, to put together, and to wonder. The works are just a fraction of […]

  • Jerry Keith Hilley (Image: Albertville Police)

    Albertville Police make arrest in deadly shooting, say man shot his brother

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Albertville Police investigators say they have arrested a man accused of shooting and killing his brother. The shooting happened Wednesday night on Meadowbrook Drive. Officers arrived at the home to find Brian Comer Hilley, 43, dead of an apparent gunshot wound. The man’s brother, Jerry Keith Hilley, 57, was taken into custody at the scene. They also found a shotgun believed to be the weapon used. Investigators believe an argument between the brothers led up to the […]

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    Deputies: 4 arrested after holding woman at gunpoint in Pisgah home

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Four teens are in custody after they tied up and held a woman at gunpoint in a home Wednesday morning. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office got a call about a home invasion that happened on Wann Circle in Pisgah. The victim told deputies what two young people did once they were in the home. “Came into her home armed with a handgun, tied her up, and took some other firearms from the residence and left,” Sheriff […]

  • 4 Marshall Co. roads still closed from Christmas Day flooding, 2 to open soon

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Four Marshall County roads are still closed – damaged from the Christmas Day flooding – but county officials are anticipating two of them to open in the upcoming days. Remember Christmas Day? Holiday spirits were dampened when much of the Tennessee Valley was flooded over. Homes were damaged, roads were washed out, and streets were covered in water. Marshall County was hit hard — between $1-2 million dollars worth of damage-hard. Several roads were closed, and now six […]

  • Jackson County Courthouse, Scottsboro

    Jackson Co. leaders turn attention to ongoing budget issues yet again

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — In an ongoing budget situation, Jackson County is working to come up with a solution without taking more services away from the county and without impacting hours for employees. After a failed one cent sales tax increase vote by the residents, the county cut down to the bone where it could. It shut down the courthouse for one day, stopped funding to organizations, and didn’t fill positions emptied by retirement. The county was able to get some […]

  • Marshall County Animal Control

    Motorcycle Run and Rally scheduled for Saturday, June 18, to benefit Marshall County animals

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Saturday, June 18, an event in Guntersville will benefit Marshall County Animal Control and Marshall County Humane Society. “The motorcycle rally that we’re having [Saturday] will be benefiting the animals that are taken in by animal control, and that helps to get them adopted,” Animal Control Officer Kevin Hooks explains, “The money goes to the veterinarian care, their shots, and to get people to foster them.” The funds will also go to the Marshall County Humane Society. […]

  • Scottsboro students get a hands-on approach to a different kind of learning

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Students in Scottsboro are getting their hands into things from ‘back in the day,’ and what they don’t know is that along the way, they’re learning. A group of kindergarteners crowd a bench outside Collins Intermediate School in Scottsboro Wednesday. Some of their feet don’t touch the ground, and they sit expectantly, eyes looking up at a speaker. A good word for their reaction is “enthralled.” They answer questions, and ask more. The kids are at Camp […]

  • Responders offer tips on staying safe while enjoying the sights throughout the Tennessee Valley this summer

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — During the summer a lot of people like to get out and enjoy the beautiful sights that the Tennessee Valley has to offer, but that also makes this time of year a busy one for responders and rescue crews. “We just have people get lost all the time at the Walls of Jericho and other places in the county,” Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says. Every year the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and rescue crews […]


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