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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
  • Shadrack McGill says he will challenge U.S. Senator Richard Shelby for the GOP nomination. (Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

    Former State Senator Shadrack McGill to challenge Richard Shelby for U.S. Senate seat

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Shadrack McGill says it’s time for new leadership in Washington.  He held a news conference Tuesday to urge U.S. Senator Richard Shelby to pass the baton. “Through encouragement and council of some good Christian folks around me, I realized that this continues to be a calling on my life,” McGill said. Former state senator Shadrack McGill announces he will run for U.S. Senate: "took a lot of prayer" @whnt pic.twitter.com/x6qbylZaKz — Laura Christmas WHNT (@LauraChristmas1) November 24, […]

  • Woods Cove Road construction in Scottsboro causing concerns among some residents

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Construction on a heavily traveled thoroughfare in Scottsboro is causing some concerns for residents. Cars bump slowly along on Woods Cove Road in Scottsboro. The road is constantly full of traffic and runs past the hospital. Further down, a worker stands with a sign beckoning or stopping traffic as the road narrows to one lane. Heavy equipment lines the side of the road. “This is part of some ATRIP money that we received to do basically a […]

  • Governor Robert Bentley announces nearly $1 million in grant money for DeKalb County

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – Monday, Governor Robert Bentley announced nearly $1 million in grant money that can be put to use in the DeKalb County area. Governor Bentley addressed a crowd of state and local leaders and community members Monday morning in Fort Payne. The topic was four grants for DeKalb County. “Community development block grants are really the lifeblood for rural Alabama and it really helps people,” Governor Bentley said. “Sewer systems, water systems, and paving roads in […]

  • DeKalb Co. break-ins

    UPDATE: Three arrested in connection with string of overnight break-ins in DeKalb Co.

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – Three people are arrested in connection to more than 14 break-ins that happened overnight in DeKalb County. James Joshua Thomas, Anthony Ray Thomas, and Tyler Nathaniel Harvey are all charged with breaking and entering of a motor vehicle. More charges are pending. The calls about the break-ins started coming in overnight, into Thursday morning. “Up until about nine o’clock this morning we had already done 14 burglary reports, either vehicles or either houses,” Sheriff Jimmy Harris […]

  • Guntersville Police investigating string of car burglaries across the city

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville Police say there have been a string of car burglaries city- wide and police are working to find the person or persons responsible. The department is seeing an increase in car burglaries at homes and in public places. Generally though, it happens at homes overnight. “We’ve had some forcible entry,” Captain John East says, “A lot of times people just leave their cars unlocked.” Captain East says they’re seeing a variety of things stolen out of […]

  • DeKalb County Sheriff announces arrest in Henagar man’s shooting death

    HENAGAR, Ala. (WHNT) – One person is in custody as a result of an around-the-clock investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office following a Henagar man’s shooting death. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says they arrested Casey Adam Jones, 39, of Rosalie on Wednesday afternoon. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has been working with multiple agencies throughout the week to piece together exactly what happened in Henagar that left a man dead.  Deputies are searching Jones’ home today.  Their investigation took them out […]

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    Main Channel Brewing Company owners say they’re seeing interest from all over the area

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Main Channel Brewing Company has only been open just over a week and the first brewery in Marshall County is moving quicker than its owners thought it would at this stage. “Last Thursday we opened the tap room,” owner Brett Smith says, “We were open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.” Smith, his brother, Clay, and his wife, Sarah, own the brewery. The process to open was a long one, but so far it’s rewarding. “The response was […]

  • Sheriff Jimmy Harris with seized drugs

    Five pounds of meth confiscated in DeKalb County with a street value worth $205,500

    PAINTER, Ala. (WHNT) – DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says acting on a tip his deputies along with the DeKalb County Drug Task Force and Marshall County Drug Task Force agents arrested 41-year-old Marty Glen Taylor on drug charges and confiscated the largest amount of pure crystal meth seized at one location his agency has seen. Sheriff Harris says in the multiple county effort, agents and deputies went to a home on County Road 482 in the Painter community Monday on […]

  • Guntersville City Council changes ordinance for part of City Harbor, opens doors for development

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — With a successful vote by the city council, the city of Guntersville is opening up new doors for its City Harbor. City Harbor in Guntersville sits just over River Bridge, off of U.S. Highway 431. The property is used for events, boaters, and people merely enjoying the water. Now, a portion of it has new opportunities with a vote by the Guntersville City Council Monday night. “Last night we rezoned the two pieces of property at […]

  • As the community supports them, two Boaz football coaches battling medical issues are improving

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — We brought you the stories of how the community is standing behind Boaz High School head football coach Eric Whaley and volunteer coach Manny Aragon as they battle medical issues.  Now, things are taking a turn. Several weeks ago Boaz volunteer coach Manny Aragon was involved in a serious car accident. It left him in critical condition. “It just didn’t look good,” Boaz City Schools Superintendent Mark Isley says. Head football coach Eric Whaley is battling […]

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    Arab Police identify pedestrian hit and killed on Highway 231

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police say no charges are expected in the death of a Guntersville man, who died after being struck by a car in Arab. It happened Friday night, as the driver was turning from Highway 231 onto Northgate Drive. Police says 28-year-old Kerry Justin Trey Lassetter was walking in the middle of the turn lane when he was hit.

  • Kenneth Shaw (Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

    Deputies interview persons of interest in investigation into Henagar man’s shooting death

    HENAGAR, Ala. (WHNT)- Investigators with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office are interviewing persons of interest in the investigation into a DeKalb County man’s shooting death. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has been working with multiple agencies through the weekend to piece together exactly what happened in Henagar that left a man dead. Kenneth Shaw was found dead at his home just off Highway 40 on Weaver Road in Henagar Saturday night. Rachel Langley lives next door. “It’s shocking. It’s very […]


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