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Laura Christmas is a Multimedia Journalist for WHNT News 19. 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
  • Rivalry of the century: Man broadcasts high school games for 50 seasons

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Friday marks the 100th match-up between the Albertville Aggies and the Guntersville Wildcats, and throughout half of those years, one’s man voice has broadcasted the game to the Valley. A short stretch of highway separates a rivalry. On Friday that game will be played for the 100th time. The match-up is the longest running continual rivalry in Alabama. Throughout the years, Bill Yancy has been coming to many of those games — no matter if […]

  • State leaders speak on Alabama’s domestic violence aid, laws

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –Domestic violence awareness month is coming to an end, but for state leaders working on Alabama’s efforts to provide aid and increase awareness, it is an ongoing process. Local leaders say the state of Alabama is undergoing a process to restructure, improve, and strengthen its response to domestic violence. State Senator Clay Scofield says the numbers and statistics involved are not up to date. He says there is work in progress to remedy that. “So that we […]

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    Experiment from Gadsden State on failed Antares rocket

    The Antares rocket, built by NASA contractor Orbital Sciences Corp., was carrying 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments meant for the International Space Station. One of the experiments was developed in Alabama.

  • Speeders cause Arab Police increase patrols around school zones

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — A new traffic situation on the roads near Arab Primary School has officers amping up patrol on the streets. Arab Police officers are having to keep their eye on the roads around the Primary School. First, it was drivers stopping on the roads before school let out, causing a hazard. Now, it’s drivers speeding down Main Street, causing a traffic jam with the after-school drivers. “That’s where we’re seeing a large amount of violations in speeding, […]

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    Officials give status update on weed management in Guntersville reservoir

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Tuesday evening officials in charge of managing invasive weeds in the Guntersville reservoir are giving an update on its progress. TVA announced earlier this year it would resume controlling the invasive weeds in the Guntersville reservoir. After months of putting the plan in action, the public is getting a progress report from officials at a meeting, held at the Lake Guntersville State Park lodge Tuesday evening. Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson is on the Lake […]

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    Hollywood Police find marijuana operation, moonshine still near elementary school

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — A search warrant for a local business lead Hollywood Police to a hydroponic marijuana operation, a moonshine still, multiple automatic weapons and firearms near an elementary school. Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler says the department and Alabama State Troopers searched M&M Welding on County Road 33 late Monday afternoon. He says in addition to the other findings, officers also were able to confiscate ten to 15 gallons of moonshine from the business. Chief Hepler says M&M […]

  • Jackson County leaders look to discuss funding options with TVA

    STEVENSON, Ala. (WHNT) — With only one unit fully active at the TVA Widows Creek Fossil Plant, Jackson County leaders are looking to discuss potential options with TVA to keep funding in the county. There is a lot of activity at the Widows Creek plant near Stevenson, although not as much as perhaps a decade ago. “Widows Creek has eight total units. Units one through six are retired,” plant manager Scott Fallecker says.”They have not been in operation for the […]

  • Gaming for 24 hours, all for a cause

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s a gaming marathon lasting 24 hours, but the competitors are playing for more than a mere win. Some people in Madison are in serious game mode this weekend. Fingers have been gripping controllers since eight o’clock Saturday morning. They plan on stopping at eight o’clock Sunday morning. The games range from video to card games. While some of them have been there for hours, and others only for a few minutes, event organizer Russell Newquist says it doesn’t […]

  • Scottsboro leaders asking public for design input on proposed Veterans Memorial Park

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A plan is in the works to turn a patch of grass in Scottsboro into a park unique to Jackson County, one that would honor the men and women who serve our country. George Jones is a veteran. “I was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam,” Jones says.  Now he spends his time as an officer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6073 and as a member of American Legion Post 30 in Scottsboro. Both groups […]

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    Part of Hwy. 431 South still blocked in Boaz due to overturned 18 wheeler

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – An 18-wheeler that overturned on Highway 431 south of Boaz on Friday morning is still causing a traffic problem several hours later. The wreck happened around 11:30 a.m.  As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, Highway 431 South was still blocked in the Sardis City area, specifically near Roden Avenue.  Boaz Police are diverting traffic.  Crews are working to unload the truck. No word yet on how the wreck happened, or if other vehicles were involved.  Police […]

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    Rivalry of the Century: Week of events scheduled before historic 100th match-up

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville and Guntersville high schools will meet on the field for their 100th game next Friday.  The historic game is the longest running continual rivalry in the state of Alabama. City leaders are declaring the game the ‘Rivalry of the Century.’ Leading up kickoff on October 31st, both cities have planned a week of events: Monday, 10/27/14 – City Leaders Challenge Mayors and councils from each city to meet for wing challenge and photo-op at […]

  • A dream to be a star: 12-year-old signs development deal with record label

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A 12-year-old Marshall County girl is working to make her dream to be a singer a reality, and has signed a development deal with a management agency to help her get there. There’s an office in Albertville that isn’t quite open just yet. The office is part of a management agency called 1015 Entertainment. Thursday morning though, a young girl sits inside. Her name is Lauren Ward, and she’s a sixth grader. She’s there to […]


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