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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

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    UPDATE: More information about Owens Cross Roads death investigation

    UPDATE: OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. (WHNT) —  Sunday evening, police began a death investigation at an Owens Cross Roads home. Madison County Sheriff’s deputies told us neighbors did a welfare check on the man living at the home on Brockway Road, and found him deceased inside. Police told WHNT Monday that the man (whose name will not be released) died because of health complications from an existing medical condition. They now believe his passing was not suspicious and foul play […]

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    Woman identified in deadly crash on Cecil Ashburn Drive

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A woman died Sunday morning in  a two-vehicle accident on Cecil Ashburn Drive.  Her husband was hospitalized. Huntsville Police say a Buick LeSabre and a Honda minivan collided near Donegal Drive, closing Cecil Ashburn from Donegal to Old Big Cove Road for about three hours. Police say Martha Radzinski, 66, of Huntsville, died on the scene.  She was driving the minivan.  Her husband, Phil Radzinski, 65, is in fair condition at Huntsville Hospital. Mr. Radzinski and […]

  • Volunteers help improve John Hunt Park

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Visitors to John Hunt Park are seeing some changes and it’s thanks in part to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers. Saturday morning brought a lot of changes to the park. Hundreds of volunteers donated their time and efforts to make it happen.  “We’ve got Toyota, Lowe’s on south Parkway.  We’ve got the track club, all come together to help out a park,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. The work party event coincides with National Public […]

  • Man walks across the U.S. to raise awareness for breast cancer

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A man is walking across the United States to raise awareness about a cause that is near to his heart. On the side of Highway 72 in between Woodville and Scottsboro in Jackson County, a man sits on a cooler. He’s eating a sandwich, made from items picked up along his travels. He has a stroller resting next to him. It’s the type parents use to wheel their children in while running or walking, but this […]

  • Residents voice concerns over old tree facing removal on Jackson County Courthouse square

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Commission is hearing from experts on whether to cut down a nearly century-old tree in the courthouse yard, but residents are voicing their concerns in opposition of the move. Caution tape blocks off a good portion of the Jackson County Courthouse lawn, causing visitors to walk out of their way to go around it. County leaders say that caution tape is necessary though, because limbs from a tree estimated to be between 80 […]

  • Arab Police warn residents about door-to-door scam

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police are working to let residents know about a scam, and also working to find who is responsible. “Something just didn’t seem right to them,” Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says. He’s talking about multiple residents who called the department, saying two men were going door-to-door, asking for money — but with a hefty accusation. “Telling them that they were with the Arab Electric Cooperative and that they were behind on their electric bill, […]

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    TAKING ACTION: Arab Police plan to issue citations to drivers blocking road near Arab Primary School

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — If what Arab Police are calling a major traffic issue doesn’t change, officers are going to take action by issuing citations. This week though, they’re educating residents in the hopes that action won’t be necessary. This week Arab Police are paying more attention to the roads around Arab Primary School. They’re doing it to educate residents about what the law says you can and cannot do.” We’ve had several complaints in the last few weeks of […]

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    Man drowns in Little Bear Creek

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – A man drowned while swimming just outside of Tuscumbia Sunday morning. Alabama Marine Police confirm  Eric Willingham went missing while swimming in  Little Bear Creek, west of Tuscumbia and south of US Highway 72. After searching for more than two hours, emergency crews retrieved the body of the  42-year-old Colbert County man around 2:00 p.m. The Colbert County coroner confirmed Willingham drowned and will not conduct an autopsy. Crews found his body in 13 feet of water.  Authorities say […]

  • Fort Payne celebrates ‘Boom Days’ this weekend

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – Fort Payne is celebrating heritage, music and 125 years of being a city. Fort Payne is steeped in history. The city has been hosting a festival to commemorate that heritage for nearly 10 years, called Boom Days. “We’re celebrating Fort Payne’s 125th anniversary of incorporation, so that’s part of the celebration this year,” said Boom Days Communications Director Daron Harris. “This is the ninth year of Boom Days, and we have over 35 musical acts […]

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    Man convicted of killing Geontae Glass, 5, is getting new trial

    ETOWAH CO., Ala. (WHNT) – A man convicted of killing his girlfriend’s young son in Etowah County is getting a new trial. Kevin Towles has been on death row since 2009, but  a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court is giving him another chance. The Court said on Friday Towles’ capital murder conviction and death sentence should be overturned.  The reasoning the court cited was improper testimony at his trial. Towles was convicted in 2009 for beating 5-year-old Geontae Glass […]

  • New year, new computers for Geraldine School, thanks to TVA

    GERALDINE, Ala. (WHNT) — A DeKalb County school was in need of new computers, and thanks to a program by a local entity, it got them. Some of the computers at Geraldine School were years old. Some were decades old. Others had missing keys, which made typing a tough going. Thursday, thanks to some work by TVA, that’s all changing. “TVA has a Partners In Education program, a PIE program, and that enables us to identify certain student enrichment programs that we […]

  • Wildcats Work: Guntersville High student athletes work to give back to the community

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville High School athletics teams are giving back to the community that supports them with a new school program. Wednesday is a typical day at Guntersville High School. It’s also the countdown to Friday, when it seems as if much of the city of Guntersville packs the stands to watch their Wildcats play football. This year though, those same Wildcats and other student athletes are working – literally – to give back to their city, with […]


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