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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, and 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 and the other hidden gems northeast Alabama has to offer. She enjoys reading, particularly historical novels and works on the Supreme Court. Laura and her husband welcomed a son in 2018. They live with their two dogs and two cats named Jace, Jax, Jedi, and Leia.

She is thrilled and blessed to be able to find and share stories that matter in northeast Alabama 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
  • This weekend’s Guntersville Lake HydroFest is rain or shine

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Friday kicks off Guntersville Lake HydroFest and organizers are expecting crowds numbering in the thousands, but there’s also a threat of some storms. Organizers say the event is rain or shine, and there is a web of safety plans in place in case the ‘shine’ doesn’t happen. Racing crews and their boats took up the parking lot at Guntersville High School Thursday morning – in the pouring rain. The downpour didn’t stop families and couples alike from […]

  • “We’ve never had a case of this much heroin at one time” – Arab officers make heroin trafficking arrest

    ARAB, Ala. — Officers with the Arab Police Department arrested a man and charged him with trafficking heroin, and they say it’s the most they’ve ever seen. It all started when a call came into dispatch at the Arab Police Department about a car broken down near U.S. Highway 231. Officers got there and a woman got out of the car. “Talking to the female, they saw a syringe in plain view inside the vehicle,” said Assistant Chief Shane Washburn. […]

  • Law enforcement officials arrest a man considered armed and dangerous in Albertville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville Police officers say a man considered armed and dangerous, with a reward offered for his arrest, is in custody. Guntersville Police officers have been looking for Wesley Staten after he ran from law enforcement last week. The department offered a $1,000 reward for his arrest and conviction. Staten had outstanding warrants, and when an officer saw him last week in the Lakeview community in Guntersville, he took off.  The department considered him armed and dangerous. Law […]

  • Police: Grain truck causes traffic delay in Geraldine

    GERALDINE, Ala. — Geraldine Police say one lane is blocked on Highway 75 Wednesday around the north end of the town.  They describe a grain truck has caused the issue this morning. The photo shows the truck’s trailer broken near the center.

  • Thinking of going to Guntersville Lake HydroFest? Here’s everything you need to know

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Next week will bring speeds of more than 200 miles an hour to Lake Guntersville. Guntersville Lake HydroFest is June 22 – 24. People call the race NASCAR on the water. The hydroplanes have turbine engines and race on a two-mile oval course at 130 to more than 200 miles an hour. It’s about to get loud in Guntersville. “We’re expecting between 15 to 20,000 people which is pretty much doubling the size of our city… tripling […]

  • Veterans in Marshall County looking to build a veterans park

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A group of veterans in Marshall County is looking to the community for help to build a veterans park. A group of veterans from one end of the county to the other is looking to establish a veterans park, and Guntersville is in the sights. “Because it’s the center, more or less, and the county seat of Marshall County,” explained VFW Post 5173  member Johnny Brown. “This would be a good thing for the veterans around Marshall […]

  • Changes in the works for part of Guntersville’s City Harbor

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Changes are in the works for Guntersville’s City Harbor. The Guntersville City Council approved a resolution for a development agreement for a portion of the property. The popular stretch of property with dock access is right on the lake and in the heart of Guntersville. “This will be the first thing basically that you see, when you’re coming across River Bridge you’ll see this development, so we’re really excited about that,” said Mayor Leigh Dollar. Monday night […]

  • Marshall County Drug Task Force agents recovered pounds of meth sent to homes in the mail

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Agents in Marshall County recovered pounds of meth right as it was delivered through the mail to a home, and that led to the same thing at a different house. This drug bust was coordinated by the Marshall County Drug Task Force. WHNT News 19 reported last week on a different bust organized by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, where dozens of those cases had to be dismissed for insufficient evidence. The Marshall County Drug Task […]

  • Some Marshall Co. residents want to see changes made to what they call a dangerous and confusing intersection

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Some people in Marshall County want something done about an intersection they say is dangerous and can be confusing. Turnpike Road, Oneonta Cut-Off Road, and Highway 205 come together to make an intersection just outside of Guntersville. For people who aren’t familiar with it, it can be confusing. There are stop signs on Turnpike and Oneonta Cut-off. But, because of how the roads are situated, Highway 205 is several yards away from the signs and visibility […]

  • UPDATE: Police arrest man in connection to gas station theft caught on video

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A man Guntersville Police investigators believed stole $300 from a woman at a gas station – which was caught on camera – is in jail. If a picture is worth a thousand words, surveillance video from a Guntersville gas station hit the lottery. It shows a woman bending over to pick up her debit card that she dropped at the counter. She didn’t realize she also dropped hundreds of dollars along with it. But, the guy behind […]

  • TVA tour gives history lesson, insight, and a look at the Guntersville Dam

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — For the first time in years the Tennessee Valley Authority opened the doors of the Guntersville Dam to the public, but there’s more behind the tour besides the facility itself. When you look at the Guntersville Dam, what do you think? Power, maybe. You wouldn’t be wrong, but TVA says there’s a whole lot more to it than that. “Our primary goals are flood control, recreation, and power generation,” explained TVA Southwest Hyrdro Senior Manager Kevin York, […]

  • Caught on video – Guntersville Police search for a man they believe stole $300 from a woman at a gas station

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville Police investigators are looking for a man they believe took $300 cash while in plain sight from a woman at a gas station. It was all caught on camera. Investigator Mike Turner said it happened at a Guntersville gas station. Surveillance video shows a woman standing at the counter. A man was waiting in line behind her. “She pulled her debit card out and the cash fell to the floor, her debit card fell to the […]