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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
  • DeKalb Co. crews work to fill in the damage from winter weather

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — DeKalb County road crews are battling the damage from the winter weather several weeks ago. Many of DeKalb County’s roads are left in bad condition after the winter weather, so across the county, road crews are working to fill in the traces left behind. The issue is potholes. They dot much of the paved and unpaved county roads. “We actually have about 75 percent of our workforce here concentrating on patching potholes on paved roads […]

  • Arab students get a grim look at a potential reality

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab High School students got a look at the potential consequences of poorly made decisions Monday. Students at Arab High School fileout into the bright sunlight in front of their school early Monday. A blue tarp is held by their classmates. A group of faculty and law enforcement officials stand by. As the students find a seat on the ground, the chatter is as it would be in the lunchroom. As the blue tarp falls away though, […]

  • Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center celebrates change and growth

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A Scottsboro museum is celebrating five years worth of changes and growth. In the 1930s the nine black men and boys traveled past a church near downtown Scottsboro on their way to the Jackson County Courthouse. They were accused of raping two white women. After hasty trials a judge sentenced the eight convicted defendants to death. He declared a mistrial in the case of the youngest defendant. Eventually some of those cases would be overturned. Finally […]

  • Training to save lives: Sand Mountain area firefighters undergo weeks of training

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — A group of firefighters from the Sand Mountain area are training in real life situations to essentially save lives. At fire department in Fort Payne a building is smoking, cars are mangled and firefighters are waiting. They’re at a training facility, and the firefighters are fairly new to their jobs. They have to complete a weeks-long course, doing tasks that will help save lives. “It’s pretty intense stuff, this week is probably the most physically […]

  • Jackson County works to grow existing industry, draw in businesses

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Jackson County economic development officials are working to draw industry to the area, and grow existing companies. Jackson County officials say existing industry is the backbone of the area. “We do work to recruit new industry, but our existing industry provides us with 70 to 80 percent of our new jobs every year,” Jackson County Economic Development Authority Vice President Shelia Shepard says. Shepard says with that in mind the EDA is actively working to […]

  • Courtesy: Arab Police

    Property owner finds nearly 50 marijuana plants, holds grower at gunpoint

    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A property owner found nearly 50 marijuana plants growing on his land Wednesday afternoon, and then held the grower at gunpoint until police arrived. Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says a man was out walking his property at 383 County Road 1856 in Cullman when he noticed several marijuana plants growing in styrofoam cups on his land. Officers say then he noticed a man coming back to tend to the plants. Officers say the […]

  • DeKalb Co. manhunt ends, still looking for man wanted on multiple charges

    HAMMONDVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — After searching for hours Wednesday morning, DeKalb County deputies are asking for the public’s help to find a man wanted on multiple charges. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says a resident called 911 Wednesday morning, saying a man was riding a horse and a female was on a 4 wheeler leading a horse. The caller apparently knew those people and told the 911 center they didn’t own horses. When a deputy arrived to the people’s location, […]

  • Several days remain in free tax prep program in Marshall & Jackson Counties

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County program offers free tax help in Marshall and Jackson Counties. The Marshall County Retired and Senior Volunteer program, or RSVP, has volunteers who have trained in an IRS run program for weeks to prepare for tax season. “They were here every day,” Program Coordinator Wendy Brash says, “They listened to lectures, they read material, and then they have to pass a test before they can work on taxes at all.” Now they’re […]

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    Woman and 2 children safe after stranded overnight at Walls of Jericho

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – A woman and two children are safe after being stranded overnight at the bottom of the Walls of Jericho Alabama Trailhead Monday night. “One person made it out, and the other three had not been seen since yesterday afternoon,” Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office got the call around 8:30 Monday night. “Scrambled all the resources, rescue squad, state helicopter, ambulance services, volunteer fire departments that came up to assist,” Chief Deputy […]

  • Three people arrested in connection with numerous Jackson County thefts

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Deputies say three people are facing charges related to a string of burglaries spanning over the past two weeks. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says the office received several reports of burglaries in the Stevenson and Bridgeport areas over the last two weeks. Sunday that list increased to include a burglary at Valley Funeral Home in Stevenson. On Sunday officers with the Stevenson Police Department found some of the stolen items from the burglary at […]

  • Guntersville’s The Lighthouse mansion is sold

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A unique Guntersville landmark is sold to a new owner. The large home on Lake Guntersville is sold to a Guntersville resident, who doesn’t want to be named. The home sold for nearly two million dollars. The new owner expects to close in April. The home was up for sale at an auction last week, but the auction closed out in negotiations with a potential buyer. The home was built in the 1960s.

  • Lee Perry Jr. (Photo: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

    Former SRO charged with sex crimes involving a minor

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – A former school resource officer is facing nine counts of sexual related charges involving a minor. The charges stem from a case that happened more than 10 years ago. Lee Perry Jr. was indicted on sex related charges Monday by a grand jury. Perry, a former Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, served as a school resource officer in 2003 and 2004, according to Sheriff Chuck Phillips. He also worked as a Skyline Police officer. “Back then, we […]


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