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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
  • Marshall County prepares to catch up, survey road damages from winter weather

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — County offices and courthouses that were closed or delayed this week are catching up and will begin to survey the road damages left over from the snow this week. Friday, things started to get back to normal in Marshall County. Crews were out in force clearing what they could, salting other areas, and scraping the snow off of the roads. Downtown crews were shoveling sidewalks so employees could get back in the downtown stores and […]

  • Arab Police used some heavy equipment to patrol the winter weather

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police got through this week with the help of some rather large additions – and if they didn’t have them, officers would have been stuck like the rest of us. Wednesday when the snow started coming down, a formerly government-owned Humvee was how officers with the Arab Police Department got around. “If we hadn’t of had these we would have been totally immobile,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says, “There was no way for us to […]

  • City Harbor Crush: Wine festival announced for Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A new event is coming to Guntersville this year and for the city and the coordinator behind it, the event is a first. Last year downtown Huntsville saw an event that had visitors waiting along the street to attend – Big Spring Crush. It was downtown Huntsville’s first wine festival. Ashley Ryals is the owner and chief creator of Homegrown, the company behind the event. “I actually started this business three years ago,” Ryals says. Now […]

  • Responders work overnight to monitor and clear the roads, help motorists

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Wednesday night was a busy one for Guntersville Police as they worked to monitor roads, help motorists, and answer calls. As the snow came down the roads filled up, and Guntersville Police were out in force using every resource they had. Roads leading up the mountains were full of cars at a standstill. “We finally got most of the congestion out by about eight thirty and then the DOT crews and some of their contract crews […]

  • Clearing roads after snow events not an easy task

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala., (WHNT) — Jackson County road crews were in place and ready to go hours before the winter weather hit the county Wednesday. Wednesday morning crews were standing by and trucks were ready to head out at a moment’s notice to work on more than 1,100  miles of Jackson County roads. They’ve been ready since Tuesday stationed across the county strategically  so when the snow hit someone with a truck could get there and get those roads as […]

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    Former Marshall County Conv. and Visitors Bureau president pleads guilty

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A former president of the Marshall County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau charged with theft in 2013 pleaded guilty on Monday. Monday’s development was a product of months of investigation into Lisa Socha’s alleged actions. Officials with the CVB say they fully cooperated with the State Bureau of Investigation and the Marshall County District Attorney’s office. In 2013 officials say they discovered Socha had supposedly used agency funds for her personal gain. She was dismissed and […]

  • The bus, on County Road 3 on Putman Mountain in Jackson County.  (Photo: WHNT News 19 Viewer)

    UPDATE: Jackson County school bus pulled back on road, driver safe

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A scary situation is over for a school bus driver on a mountainous road in Jackson County.  The bus driver kept his cool when he slid on a patch of ice while driving up County Road 3 up Putman Mountain on Monday morning. Jackson County Schools started at 11 a.m. Monday.  The bus driver headed up County Road 3 to pick up students who attend Paint Rock Valley High School. It was earlier thought a […]

  • “Got it in my soul” — 76-year-old dances through single digits, ice storms and snow

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s probably safe to say most of us stuck in the frigid temperatures are ready for a change in the other direction, but we met up with one man who is taking the ice and snow in step just like he always does. Those of us freezing in the U.S. right now probably don’t want to build a snowman, or anything else that inherent Disney tune inquires that involves ice and snow. It’s probably safe to […]

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    Junior volunteer firefighter in Marshall County charged with multiple counts of arson

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) – A Junior Volunteer Firefighter in Grant was arrested Thursday on several charges, including multiple counts of arson.  The suspect’s name is not being released due to the person’s age. Grant Police Chief Mike Burgess said the arrest came about through the State Fire Marshal and Marshall County’s investigative division.  He did not release specific details on which arsons the suspect was involved with. Officers are still looking at other recent fires in the area, too. Chief Burgess […]

  • Arab officials work to bring in more businesses to the city

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — The city of Arab is working constantly to bring more businesses to the area. “Every day. We’re out there looking at developers, trying to talk with retailers to make a matchup with the Arab area and make something attractive to them, make an incentive package to make them want to come here,” Arab Mayor Bob Joslin says. As big name stores announce moves to other Marshall County cities, Arab officials are working to bring in similar businesses […]

  • Guntersville City Council approves resolution on spending thousands of dollars for tourism

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Guntersville City Council approved a resolution on spending an estimated $100,000 on tourism in the city. “We’re projecting anywhere from 100,000 to 130,000 a year,” Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar says. The figures are an estimate of funds the city will start getting this month stemming from an increase in a tourism surcharge. The Council has been drafting a plan on how to spend that money. In a recent session it passed a resolution on rules […]

  • Weather-related calls relatively low in Guntersville this week

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville Fire and Rescue hasn’t been seeing as many weather related calls as anticipated during the latest ice and snow events. Guntersville Fire and Rescue is always ready for whatever comes its way. During this weather we’ve been seeing over the last several days, they’re especially on alert. So far though the weather hasn’t been what the responders anticipated, but it’s still hazardous enough that they did anticipate weather related calls. Officials say they haven’t seen as […]


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