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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
  • A city-wide fundraiser benefitting our smallest community members – run with the help of police officers

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A city-wide fundraiser in Jackson County is aimed at helping benefit some of the smallest members of our community. It started with an idea and it’s moving forward with the help of some police officers. “[Jaxon] was diagnosed with stage four Wilms tumor three years ago, almost,” Laura Guthrie says. “Sadye is a six-year cancer survivor,” says Regan Webb, “She was diagnosed with Wilms tumor in 2008.” Jaxon Guthrie and Sadye Webb were in mind when an idea […]

  • Volunteers and CASA of Marshall County help make the Fourth even more special

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Dozens of volunteers are helping an organization make the Fourth of July weekend a little more special for some residents in Marshall County. “Thank you very much for coming and spending your day and morning with us,” CASA of Marshall County Executive Director Shirley Holland says. Dozens of volunteers are lined up around a square of cans, food, and bright American flags in a building in Guntersville. It’s Wednesday morning, and there’s a task ahead […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Police warn of ‘skimming’ at some gas stations, ATMs

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — We swipe our cards just about everywhere, but officers in two Marshall County cities are warning  that swiping at the gas pump or other places could compromise credit and debit card numbers. It’s called skimming and officers in Marshall County are seeing it crop up in two cities. “Skimming is when someone puts a device on the actual debit credit card machine of a gas pump,” Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn explains, “When you […]

  • Scottsboro officials look into idea of indoor water park at Goose Pond

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Scottsboro is working to put a resort style hotel in Goose Pond Colony Resort and it has been for years; now officials are working to find out if they can add another feature — an indoor water park. Scottsboro Mayor Melton Potter and other city leaders are working with an outside company to do a feasibility study. “They have been to Scottsboro and visited Goose Pond, and they are working on a feasibility study for a […]

  • New app allows Scottsboro community to tip police confidentially

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Scottsboro Police is launching a new avenue to help fight crime and the residents have a big hand in the process. The department is introducing an app that provides a direct and fast link from the community to officers. “It allows the community residents to send us tips confidentially,” Scottsboro Police Chief Ralph Dawe says. The tip411 application allows residents to engage with the police department from the palm of their hand via their smart phone […]

  • Using Facebook to help fight crime in one of Alabama’s largest counties

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A Jackson County law enforcement agency is using social media to fight crime in one of Alabama’s largest counties, and it’s helping deputies to do their jobs even more efficiently. Facebook — we’re all on it, and we share just about everything in our lives. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is using the social media platform to help deputies keep the county safe, and it’s working. “We get information pretty much on a daily basis from Facebook […]

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    Free concert and fireworks this Saturday in downtown Boaz

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — The 15th annual City of Boaz Independence Celebration free concert and fireworks show will be held Saturday night. It will start at 6:00 p.m. in downtown Boaz. The show will feature Warm 2015, Wet Willie, and The Atlanta Rhythm Section as well as what is dubbed one of the South’s best fireworks shows. You’re asked to bring lawn chairs. Food truck vendors will be on hand as well. The concert and fireworks are free for everyone, […]

  • Jackson County leaders say Google’s presence will be have an impact on schools, funding

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Officials say Google’s plan to build a $600 million data center in the Stevenson and Bridgeport area is about more than a boost to the economy. Google’s presence is expected to help the county’s schools as well; schools which funding for has been decreasing in the county. Google plans to build the center on part of the Widows Creek Coal plant site, which is set to shut down this year in response to new federal regulations. Jackson […]

  • Vote to nationally recognize a different kind of hero

    UPDATE: Semifinal voting end Friday, June 26 at noon. HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — A Jackson County police department has a member it wants to honor on a national level, and it needs the Valley’s help to do it. The Hollywood Police Department has an officer who, for most of his life, protected soldiers in Afghanistan. Now that officer works with Chief Jason Hepler. His name is K9 Officer Fox. A life of service is all he knows. “We feel like […]

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    Question over sale of Confederate flags sparked search for a bomb at an Arab Walmart

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — A question over the sale of Confederate flags sparked a search for a bomb at an Arab Walmart. Arab Police searched for a bomb in the Walmart on Thursday. The store was evacuated. Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says a person called the store and asked to speak to a manager. The caller inquired about the sale of Confederate flags, and was told that store isn’t selling them anymore. Assistant Chief Washburn says the caller then told […]

  • Gov. Bentley announces plans for Google data center in Stevenson (photo from WHNT News 19's Laura Christmas_

    Google announces plans to build data center in Jackson County

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley joined state and local officials from the Jackson County community and officials from the Tennessee Valley Authority to announce plans for Google to build a $600 million dollar data center in the Stevenson Bridgeport area. Bentley says it will bring 75 to 100 jobs to Jackson County. It was announced Wednesday that Google has chosen TVA’s Widows Creek, a soon-to-be retired coal plant, to build its newest data center – the 14th across the globe. “We’re […]

  • Officers make arrest in connection to string of mail thefts in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Officers say a man is arrested in connection to a string of mail thefts in Guntersville and Arab. “We had several complaints of people taking things out of mail boxes,” Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says, “After those complaints we had some reports taken where people had checks stolen and then later forged.” Police say mail that looked like checks or credit cards were targets, stolen out of mail boxes across the city. Washburn […]


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