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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

Recent Articles
  • Feeding Hundreds: DeKalb Co. program works to give hot meals to those in need

    HENAGAR, Ala. (WHNT) — A program in DeKalb County is working to feed hundreds of people every week. Inside a home in Henagar, in one room food stacks the walls from floor to ceiling. That room is something hundreds of members in the community rely on. “The Lord was dealing with me about it back in November of last year, and I was like ‘okay, where are we going to go, where are we going to serve from,'” Sandra Summerford […]

  • Lose something? Arab Police might just have it

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s a lost and found of city-wide proportions, and the Arab Police Department is working to return all of the items to their owners. At the Arab Police Department, officers pull clear bags out of a white box, appropriately labeled ‘lost and found’. A kaleidoscope of things are jumbled in the large box, turned in from around the city of Arab. “People will find things in town, they won’t know necessarily what to do with it […]

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    UPDATE: Man identified in fatal wreck on Interstate 59

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – One person is dead following a late-night collision on Interstate 59 in DeKalb County. The Fort Payne Police Department says a freightliner collided with a van on Interstate 59 near mile marker 221 Tuesday night. Officers say the crash caused both vehicles to catch on fire. Officers say the driver of the freightliner, identified by police as Thomas Cline, was killed at the scene. Multiple entities responded to the scene. Investigators say they do not […]

  • Proposal for Ten Commandments monument in Jackson Co. still under heavy discussion

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The proposal to place three monuments – one of them being the Ten Commandments – outside the Jackson County courthouse is still undergoing much discussion. Since the proposal to put monuments of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Ten Commandments in front of the Jackson County courthouse came up a few months ago, the Jackson County Commission has been looking at its options. Right now commissioners say they’re taking the steps to find […]

  • City leaders aim to make Scottsboro even more energy efficient

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The city of Scottsboro is working to become even more energy-efficient. City leaders are working on the process to conduct an energy efficiency survey. Part of that is an evaluation on an energy-saving stand point. That includes looking at the heating and cooling systems, lights, and water. “We’re going to look at all of the city buildings, the city hall, the rec-com, the police department , our civic center,” Mayor Melton Potter says. Mayor Potter says […]

  • New businesses opening in Boaz, more in the works

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — Boaz city leaders say several new businesses are opening in the city, and others are in the works. The city of Boaz got thousands of dollars to help improve infrastructure across the city earlier this year. The funds stem from a grant. City leaders say they had hoped that would help bring in new businesses. “The more you improve infrastructure in the city, the better that you’re going to make your opportunity for recruiting business and industry,” […]

  • New year, new chance to learn at Marshall County organization

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County RSVP is gearing up for another set of classes in the new year. Marshall County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, has a lot going on in the new year. “We have several classes,” RSVP Program Coordinator Wendy Brash says. “We have a beginning Windows 7, an eBay class, build your own website class. We have a class if you just want to learn about the internet.” Brash says computer skills aren’t the […]

  • UPDATE: Jackson County escapee back in jail, caught near home

    JACKSON CO., Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an escaped inmate.  Deputies found Terry Waldrop on Monday morning in a wooded area near his home in Stevenson. Waldrop failed to return to the Jackson County Jail on Thursday, December 11 from court-ordered work release.  He was in jail for a probation violation. Monday, December 15, members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Alabama Game and Fish arrested Waldrop behind his home off of County Road […]

  • Marshall Co. Christmas Coalition makes holiday brighter for nearly 2,000 kids

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Volunteers and Marshall County are coming together to make nearly 2,000 Christmases even brighter. A warehouse in Marshall County is the headquarters to make wishes come true. It’s packed full of black trash bags, with names taped to the front. They are lined up in rows, and as the day progresses residents from Marshall County tote more in. Each bag is bulging with wishes, to be opened on December 25th. But, that much-anticipated holiday is still […]

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    Man found stabbed on Highway 117 in Jackson County

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Deputies say a man is recovering from multiple stab wounds, but the details on what happened are slim. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says a man was found suffering from multiple stab wounds on Highway 117 Saturday night. Deputies say he was taken to a hospital to recover. The man doesn’t speak English, and deputies say he is not providing any information as to what happened. Deputies are still investigating.

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    Albertville High School head football coach resigns

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville High School football coach Joel Poole turned in his resignation as coach. Albertville City School Board members accepted the head football coach’s resignation at a special meeting this week. Poole will remain an employee of the school system. Poole has been placed on administrative leave while the superintendent’s office investigates a claim of “improper discipline.” Officials say this investigation stems from a claim of “improper discipline” that happened at a football practice. An independent consultant is […]

  • Retiring K-9 officer helped put hundreds of criminals in jail

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — Hundreds of pounds of drugs are off the streets, thousands of dollars are recovered, and hundreds of offenders are in jail all thanks to the help of a police officer – a K-9 Officer named Abi – and she is retiring. “She’s had a very big impact on the war on drugs here,” Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler says. He and K-9 Officer Abi have been partners since the police dog started with the department. “She’s […]


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