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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
  • Ogden House, a Guntersville shelter providing a safe place for teens, will close temporarily in Nov.

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A non-profit organization that serves four northeast Alabama counties and provides a safe place for teens to stay is closing down in November for a short time. The Ogden House in Guntersville will shut its doors because of funding issues. “The Ogden House is a shelter for youth, ages 12 to 18, we serve both male and female,” says Tennessee Valley Family Services Executive Director Sue Ann Wharton, “We’re a Safe Place organization, so we accept […]

  • Couple arrested in connection to string of car burglaries in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Using the community’s help on social media, police have connected two people to a string of crimes in Albertville. “We’d been out looking for these people and trying to figure out who they were for a while,” Albertville Police Chief Doug Pollard says. Chief Pollard says they were looking for two people in connection to a string of vehicle burglaries and a house burglary. Officers say during that string, the couple stole a purse out of a car […]

  • Local agencies say ADECA consolidation of surplus property warehouses will have substantial impact

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will consolidate the operations of its surplus property division into a single warehouse in Montgomery, coming as a result of the legislature’s 12 percent cut in ADECA’s allocation in the 2016 State general fund budget. However, that consolidation is going to have an effect on the local agencies who use the warehouse in Morgan County, which will be moved to Montgomery. ADECA currently operates surplus property warehouses in […]

  • Adrian Renteria, after his arrest in 2013

    Judge reduces $1 million bond for man charged in 2013 Guntersville deadly wreck

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – A Marshall County judge reduced a $1 million  bond for a man charged in the deaths of four teens. Adrian Renteria is charged with four counts of manslaughter and three counts of assault 2nd degree stemming from a car crash that happened in July, 2013. Renteria has been held in the Marshall County jail on a $1 million bond. Last month, his lawyers filed paperwork to have that bond reduced. The hearing only lasted a few minutes […]

  • Governor Bentley joins state & local officials to recognize official start of Double Bridges project

    ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) —  Governor Robert Bentley was in Marshall County Friday to recognize the official start of the county’s biggest project it has ever taken on. Governor Bentley joined state and local officials in commemorating the official start of the Double Bridges project . Double Bridges is two one-lane bridges that span a rocky drop-off near the Asbury and Martling communities on Martling Road. The plans are to create one straight bridge connecting the roads, something people in the […]

  • Downtown Albertville Brewfest

    First Downtown Albertville Brewfest scheduled for October 17th

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — This month marks the first Downtown Albertville Brewfest. In about two weeks the Farmer’s Market Parking lot on Sand Mountain Drive will be full of the best brews Tennessee Valley breweries have to offer. “Huntsville breweries, Cahaba, TrimTab, Good People, Avondale from Birmingham, Main Channel from Guntersville, Back Forty from Gadsden,” event coordinator Justin Quarles says. But Quarles only named a few of the breweries that will be at the event. “We have over 20 breweries and around 65 […]

  • Double Bridges

    Governor Bentley expected to visit Marshall County Friday morning for groundbreaking

    ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) — Governor Bentley will be in Marshall County Friday morning to commemorate the groundbreaking of the county’s biggest project to date. Double Bridges near the Asbury community in Marshall County can be dangerous if drivers don’t know the area. Essentially, Double Bridges is two one-lane bridges that span a large drop off filled with rocks and water. There have been deadly accidents on the stretch. An Asbury volunteer firefighter died in an accident on that stretch of […]

  • Coach Manny

    “We need people to help” – Community standing strong behind Boaz coach in critical condition

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — A car accident this week left a Boaz coach in critical condition — now the community is standing strong to help, and asking other communities to do the same. The phrase “We are Boaz” runs deeper than three words and it is felt in more places than just football games. “I think it has more meaning than just at the school, you know?” Boaz football coach Mike Smith says. The simple but impactful phrase means standing strong for […]

  • Jackson County Courthouse, Scottsboro

    Cuts come with finalized budget for Jackson County

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Commission finalized its budget, but it comes with two sides — a double-edged sword of sorts. For years, the Jackson County Commission has been making  cuts and changes to combat a near $2 million budget deficit.  It proposed a one cent sales tax increase, but that was voted down. With the finalized budget, the deficit is gone. “For the first time since we’ve been in office, we passed a positive balanced general fund budget, […]

  • Barry Whitton, wearing blue, heads into court with his lawyers

    After guilty verdict, Sheriff Chuck Phillips, former chief investigator, weighs in on Barry Whitton case

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A sentencing hearing for Barry Whitton is set for October 15th and nearly 18 years after the case initially started, investigators who worked it say the verdict is one the evidence pointed to all those years ago. Last week Whitton was found guilty of his wife Michelle’s 1997 murder. Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips had a different title back in December, 1997, when Michelle Whitton was reported missing. “Back then I was chief investigator,” Sheriff Phillips […]

  • Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Scottsboro Police Department stand behind seized items

    Joint investigation leads officials to an illegal drug unusual to Jackson County

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — An illegal drug long-time law enforcement officials have not come in contact with in Jackson County is surfacing and now one man is arrested and at least one more arrest is pending in connection with it. On Friday members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Sheriff’s Patrol Division, Scottsboro Police Department Investigations and Scottsboro Police Department Patrol Officers executed a search warrant at Collins Food Mart in Scottsboro. “Both agencies had been getting some information […]

  • Barry Whitton, wearing blue, heads into court with his lawyers

    Barry Whitton not called to testify before jury returned guilty verdict

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – The jury gave a guilty verdict in Barry Whitton’s murder trial in Jackson County. The jury was excused for that purpose around 2:45 p.m. Thursday and returned the verdict about two hours later. Barry Whitton was not called to the stand.  For its last witness, the defense called an expert in forensic analysis to testify. Janice Johnson told the court she reviewed crime scene pictures, search warrant photographs, testimony, medical examiner reports, and investigator reports, all […]


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