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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
  • EMA officials advise you to stay weather aware since storms can change in an instant

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The Valley saw multiple instances of quick, spin-up tornadoes in the last few weeks. In some instances, emergency management officials don’t have warning and can’t open the tornado shelters in time. That is why it’s so important that you stay aware. In Marshall County, the Emergency Management Agency works closely with the National Weather Service to see what the threat and risk factors are going to be when storm conditions build up. “Then make sure that we […]

  • Douglas Police Department gets much-needed new building with room to grow

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — For decades the Douglas Police Department operated out of a room smaller than most bedrooms. For a while, it worked, but now the department is in a space officers and town leaders say leaves room to grow. “Thirty-one years. Since 1986,” said Douglas Police Chief Eric Speight. That’s how long the Douglas Police Department operated out of a room at Douglas Town Hall. It worked back then and for the years after that, but things have changed. […]

  • Marshall Co. judge sentenced Ryan Fitch in his friend’s 2015 accidental shooting death

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A case that was in the spotlight in Marshall County came to a close Monday morning. A judge sentenced Ryan Fitch in the accidental shooting death of his friend, 15-year-old Jason Richards. There were tears in a Marshall County courtroom from both Ryan Fitch and Jason Richards’ families during Fitch’s sentencing hearing. The state and the defense didn’t call witnesses. But, Richards’ parents spoke to the court saying they “went through hell” and that pain hasn’t gone […]

  • Planning to deep-fry that turkey? Here’s what you need to know

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Folks are getting ready to cook up a storm for the holidays and deep-frying is a popular way to get that turkey cooked for the big day. That crispy deliciousness comes with a few hazards that fire officials want you to think about if you’re planning to cook your turkey this way. First of all, and we can’t stress this enough, thaw the turkey! “Make sure your turkey is completely thawed,” said Albertville Assistant Fire Chief Jason Beam. […]

  • Four cases of counterfeit traveler’s checks showed up in Albertville stores

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Not one, but four cases of counterfeit traveler’s checks showed up in Albertville recently, and investigators want to know where they came from and who is making them. Albertville Police investigators say it all started at a Family Dollar in Albertville, when a customer came in and made a small purchase. “But used a $100 dollar traveler’s check, which was taken. Of course, they were given change in currency,” Chief Jamie Smith said. Then it happened again […]

  • New details emerge in Arab officer involved shooting

    ARAB, Ala. — There are new details out about an officer involved shooting in Arab that happened over the weekend. When Arab Police officers got to 5th Avenue NW late Friday evening, called there for a domestic disturbance, someone told them a man was inside a home with a gun threatening his family. “Officers, when they arrived, were able to get everyone out of the home safely,” said Assistant Chief Shane Washburn, “At that point we were trying to set […]

  • “It’s the least we can do” – Douglas High School students, alumni, put on 25th Veterans Day ceremony

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — Douglas High School’s gym was standing room only on Thursday morning. “We’re having a Veterans Day program,” explained senior Kyle Glenn Daniel, “This is our 25th Veterans Day program. We’re bringing back some of the Douglas alumni for this.” Veterans from every branch and their families crowded the room sitting alongside a different generation. “The entire school is involved,” Daniel said. The students, alumni and staff put together a ceremony to honor our veterans and to remember […]

  • $2.5 million system-wide internet upgrade in DeKalb Co. Schools allows for more ways to learn

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — The entire DeKalb County Schools system is in the middle of a $2.5 million internet upgrade. School leaders say it’s already allowing for more ways to learn in the classroom. Students at Geraldine School are learning in more ways than one: with technology and with pen and paper. It’s easier than in the past, due to a system-wide internet upgrade. “We were the first school in the system to get the upgrade and it has been […]

  • Group of veterans aims to expand Arab Veterans Memorial, city looking to expand veterans museum

    ARAB, Ala. — Some veterans in Arab are working to expand the city’s Veterans Memorial at Arab City Park, and the city is working to give them a site in the park to expand their Cost of Freedom Veterans Museum. A group of veterans talked with the Arab City Council about expanding the Veterans Memorial at Arab City Park. “They’d like to add brick pavers in a circular path around that, recognizing the people who bled, died, and served in […]

  • North Marshall Utilities removed fluoride from water supply

    GRANT, Ala. — The North Marshall Utilities Board of Directors made the decision to take the fluoride out of the water supply. The company serves the town of Grant and the surrounding area. The board made that decision in October. Company officials say the main reason behind the move is concerns for the health of the treatment plant operators, who are exposed to the raw chemical. “We’re exposed to a lot of stuff down there at the treatment plant, lot […]

  • DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputies offer free church security team training

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — Monday morning a lot of people called the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office asking about a program the deputies run that teaches church groups how to train for and respond to an active shooter situation. East Brow Baptist Church is in rural DeKalb County near the Alabama Georgia line. Church pastors Scott Crye and Charles Smith say it’s a place where everyone knows everyone. That’s much like Southerland Springs, Texas, now in a national spotlight. A church […]

  • Last Kmart store in Alabama set to shut its doors in January

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Store after store, Kmart has been closing its doors across the nation. Now the last one in Alabama is shutting down too. Since Kmart stores around him closed down, Randall Brooks drives from Scottsboro to go to Albertville’s Kmart.  “I just like the deals they have in there,” Brooks said. Now that Kmart location is following suit. “The mayor got a call first thing yesterday morning from the corporation. They said they were going to announce it,” […]