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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
  • Grant’s new website full of information for residents, visitors

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) —  The town of Grant has a new resource for its residents and visitors to have more opportunities to explore the area. The town of Grant’s website was hard to navigate and hard to update. “It was under an old software that was hard to manipulate,” Grant Police Chief Mike Burgess says, “It was hard for our clerk to maintain it because it was just old.” Chief Burgess has been building websites for years. “Built them for […]

  • Construction underway on DeKalb County’s Patriots Memorial Park

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – DeKalb County is working on a way to say thank you to the men and women who served and it involves the entire county. Now, residents are starting to see Patriots Memorial Park come to life. It started with just a patch of grass near downtown Fort Payne. The end result will be a park to honor the men and women who served, including law enforcement and first responders. Fundraising issues caused some delays, but […]

  • Mobile hospital now ready to deploy from Fort Payne in an emergency

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s called a Mobile Medical Station, and it now calls DeKalb County home. The unit is ready to deploy in the event of severe weather or an emergency. “This belongs to Alabama Department of Public Health, and we’ve had these for several years but they’ve always been stored in Montgomery,” DeKalb County EMA Director Anthony Clifton says. Now though, these Mobile Medical Stations are getting deployed across Alabama, so in an emergency there is one […]

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    Boaz Police: No evidence of criminal activity in miniature horse’s death

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s been a puzzling development in the investigation over the death of a miniature horse in Marshall County.  The owner said the horse, affectionately known as Mr. Nubby, had been shot and skinned last month.  Now, police say new findings show that’s not the case. Boaz Police had ordered a necropsy performed on the horse.   Police say the preliminary report is in and shows no evidence the horse was shot or skinned.  The cause of death […]

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    Funeral services today for Jason Richards, Albertville teen found dead

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Funeral services are Friday afternoon for Jason Glenn Richards, the missing teen who was found deceased earlier this month. Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. at Albertville Memorial Chapel, located at 5011 U.S. Highway 431.  The memorial service is at 4 p.m.  Here is his online obituary. Investigators say an autopsy shows Richards, 15, died of a single gunshot wound.  He was reported missing on February 8 and his body was found May 12 in […]

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    UPDATE: State Bureau of Investigations takes over officer-involved shooting investigation in Marshall Co.

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Officials with the State Bureau of Investigations say that entity will proceed with the investigation into an officer-involved shooting that happened Tuesday night. Officials say this is at the request of the Albertville Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting happened at a home on South Cahill Road, just south of West Main Street in Albertville Tuesday night. The call came in around 7:30 p.m. Officials say a person attempted to break into the […]

  • Jackson County EMA looking for resident input as part of Hazard Mitigation Plan

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County EMA is working to get its county’s residents’ opinions on what can be improved to make their communities safer in the event of a disaster. “Right now we’re updating our Hazard Mitigation Plan,” Jackson County EMA Director Mike Ashburn says. Ashburn says they’ve been working on the plan for a while. It has to be updated every five years. “Each entity within the county, each city or town that wants to get public […]

  • Jackson County deputies believe heroin might be on the rise

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — One illegal drug seems to be declining, but another may be on the rise and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is preparing for that potential increase. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest this week that veteran deputies haven’t seen in years. “We saw our first heroin since I can remember and actually, I talked with the sheriff, and since he can remember,” Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says. Chief Deputy Harnen says they arrested a man […]

  • A radio station on Lookout Mountain ‘serving the heart of Dixie’

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — There’s a small building on top of Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne with a sole purpose to be there for the community — an entire county’s worth. Friday morning a voice filters through the airwaves for several hours. It originates from a small AM station situated on top of Lookout Mountain in DeKalb County. “Mike Wallace, Newstalk 1400 WFPA Fort Payne, Alabama.” Wallace is the owner of the station and it’s his voice that is […]

  • Town of Douglas is holding its second annual community-wide clean up

    DOUGLAS, Ala. (WHNT) — The Marshall County town of Douglas is doing some cleaning this weekend. “We have our second annual Douglas community-wide clean up this weekend, today and tomorrow,” Mayor Corey Hill says. The Town and County Commission got a dumpster for the two days and the goal is by Sunday it’ll be full. “Folks can bring anything they want to with a few exceptions,” Mayor Hill says, “Clean up around their property, clean up around town.” The event […]

  • Marshall County Schools partnering for an energy savings project

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County leaders hope to save hundreds of thousands a year with a new energy savings project. “Marshall County Schools will be partnering with Schneider Electric for an energy savings project,” Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley says. Wigley says the schools already went through a preliminary report that came back with figures. “It’s an estimated savings of up to 450,000 dollars each year and nine to 12 million over the life of the project,” Wigley […]

  • 697 DeKalb Co. fifth grade graduates – armed with education, and the word ‘no’

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Hundreds of students are now graduates in DeKalb County, and these four-foot-something tall students have learned a big lesson in saying no to drugs. “We had our D.A.R.E. graduation,  which is the drug abuse resistance education, which teaches you about drugs and alcohol,” Plainview School fifth grader Bryce Luther says. He might be hard to pick out among all of the graduates – there are hundreds of them sitting in rows Thursday morning. “I think […]


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