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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
  • Burst pipe from freezing temps forced the Arab Senior Center to close down

    ARAB, Ala. — Extensive damage from a burst pipe, a casualty from the freezing temperatures the Valley experienced, forced the Arab Senior Center to shut its doors for repairs until further notice. “We had a 3/4 inch pipe burst in the first-floor ceiling and flooded the senior center,” said Mayor Bob Joslin, “It flooded the first floor, ran downstairs, flooded the basement. So we have a major renovation project that we have to take on now.” All because of a […]

  • Geraldine Police officers are seeing an increase in break-ins, suspicious activity

    GERALDINE, Ala. — Geraldine police officers are noticing an increase in suspicious activity around town, leading to home break-ins. They even have a report of a person they believe is the thief opening a door to a home and calling inside to see if anyone was there. “We’re noticing more activity in break-ins in the area. A lot of suspicious activity,” Chief Matt Crum said. At one point, police believe the thief hit one house twice.  A different report shows […]

  • Lake Guntersville State Park boasts new lakeside cabins

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — There are some new additions to Lake Guntersville State Park and the park didn’t have to pay a cent for them. Visitors will see something new at the Lake Guntersville State Park campground: ten new cabins. The fully furnished, two bedroom additions came to the park late last year. “They’re a concession based operation,” explained park superintendent Michael Jeffreys, “They’re owned and operated by Recreation Resource Management and it’s a unique opportunity because we’re not spending park […]

  • Etowah Co. investigators find more than 250 photos of child pornography on Boaz man’s phone

    ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. — Etowah County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Boaz man accused of sexually abusing a child and having child pornography on his phone. Sheriff Todd Entrekin says deputies arrested Cody Night Helton earlier this week. He’s charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography and one count of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, all of which are felonies. Deputies say Helton allegedly sexually abused a 10-year-old girl beginning in October, 2017.  […]

  • Marshall County works to upgrade school bus fleet with additional safety features

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — When crews are finished each route bus in the Marshall County Schools system fleet will be equipped with additional safety features. Several buses in the Marshall County Schools system fleet are getting a new addition aimed to keep kids safe. “We have 12 that did not have the safety arm,” explained Superintendent Cindy Wigley. Last year the system bought 27 brand new buses equipped with high-quality cameras and safety arms on the front of the buses. Before […]

  • Freezing temperatures could help control a harmful invasive plant in Lake Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The cold weather brings its share of headaches with frozen pipes, ice, and higher electric bills but it also brought along some perks for boaters and anglers alike. It all has to do with an invasive plant called water hyacinth, and both the State of Alabama and the Tennessee Valley Authority want it gone. “The last few years, the warm winters that we’ve had, made it able to establish in places like Guntersville Reservoir and Wheeler Reservoir,” […]

  • Arab High School’s new stadium is done, now comes finding traffic solutions leading to its use

    ARAB, Ala. – The Arab Knights will be playing in a new stadium later this year. In the meantime, city and school leaders are working to figure out how the thousands of fans will get there because the routes leading to the stadium aren’t as cut and dry as the playbook. Arab High School’s new stadium is off of U.S. Highway 231 near Gilliam Springs Baptist Church. It’s across town from the old one and the high school, and it’s […]

  • An armored truck donated to the Rainsville Police Department expected to be widely used

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. — A new addition to the Rainsville Police Department is expected to be an asset to the agency and others around it. An armored truck sits outside the Rainsville Police Department, sparking attention. It is, after all, not very common to see something like that in a police department parking lot. “This was donated by Brink’s security, their armored car division,” said Chief Kevin Smith. After some paperwork and a decision, the truck belongs to the Rainsville Police […]

  • Marshall Co. Schools staff working to curb flu system-wide

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — The flu is causing several absences at Marshall County Schools in both students and staff, so school leaders are being proactive to hopefully stop it from spreading further. As busses roll in to schools in the Marshall County Schools system, that’s where preventative measures start. “We are checking students as they get off of the bus, just checking for symptoms,” Superintendent Cindy Wigley said. “Some we’ve had to turn right around and send home right as […]

  • Frozen pipes and flooding forced Marshall Co. Schools to cancel Thursday

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — Marshall County Schools were supposed to open Thursday on a delay after days of icy condition cancellations, but cold weather issues at several campuses forced school leaders to close another day. Instead of the sound of kids Thursday morning the sound of staff filled Robert D. Sloman Primary in Douglas as they cleaned the flooding left behind from a burst pipe. “Our crews are just working as hard as they can in an effort to have school […]

  • ‘Marshall County Reads’ will distribute more than 1,000 books to students county-wide

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — A group of organizations in Marshall County got together to get teens reading in an initiative that when it’s done, will put hundreds of books in students’ hands across the county. “It’s Marshall County Reads,” explained Guntersville Public Library director Beth Wheeler-Dean, “This is the first cooperative program of the five rotary clubs based in Marshall County, Alabama.”  All of the clubs and the library came together to put books in students’ hands across the county. […]

  • Arab Police officers use Humvees to respond in icy weather

    ARAB, Ala. — While just about everything else is closed for the winter weather on Tuesday, law enforcement officers are still out doing their jobs in vehicles that stray from the norm. When the roads get slick officers with the Arab Police Department use Humvees to get around. “You can see where people hit the guard rail,” said Chief Ed Ralston, as we drove on a steep and narrow stretch of road in a rural part of the department’s jurisdiction. […]