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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
  • More eyes, less crime – Meeting scheduled to start more community watches in Arab

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police are seeing a lot of burglaries in the city and the department is working to get the community involved to help keep those crimes down. “With the help from our citizens we’ve been able to solve some of these burglaries,” Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says. Assistant Chief Washburn says they were able to work with citizens in two neighborhood watches to solve those cases, saying, “With those two neighborhood watches in those […]

  • A war veteran turned law enforcement, but it’s not what you might think

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — A war veteran is now serving one of Alabama’s largest counties, but this isn’t quite what you think. The Hollywood Police Department has been without a very important member of its team for a few weeks – K9 Officer Abi. She had to retire, but not before she helped bring down hundreds of criminals and recovered just as many pounds of drugs. We brought you her story, and many of you shared and re-shared it on social […]

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    Marshall County officials say Kennametal plant’s closure will leave an impact

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s been about a week since the Kennametal company announced its plant in Grant will be shutting down in a few months, and Marshall County leaders say it’s going to have an impact. Ninety-three people are employed at the Kennametal plant in Grant. The population of the town skims 900. Commissioners say most of the employees live in the Grant area, so the closure is going to have an impact.”That’s going to hurt a small town […]

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    DeKalb County man faces several charges after allegedly firing at sheriff’s deputy near Mentone

    MENTONE, Ala. (WHNT) — A man is in jail, accused of firing shots at a sheriff’s deputy in DeKalb County.  Sheriff Jimmy Harris says Carl B. Jones II faces a slew of charges. Sheriff Harris said a deputy responded to a call late Wednesday night at Highway 117 near Mentone. Someone called 911 to report a man shooting a gun nearby. The deputy arrived at 11:38 p.m. and spotted the man near some trees away from his home. The man […]

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    Scottsboro Police release information on Monday night shooting

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala (WHNT) — Scottsboro Police are releasing information about a shooting that left one person injured.  Police say the shooting happened Monday night on Joy Drive. One person was shot in the leg and flown to Huntsville Hospital for treatment. Police are investigating the motive, who was involved, and who is responsible.  Officers say they will release more details to us about the investigation as they are able.

  • Real world experience – Fort Payne students help with Patriots Memorial Park

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — Some Fort Payne High School students are taking what they know from the classroom to the real world in a project everyone in DeKalb County can be proud of. It’s a quiet patch of grass in a bustling downtown Fort Payne, but a sign depicts what it will be – Patriots Memorial Park. “It’s a county-wide effort, and it’s just going to be a great thing for our community,” Commission President Ricky Harcrow says the […]

  • Marshall County Commission: State financial audit “best yet”

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County Commission leaders say they’ve been told this year their State financial audit is the best yet, and say that means good news for taxpayers. “We were told that this was the best audit that Marshall County has ever received from the State,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says. He said this year they didn’t have any findings or exit comments on the audit. “Usually even if you don’t have a finding, you’ll have a […]

  • Marshall County Board of Education working to clear site after ADEM notice

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Marshall County Board of Education is working to comply with a notice of violation from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. ADEM is citing them for a pile of debris behind the central office building. Crews have been working to clear the debris dumped far behind the building in Guntersville since. The movement comes after the site was brought to school board officials’ attention by ADEM. “They came in and said we had 30 days […]

  • Even after success in national program, Guntersville High gets another surprise

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A memorable experience is made even better for the Guntersville High School Wildcats. For the Guntersville Wildcats, Friday was a pretty big day. There was a basketball game against Boaz, but the game wasn’t the only thing that made Friday exciting. The school was getting recognized by H&R Block before the game, for their tremendous success in the H&R Block Budget Challenge. That program is a national competition designed to teach financial literacy. Out of all […]

  • Guntersville High School students’ tremendous success, even brighter futures

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville High School is making an impact in a national competition, and creating bright futures. The Wildcats have a lot to be proud of. During football season, packed stands overlooking Lake Guntersville cheered as exclamations of touchdowns blasted from loudspeakers. They’re involved in high-tech programs designed to encourage multiple classes to work together for a high-achieving goal. Now, they have something else to be proud of, and it’s on a national level. To start though, we […]

  • Guntersville police investigating a Thursday morning shooting

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Guntersville Police tell us they are investigating a shooting that happened in the Alder Springs area of the county. Officers say the shooting happened Thursday morning on Valley View Drive. They say one man was shot in the hand during a robbery. Officers are looking for the shooter.

  • Final steps in Double Bridges project underway in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County leaders have been wanting to redo Double Bridges near the Asbury community for decades, and now they are taking the final steps to make that discussion a reality. A stretch of road near the Asbury community has become significantly more traveled since it was built years ago. Two bridges span a large drop-off filled with rocks and rushing water. The bridges are one lane, so drivers have to pay attention to who is […]


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