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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
  • UPDATE: Guntersville Police identify victims of double shooting

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Guntersville Police have released the names of two people shot Friday night. Investigators say James Daugette, 56, of Guntersville died from his injuries in the shooting Friday evening. His wife, Sandra Daugette, 55, is recovering. Police responded to a report of two people shot on Edmonds Road around 5:30 Friday evening. That area is near Guntersville. When police arrived, they found the two victims. Responders took them to Huntsville Hospital.  “After the two victims had been located, […]

  • DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris taught Crossville Elementary students about gun safety

    CROSSVILLE, Ala. — It’s never too early to learn something important, and that was the idea Friday morning at Crossville Elementary as DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris taught the kids there about gun safety. 300 or so eyes looked up at DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris Friday morning at Crossville Elementary School. “Ya’ll tell Eddie hi,” Harris said into the microphone. He got a chorus of ‘hellos’ back as ‘Eddie the Eagle’ made an appearance. “We’re putting on Eddie Eagle. […]

  • DeKalb Co. tourism season kicking off, tourism dollars a big contributor to county’s economy

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Tourism season is gearing up in DeKalb County, and that means dollars saved for the people who live there. DeKalb County’s tourism season runs Spring through late Fall. “People are out and about and they’re coming here,” said President & CEO of DeKalb Tourism John Dersham, “Last year, 80 million dollars were spent by tourists in DeKalb County.” That equates out to dollars saved for the people who live there. “If for some reason tourism came to […]

  • Grand opening of level two of Lake Guntersville State Park’s zip line course set for March 31

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — In just a few days, the second phase of the zip line course at Lake Guntersville State Park will be up and running. The second phase of the Zip Line Canopy Tour and Aerial Adventure Park at Lake Guntersville State Park isn’t open to the public just yet, but that’s about to change. “Higher, longer, and faster,” is how course manager Blake Lindsey describes the newly built course. “You get some great, awesome, big views of the […]

  • The City of Arab plans to buy Lola Boyd Outdoor Education & Wildlife Area, turn it over to Boy Scouts

    ARAB, Ala. — The City of Arab plans to buy a stretch of green space and turn it over to some of the city’s young people. The Lola Boyd Outdoor Education & Wildlife Area in the City of Arab is a quiet piece of property scattered with bench swings, benches, a pavilion, and walking space. “It’s roughly four acres of land. It’s a natural environment,” Mayor Bob Joslin explained. Joslin said for years a conservation group owned the property. Now, the […]

  • Investigators ask rural property owners to check their land for missing teen Elizabeth Thomas

    SECTION, Ala. —  After nine days with hundreds of tips but no sign of 15 – year – old Elizabeth Thomas or the man accused of taking her, law enforcement officials ask the public to stay vigilant. If you live on rural property or own land you don’t visit every day, investigators encourage you to check it out for anything suspicious. Investigators believe the low number of tips could mean Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas are out of the view […]

  • Arab City Council approves frisbee golf, wants input on potential dog park

    ARAB, Ala. — The Arab City Council approved a frisbee golf course for its City Park, and Council Members also want input on another possible addition. Frisbee golf will be a reality at Arab City Park with the recent approval from the Arab City Council. “It’ll go along the back side, around where the pond is, where there are some trees, because you need some hazards in the course. It can’t just be out in the open,” Mayor Bob Joslin […]

  • Former Alabama football players Blake Sims and Christion Jones to run football camp in Marshall Co. April 1

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — Two former Alabama football players will run a football camp for boys and girls April 1 in Marshall County. Non-campers will also have a chance to meet the players. “My kids have been to one of Blake’s camps before and they really loved it. He’s a great guy,” said Cherri Fountaine. Fountaine is organizing the football camp in the Town of Douglas, in Marshall County, with – “Blake Sims and Christion Jones, and Blake Sims’ little brother […]

  • A vehicle crashed into a Guntersville Police officer in a patrol car working a wreck at around 50 MPH

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A Guntersville Police officer is home recovering. A driver hit him in his patrol car going about 50 miles an hour while the officer was on duty assisting a wreck. “There had been a fairly serious accident at the top of 69 at Georgia Mountain here in Guntersville. Our officer was actually helping with traffic control with that accident, assisting the State Troopers,” Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson said. That was Saturday evening. The other driver didn’t […]

  • Albertville Aggie Band will head to 2018 Rose Parade

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — The Albertville Aggie Band will represent Alabama in 2018 in front of a national audience – for the second time. Early Friday morning a cacophony of sounds emit from the band room at Albertville High School. It’s the sound of more than 200 kids warming up. There’s a pep rally in a few minutes, and it’s organized rushing to get where each band member needs to be. Assistant band director Taylor Cash stands in front of the […]

  • “Make somebody smile” – Albertville Middle School students put uplifting messages on each student’s locker

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A group of young people haven’t stepped into a high school yet, but already, they know a lesson some adults never learn and they hope to make it spread. Albertville Middle School had a different look to it Friday morning. On each locker, a colored heart was front and center. Each one – 1,500 of them – had a message on it. “Life’s a journey, not a race,” Ella Kate Jones read, “Pray it out.” “Everybody deserves […]

  • Arab City Schools lays out plan for new high school and sports complex

    ARAB, Ala. — In the upcoming weeks, Arab City Schools leaders expect construction to start on new athletic facilities as part of a plan that eventually includes a new high school. Arab City Schools owns property next to Gilliam Springs Baptist Church, off of U.S. Highway 231, a short distance from where the current high school is now. That stretch will be home to a new sports complex and eventually, a new high school. Superintendent John Mullins said for years, […]