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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
  • DeKalb Ambulance Service holds domestic violence education session for the community

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Staff at the DeKalb Ambulance Service are working to provide education opportunities for the community about domestic violence.  An employee was killed earlier this year in a domestic violence situation and through this effort and others like it, the company is keeping her memory alive. Representatives from a local domestic violence shelter presented the harsh situations that encompass domestic violence to staff and the community at DeKalb Ambulance Service Friday morning.  “We’ve decided to partner with […]

  • Mueller Company

    Four million fire hydrants, and 40 years: Mueller Company looks to future in Marshall County

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — One of Marshall County’s major companies is celebrating two milestones, and both show growth and commitment. Sounds of machinery ring out in the Mueller Company plant in Albertville. Those sounds mean movement –  in products, and in the company itself. “In 1976 we shipped our first fire hydrant,” plant manager  Randy Epperson says. The hydrants are shipped all over the world. This year is significant. “We’re celebrating two milestones in 2016,” Epperson says, “It represents 40 years […]

  • Unity Day

    Nearly 400 students strong against bullying: Guntersville Middle participates in Unity Day

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Nearly 400 Marshall County students are taking a stand against bullying, showing a sign of solidarity during Unity Day on Wednesday. Guntersville Middle School students pour out of the building and chatter excitedly as school staff corral them into a version of a line on the sidewalk. Getting nearly 400 middle school students into one line is akin to herding cats, or so it appeared. The line moved to its destination, and the students grew quieter, and […]

  • TVA conducts aquatic survey on Lake Guntersville to monitor health of the reservoir

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The Tennessee Valley Authority is doing aquatic surveys on several of its reservoirs and Tuesday morning, Lake Guntersville was in the spotlight. The goal is to get an overall idea of the lake’s condition. “The Reservoir Ecological Health Program consists of five indicators, and these five indicators are fish, benthic macroinvertebrates, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll, and sediment,” TVA fisheries biologist Greg Shaffer said. Those multiple aspects are part of TVA’s aquatic survey of Lake Guntersville. The idea is […]

  • Crossville Elementary students get a donation of 650 books to encourage a love of reading

    CROSSVILLE, Ala. — A donation to Crossville Elementary School students is starting a love that can take them to new worlds. Inside a classroom at Crossville Elementary School, students stare expectantly at school counselor Lesa Simpson. “Don’t break it, don’t rip it, what else?” She asks. The students are in for a surprise. “What do I want you to do with it?” Simpson asks. “Put it in a book bag,” one of the students says. “And practice what?” This time, […]

  • Former Lake City Amusement Park in Guntersville faces third lawsuit

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — There are now three pending lawsuits claiming the closed-down Lake City Amusement Park owes thousands of dollars. Several months have passed since Lake City Amusement Park closed down, but there are still structures and rides still in place. Monday morning crews were working to disassemble the remaining remnants that made up the park. In the meantime, the company is facing yet another lawsuit. Court documents filed in Marshall County show C. A. Langford Company is asking for […]

  • “It’s very unusual”: Albertville responds to 26 outdoor burning-related fires since last Friday

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – The conditions are so dry right now it doesn’t take much to start a blaze that can destroy many acres of land, and firefighters with Albertville Fire and Rescue have their hands full battling dozens of brush fires across their coverage area. More than 50 acres are charred near the Marshall-DeKalb County line. A fire swept through Thursday as crews battled to put it out. That fire is just one of the brush fires Albertville firefighters have […]

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    Jules J. Berta Vineyards in Albertville is participating in a project that aims to combat an industry wide devastating disease

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Jules J. Berta Vineyards in Marshall County is one of two vineyards in the nation to be a part of a project that aims to combat a disease that affects the industry as a whole. Jules J. Berta Vineyards calls Albertville home, and was recently awarded 2016 Alabama Winery of the Year. The winery is part of a project spearheaded by University of California, Davis. “We got involved in a research release patent agreement with Davis, and […]

  • Albertville Police officers participate in No Shave November a little early, plan to top the $5,200 raised last year

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Last year the Albertville Police Department raised thousands of dollars for a local non-profit agency, and this year the officers are working to top that. For the second year, Albertville Police officers are participating in No Shave November, but with a twist and for a cause that hits close to home. “I have a goal for an amount that I want to set that we’re raising money for, for Shepherd’s Cove,” Chief Doug Pollard said. Hospice of […]

  • Boaz Police selling shirts to buy Christmas presents for local kids in need

    BOAZ, Ala. — The Boaz Police Department is working to raise money to give Christmas to kids who might not have one. The Boaz Police Department is there to protect and serve, and right now, the officers are taking that to a new level.”On the t-shirts it says ‘I support Boaz Police’, but it’s really supporting kids in the community, local community,” explains Deputy Chief Josh Gaskin, “We’re selling the t-shirts in the hopes that we can raise enough money to […]

  • Albertville Police

    TAKING ACTION: Albertville Police warn of a scam that involves a check and shopping spree, say it’s popping up across the city

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — The Albertville Police Department is seeing a different type of scam going around the city. Police say recently a new scam is cropping up around Albertville, and it’s leaving its victims with empty promises and out money. “We’re starting to see a lot of this, where people are getting checks in the mail saying if you go spend this, go on a shopping spree at Walmart for a period of time, you’ll receive this amount of money,” […]

  • Guntersville City Schools to implement new form of random drug testing for middle and high school students in specific activities, privileges

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville City Schools is implementing a new form of random drug testing for students participating in specific activities. The Guntersville City Schools Board of Education approved new procedures and provisions for student drug testing at Guntersville Middle and High schools. Earlier in the year a Guntersville High School football player passed away from an apparent drug overdose. “With that we have been told that students had been beating the drug testing procedures that we had in place,” […]