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Laura Christmas is a Multimedia Journalist for WHNT News 19. 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
  • The Hollywood Fire Department is giving back in a different way than usual

    Hollywood, Ala. (WHNT) — A group of Jackson County volunteer firefighters are giving back to the community, but this time it’s in a different manner than their usual day-to-day work. Inside the Hollywood Fire Department, the equipment shows a glimpse into the hard work the group of volunteers put in each day. Their job is to help the community when they need it most. Trucks, boots, hats and hoses are things you’d expect to see inside a fire department. This […]

  • Infrastructure work underway in Boaz, goal to bring in businesses

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — Projects stemming from $700,000 of state funding are underway in Boaz. At eleven o’clock Friday morning crews in Boaz were manning equipment and hauling shovels on the road near the elementary school. That stretch of road is just a sliver of what is on the list for improvements. Earlier this year the city of Boaz received funds from the State to improve infrastructure. That includes paving more than ten miles of roads and fixing sidewalks. Mayor […]

  • High-tech electronics are giving Guntersville students a new learning experience

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Several high-tech electronics are providing a unique real-world learning experience for Guntersville students this year. Inside one of the classrooms at Guntersville High School, a 3-D printer sits prominently on a side table. High school classes from engineering to physics will use the device. Guntersville City Schools Technology Coordinator Sean Holmes says its lessons are numerous, and it will teach students to work as a team in a career-type setting. “The engineering folks are doing the […]

  • With new standards on the horizon, Pisgah School is fundraising for a cause

    PISGAH, Ala. (WHNT) — With new science standards around the corner Pisgah School is fundraising to send its teachers to a conference, aimed at providing a better learning experience for students. Friday afternoon students lined up in between classes, clutching money in their hands. The money goes into a bag, the student gets a softball, and an aim and a throw later, Assistant Principal Bill Shelton – sometimes – landed in a dunk tank full of water. It’s a fun […]

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    Monuments proposed for Jackson Co. Courthouse, Ten Commandments to be included

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A Jackson County Commissioner is proposing to the Commission to put three monuments in front of the county courthouse, and one will be of the Ten Commandments. Commissioner Tim Guffey proposed the plan to put three monuments in front of the courthouse at a recent Commission meeting. “The Constitution, the Ten Commandments, and the Declaration of Independence. They all work hand in hand,” Guffey says. Guffey says the proposal to put all three monuments together stems from […]

  • Albertville Police holds active shooter drill at AHS

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Albertville Police department is educating parents, teachers and their own team by holding an active shooter drill. Dozens of responders, police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and volunteer students milled in and out of Albertville High School Monday afternoon. The scenario – a student shooter inside the school. It’s a harsh idea, but it’s one that can become a reality anywhere, and the Albertville Police Department is working to prepare for that unthinkable situation. But this […]

  • Inspiring generations: F-16 Red Tail is dedicated to Tuskegee Airmen

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — An addition to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is more than what it seems, and it is to honor the Tuskegee Airmen. As several of the Tuskegee Airmen filed onto the state at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Saturday morning, the applause was deafening. When the men sat down, the crowd didn’t. The event was to honor those men and the others who make up the legacy squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen with a […]

  • It’s not your typical yard sale

    FORTY PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — The World’s Longest Yard Sale ends Sunday, and on top of Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, last-minute yard salers were met with a sale that they couldn’t just walk by. Set up under multiple tents and sitting on tables are rows upon rows of things for sale. All of it belongs to one man – Mr. Glen Hancock. “I’ve been collecting this stuff all my life trying to buy and sell it,” he says, “I […]

  • Animals up for adoption at Arab Animal Shelter

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — The Arab Police Department is working to get the word out about animals up for adoption at the city’s shelter. If you walk in the Arab Animal Shelter you might just leave with a new friend. So far, the shelter has seen the community taking the dogs home but they need your help to keep it that way. The city’s Animal Control is a division of the Police Department. Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says last year most […]

  • VIDEO added: Likely microburst causes damage in Albertville, Main Street Music Festival still on

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Strong winds and rain blew through part of Marshall County on Thursday evening, leaving a wake of damage in their path.  The damage is likely from a microburst. PLEASE NOTE: The Main Street Music Festival is still on – it starts Friday at 4 p.m. and continues through Saturday.  See the schedule. Crews worked through the night and continue to make progress all day Friday, clearing downed trees and repairing power lines in several areas in Albertville. […]

  • Marshall Co. leaders aim to improve a road, and ultimately business to local companies

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Marshall County Commission is working to apply for the funds to improve a part of a road that ultimately will affect local businesses. Parts of Feemster Gap Road are narrow, and there are a lot of twists and turns. For everyday traffic that’s doable. However, there’s a sand pit off of that road, and the narrow stretches can make the going tough for heavy trucks. Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says a joint […]

  • Man charged in deaths of 4 teens requests youthful offender status

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The man accused of killing four teens and injuring others is asking to be tried as a youthful offender. Monday afternoon inside courtroom number one at the Marshall County Courthouse, the two right front rows were packed with different people who have one thing in common. They’re waiting to see what this latest court proceeding will bring Adrian Renteria. Renteria is charged in the deaths of four teens, stemming from a car accident on 431 near Guntersville […]


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