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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

Recent Articles
  • Alabama lawmakers weigh in on potential for statewide lottery – several agree it’s the people’s right to vote

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Augusts 15, Alabama lawmakers will meet to discuss the possibility of a statewide lottery in a special legislative session. As that date approaches, some legislators say while they don’t fully support the idea personally, they feel it’s the people’s right to vote on the proposal. Governor Robert Bentley says he will present “clean and transparent” legislation. He says it will not allow for any other gambling legalization. Some northeast Alabama legislators say they have some personal reservations, […]

  • Marshall County community, city leaders, come together to tell Boaz Police officers ‘thank you’

    BOAZ, Ala. —  A Marshall County business got community members and city leaders together Thursday to simply shake an officer’s hand and say “thank you.” “We’re having a Boaz Police officer appreciation day. It’s something that we really felt strongly about. We wanted to come out and show our appreciation for our local police,” Tony King Insurance Agency Office Manager Brandan Rogers says. People from across Marshall County and city leaders came out to just tell an officer “thank you” […]

  • Marshall County RSVP needs volunteers for Reading Buddies, other programs

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County Retired and Senior Volunteer program is looking for willing hands, especially to help in the schools. At one of the entrances of the Marshall County Courthouse in Guntersville, John Burks greets people as they walk through the door. The 77-year-old does this several days a week, pointing visitors in the right direction in what can be a confusing layout of offices and courtrooms. Thursday morning, a group of people crowd the table Burks is sitting behind. […]

  • Terrance Austin (Photo: Scottsboro Police)

    Man charged with murder of 88-year-old Scottsboro woman, bail set at $1 million

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Scottsboro Police Thursday charged a 28-year-old man with the murder of an 88-year-old Scottsboro woman. Terrance Austin, 28, was charged with the murder of Ruby Durham, 88, Thursday. It’s the first murder investigation since 2009 for Scottsboro. Several days ago, police were called to a home on East Willow street for a welfare check. Officers say family hadn’t heard from Durham. When officers got there, they found her deceased inside the home and her car was missing. After […]

  • UPDATE: Scottsboro Police obtaining murder warrants in connection to 88-year-old woman’s death

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — In the first murder investigation since 2009, the Scottsboro Police Department continues to investigate the unusual circumstances into an 88-year-old woman’s death and is obtaining warrants for a person of interest. Several days ago, Scottsboro Police were called to a home on East Willow street for a welfare check. Officers say family hadn’t heard from 88-year-old Ruby Durham. When officers got there, they found her deceased inside the home and her car was missing. After an extensive investigation, […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Former Lake City Amusement Park employees say they still haven’t been paid, no word from owners

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — We are still hearing from former employees who worked at Lake City Amusement Park claiming that they have not been paid. Some say they’re owed more than three weeks worth of pay. Brian Black worked at Lake City Amusement Park in Guntersville. When the park shut down at the end of June, he says it was a surprise. “I had no idea and nobody else had any idea,” Black says. Employees were told to come back that […]

  • Grant Police Department buys new shotguns for each officer in the agency

    GRANT, Ala. — The Grant Police Department has a set of new weapons for each officer. There’s an effort to give the officers every resource they need to keep themselves and their community safe. The Grant Police Department recently got $3,000 from the local legislative delegation, and with those funds, the department bought a set of new weapons for each officer. “We purchased five shotguns, which we have five officers, so now that means that every officer has their own […]

  • Lowe’s employees, community members work to build new ball field in Douglas

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — In a community collaborative effort, the town of Douglas and retail home improvement store Lowe’s are partnering up to build a new ball field at the town’s sports complex. The hot sun and dusty ground aren’t deterring Lowe’s employees and community members from getting out and working together to build a new ball field at Douglas’ sports complex. The town paid for the grading work. “Then Lowe’s came in, and was gracious enough to provide the labor and […]

  • Lake City Amusement Park faces lawsuit, allegations that employees have not been paid

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Lake City Amusement Park closed down, but it’s still a topic of conversation amid allegations of unpaid employees and a pending lawsuit. Lake City Amusement Park is deserted. The park’s owners closed it at the end of June after opening in April of this year. That was news to employees, who were wondering if they would get paid. Now weeks later, some of them are still wondering. We have gotten several messages from former employees saying they […]

  • Hollywood Fire Department receives $80,000 grant to buy equipment

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — The Hollywood Fire Department is getting a grant for $80,000 to replace equipment that is outdated – some of which is from 1997. The department has been trying for years to get a grant to buy new equipment. Finally now, it’s approved. “The airpacks are about $6,200 a piece, so we didn’t have the funds for that, so we wrote a grant to get it,” Chief Patrick Allen says. The department is going to get 13 new pieces […]

  • Jackson County Courthouse, Scottsboro

    A potential special session could open a door for Jackson County to obtain much-needed funding

    SCOTTSBORO Ala. —  Governor Robert Bentley is considering a special session, and for Jackson County, it could be a door opened to remedy a dire need — funding. Jackson County leaders are hoping a special session could open an opportunity to increase revenue in the county. Voters in the county shot down a one cent sales tax increase proposal. A second amended proposal didn’t get far in this year’s regular session. The bottom line is – Jackson County needs a […]

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    Severe drought in northeast Alabama, Madison County, could affect food prices down the road

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Parts of northeast Alabama and Madison County are impacted by a severe drought, and officials say it could impact some food prices later on. Even with small amounts of scattered rain here or there, there is still an impending drought in some areas of the Tennessee Valley. DeKalb County is one of those areas, as a scorching sun bears down on fields. Agriculture is the top industry in the county. “DeKalb County, along with a number […]


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