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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
  • Plans in the works to create a board to oversee Brookwood Cemetery

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — There are plans in the works to create a board to oversee and find a solution for the issues at Brookwood Cemetery near Arab. The manager of the cemetery, Jason Chamblee, says he is working with Senator Clay Scofield to create the board, which ideally will be made up of community members and officials. The idea is to create a group made up of individuals who have a stake in the cemetery to find solutions, address […]

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    Guntersville’s First Saturday event this weekend, August 1

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s a string of events unique to Guntersville, and this Saturday will be the last one this summer – but that’s not the end. Since May on the first Saturday of every month, historic downtown Guntersville is full of people enjoying music, food, and the unique touches that make the area the way it is. The events are coordinated by the Downtown Merchants Association. Saturday, August 1st, is the last event this summer. “This is the […]

  • One of Scottsboro’s worst roads is set for construction

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Construction is expected to start soon on one of Scottsboro’s worst roads, which runs directly by the Highlands Medical Center. “We got some ATRIP money a couple of years ago for Porter Road and Woods Cove Road that extends from Highway 72 to Parks Avenue,” Scottsboro Mayor Melton Potter says, “It’s about 3.8 miles, I believe.” Mayor Potter says now, the council approved the contract for the construction. “The road will be widened, drainage work will […]

  • Clyde Arnold Vaughn III (Photo: Blount County Jail)

    UPDATE: Manhunt over, jail escapee caught near Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, authorities caught an escaped inmate in the Warrenton area near Guntersville. Authorities say Clyde Arnold Vaughn III, known to friends and family as Trey, escaped from work detail in the Blount County Jail Monday night and was spotted Wednesday morning in the Warrenton area. Investigators with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office says Vaughn got a motorcycle and led Guntersville Police on a chase. The motorcycle ran out of gas, so investigators say he got […]

  • Dropped off animals a concern in the Marshall County and surrounding areas

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — The amount of dropped off animals in the Marshall County area is an issue, and it creates a cycle shelters and organizations are trying to combat. The Boaz Police Department is looking into its Animal Control Officer’s decision to use a gun to put down several dogs in bad condition. Boaz Police say that is not common and the decision came after several attempts to catch the dogs. Police say the officer shot the dogs because […]

  • Dogs believed to be siblings to those put down.

    UPDATE: Getting answers to questions regarding animal control officer’s action to put down several dogs with a firearm

    BOAZ, Ala. – Boaz Police say the animal control officer who put down several dogs in bad condition wasn’t able to capture them with a tranquilizer, and after multiple attempts to catch them put them down with a firearm due to safety and health concerns. We have received many phone calls, emails, and concerns through social media about a recent incident in Boaz regarding the local animal control officer and the removal of dogs from a residence near the Boaz Golf […]

  • Albertville's Main Street Music Festival is August 7-8, 2015.

    Main Street Music Festival starts next Friday, August 7

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — In just over a week, downtown Albertville will be transformed into what is dubbed as “North Alabama’s Premier Music Festival.” “Main Street Music Festival is next week, August 7th and 8th in downtown Albertville,” Director of Community & Economic Development Melody Whitten says, “Of course the event is free to attend.” Whitten says the event features several big acts. “Our headliners this year are Tracy Lawrence on Friday night and then on Saturday night with Exile […]

  • More could come for quickly growing Marshall County city

    ALBERTVILLE,  Ala. (WHNT) —  Albertville is quickly growing and expanding with construction in the works from one end of the city to the other, and even with the current momentum, there could be more to come. “We think Albertville is experiencing a lot of momentum right now in a positive direction,” Director of Community & Economic Development Melody Whitten says, “We’ve got a lot of good things going with two shopping centers announced and under construction currently.” The city announced […]

  • It’s still summer, but EMA officials encourage families to think about severe weather in the fall

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – It’s not something we’re thinking about right now — fall severe weather season — but as children go back to school, the Marshall County EMA is getting ready for it and encouraging families to do the same. “This time of year we start thinking about our second severe weather season, which begins in September basically,” Marshall County EMA Director Anita McBurnett says. The Marshall County EMA reminds families to get ready now. “Reminding that parents talk with […]

  • Marshall County Commission approves funding for Asbury Road project

    GUNTERESVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A dangerous stretch of road leading to a Marshall County school is getting an overhaul. The Marshall County Commission approved the funding for the improvements to Asbury Road, a heavily traveled stretch that runs to Asbury School. Commissioners have been wanting to redo that road for a while now, and thanks to a donation of land and funding approval from the Marshall County Commission,  it’s going to happen. “It’s going to be a diagonal and it’s going […]

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    Marshall County cooling centers open during the week & weekends while extreme heat lasts

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) —   With this hot and steamy weather across the valley, staying cool is a priority and Marshall County has several cooling centers open across the county during the week and a few on the weekends. Cooling centers are public places like libraries and churches. They’re scattered throughout Marshall County. They’re typically open during their normal business hours, giving residents a chance to go and get out of the heat. “With the long duration of temperatures […]

  • ‘We’re just giving back’ – A school supply drive for students, by students

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –A group of Marshall County students noticed a need for school supplies for their fellow classmates, so they’re doing something about it and they need your help. A group of teens stood together, talking at the Albertville Chamber of Commerce. They’re all part of the Albertville Chamber of Commerce Junior Board, and they’re discussing something they’re working to get the entire community involved in. “We are putting on our annual school supplies drive for the Albertville City […]


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