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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.

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Recent Articles
  • Courtesy: Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County

    Habitat for Humanity of Marshall Co. celebrates 20 years of service

    ARAB, Ala. — Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County is celebrating a milestone this year, and members are also working to raise awareness of the services offered through the organization. “Habitat for Humanity is an organization that provides affordable homes to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to purchase one,” Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County Executive Director Veronique Edington said. This year Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County is celebrating a milestone. “This is our twentieth anniversary,” Edington added. […]

  • Boaz Police officers made multiple drug trafficking arrests over the last two weeks

    BOAZ, Ala. —  Boaz Police officers made multiple drug trafficking arrests over the last two weeks and through them, the officers sent two different messages — one to offenders, and another to the community they serve. “Paying attention to detail, noticing little things during traffic stops that indicate to them that there’s something more going on than what they initially stopped the person for,” explained Boaz Police Deputy Chief Josh Gaskin. During three traffic stops over two weeks, that honed […]

  • Brindlee Mountain Primary gets a visit from WHNT News 19’s Laura Christmas

    UNION GROVE, Ala. — A group of students at Brindlee Mountain Primary got a visit from WHNT News 19’s Laura Christmas on Tuesday morning. Laura read a Dr. Seuss book to Ms. Prance’s kindergarten class. The kids got to do a related craft afterward. Laura reads to kids across Marshall County each year through RSVP’s Celebrity Reader program.

  • Albertville Fire and Rescue plans different approach to Fill the Boot campaign – and you can help

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Firefighters with Albertville Fire and Rescue have an event planned that will raise money for several good causes, and is a different approach to something thousands of firefighters across the nation do every year. For years, Albertville Fire and Rescue firefighters took part in the Fill the Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “Where we sit at the local businesses and collect money,” Chief Brad Hix explained. They joined thousands of firefighters across the nation in […]

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    Arab Police officers will crack down on drivers passing stopped school buses in upcoming weeks

    ARAB, Ala. — Starting next week and in the upcoming weeks, Arab Police officers are going to crack down on drivers disregarding stopped school buses. “We’re having a big issue with vehicles passing stopped school buses,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn said, “We’re going to make sure our children are safe as they go to school, and make sure they get home safely.” The Arab Police Department plans to crack down on drivers violating that law with off duty officers. “We’re […]

  • Lightning

    Free Storm Spotters Class offered by Marshall Co. EMA March 9

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  When a severe weather storm hits, it’s helpful for officials to know exactly what’s happening on the ground, and the Marshall County EMA is sponsoring a class that will train people on what to look for and how to report it. “Storm Spotter Class is taught by the National Weather Service in Huntsville.  We do this pretty much at the beginning of the Spring. Tornado season if you will,” Marshall County EMA Operations Coordinator George Harwell said. The […]

  • New proposal calls for cameras to be installed on U.S. Highway 231 in Arab

    ARAB, Ala. — The Chief of the Arab Police Department will present a new proposal to the City Council to install cameras in Arab. Unlike the previous proposal, this one calls for cameras to be installed, mainly on U.S. Highway 231. “Our intent is once the 911 tower is completed, we’ll try to put the cameras on the main traffic intersections,” Chief Ed Ralston said. Ralston says there are several reasons behind that plan. One is to help with crash […]

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    Police stress importance of reporting any kind of suspicious activity, no matter how small

    ARAB, Ala. — Escaped inmates in Decatur and a multi-state manhunt recently prompted law enforcement officials to ask the public for help, and action on that plea is something local law enforcement agencies say is a good one to maintain. “Many times we’re limited on the law enforcement that we have out in the public,” Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston said, “Obviously there are thousands, hundreds of thousands of citizens who are out there.” Ralston added the public can be […]

  • North Jackson High School

    Jackson Co. school board appoints two interim principals for North Jackson and Woodville high schools

    STEVENSON, Ala. – Today, the Jackson County Board of Education appointed two interim principals for North Jackson and Woodville high schools. Dianne Brooks will start her job as interim principal at North Jackson High School on February 21, and her appointment is for 10 days. At a board meeting this morning, Superintendent Kevin Dukes refused to answer questions about what has happened with Sam Houston, North Jackson’s principal. Dukes would not say if or why Houston is on leave, but Houston hasn’t […]

  • Traffic study on U.S. Highway 431 in Marshall Co. slated to start in upcoming weeks

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — With a final ‘yes’ vote by the Boaz City Council, a traffic study aimed to improve congestion on U.S. Highway 431 will start. “As of last night we have a commitment from the Boaz City Council, which we already had from Albertville and Guntersville. We were just waiting on the timing of the council meetings,” explained Marshall County Economic Development Council President Matt Arnold. MCEDC is facilitating the process. Arnold says that vote is the last piece […]

  • Courtesy: Albertville High School

    Albertville High School students will represent Alabama in national culinary competition

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A group of Albertville High School students can boast they’re the best in the State and will represent Alabama in a national culinary competition. Monday morning, the Albertville High School ProStart Culinary Competition Team gathers in a room unlike your typical classroom, but a facility for learning all the same. The group spent a lot of time together, preparing. “Basically we cooked six dishes,” team member Alexsantos Itzep explained, “Two are appetizers, two of them are entrees, […]

  • Governor Robert Bentley tours Marshall Technical School in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Governor Robert Bentley toured Marshall Technical School in Guntersville on Monday as part of a statewide tour. Governor Bentley got a look at what the students at Marshall Technical School are learning. Fourteen of Alabama’s most innovative career technical programs partnered with the Alabama Department of Education to host the tour statewide. This month, teachers, students, and local communities celebrate Alabama Career and Technical Education Month. Speaking to local and state officials, school staff and Marshall County […]