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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
  • Retiring K-9 officer helped put hundreds of criminals in jail

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — Hundreds of pounds of drugs are off the streets, thousands of dollars are recovered, and hundreds of offenders are in jail all thanks to the help of a police officer – a K-9 Officer named Abi – and she is retiring. “She’s had a very big impact on the war on drugs here,” Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler says. He and K-9 Officer Abi have been partners since the police dog started with the department. “She’s […]

  • Asbury Volunteer Fire Department Chief resigns

    ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) — Asbury Volunteer Fire Department Chief Albert Childress has resigned from his position. Childress tells WHNT News 19 he resigned Thursday evening. He says it’s time for a change in the department. Childress tells us he still plans to be involved and says they will pull the new chief from the existing department members.

  • Firefighters respond to early-morning house fire in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A person is recovering from injuries suffered in an early-morning house fire. Officials in Albertville say the fire happened early Thursday morning at a home at 243 Horace Drive. Authorities say one person was flown to UAB Medical Center. That person hasn’t been identified. Fire officials say there is no word yet on what caused the fire.

  • Guntersville students tackle a new skill in the classroom

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Students at Guntersville Middle School are getting a lesson that has the potential to open doors in their futures. Students inside Mrs. Stapler’s class hold iPads, and tap and prod their way into a whole new world. “They’re learning the basics of computer programming,” Guntersville Middle School math teacher Celeste Stapler says, “They’re playing games that give them the logic behind coding.” The school is participating in what is called ‘Hour of Code’. The students will […]

  • Congressman speaks on potential changes to school lunch program

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Some changes could be in the works for student’s school lunches. The items on the Guntersville Middle School lunch menu reflect stipulated guidelines, focused on healthy meals. The meals have taken a healthy turn in the past few years. Guntersville City Schools Child Nutrition Director Julia Covington says overall they are pleased with what is offered to the students each day, given the guidelines they work with. “If we’re given the opportunity to be a bit […]

  • Town of Grant plans to hold meeting to annex new store’s property

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — A Walmart Neighborhood Market opened its doors to the Grant area several weeks ago, and after a meeting Wednesday town leaders say that property will officially be in the town of Grant. The Walmart Neighborhood Market is located on Cathedral Caverns Highway. If you travel just a few more feet you’ll hit the Grant town limits. Mayor Larry Walker says the town has been working with Walmart for some time to get that property annexed into […]

  • Courtesy: Scottsboro Police

    Three people arrested on drug charges after Scottsboro Police search the Vapor House

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A search warrant into a Scottsboro business resulted in three arrests and a recovery of thousands of dollars. Scottsboro Police served a search warrant on the Vapor House Tuesday. Police say they recovered marijuana, paraphernalia, and nearly $6,700 in cash. Alexander Talley, Bret Pickle, and Tyler York were arrested and charged in relation to the findings.

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    UPDATE: 227 back open after train derails in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A train slid off the tracks in Guntersville Tuesday, blocking all four lanes of Highway 227.  This is just behind the U.S. Post Office. It happened some time after 9 a.m.  The train was derailed in four spots.  Police say this is a common problem, for trains to derail in this area. No one was hurt.  The area was blocked for most of the day and police are re-routed traffic just around the site back to […]

  • Seeing his hero: Father serving overseas surprises son at his school

    MARSHALL CO., Ala. (WHNT) — A second grade class was sharing essays about their heroes when a little boy got to see his in person – his dad, who had been serving overseas for nearly a year. Petty Officer First Class William Long stands by a car on a windy Friday afternoon. He pulls the handle, and it clicks open. He’s already had a long drive. “I’ve been chomping at the bit ever since I was driving up from Florida,” […]

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    Woman hit by vehicle late Thursday night in Scottsboro

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Scottsboro Fire officials say a woman was flown to Huntsville Hospital after she was hit by a vehicle late Thursday evening. Chief Gene Necklaus says the call came in just before 10 p.m.  He says it happened in the 4600 block of South Broad. Chief Necklaus says a 36-year-old woman had been hit by a vehicle, and was semi-conscious when responders arrived. Highlands Ambulance, Scottsboro Police, and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded. The woman was flown […]

  • Officials hope Scottsboro award will grow area economic development

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Jackson County leaders say a recognition designated to the city of Scottsboro could potentially grow the area’s economic development, and continue its goal of sustainable practices. The City of Scottsboro is designated as a ‘Valley Sustainable Gold Community’ in an economic development program initiated by TVA. The Jackson County Economic Development Authority aided in the city’s participation of the program. It also established a sustainability team that helped document Scottsboro’s goals on an environmental, economic, and […]

  • Amid funding decrease, Jackson Co. is working to find an alternative

    JACKSON CO., Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Commission is working to find alternative methods of funding, amid a decrease in TVA in lieu of tax funds. The commission battled a nearly two million dollar budget deficit for some time, but now that deficit is reduced substantially. That is because officials found ways to get rid of excess spending. Now though, the county is seeing a decrease in TVA in lieu of tax funds. The funding is important to many entities in […]


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