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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
  • Residents in opposition of a Jackson Co. one cent sales tax proposal voice opinions, plan to hold volunteer meeting

    JACKSON CO., Ala. – In about a month Jackson County residents will hit the polls to vote “yes” or “no” on a one cent sales tax increase, but some residents are in opposition, saying there are other solutions. With funding decreasing across the board, the Jackson County Commission says the one cent sales tax proposal is much-needed to maintain operations. For some people, like Ellen O’Connor, it’s the wrong move. “It’s really going to be a disproportionate tax against the […]

  • TS Tech Alabama to expand site in Boaz

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — A city in Marshall County is growing as a company in Boaz announces its expansion. TS Tech Alabama, LLC has been located in Boaz for years and this week the company announced it is expanding. “We’re real excited to say they’re going to be building a 125,000 square foot addition to their building,” Boaz Mayor Tim Walker says. Mayor Walker says the move will bring quite a few jobs, but the exact number will be released […]

  • Guntersville City Schools look to make registration more efficient & effective by going online

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville City Schools is working to make registration easier this year by moving to an online system. The system is working on its new online registration process for students. It’s a process Superintendent Brett Stanton says is a step in the right direction. “It provided a great opportunity to make sure that we were very efficient and effective with the way we have student information,” Stanton says. School officials say the new system will allow parents […]

  • DeKalb County Schools launch initiative allowing students to bring own devices to class

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County School System is hosting the first of many meetings Tuesday night for parents to learn about an initiative that allows  students to bring their own digital devices to class. It’s called Connecting Champions Learning Initiative, or  CCLI. “It’s a learning initiative which allows students to bring their personal devices such as laptops, tablets, cell phones and smart phones to school to enhance their learning,” Assistant Superintendent Brian Thomas says. “A lot of work […]

  • Adoptions, sponsors needed for animals in Marshall County

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — As the temperature heats up, another thing goes down – that’s animal adoptions. In Marshall County, there are a lot of dogs and cats that need homes or even just sponsors. “Here in Marshall County we have more dogs than we have ever taken into the shelter at one time,” Mary Harris says, “Adoptions are down because of summer vacations and people don’t want to adopt a new dog and go out of town.” Mary Harris […]

  • Another shopping center announced in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The city of Albertville announced another shopping center will be opening next year. AAA Properties is scheduled to construct a 95,000 square foot shopping center next to The CrossRoads Mall. “We’ve already got commitments from Dunham’s Sports and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet,” says Melody Whitten, Director of Community & Economic Development. Whitten says there is room for more. “It will be about a 100,000 square foot shopping center and with those two leases executed we’ve accounted for 60,000 […]

  • 10-year-old child dies in 4-wheeler accident near Geraldine, 2 other teens rushed to hospital

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris tells WHNT News 19 that three kids were involved in a four-wheeler wreck on County Road 391 near Geraldine Sunday. Alabama State Troopers have now released the name of the child who died. Deputies say 10-year-old Thomas Lee Brown was killed when the driver of a Yamaha ATV lost control. “So often we hear of these crashes and it’s very unfortunate that a young child will lose their life as […]

  • “They expected to be safe” – Vietnam veteran reflects on sadness, need for prayer following Chattanooga shooting

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The shooting in Chattanooga that left four Marines dead and others wounded surpasses understanding, especially for people who agreed to defend our nation  either now or decades ago. Glass litters the ground, cracks splinter through what is now a crime scene. One day later, our nation remains stunned. Four Marines are dead, and investigators are searching for answers about the man who killed them and his motives. Carson Holmquist, David Wyatt, and Thomas Sullivan had all […]

  • Tensions high at community meeting over Brookwood Cemetery

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Tensions were high Thursday night at a community meeting in Arab as residents expressed concern over issues at Brookwood Cemetery. It was a packed room at Arab City Hall Thursday night as concerned residents came to get answers to issues they’ve been seeing at Brookwood Cemetery,  which is just outside the city limits. The manager of the cemetery says he came to the meeting prepared to give a discussion on the cemetery’s past, and its current […]

  • Jason Richards

    Albertville Police: Juvenile in custody in relation to Jason Richards case

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville Police say another person is in custody in relation to the Jason Richards case. Assistant Chief Jamie Smith says the juvenile associated with the Jason Richards case surrendered himself to detectives late Wednesday afternoon. We understand he is being detained at the Coosa Valley Detention Center. Assistant Chief Smith says he will remain in custody until an adjudication hearing to determine if he will be charged as an adult. It is not clear when that […]

  • Albertville Police announce arrest & new details in death of 15-year-old Jason Richards

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Albertville Police have announced an arrest in a months-long investigation into the death of 15-year-old Jason Richards. Ryan Anthony Fitch from the Douglas area and another male juvenile have been implicated this case.  Fitch has been arrested and is charged with abuse of a corpse, a felony, and criminally negligent homicide and tampering with physical evidence, both misdemeanors. He was friends with Jason.   “There will be another arrest following this arrest, but it’s a juvenile, which we […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Questions, concerns stem from Brookwood Cemetery, community meeting set to address them

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A lot of people have questions and are frustrated with the way a cemetery near Arab is being maintained and run, so a community meeting is set for this week to address those issues and talk about the future. Alan Silvey has several family members buried in Brookwood Cemetery near Arab and he has concerns about it. “It took us six months to get the dirt for my grandmother’s tomb off of my dad’s funeral […]


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