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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
  • Nicholas Butler was arrested August 17, 2015 in Scottsboro.(Photo: Scottsboro Police Department)

    NEW DETAILS: Former DeKalb Co. corrections officer arrested on additional charges

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – A former corrections officer from Scottsboro has been arrested again. Scottsboro Police arrested Nicholas Butler, 32, on Monday for five additional counts of tampering with government records.  He bonded out shortly afterwards. Butler was arrested on similar charges earlier this month in DeKalb County. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says this is due to an ongoing investigation with the Department of Homeland Security and the Sheriff’s Office.  More charges are pending. “It’s always bad when you have […]

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    Audit of Marshall Co. Sheriff’s Office shows instances of noncompliance

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — An audit of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office released Friday morning shows instances of noncompliance with state and local laws and regulations. Sheriff Scott Walls says he disagrees with the finding and says he will be working closely with state officials to guarantee that there will be no future issues. The audit shows 13 findings and recommendations, including issues relating to expenditures made without statutory authority, relating to the failure to provide adequate documentation for all […]

  • Guntersville church looking for someone to take historic home in disrepair – oh yeah, it’s free

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Marshall County church owns a historic home in dire need of repair and is looking to the community to help save it.  The church says if you can take it, you can have it. Next to the First Baptist Church of Guntersville is a home that has overlooked the same view of Gunter Avenue for decades. It’s changed hands a few times and saw the world change, too. The church owns it now, and has […]

  • Ervin Wells (Photo: Marshall County Jail)

    Police: Albertville doctor charged with soliciting prostitution

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – A physician in Marshall County has been charged with soliciting prostitution. Tuesday Albertville Police officers arrested Ervin Wells at a local hotel for solicitation of prostitution. Police say Wells was doctor at a local medical clinic.   Albertville Police Chief Doug Pollard says one of the doctor’s patients reported that he offered her money and medication in exchange for sexual acts. “He was actually asking her if she would have sex, he would give her money or […]

  • Arab Police officer’s quick actions save driver from burning truck

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — An Arab Police officer’s quick actions most likely saved a life. Early Saturday morning Sergeant Cassidy Lambert was on duty when a call came in. A truck was on fire outside a bar in Arab. ‪”When they pulled up in the parking lot they actually saw a vehicle there with a flame underneath the truck, about the bed area,” Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says. Washburn says that’s when they found out someone was in […]

  • ‘We are Boaz’ – Boaz community comes together to support head football coach

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — The phrase  ‘We are Boaz’ can be heard at the high school’s football games and seen on t-shirts all over the Marshall County community, but now it has an even stronger meaning. Early Wednesday morning teachers and staff from Boaz City Schools crowded into the high school’s gym. They were listening to professional speaker Dan Thurman. The mood of the presentation was up-beat,  the topic — living life off-balance on purpose, embracing uncertainty, and looking at […]

  • Late search for missing boaters

    SEARCH ENDS: Crews find body of second missing boater in Lake Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Rescue crews found the body of a 36-year-old man in Lake Guntersville, hours after finding his stepson’s body earlier Tuesday. Police identified the man as David Lenz, and his stepson as 16-year-old Austin Stevens. They were both in a canoe that overturned Monday afternoon in the Short Creek area, on Highway 227 near the state park.”After we got the call we had about an hour point where we could search and then Marshall County EMA joined in […]

  • A new and unique way to learn for the Guntersville Wildcats

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville High School students are getting a chance to participate in a unique program this year. It’s a tool that will be run by students, for students, and it teaches life skills. “The Wildcat branch of Citizens Bank & Trust is part of a learning experience for our business and marketing students,” explains principal Roseanne Mabrey. The branch is undergoing its final touches, and it’s set right in the hall at the high school. “It’s going […]

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    THIS WEEKEND: Albertville’s Main Street Music Festival to feature Tracy Lawrence and .38 Special

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – The Main Street Music Festival is back! This weekend, August 7th and 8th, downtown Albertville is going to be the place to be with great music and activities for the whole family. The weekend will be filled with musical performances from a number of musicians, and two of the most anticipated are Tracy Lawrence and .38 Special. The best part is admission is FREE! The two-day event kicks off Friday, August 7th at 4 p.m. with the children’s inflatable […]

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    Fire Department: Lightning hits three houses in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Firefighters say lightning hit three houses on Travis Street on Thursday as storms moved through. No one was injured.  One home took a direct hit, and two other homes had minor electrical damage.  The fire at the first house put itself out. Travis Street is on the western side of Albertville, off of Section Line Road.

  • UPDATE: Large brush fire on Highway 75 in Albertville contained

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Fire officials say the fire on Highway 75 and Powell Road in Albertville is contained. Fire officials say the call came in around 3:15 Tuesday afternoon. We understand it was a large brush fire next to the old Powell store. Firefighters say the fire has burned at least one abandoned trailer, but didn’t ruin any other structures. After several hours the fire was contained, with a few hot spots. Officials say there were some power lines […]

  • Energy savings in Marshall County Schools to directly benefit the students

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — With several new changes coming, officials with the Marshall County School system say they will save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on energy, and those savings will ultimately benefit the students. Earlier this year, Marshall County Schools partnered up with a company for an energy savings project. The system went through the process, including all of the schools in the system. Now the system is working to implement those changes. “Schneider Electric has completed an energy […]


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