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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
  • Boaz Middle School principal resigned, new principal in place

    BOAZ, Ala. — The principal of Boaz Middle School has resigned after two years on the job. Richard Rutledge put in his resignation last week. Monday night, the Board of Education approved that resignation. Rutledge has been with the system for three years. When we spoke with him on Tuesday he didn’t elaborate on his decision to resign as principal of Boaz Middle, rather, he focused on his hopes for the school’s future. “In my two years at Boaz Middle […]

  • Albertville High homecoming court members asked two special education students to serve as their escorts

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A school’s homecoming is always memorable, and at Albertville High School, this year was even more so. Before the Albertville Aggies burst onto the field Friday night there was pomp and circumstance. It was the school’s homecoming game. “It makes me feel overwhelmed and overjoyed,” said Cindy Yates. Her son Justin is a special education student at the school. Two members of the homecoming court asked him and his friend, Grayson Gladden, to be their escorts on […]

  • Ongoing traffic problem persists at Arab Primary School

    ARAB, Ala. — A problem that has persisted for years is still an issue that Arab Police officers are working to stop. They say it has to do with public safety. Arab officers patrol around Arab Primary School toward the end of the day to stop drivers from parking on the street surrounding the school well before school gets out. It’s an ongoing issue every school year, and officers say it blocks traffic and causes issues if first responders need […]

  • Guntersville High students experience Shakespeare out of the classroom

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — It’s one thing to learn about something in a book, and it’s another to experience it in real life. With the help of a grant, that’s exactly what some Guntersville High School students got to do Thursday morning. Students got out of the classroom and into the auditorium for a different approach to learning. “We are viewing Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing performed by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival troupe,”  teacher Miranda McCoy said. The school got a […]

  • “It was like we became family” – video of Guntersville gospel group’s impromptu singing goes viral

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Sometimes a special moment can happen in an unlikely place. That’s what happened to a Guntersville-based southern gospel group while they were traveling home from a show through Tennessee. Stanley Mahan has been a part of something special for a good part of his life. “The name of the group is The Believers, and it was formed in 1974. My sister and I have been singing for over 40 years,” he explained. The Guntersville-based group hails from […]

  • Town of Geraldine broke ground on first ever waste water treatment plant

    GERALDINE, Ala. — When a project is years in the making, involves many hands, and moves forward despite setbacks, it’s an accomplishment to get it off of the ground. That’s what the Town of Geraldine celebrated Tuesday. When you have a groundbreaking it means the start of something new. In the DeKalb County town of Geraldine it means more opportunities for growth. “It is a great day for us in Geraldine,” said Mayor Chuck Ables. Local leaders broke ground on […]

  • In wake of Tenn. church shooting, local church leaders and police officers say to always stay alert, no matter the situation

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — It’s a terrible reality when a place of worship is targeted, and unfortunately on Sunday that’s what happened. In a sad sign of the times, more and more businesses, organizations, and even churches are looking for training on what to do in an active shooter situation. Boaz Police officers offer courses that teach that training to churches and organizations in their community. “Once you get somewhere you should already be prepared for a situation like that […]

  • Arab Electric Cooperative employee pleads guilty to embezzlement charge

    ARAB, Ala. – An Arab Electric Cooperative employee pleaded guilty to embezzling almost $3 million from the company. John  Willis entered that plea in federal court Monday morning. Willis initially pleaded not guilty. The judge ordered Willis to pay restitution and will sentence him in 90 days. John Willis, known as Jack, worked as a member services supervisor with the Arab Electric Cooperative. He was put on unpaid leave near the beginning of the year. Officials say in early March, […]

  • Albertville’s family owned Whitten’s Town & Clothes closed for good Thursday

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — It’s the end of an era. A store in Albertville that has been run by a family for three generations has closed. Whitten’s Town & Country Clothes shut its doors for good Thursday. Whitten’s has been a  part of Albertville for decades. “We opened up on Main Street in 1948,” said president and owner Thomas T. Whitten, II. Then, the store moved over one block. “It just grew and grew, and my dad took it to a […]

  • Albertville Community Yard Sale this weekend

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — It’s a yard sale of city – wide proportions: the Albertville Community Yard Sale is September 22 – 23. Businesses, residents, churches, and organizations will be set up throughout the two days ready for sales. The locations are at homes and businesses throughout the city. Click here for a full map of the locations.

  • Tim Tebow spoke to a crowd of thousands in Albertville Wednesday night

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Heisman trophy winner and college football national champion Tim Tebow spoke to thousands of people Wednesday night in Albertville. Organizers expected a crowd of about 10,000 people at Aggie Stadium at Albertville High School, and it looked like it. The field and the stands were packed to the brim with people who came to see Tim Tebow.  “Tebow stood for something that people nowadays need more of,” said visitor Tamee Wilson-Sparks. “Huge fan. Great quarterback, great inspirational […]

  • Popular Shepherd’s Cove Thrift Shoppe to move locations

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — When something becomes so popular that you need a bigger space, that’s a good problem to have. That’s exactly what’s happening for a nonprofit agency in Marshall County that serves nine counties. A store on U.S. Highway 431 in Guntersville is constantly busy. On Tuesday it becomes even busier. In fact, the staff at Shepherd’s Cove Thrift Shoppe will tell you, people absolutely love the place. “Oh my goodness, so busy. Tuesdays are our crazy day. We […]