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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
  • “Get your warnings” – Have a way to receive alerts, no matter how severe the storm

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — No matter how non-threatening a storm might seem Emergency Management officials say that can change in an instant, and encourage you to have a way to get alerts, just in case. “The thing about thunder storms, strong to severe thunderstorms, every thunderstorm has the potential of developing a tornado. So if we have a squall line develop, we may see quick spin-up tornadoes occur on that squall line,” explained Marshall County Emergency Management Director Anita McBurnett. That’s […]

  • Company requested Marshall Co. Commission open a portion of the closed Bishop Landfill

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A company requested the Marshall County Commission open a portion of a closed landfill. Bishop Landfill has been closed for years, but a company is requesting the Marshall County Commission to change that. “I want the people to realize that the County Commission, we received a petition from Marshall C & D, LLC to open up a C & D landfill area in old Bishop Landfill,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson explained. A construction and demolition landfill, or […]

  • Volunteers needed to help share the joy of reading with first graders

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, needs volunteers, but the job isn’t so hard. The group needs people to help instill a love of reading into first graders. The organization runs a program called Reading Buddies. “It’s a program where a caring adult works one-on-one with a child that’s reading below grade level reading,” explained director Jean Ann Moon, “A lot of times it’s to share your joy of reading with a child. It’s […]

  • Brindlee Mountain situation

    Social media on fire about what some Brindlee Mountain students claim they did to teacher

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley says she is investigating an incident that happened at Brindlee Mountain High School on Thursday. Many concerned parents and students contacted WHNT News 19 to make us aware of this, and it’s continued to circulate on social media. Wigley said she is aware of a situation involving a substitute teacher, and the incident being posted on social media. Wigley said three students were involved. The social media reports suggested some […]

  • River and Brews announced, set for April 28 & 29 in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – River and Brews is set for April in Guntersville, and this year’s event is expected to take on a different approach from the year before. River and Brews will be held on Lake Guntersville, in April. The event will be a concert series, which is different from the year before. “We have four artists performing over two nights,” event promoter Matt Colvin explained. “On Friday night, April 28, we have Drake White and the Big Fire, opening […]

  • Marshall County Schools leaders plan football field and stadium for Asbury High School

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. –  A Marshall County high school has a football team but doesn’t have a stadium, and that’s about to change. Last year Marshall County Schools leaders approved a plan to build a football field and stadium for Asbury High School. Marshall County Schools partnered with Schneider Electric in an energy savings project aimed to make changes in each school to make them as a whole more energy-efficient. “The construction phase is wrapping up this month and we’ve […]

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    UPDATE: Alabama State Troopers release name of person killed in Marshall County wreck

    DOUGLAS, Ala. – Alabama State Troopers released the name of the person killed in a crash earlier this week. The wreck happened Monday evening three miles east of Douglas. Troopers say 23-year-old Michael Corey Pagliaro died when his truck collided head on with a van. One other person was inured. Troopers say neither driver was wearing a seat belt. The 2 vehicle wreck happened around 6:30 p.m. on Highway 168 near New Hope Road.

  • Guntersville High School students recall trip to the Inauguration

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Some Guntersville High School students got to vote for the first time this election, and last week, got a chance of a lifetime when they went to the Inauguration. Monday was an ordinary day for some Guntersville High School students, after an extraordinary week. “We actually had tickets to the Inauguration, so we weren’t general admission,” explained senior Cade Dollar. “You can’t explain it until you’re there, and you get to experience it yourself,” said senior Alexis […]

  • Women and children’s essential items needed to help victims of domestic violence

    ARAB, Ala. — The Alabama chapter of the Guardians of the Abused needs the community’s help to give women and children who are escaping abusive situations the necessities we take for granted. “Right now we’re sponsoring a backpack drive for women and children who have been abused or left homeless, or need a shelter. Most of the time when they arrive at these places they have absolutely nothing at all,” explained Alabama Chapter of Guardians of the Abused Vice President […]

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    “Just helping out” – Albertville lube and tire crew fix young boy’s favorite bike

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact, as a Marshall County mom found out first hand in the most unlikeliest of places. Loud noises and calls across greased tools emit from Ed’s Fast Lube and Tire in Albertville. It’s a busy place, and it was business as usual earlier this week until the guys got an unusual request. “We don’t normally work on anything like that,” said manager Cameron Knight. Knight says the guys […]

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    Arab Police officers investigate ten car break-ins in one night

    ARAB, Ala. – Arab Police officers investigated ten car break-ins in one night. Officers say all of the cars targeted were parked at houses. “We had a lot of break-ins over our northwest sector of our city, mainly on the Sundown Drive area and those neighborhoods there,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn said. Washburn said there were ten different instances in that area all at one time. “An individual came to each house, basically checked the doors of the vehicles to […]

  • Changes in the Marshall County Schools system aimed at safety

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — There are several changes in the Marshall County Schools system that create a safer environment for students and save money. “We’ve installed safety sensors at all of the schools so they’re able to exit the building, anyone, students, staff, visitors, parents, they’re able to exit the building with a visual detector,” explained Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley. The device is installed in the entrances of each of the system’s schools. Before, the doors were locked and […]