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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
  • Grant town council, fire department come to agreement on equipment needs

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — The town of Grant is working to replace or repair some of the town’s volunteer fire department equipment in light of discussions between town officials and department members. The town of Grant and the volunteer fire department met Monday night at a council meeting, where the department brought up some questions — like repairs to some trucks or a replacement, and acquiring some sets of new turnout gear. Some of the department members discussed resigning if […]

  • Ice and snow mean long hours and plenty of communication for EMA officials

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A weather event that brings potentially hazardous conditions means long hours and a lot of communication for officials. When your job gets delayed or canceled because of ice or snow, you most likely get to stay home. For some officials though, ice and snow means go to work — because their job is telling us and the community what is dangerous and what isn’t. “If necessary, we are here 24 hours,” Jackson County Emergency Management […]

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    UPDATE: Large brush fire on Grant Mountain appears to be arson in early investigation

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) – A large brush fire traveled from Hwy. 431 near Cottonville Road up Grant Mountain, spanning acres and threatening homes early Monday morning. “There was a huge glow and I came back to her and I said ‘the woods are on fire,'” Grant resident Tim Higgins says. He and his wife woke up around four o’clock Monday morning to the smell of something burning. A look over their porch at their home on Joeffie Road showed the […]

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    Warming centers open this weekend in DeKalb County

    DEKALB COUNTY,  Ala. (WHNT) — Three  DeKalb County warming centers will stay open all weekend during the cold weather event. The county’s Emergency Management Agency says Upper Sand Mountain Parish in Sylvania, Asbury Volunteer Fire Department,  and Ider Rescue Squad in Ider will stay open all weekend, day and night. The addresses are as follows: Upper Sand Mountain Parish – 24474 AL Hwy 75, Sylvania, AL 35988 Ider Rescue Squad – 20378 Alabama 117, Ider, AL 35981 Asbury Volunteer Fire […]

  • Arab, Douglas, and Grant in discussion with Marshall Co. on reimbursing partial cost of inmates

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County officials and officials from three municipalities are starting to discuss reimbursing the county for part of the cost of housing inmates in the county’s jail. “I think it’s only fair that the county gets reimbursed for some portion of the cost that we incur when we house inmates,” Commission Chair James Hutcheson says. He says right now, they are in the very early discussion stages of that proposal. “We’re looking at Douglas, Grant […]

  • Stanley Self (Photo: Al.com/via Morgan County Sheriff's Office)

    Jackson Co. man arrested: Turns out he’s a 28-year fugitive from justice for child molestation in Arizona

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) – A man on the run for nearly three decades is now back in custody.  In the end– a simple application for a Social Security number led to his arrest. Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s office say 74-year-old Stanley Shane Self has been a fugitive since his 1986 conviction on child molestation charges in La Paz County, Arizona.  He had been living in Hollywood, in Jackson County, under the assumed identity of Terry Martell. “The U.S. Marshall Service […]

  • A lost cell phone leads to a man’s arrest for child pornography charges

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — A man is facing charges for possession and production of child pornography. Boaz Police Department arrested Kenneth Wayne Ennis at his Boaz home Thursday morning. Police say Ennis is charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and four counts of production of child pornography. Officers say the investigation began when a cell phone was found in the parking lot of a Boaz business. We’re told while trying to find the owner of the phone, […]

  • After neighborhood watch meeting, potential watches set for Arab

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police is hoping the interest showed at a neighborhood watch meeting turns into action. Arab has seen a spike in some crimes over the last few weeks. More often than not, that crime is burglary. However, the department noticed crime is decreasing in two areas with neighborhood watch programs, so officials held a meeting to recruit more neighborhoods to start their own watch, and it was successful. “We see probably three neighborhood watches starting up.” […]

  • Jackson County issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — For the first time Jackson County is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  Probate Judge Victor Manning tells us after much discussion and research, he felt it was the appropriate move to make within the laws at hand. Since Monday, the office had not been issuing licenses to anyone — same-sex or not. Tonie Guthrie and Clara Brownfield came to the probate office early on Wednesday to do what they couldn’t all week — get […]

  • Donations pour in to Scottsboro Animal Shelter in memory of well-known veterinarian

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – A well-known veterinarian in Jackson County passed away in January, but a community honoring his memory is giving a second chance for dozens of homeless animals. “He was well known by a lot of people in Jackson County, and the surrounding counties as well. I know a couple of people who would drive all the way from Huntsville,” Animal Control Officer Heather Carlin said. Veterinarian James Williams was a strong supporter of the Scottsboro Animal Shelter. […]

  • Dewey Lee Parris (Photo: DeKalb County Detention Center)

    One man shot, another charged in late-night shooting in DeKalb County

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Deputies have arrested a man in a late-night shooting in the Painter community, near Geraldine.  Sheriff Jimmy Harris says Dewey Lee Parris, 46, is charged with attempted murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. DeKalb County deputies, along with Crossville Police and Geraldine Police responded to a mobile home park on Highway 75 on Monday night.  They found Gregory Britt, 25, suffering from a gunshot wound to his hip. Britt said Parris, of […]

  • Gigabit internet service officially launched on areas of Sand Mountain

    SAND MOUNTAIN, Ala. (WHNT) — Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative introduced an internet connection that company leaders say has the fastest speeds in the state — gigabit access — and they’re making it available on parts of Sand Mountain. Officials say the ultra-fast internet service is the first in Alabama. Friday morning state and local officials stood outside a home in Geraldine. They joined leaders from Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative. For the company, this home has significance.  It also has significance to Geraldine […]


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