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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
  • A radio station on Lookout Mountain ‘serving the heart of Dixie’

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — There’s a small building on top of Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne with a sole purpose to be there for the community — an entire county’s worth. Friday morning a voice filters through the airwaves for several hours. It originates from a small AM station situated on top of Lookout Mountain in DeKalb County. “Mike Wallace, Newstalk 1400 WFPA Fort Payne, Alabama.” Wallace is the owner of the station and it’s his voice that is […]

  • Town of Douglas is holding its second annual community-wide clean up

    DOUGLAS, Ala. (WHNT) — The Marshall County town of Douglas is doing some cleaning this weekend. “We have our second annual Douglas community-wide clean up this weekend, today and tomorrow,” Mayor Corey Hill says. The Town and County Commission got a dumpster for the two days and the goal is by Sunday it’ll be full. “Folks can bring anything they want to with a few exceptions,” Mayor Hill says, “Clean up around their property, clean up around town.” The event […]

  • Marshall County Schools partnering for an energy savings project

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County leaders hope to save hundreds of thousands a year with a new energy savings project. “Marshall County Schools will be partnering with Schneider Electric for an energy savings project,” Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley says. Wigley says the schools already went through a preliminary report that came back with figures. “It’s an estimated savings of up to 450,000 dollars each year and nine to 12 million over the life of the project,” Wigley […]

  • 697 DeKalb Co. fifth grade graduates – armed with education, and the word ‘no’

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Hundreds of students are now graduates in DeKalb County, and these four-foot-something tall students have learned a big lesson in saying no to drugs. “We had our D.A.R.E. graduation,  which is the drug abuse resistance education, which teaches you about drugs and alcohol,” Plainview School fifth grader Bryce Luther says. He might be hard to pick out among all of the graduates – there are hundreds of them sitting in rows Thursday morning. “I think […]

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    Free dental day Friday, May 15 in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Last year Total Dental Care in Guntersville gave out thousands of dollars in free services and on Friday they hope to do the same. “Free dental day is this Friday, it starts at 7 a.m., Total Dental Care in Guntersville, Alabama,” Dr. Aaron George says. They plan to see patients from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. “Sign up is at 7 a.m., we start seeing patients at eight.” It’s the first 100 patients on a first come first served basis. […]

  • Photos of Jason Richards (Albertville Police Department)

    Albertville Police say body of missing teen found, no arrest yet

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Police in Albertville have confirmed the body of a 15-year-old boy who disappeared in February has been found.  Detectives found Jason Richards’ body on Monday in the Langston community, working on a tip. Albertville Police say they are still working on several leads in the case, and no arrest has been made at this point. Police say it’s not clear how long the teen’s body had been in the wooded area on Lois Lane, and they’re […]

  • New rating for Guntersville Fire and Rescue could save residents money

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Many Guntersville homeowners can look forward to new savings on their insurance because of a rating that, until recently, hadn’t changed in 15 years. A company evaluated and then rated Guntersville Fire and Rescue based in part on assessments of fire protection capabilities and services. “Then they give us a grading of a one to a 10. One is the best, 10 is the worst,” Chief Jeffrey Tongate says. Chief Tongate says the entity hadn’t been […]

  • Ribbon cutting date set for Guntersville Airport expansion

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — After long months of construction and longer years of planning, the Guntersville airport expansion is nearly complete, and a June ribbon cutting date is set. Plans years in the making for an expansion at the Guntersville Municipal Airport have been held up several times. First it was a pair of bald eagles nesting near the airport. More recently it was bad weather that caused the hold up — the ribbon cutting was supposed to happen this month. […]

  • Jackson County officials look to what’s next in light of Widows Creek closure announcement

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — With TVA closing its Widows Creek Fossil Plant this fall Jackson County Officials are looking to what’s next for jobs and funding. “There’s some recent rules that came down from the EPA that made some additional changes on how the impoundments and ash ponds should be managed,” TVA Public Relations contact Kristine Cooper says. TVA officials made the decision to close the last working unit at Widows Creek in Stevenson by October, based on the […]

  • Cruise-in Saturday to benefit Ider Special Needs Program

    IDER, Ala. (WHNT) — An event in DeKalb county this weekend will boast 200 cars, food, and activities but that’s just the surface. It’s benefiting a cause that’s well worth it. Inside classrooms at the Ider Special Needs Program, each student bends over his or her task, quietly working. Located at Ider School in DeKalb County, the program works with students from kindergarten until 21 years old. They want to expand — buy some needed equipment and provide the students even more […]

  • Hospice of Marshall County still taking applicants for Camp HOPE

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A grant is allowing Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove to expand a program geared toward children. The money is helping support an event for children and now their families, and organizers expect the event to be one of the biggest yet. Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove is using a grant from the New York Life Foundation to expand its reach, to help even more children and members of the community in a time of need. […]

  • Photo: Skyline School

    Jackson Co. student killed in crash remembered at Skyline School

    SKYLINE, Ala. (WHNT) —   As the school year comes to a close, students at one Jackson County school are faced with a very difficult goodbye. One of their classmates passed away in a wreck earlier this week, and now the students and faculty are remembering Matt Bullock. “He was well liked by all students. You know when you have some that are with one group and some that are with another group, he seemed to fit in with all […]

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