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Laura Christmas is a Multimedia Journalist for WHNT News 19. 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
  • It’s not your typical yard sale

    FORTY PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — The World’s Longest Yard Sale ends Sunday, and on top of Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, last-minute yard salers were met with a sale that they couldn’t just walk by. Set up under multiple tents and sitting on tables are rows upon rows of things for sale. All of it belongs to one man – Mr. Glen Hancock. “I’ve been collecting this stuff all my life trying to buy and sell it,” he says, “I […]

  • Animals up for adoption at Arab Animal Shelter

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — The Arab Police Department is working to get the word out about animals up for adoption at the city’s shelter. If you walk in the Arab Animal Shelter you might just leave with a new friend. So far, the shelter has seen the community taking the dogs home but they need your help to keep it that way. The city’s Animal Control is a division of the Police Department. Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says last year most […]

  • VIDEO added: Likely microburst causes damage in Albertville, Main Street Music Festival still on

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Strong winds and rain blew through part of Marshall County on Thursday evening, leaving a wake of damage in their path.  The damage is likely from a microburst. PLEASE NOTE: The Main Street Music Festival is still on – it starts Friday at 4 p.m. and continues through Saturday.  See the schedule. Crews worked through the night and continue to make progress all day Friday, clearing downed trees and repairing power lines in several areas in Albertville. […]

  • Marshall Co. leaders aim to improve a road, and ultimately business to local companies

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Marshall County Commission is working to apply for the funds to improve a part of a road that ultimately will affect local businesses. Parts of Feemster Gap Road are narrow, and there are a lot of twists and turns. For everyday traffic that’s doable. However, there’s a sand pit off of that road, and the narrow stretches can make the going tough for heavy trucks. Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says a joint […]

  • Man charged in deaths of 4 teens requests youthful offender status

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The man accused of killing four teens and injuring others is asking to be tried as a youthful offender. Monday afternoon inside courtroom number one at the Marshall County Courthouse, the two right front rows were packed with different people who have one thing in common. They’re waiting to see what this latest court proceeding will bring Adrian Renteria. Renteria is charged in the deaths of four teens, stemming from a car accident on 431 near Guntersville […]

  • Jackson Co. boy hit by minivan ‘touched many’

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — An 11-year-old boy is being remembered by his family and friends. “He never met anyone who didn’t love him,” Kristie Daniel is talking about her son, Joshua.”His smile, his spirit, his energy touched so many,” she says. People knew the 11-year-old as a bright, cheerful and loving boy. He is the youngest of Daniel’s seven children. “The day this happened, my son decided to take out the trash without being asked so Mama would be […]

  • Patriotism at work: Showing pride through an oath, and a letter

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A group of young north Alabama men and women are taking the steps in becoming soldiers, and while their proclamation is loud, another quieter voice was heard whose message spoke volumes. Dozens of men and women line the top rows of seats at the Huntsville Stars stadium Saturday evening. They got there long before the game was scheduled to start. They’re future soldiers. Soon though, an oath will eliminate that ‘future’ in front of that title. […]

  • Giving Back: Brewing more than just beer

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — A local brewery is doing what it does best – serving the Tennessee Valley with its own unique take on beer. In addition to that though, it’s giving back to organizations that help the community. If you step inside 500 Lanier Road in Madison cold beer is always on hand – or in hands. At the far wall of the taproom at Blue Pants Brewery, you get a glimpse into where the magic happens – where […]

  • A medical helicopter waits to take a person to the hospital after a cliff accident in Morgan County. (Photo from WHNT's Laura Christmas.)

    Man falls off a cliff in Morgan County

    VALHERMOSO SPRINGS, Ala. (WHNT)   Volunteer firefighters and paramedics were on the scene of a rescue operation in Morgan County. Talacuh Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Bud Smith tells WHNT News 19 a middle-aged man tripped and fell from a cliff at an area called Lewis Bluff on the Tennessee River.   It’s located off of Talucah Road in Valhermoso Springs. Smith said the man hit a rock on the way down and hurt himself. Emergency crews transported him to Sunnyside Park by […]

  • Alabama State Tropers are investigating an accident where a child on a bike was hit by a vehicle and hurt.  (Photo from WHNT's Laura Christmas.)

    Update: Boy on bike hit by minivan in Jackson County dies

    WOODVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- An 11-year-old boy hit by a minivan while riding his bicycle Saturday afternoon has died. State Troopers report Joshua Daniel of Woodville was killed when he pulled out into the path of a Dodge Caravan. Family members reached out to WHNT News 19 to share the tragic news.  Troopers reported the boy’s age as 12, but family members say he was 11. The accident happened on Highway 72 in Jackson County between Woodville and Scottsboro around 3 […]

  • Marshall Co. funds resource officers another year, has funds left over from the last

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The allocation of extra funds in Marshall County’s school resource officer budget raises some questions among officials involved in the funding. Last year was the first year Marshall County was able to put a School Resource Officer in each of the county’s schools. Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says recently the Commission learned there was money left over in that budget, stemming from a position that was not filled. “This year it looks like we’re going to […]

  • Guntersville Electric Board customers warned of another scam

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville Electric Board customers received something that might have been alarming to some with their bills this week. “It is a scam, that’s not what we do,” Guntersville Electric Board Manager Tommy Troup says. He’s talking about phone calls some customers got from someone claiming to be a representative of the Electric Board. Residents got a white notification included with their bills this month, warning them not to fall victim of this latest scam that asks potential […]


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