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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.


Recent Articles
  • Swearengin fire chief, others, resign after failed vote

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The future of a Marshall County volunteer fire department is in jeopardy. This week residents in four of the five proposed fire districts in the county approved a monthly fee to support their local volunteer fire departments. The fifth district voted no by a wide margin. As a result of that, the Swearengin fire chief and his second-in-command resigned shortly after the vote. “The community didn’t stand behind the fire department,” Mitch McCullough says. McCullough […]

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    UPDATE: Bridgeport pool closed for summer after man drowns

    BRIDGEPORT, Ala. (WHNT) – The Bridgeport city pool is closed for the rest of the summer after a man drowned this weekend. Brideport’s mayor did not comment on the situation, saying the investigation is not complete. However, he confirmed the pool is now closed for the season. Bert Winston, Jr. drowned Saturday afternoon while attending a church function at the pool. He was 48 years old. Winston went in the pool during the afternoon, and it wasn’t until later that […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Woman nearly scammed out of hundreds of dollars

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new phone scam. Lynda Gale Knight was sitting in her Boaz apartment when someone called from a number she didn’t recognize. “He told me I had just won two-and-half-million-dollars,” Knight told WHNT News 19. Knight knew it was a scam but she wanted to catch the caller in the act. “So he said there was only one thing that I had to do, and that was go to, […]

  • Scottsboro woman celebrates her 106th birthday

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A Scottsboro family is celebrating a very special birthday – for a woman who has seen 106 years. What’s a birthday without food, good friends, and of course – cake. Lisa Smith and her husband Philip are opening their Scottsboro home to celebrate Lisa’s grandmother’s 106th birthday. Birthday cards are piled high on Pauline DiPierdomenico’s bedside table. One is even signed by President Barack Obama. “When’s your birthday?” Smith asks of her grandmother, who is wearing pink […]

  • Nearly one year later family, friends remember four teens killed in Guntersville crash

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Monday marks one year since four teens were killed and several others were injured in a crash on Highway 431 near Guntersville, and Saturday their friends and families celebrated their lives. Saturday a pavilion at Civitan Park in Guntersville was packed full of people. Fingers thumbed through a scrapbook stocked with pictures of Ryan Lawson. Hands smoothed photos of Blake Keener on a poster board. Some wore shirts with Ruben Pacheco smiling brightly on the front. A […]

  • Several Marshall County ATRIP projects up for bid in next few months

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Some Marshall County roads and bridges are getting a makeover thanks to ATRIP funding, and several of those projects are up for bid these upcoming months. Resurfacing part of Hustleville Road from SR 227 to Short Creek is just one of the 20 ATRIP projects Marshall County has planned or in the works. The projects consist of either resurfacing roads, fixing bridges, or replacing bridges. The several projects planned to be bid out this month, […]

  • DeKalb County Road 631 fixed, others in the works

    DEKALB CO., Ala. (WHNT) — Several weeks ago we got an email from a viewer asking us to look into why a county road near Mentone wasn’t fixed yet. We got that viewer answers, and this week we checked up on the project’s progress. Part of County Road 631 near Mentone in DeKalb County was completely washed out a few weeks ago. The washout was leftover damages from some storms that hit the area. Residents tell WHNT News 19 they […]

  • Scottsboro, Jackson County, receive combined one million dollars in grants for city’s downtown

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A combined one million dollars in grants is labeled for improvements for downtown Scottsboro. Downtown Scottsboro is historic. The courthouse stands tall in the middle of the square, where residents from all over the county frequent. Now with two grants, the County and the city together will spend one million dollars to improve the downtown area for those residents. “About six months ago we were made aware of a Federal Transportation Alternative Programs grant and it’s […]

  • Stolen car chase ends in Tennessee, Jackson County deputies search for the people involved

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two people they say took deputies on a car chase, using stolen cars. “A car nearly [hit] me on Highway 71 and when I turned around to stop it, that vehicle pulled into a dead-end road and there was another vehicle following it,” Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says. Chief Deputy Harnen says when he pulled up behind the car, it took off. He says eventually the car […]

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    Marshall County family’s pet found shot at their home

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County family is asking for answers after they found their son’s pet miniature horse shot. Hadley and Briar Hudgins’ grandfather got them a miniature horse and a pony. The animals stay out in the pasture in front of the Hudgins’ Marshall County home on Piney Grove Road. But, something happened Briar’s miniature horse that dad Jason Hudgins says was hard to explain to his small children. “She was down there in the woods […]

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    Two Marshall County men face rape charges

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Two Marshall County men are facing charges after police say they raped a young girl. Guntersville police say a grand jury indicted Stephen Baratz and Michael Watkins on charges of first and second degree rape. Investigators say Baratz is facing a second degree sodomy charge as well. Police say the two men met the minor online and agreed to meet near her home. Investigators say the men picked up the girl in a truck and drove from […]

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    Huntsville Police search for person who burglarized a Huntsville business

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville police are looking for a person who officers say stole copper piping from an area business. Police say officers noticed glass broken out of the front door of Scrimsher Company Inc. Sunday morning. They say a K-9 searched the business, and officers noticed the burglar had taken copper piping from inside. Officers say they were not able to contact the owner. An investigation is underway.