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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
  • Kratom

    Officials say Kratom officially off of most shelves, law enforcement agencies tracking down any last bit of the illegal substance

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  Law enforcement agencies across the state have been instructing merchants to  pull the now illegal drug Kratom off shelves. Possession is now the equivalent of the possession of meth — a felony. You would be hard pressed to find Kratom in Marshall County now, or for that matter, across the state of Alabama. Last week Governor Robert Bentley signed a bill making the substance illegal. Shortly after, officials across the state went from store to store, informing merchants […]

  • Hospice of Marshall Co. Shepherd’s Cove offers second annual family focused grief camp

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Everyone deals with loss in a different way, and that’s one reason for Camp Hope. Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove offers the free camp to children and their families and the second annual event will be held Saturday, May 21. The event is family focused. “A one day grief day camp for families in our area who’ve experienced a significant death in their life and are living in a season of grief,” Bereavement Director Stacey Johnson […]

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    Arab Musical Theatre one of 5 groups chosen for featured performance at International Thespian Festival, needs support to get there

    ARAB, Ala. – Some Marshall County teens really have the quite the honor to boast about, and they need the community’s support in getting there. Arab High School senior Grant Lackey has been performing for most of his life. He’s part of Arab Musical Theatre, and took center stage in the group’s recent production of Zombie Prom. “It’s my last production in high school,” Lackey said. But, there’s a once in a lifetime chance Grant and his peers have and […]

  • Marshall County officials say animal foster program is a success, more volunteers needed

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Marshall County is seeing success in its foster program for dogs picked up by the county’s animal shelter. So much success, the county is looking to grow it even further. Animals picked up by Marshall County Animal Control go to shelters across the county to be boarded until they’re adopted. The county can only pay to board them for several days. If they aren’t adopted out during that time, they might have to be put down. The county […]

  • Twin sisters will share graduation speech as Arab High School’s Valedictorian, Salutatorian

    ARAB, Ala. — Arab High School is having somewhat of a first this graduation, with two young ladies who accomplished a memory of a lifetime and have a story that you don’t hear every day to share. As the days count down to a May 27 graduation date, Arab High School bustles with students. The younger grades look ahead to next year, the Seniors face their next chapter of life.. Two of them are facing that next step together, but […]

  • Meth

    Fighting Meth – From stationary labs, to mobile labs in vehicles, the war on DeKalb Co.’s biggest drug is ever changing

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. — A routine stop on an interstate in DeKalb County led the Drug Task Force to something that is becoming more and more common in that area. For law enforcement there, fighting meth is a constant battle of learning and fighting back. During the stop, DeKalb County deputies found a backpack full of a kaleidoscope of things that work together to produce a drug that is by far the most common in the county — meth. Everything was […]

  • Kratom

    Kratom now illegal in Alabama; law enforcement agencies putting out the word to business owners and citizens

    NORTHEAST ALABAMA (WHNT) – A number of district attorneys across North Alabama are issuing public notices that Kratom is now illegal statewide.  This includes the sale and possession of Kratom or any product containing Kratom.  If you’re caught with it, you face felony charges. Senate Bill 226 makes the possession and/or sale of the drug Kratom illegal. Governor Bentley signed the bill Tuesday. The Bill amends 20-2-23(4)(a) of the Code of Alabama by adding the two alkaloids of the plant […]

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    Mentone to discuss possibility of allowing alcohol sales

    MENTONE, Ala. – Mentone Mayor Rob Hammond says there is renewed discussion to allow alcohol sales in the town. The Town Council met Tuesday night and will hold a work session tomorrow evening, Thursday May 12. Hammond says one item they’ll discuss is recent legislation that could allow for Mentone to go wet, even due to its small size.  No decision would come Thursday.  Hammond said this discussion would be about what alcohol sales would mean for the town. Town […]

  • Marshall Technical School students put on full protection exercise with Progress Rail leader

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala.  — A group of Marshall County students spent a good bit of the day Tuesday in the culmination of something that has taken weeks to plan. Imagine the President of the United States came to town. Well, that’s exactly what the students were doing. If the President came to Marshall County, he would have a whole outfit of security with him — each one with a job, there would be a detailed evacuation plan, and each visit location […]

  • Main Street Music Festival

    Albertville’s Main Street Music Festival boasts largest lineup yet, including Sara Evans

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — The lineup for Albertville’s annual Main Street Music Festival is announced, and with that, organizers say they’re expecting the popular event to become even bigger. A glimpse of last year’s Main Street Music Festival shows a jumble thousands strong crowding the historic downtown streets of Albertville. This year organizers say the event, slated for August 5 and 6, is expected to be even bigger. “Friday night’s acts will be the Velcro Pygmies opening for Blackberry Smoke, and […]

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    Energy savings project underway throughout Marshall County Schools expected to save system millions of dollars

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — There is a project underway in the Marshall County School system that will save millions of dollars, and those savings will go right back into the county schools. Marshall County Schools is partnering up with a company for an energy savings project that is just now getting underway. “As superintendent there are three things that I am primarily responsible for, and that is: keeping children safe, providing appropriate education, and spending money wisely, and so this project […]

  • Julia’s Story – Visionally impaired Arab student authors book, reaches for the stars

    ARAB, Ala. – An extraordinary little girl is breaking down barriers in her life, and serving as an example to many. The 11-year-old already has a published book, but that’s not everything that makes her special. “Seymour The Snake, and it says by Julia Anne Fleming,” says the young author as she sits at a table inside Arab Elementary School. Her long brown hair frames her face as she peers over a book on the table in front of her. […]


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