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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

Recent Articles
  • Marshall County woman’s idea to support law enforcement spreads community-wide

    ARAB, Ala. — An idea to support local law enforcement is turning a city blue with the help of the community. A very specific color of blue dots the city of Arab. Large, noticeable blue bows are fastened to doors, light poles, and anywhere else a bow could be tied on. The idea behind them came from Marti Dickie. “The Lord just put it on my heart that we needed to do something to visibly show these police officers that […]

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    City of Scottsboro, Scottsboro Jackson Co. Rescue Squad work to utilize 2 pieces of unused property

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The city of Scottsboro is working with the local rescue squad to put a stretch of unused land and the closed National Guard armory to use. A stretch of property off of Tupelo Pike in Scottsboro is unused, and it was donated to the city several years ago. Council member Keith Smith had an idea that he brought to Mayor Melton Potter and the Council’s attention. “We don’t have a need for it, so the idea that was […]

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    Man arrested in connection to 2015 double murder in Asbury pleads guilty

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A man arrested in connection to a double murder that happened in the Asbury community last year has pleaded guilty. Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall says Henry Pyle plead guilty to murder Monday afternoon at the Marshall County Courthouse. Pyle is charged along with Jeffery McKelvey in the murders of Denie and Pam Tucker. The Tuckers were found dead in their home in September, 2015. Marshall says as a result of the plea, Pyle will spend life […]

  • Progress Rail holds ribbon cutting at new location in Arab

    ARAB, Ala. — A ribbon cutting at Progress Rail’s new location in Arab made the move official Monday morning. State and local officials joined Progress Rail executives in a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning at the company’s new location. “Currently we’ve created 57 new jobs here and we think it will grow from there, and I think the 57 actually exceeds our commitment to the state slightly that we made,” said Progress Rail president and CEO Billy Ainsworth. “We think it’s […]

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    Arab man killed in Sunday evening crash

    ARAB, Ala. — One person is dead and another was hurt in a two-vehicle crash in Arab on Sunday. Alabama State Troopers say the crash happened Sunday evening on Argosy Road, which is two miles east of Arab. Troopers say Larry Dean Spain of Arab was killed when the 1998 Honda Accord he was driving was hit by a 2001 Chevrolet. Spain was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say Spain was not using a seat belt. A passenger in […]

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    Living his faith: DeKalb Co. teen paralyzed in 4-wheeler accident breaks state, national track and field records

    CROSSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Determination and faith go a long way in living a life people — experts in this case — said could never happen. A DeKalb County teen didn’t accept limits when his life changed, and now he’s far exceeded all expectations, even on a national level. Faith is a foundation in many communities in DeKalb County. In the small town of Crossville — at the high school specifically — faith has a living example. Nick Walls lives […]

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    Jackson Co. one cent sales tax increase proposal will not go to Special Session; Commissioners say cuts are likely in upcoming budget

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Jackson County officials hoped to have a revised one cent sales tax increase proposal discussed in the Special Session set for later this month, but that’s not going to be the case. Now, commissioners are looking at options, which could mean even more cuts than what are already in effect. A revised one cent sales tax increase proposal didn’t get far in the regular session. The initial proposal was voted down by Jackson County residents prior to […]

  • Plans for Asbury area township halted for time being

    ASBURY, Ala. — The process to turn Asbury and the surrounding areas into a town is halted, but organizers are hoping to remedy the situation. Plans that had been well in the works are on hold, stopping the process that could have turned the Asbury and surrounding areas into a township. Organizers say there’s a law in place that would eventually prohibit the county from maintaining the roads within a potential township. Organizers say State funds allotted to that envisioned […]

  • Arab Police monitor traffic as new school year begins, hope to stop any traffic issues before they start

    ARAB, Ala. — School is back in session for Arab City Schools and the Arab Police Department is working to stop traffic problems before they start. For the last couple of years at the start of the school year, Arab Police say cars lined up too early and parked on the streets around Arab Primary School at the end of the day. That caused problems. “What happens is when they line up that early it not only blocks the roadway, […]

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    Arab Police: Man held convenience store cashier at gunpoint, stole $400

    ARAB, Ala. – Arab Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened at a convenience store on U.S. Highway 231. Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says Thursday night at 9:00, a man came into a Jet Pep store wearing a mask and gloves. Washburn says the man robbed the cashier at gunpoint. Police say the man left with $400. Washburn says the cashier wasn’t hurt. It’s unclear if there were customers in the store at the time. Arab Police are […]

  • Sara Evans is Saturday night's headliner.

    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 thousands of people enjoying the fun on 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 […]

  • Marshall County Schools moves to online registration, information for parents

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  As of Monday, families with students in the Marshall County School system can find important information and enroll their child online in a move that is helping the system accomplish set goals. Marshall County Schools has important information for parents live on its website, in a new move from last year. “It will help us meet one of our goals of communicating effectively and efficiently with parents, so that they’re able to log online and see all […]


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