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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

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    Organizers to meet to discuss 33rd annual Panoply event

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– Panoply is just about a month away and organizers will gather today to talk about this year’s event. The event will be held at Big Spring Park. This morning organizers will join with leaders of Huntsville and Madison county to talk about this year’s Panoply extravaganza. This year will be the 33rd year for Panoply. The event features the best in both music and art and is considered one of the biggest events of the year in Huntsville. Food and beverage […]

  • “It has been a privilege to live here”: Guntersville’s ‘The Lighthouse’ home is changing hands

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A unique Guntersville landmark residents simply know as ‘The Lighthouse’ is turning another page in a long book of memories as negotiations are underway for a potential buyer. As people mill in and out of a beautiful, large home on Lake Guntersville in Marshall County, Lorettea Kennamer stands outside in front of a view that can’t be priced. “My husband built this house in 1962,” Kennamer says, “It’s been a life long accomplishment for him.” Mrs. […]

  • More thanks than issues: Albertville Police hold event to connect with community, but get a different twist

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville Police officers are trying something new and giving the community a chance to talk with them about what matters, but the comments officers are getting are not exactly what they expected. Officers spent Thursday inside a coffee shop holding steaming cups, and talking with residents. “People can come out and actually get to know who the police are in their community,” Chief Doug Pollard says. In the first event of many like this one, Chief Pollard and […]

  • Proposed Goose Pond Colony resort-style hotel delayed as city works with developers

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The city of Scottsboro had hoped to break ground on a resort-style hotel by this time, but that process is delayed. The city had been working with a developer to put a resort-style hotel in Goose Pond Colony Resort. City leaders wanted to break ground by now, but they say the developer they were working with had some funding issues. Mayor Melton Potter says the city set a time frame to get those resolved. “That time frame […]

  • Making history shine again: Non-profit aims to repurpose downtown Fort Payne building

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — A historic building in downtown Fort Payne is getting a new life with a goal to help kids learn about the world they live in. A building stands several stories tall in the heart of downtown Fort Payne.  It has been there for decades. Once a hotel in the 1920s, it has been abandoned for years — until now. “We drive by it all the time and look at that building and say ‘man, we […]

  • DeKalb County leaders say gigabit access will benefit business recruitment

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — DeKalb County leaders say the gigabit internet service the county now has access to is a beneficial asset in recruiting industry and businesses. Dekalb County officials say they’re constantly looking at what industries and companies need now, and years down the road. They say they’re also looking at what they can provide in incentives. In February Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative launched an ultra fast internet service — gigabit access. It is available on areas of Sand Mountain, […]

  • Despite weather delays, DeKalb Co. Patriots Memorial Park plans are progressing

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Patriots Memorial Park experienced weather delays and a slow start to the fund-raising process, but county leaders say it’s moving forward. DeKalb County, like many others, is playing catch up on projects after the winter weather events. One of the county’s projects is Patriots Memorial Park, which is set to be located in Fort Payne near the downtown area. “Weather has been a big factor in getting everything kicked off,” Commission President Ricky Harcrow […]

  • Tickets on sale for City Harbor Crush wine festival in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Tickets are on sale for Guntersville’s first City Harbor Crush. The wine festival will be held at City Harbor in downtown Guntersville on June sixth. The first 200 tickets are 40 dollars. The price increases to 45 dollars, and then to 50 dollars. More than 150 wines will be available to taste. The event will also offer live music, food trucks and a grape stomping area. Tickets are on sale and can be found by following […]

  • Weather-caused county delays didn’t hinder progress on Double Bridges project

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Even with the winter weather that caused delays in several county operations one of Marshall County’s biggest road projects is still moving forward. Drivers have to play a waiting game at Double Bridges near the Asbury community. The road spans a steep drop off covered by two bridges – hence the name. The bridges are one lane, causing drivers to scan ahead and take turns traveling across. Marshall County officials have been wanting to redo […]

  • Community meetings to be scheduled to discuss issues, changes in Jackson County

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Commission is planning to host more community meetings – every two weeks until September – to give residents a chance to speak directly with commissioners. These meetings are also chance for the residents to learn more about the one cent sales tax that if passed through the legislature, will ultimately be the residents’ decision. The commission is planning to start the meetings next month. The meetings will be held across Jackson County. […]

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    Controlled burn spreads through Boaz business

      BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – Fire officials say what started as a controlled burn spread to other parts of a Boaz business on Monday afternoon. Officials say workers at Cotton’s Shop & Transport, a trucking company, were burning cardboard when the fire spread to some wood pallets and eventually some semi trucks. The fire started at about 3 p.m. No one was hurt in the fire. Officials also say the fire did not spread to any buildings. People reported being […]

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    Man wanted for more than a month arrested at a Scottsboro motel

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – A man wanted for more than a month is now in jail, but not before trying to run from authorities. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says early Friday morning deputies arrested Kenneth Chase Gifford and Stephanie Ann Ledwell at a Scottsboro motel. Deputies had been looking for Gifford for over a month because of an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation. Chief Deputy Harnen says on two occasions during this search Gifford escaped […]


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