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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
  • Courtesy: Don's Convenience Store

    Arab Police investigators working to charge 2 people involved in gas station drive-off

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police are working to get more information to charge two people involved in a gas station drive-off — over 14 cents. Security camera footage shows it all — last month, two people bought gas from Don’s Convenience Store in Arab. The footage shows them driving off after pumping gas, owing 14 cents, and ruining the pump in the process. Now they’re the subject of a police investigation, and Arab Police are working to get more […]

  • Alabama State Parks

    Alabama State Parks working on contingency plan to close 15 parks, including some in north Alabama

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – Budget cuts in Alabama are affecting many departments. As state legislators battle it out in Montgomery, state departments are warning employees of major cuts if the money doesn’t come. The latest potential victim is Alabama State Parks.  WHNT News 19 spoke with Kim Nix, spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, on Tuesday.  Nix confirmed if legislators take funding away, there will be an emergency plan implemented to close a number of parks in […]

  • More Jackson County ATRIP projects are set to start in the next few weeks

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Through the winter months ATRIP projects in Jackson County were put on hold, and now the county is looking to start up again. “We’ve been on seasonal limitations, basically we’re not able to pave during the winter time so we’ve had to wait on that,” County engineer Philip Widner says. Now Widner says the county is hoping to start on the next three projects in the next few weeks. County officials say they were hoping […]

  • Whitton Hearing

    Judge denies several motions in Barry Whitton case

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Jackson County Judge denied several motions filed by defense attorneys for Barry Whitton. Whitton is accused of murdering his first wife Michelle in 1998. Two of the motions the judge denied on Tuesday were one for recusal and another for a chance of venue. The judge denied the motion for recusal at this time, saying the decision would be visited at a later date. As for the motion for change venue, the defense argued this case […]

  • UPDATE: Boaz leaders approves resolution that could allow 7-day alcohol sales

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — The Boaz City Council unanimously approved on a resolution that could eventually allow for seven-day alcohol sales in the city. Guntersville and Albertville voted and passed the same resolution last week. The resolution gives the city the authority to put the idea of seven-day sales up for a vote by the citizens. This is the first step of many. Officials say if it is passed through, it could go up for a vote immediately, or the […]

  • Scottsboro, Alabama

    UPDATE: Scottsboro City Council approves resolution to allow seven-day alcohol sales

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Monday night the Scottsboro City Council approved a resolution that would allow for seven-day alcohol sales in the city. The vote was unanimous. It has taken many steps but a relatively short amount of time for a resolution proposing seven-day alcohol sales to get back on Scottsboro City Council’s agenda. “The bill was set up so it was by resolution of the council that seven-day sales could be approved,” Mayor Melton Potter says. Mayor Potter says […]

  • Courtesy: Albertville Chamber of Commerce

    Deadline approaching for 2015 Women in Business Luncheon in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The deadline to register for the 2015 Women in Business Luncheon is Wednesday. Albertville Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is presenting the event, set for April 22nd. The event will start at 11:30 a.m. and run until 1:00 p.m. at Sebastien’s in downtown Albertville. It will feature door prizes and a grand prize drawing. A presentation will also be included. Tickets are $30 each, and the deadline to register is April 15th. For more information, contact the […]

  • Fire following boat explosion on Lake Guntersville courtesy Justin King

    Grandfather & grandson swim to shore after boat explodes on Lake Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville responders say a man and his grandson were heading out on Lake Guntersville Friday afternoon when their boat exploded. Guntersville fire officials say this happened late Friday afternoon. They say the boat exploded just as it was turned on. We’re told the man and his grandson were able to swim to shore. It happened at a boat launch, off of Highway 69 near Somewhere on the Lake bar and grill. We understand neither person was […]

  • Arab Police

    Arab police officer placed on administrative leave pending felony investigation

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — An Arab Police Officer is on administrative leave pending a felony investigation with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office. Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston says Michael Tyler Thomas was placed on leave Wednesday. He says Thomas has not been charged with anything, but the investigation is ongoing. “It was something that happened while he was off duty and outside of our police jurisdiction. But since he was an officer with us and it’s involving a felony investigation, […]

  • Alabama Farm and Poultry Expo set to run through Saturday in Boaz

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — The Alabama Farm and Poultry Expo will continue into Saturday. The second annual event kicked off on Friday in Boaz. The event is free and boasts food, entertainment, and displays. This year the event is held at a new location. “We are now at a 23 acre area at the Boaz Outlet Center,” Boaz Area Chamber of Commerce director Peggie Haney says,”Huge venue, we were able to use a lot of the buildings that the outlet center […]

  • Bassmaster Elite Series tournament boasts free events throughout the weekend in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Bassmaster Elite Series tournament boasts free events lasting through this weekend. “This is the Bassmaster Elite, the second tournament in the series, and we have daily weigh-ins here,” Marshall County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President Katy Norton says, “So the anglers go out each day and they fish and they come in to weigh-in here three o’clock every afternoon.” The the heart of it all is downtown Guntersville at City Harbor. Located just off of […]

  • Town of Grant asks for improvements to Cathedral Caverns Highway & U.S. 431 intersection

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) – The town of Grant is asking state officials to make the intersection of Cathedral Caverns Highway and U.S. 431 more visible. If you’re not familiar with the intersection, it can be tough to navigate. At night it can be hard to see, and even in the daytime that intersection can be difficult for some drivers. Coming down the mountain, it can be hard to see the stop sign if you don’t travel that road often. In […]


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