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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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    Kennametal plant in Grant to close in September

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — Officials confirm the Kennametal plant in Grant will close later this year. The announcement was made to employees Wednesday morning. Randy Ray is one of the roughly 93 employees at the Grant facility. He has worked there for four years and learned of the shutdown in a special meeting. “It’s just a sign of what’s happening with big business these days in my opinion and there’s nothing else we can do, but just try to fight through […]

  • Asbury community to a town? Community meeting set for Thursday

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Some residents in the community of Asbury are taking the steps to become the town of Asbury, and a meeting is scheduled Thursday to discuss the options. Some community members say they have been discussing the possibility of becoming a town for some time. One thing they want to stress is in becoming a town, the title is all they want to change. “We don’t want to be a city-city, so to speak. We want […]

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    Free tax prep program to start Jan. 19 in Marshall County

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County organization is taking the hassle out of tax season — for free. Marshall County RSVP has been organizing training for volunteers to get them ready for tax season. “We have about 54 volunteers this year that have been trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service and the Alabama Department of Revenue to prepare taxes for free for folks,” Director Jean Ann Moon says. Moon says this year there are some changes with the […]

  • Two men arrested in connection with city-wide car break-ins

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Two men are arrested and facing multiple counts each in connection with a string of city-wide car break-ins. Albertville Police Assistant Chief Jamie Smith says the break-ins started a late last year. Officers say once they started investigating, they realized that many of these city-wide break-ins were most likely related. “They would go through neighborhoods, pretty much pulling on car doors, if the car was unlocked they would go inside and take what they could find,” […]

  • Deputies: Argument leads to a 17-year-old charged with attempted murder

    BRIDGEPORT, Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says a 17-year-old is charged with attempted murder. Sheriff Chuck Phillips says Saturday night the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting call at home on Spiller Avenue in Bridgeport. “When we arrived, we found out that a 19-year-old man had been shot in the leg. He was taken to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment,” Sheriff Phillips says. Investigators say the supposed shooter had left the home. “During the […]

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    Burglar caught on camera, recognized on social media, arrested by Arab Police

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police say a burglar was caught on a security camera, a picture was posted online, and now that man is facing multiple charges. It all started a couple of days ago when a woman got home to find her door unlocked and some things missing. “She then got in touch with her neighbor and her neighbor actually had video footage of a white Ford Bronco leaving the victim’s residence,” Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn […]

  • Deputies: Drugs found in Scottsboro home, two arrests made

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – A search warrant at a Scottsboro home leads to the arrest of two people on drug charges. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Patrol Deputies executed a search warrant at a home on John Rob Drive in Scottsboro on Monday, Jan. 5. Deputies say during the search, investigators found eight grams of spice, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana. Robert Eugene Glass and Amanda Renae Ledwell, both of Scottsboro, were arrested.  Both are charged with unlawful […]

  • Increase in owner surrendered animals during the holidays leads to greater adoption push

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — During and after the holidays, the Scottsboro Animal Control Center saw an increase in owner surrenders, and now the push is on to find them good homes. Animal control officers say the shelter saw more surrenders than adoptions during and after the holidays, causing the increase in pets needing homes. “Come down, see what we’ve got,” Animal Control Officer Heather Carlin says, “We’ve got big, small, all of them are friendly.” Carlin says they have been […]

  • Construction on new community center at High Falls progressing

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Construction on a community center at High Falls should be completed in summer, officials say. Crews started building the community center at the county park several months ago. Commission President Ricky Harcrow said weather hampered construction some late last year, but now the project is moving ahead quickly.  The center will boast office space for county employees and space for functions. “It’s going to be a great asset to that community and our county because […]

  • Cold, cold weather — and a continued learning experience for EMA officials

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Emergency management officials have been standing by to help us if something happens during this cold weather. In DeKalb County, they are learning what they can do even better. The DeKalb County EMA is turning this cold snap into a learning experience. “We try to learn from what went wrong, what went right, and repeat the good stuff and change the bad stuff,” EMA director Anthony Clifton says. Clifton says each weather event affords for […]

  • Amid cold snap, DeKalb County EMA works to better prepare for severe weather

    DEKALB CO., Ala. (WHNT) — We’re dealing with the cold now, and so are emergency management officials. While they’re working on this event though, DeKalb County’s agency is also in the middle of preparing for severe storms. The DeKalb County EMA is working on improvements to better handle severe weather situations. “One of our goals is to really work on our preparedness,” EMA director Anthony Clifton says, “Our relationship between the first responders and the public.” Clifton says they’re working […]

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    Scottsboro firefighters respond to early-morning house fire

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – Scottsboro fire officials say a space heater appears to be the cause of a fire that displaced two people from a home. Scottsboro firefighters responded to the home in the 100 block of Pine Street around 5:30 a.m. Officials say a quick response kept the damage from the fire minimal. Firefighters say two people were displaced from the home, but there are no injuries.


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