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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, and 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 and the other hidden gems northeast Alabama has to offer. She enjoys reading, particularly historical novels and works on the Supreme Court. Laura and her husband welcomed a son in 2018. They live with their two dogs and two cats named Jace, Jax, Jedi, and Leia.

She is thrilled and blessed to be able to find and share stories that matter in northeast Alabama 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
  • Scottsboro High Wildcats say goodbye to ‘Victory Tree’, damaged in the storms

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The storms last week damaged an icon at Scottsboro High School to the point where it has to be removed, and on Tuesday the students and staff gathered around it one last time. Hundreds of students filed out of Scottsboro High School and walked to an open field in front of the school. A large tree was roped off with yellow caution tape, highly visible from Highway 72. Eventually, the entire area was full of students, staff, […]

  • Governor Kay Ivey, other officials, help break ground on Google data center in Jackson Co.

    BRIDGEPORT, Ala. — Governor Kay Ivey, Congressman Mo Brooks, and other state and local leaders helped officially break ground on Google’s newest U.S. data center in Jackson County Monday morning. The small city of Bridgeport is home to just over 2,000 people. Now it’s home to Google’s 14th data center site in the world. “For them to locate here in Alabama sends a strong sign to companies around the world that there’s something special about doing business in Alabama,” Governor […]

  • Boaz Middle School teacher indicted on charges of sexual contact with a student

    BOAZ, Ala. — A  grand jury indicted a Boaz City Schools teacher on charges relating to sexual contact with a student. A Marshall County grand jury indicted Justin Beam on the charge of a School Employee Having Sexual Contact with a Student and Sexual Abuse 2nd. Beam is a teacher at Boaz Middle School. He’s been on leave from his job since March 9, and that’s when the investigation with the Boaz Police Department started. “In regard to allegations of […]

  • New school security measures, including resource officers, in the plan for Guntersville schools

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The Parkland, Fla. school shooting earlier this year caused leaders of the schools in Guntersville to reevaluate their safety plan now, and act on it. “Once the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, took place on February the 14, I think school systems across the country really stepped back to reevaluate,” superintendent Brett Stanton said. That’s the case with his district. School leaders discussed what they have in place and what can be different and came up with some […]

  • Volunteers needed to ‘keep Guntersville beautiful ‘

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The City of Guntersville wants volunteers to help keep it – as city leaders say – company ready, and they need volunteers to help. Part of Nicole Reyes’ job is to help keep Guntersville beautiful and volunteers can help. “We are having our big event on April 17. We’re having our city-wide Great American Clean-up. We do this every year,” she explained. They’re looking for individuals, civic groups, clubs, anyone who can spare even 30 minutes to […]

  • Local EMA officials say registering a safe room can get help quicker after damaging severe weather

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A simple task on your end could mean the difference between responders knowing where to find you after a damaging severe weather event and waiting on help. When there’s a tornado warning for Marshall County, Leonard Kubik and his wife head to their safe room installed in their garage. It was put in after the 2011 tornado outbreak.  “We thought we really need to be safer,” he explained. A safe room is built to a series of […]

  • Investigators: All 4 missing children from Marshall County have been found, non-custodial mother arrested

    DOUGLAS, Ala. – Authorities with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office confirm all four missing children have been found. Investigators say the four teens were last seen Monday morning waiting for the school bus on Moon Road. Deputies say their guardians thought the teens had gotten on the bus and went to school as usual but say their biological mother, Anna Marie Carroll, who does not have custody of the teens, picked them up from the bus stop and took off, […]

  • Burst pipe from freezing temps forced the Arab Senior Center to close down

    ARAB, Ala. — Extensive damage from a burst pipe, a casualty from the freezing temperatures the Valley experienced, forced the Arab Senior Center to shut its doors for repairs until further notice. “We had a 3/4 inch pipe burst in the first-floor ceiling and flooded the senior center,” said Mayor Bob Joslin, “It flooded the first floor, ran downstairs, flooded the basement. So we have a major renovation project that we have to take on now.” All because of a […]

  • Geraldine Police officers are seeing an increase in break-ins, suspicious activity

    GERALDINE, Ala. — Geraldine police officers are noticing an increase in suspicious activity around town, leading to home break-ins. They even have a report of a person they believe is the thief opening a door to a home and calling inside to see if anyone was there. “We’re noticing more activity in break-ins in the area. A lot of suspicious activity,” Chief Matt Crum said. At one point, police believe the thief hit one house twice.  A different report shows […]

  • Lake Guntersville State Park boasts new lakeside cabins

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — There are some new additions to Lake Guntersville State Park and the park didn’t have to pay a cent for them. Visitors will see something new at the Lake Guntersville State Park campground: ten new cabins. The fully furnished, two bedroom additions came to the park late last year. “They’re a concession based operation,” explained park superintendent Michael Jeffreys, “They’re owned and operated by Recreation Resource Management and it’s a unique opportunity because we’re not spending park […]

  • Etowah Co. investigators find more than 250 photos of child pornography on Boaz man’s phone

    ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. — Etowah County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Boaz man accused of sexually abusing a child and having child pornography on his phone. Sheriff Todd Entrekin says deputies arrested Cody Night Helton earlier this week. He’s charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography and one count of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, all of which are felonies. Deputies say Helton allegedly sexually abused a 10-year-old girl beginning in October, 2017.  […]

  • Marshall County works to upgrade school bus fleet with additional safety features

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — When crews are finished each route bus in the Marshall County Schools system fleet will be equipped with additional safety features. Several buses in the Marshall County Schools system fleet are getting a new addition aimed to keep kids safe. “We have 12 that did not have the safety arm,” explained Superintendent Cindy Wigley. Last year the system bought 27 brand new buses equipped with high-quality cameras and safety arms on the front of the buses. Before […]