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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
  • Donations help Douglas Police reach goal of giving emergency first aid kits to Marshall Co.’s law enforcement

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — Marshall County communities helped Douglas police officers reach a goal to give an emergency first aid kit to each law enforcement official in Marshall County. Once the final kits are put together, each law enforcement official will be equipped with an emergency first aid kit. The kits are to be used in an officer down or an active shooter situation. The kits cost about $100  each. They’re uniform, filled with items like tourniquets, compressing bandages, and blood […]

  • Joseph Ray McGehee, 18, arrested in connection to a string of house fires.

    Hollywood Police charge man with arson

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — The Hollywood Police Department have arrested Joseph Ray McGehee, 18,  in connection to a string of house fires on Mitchell Drive. Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler says McGehee confessed to three out of the five house fires, and is charged with first degree arson and two counts of arson in the second degree. Investigators believe this is an isolated incident. From earlier: Police continue to investigate the fires, and say new cases haven’t cropped up. All of the […]

  • Shopping local affects your community, schools, and law enforcement

    ARAB, Ala. — This Saturday take a break from the big name stores and check out local businesses for your holiday shopping.  It’s Small Business Saturday this weekend, and officials say shopping local can help get things done in your community. “Shopping local affects so many different things in our small businesses, it creates such a community atmosphere,” Arab Chamber of Commerce President Wes Kitchens says. Kitchens says when you shop local you’re helping your community, because the tax dollars […]

  • Taking Action: Don’t let thieves ruin your holiday while you’re out of town – start with social media

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — While we give thanks this week for what we have there are some people who will be trying to take what you’re thankful for. If you’re headed out-of-town this holiday there are things you can do to prevent becoming a victim. Where you’re going and what you’re doing make it to the expansive world that is social media. Unfortunately, that can make you a victim of a crime. “The first thing you shouldn’t do is post and […]

  • Search scene Monday morning

    Vehicle belonging to missing Decatur man found in Jackson County

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – Crews wrapped up day two of the search in Jackson County for a man with Alzheimer’s who was reported missing last month. Crews searched a densely wooded rural area of Jackson County throughout the day Monday for James Robert Elliott.  The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a Missing Senior Alert for Elliott in October. He was last seen leaving his home in Decatur on October 11. Crews painstakingly searched a stretch of property on Crow Mountain, near […]

  • The Arab Police Department installed equipment on several patrol cars that will help in pursuits

    ARAB, Ala. — The Arab Police Department installed new equipment on several patrol cars that aims to keep officers, the community, and even suspects safe. “We have equipped [some patrol vehicles] with StarChase, which is a GPS enabled technology and it allows us to hopefully reduce liability and reduce the number of pursuits that we have,” Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston says. The technology is used during a car pursuit. “It’s an air charged cylinder that deploys a dart that […]

  • Remnants of a brush fire near Albertville

    With extreme dry conditions and brush fires so prevalent, if you see something, say something

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  Local firefighters respond to calls about potential outdoor fires each day. There are so many across the region, the smoke from fires in other States and counties drifted into the Tennessee Valley. To prevent something small from turning detrimental, if you see someone burning outdoors, you need to take action. It may be common sense, but a good reminder: fire officials say if you encounter an outdoor fire, get on the phone.  “They should always call 911 […]

  • Hollywood Police

    Hollywood Police officers investigate string of fires believed to be arson

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — Hollywood Police officers are investigating a string of fires believed to be arson. Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler says the cases are on Mitchell Drive in Hollywood. He says five houses burned. Two of the homes are total losses, and three have minimal fire damage. Police are looking for the person or persons responsible and ask the community to keep an eye out and report anything suspicious to the Hollywood Police Department. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office […]

  • Marshall Co. Commission names new bridge, and honors three Asbury community members

    ASBURY, Ala. — The Marshall County Commission named the new bridge near the Asbury community, but a local family with strong memories tied to the area isn’t happy with it. They had hoped the bridge would be named in honor of their sister and daughter who lost her life there. Commissioners did something else to honor her and two other members of the community instead. “I remember us getting a call to assist Alder Springs on a house fire. I […]

  • Rep. Will Ainsworth and DA Steve Marshall hold appreciation day for Marshall Co. law enforcement, responders, and firefighters

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  Representative Will Ainsworth and Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall organized an appreciation day for law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders Wednesday. Smoke from a grill drifted across waiting food and music from a band rang over the crowd at Civitan Park in Guntersville Wednesday morning. Just about every law enforcement agency, fire department, and first response organization were represented. “It’s an appreciation day for law enforcement, firefighters, and also first responders. We just wanted to have […]

  • Arab Christmas lights

    The process of putting up more than 2 million Christmas lights starts early in Arab

    ARAB, Ala. – Christmas lights are up in the city of Arab, but it’s a process that takes days and even weeks. The twinkle, the sparkles, that warm feeling — Christmas lights just add a little something extra to the holiday season. But then you remember putting them up can be as frustrating and exhausting as losing the Iron Bowl. So that’s why crews in Arab put the more than two million Christmas lights up weeks in advance.  “We have […]

  • The Tennessee Valley Authority's unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant near Hollywood, Ala. (Photo courtesy: TVA Photo/ Tennessee Valley Authority)

    TVA’s Bellefonte Nuclear Plant sold for $111 million, expected to bring thousands of jobs to Jackson Co.

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. —  Nuclear Development, LLC entered into a contract to purchase the partially completed Bellefonte Nuclear Plant from the Tennessee Valley Authority  for $111 million. Nuclear Development, LLC purchased the Jackson County property at a public auction Monday morning. The sale price was more than three times the minimum bid of $36.4 million. There were  two bidders, and the process took only minutes as local officials, plant employees, and the public looked on. The company plans to invest up […]