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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
  • Marshall County student selected to perform in international honor choir at Carnegie Hall

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — A Marshall County student is getting a chance of a lifetime. In fact, he’s one of only several hundred students in the world to experience it this year. Douglas High School sits on a highway that runs through the town of Douglas. It’s not a big town, there’s only one stop light. Nearly 600 kids go to the high school. It might be a small community, but the talent in some of its young people is anything […]

  • Marshall Co. store donates 550 formal dresses to popular Shepherd’s Cove Thrift Shoppe

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — You never know what you’ll find at some thrift shops. One in Marshall County is bursting with nearly 600 new items parents would normally pay hundreds of dollars for, thanks to one generous donation. There’s a treasure trove of things inside the Shepherd’s Cove Thrift Shoppe in Guntersville. “We have it all,” said Marketing Coordinator Samantha May. That’s an understatement. The place is always busy. “Half priced Tuesday, 25 cent clothing Friday, we have a great crowd […]

  • Cold weather delays and cancellations – school systems work to make up lost time

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. — School superintendents across the Valley have either closed or delayed school on multiple occasions during this cold snap, and after that decision is made then comes the task of making the hours up. DeKalb County Schools were back in session on Tuesday. Icy weather on Monday prompted school leaders to cancel school for the day. “In the area that we live in, we’re going to have icy and snowy conditions at some point. We have two mountains […]

  • Former Arab Electric employee sentenced for embezzling nearly $3 million, ordered to pay restitution

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A judge sentenced a former Arab Electric Cooperative employee accused of embezzling almost $3 million dollars from the company Tuesday morning. John Willis, also known as Jack, went before a judge in federal court in Birmingham Tuesday morning. Online court records indicate the judge sentenced him to two and a half years in prison and three years supervised release with special conditions. The judge also ordered restitution, with interest waived, due in the amount of almost $3 […]

  • Increased crackdown on crime spells good news for Rainsville residents

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. — An increased crackdown on crime in Rainsville led to some changes that spell good news for residents and bad news for criminals. Rainsville Police Chief Kevin Smith says the city has a reputation these days. “The reputation has gotten around that don’t come to Rainsville to mess up because you’ll go to jail.” Rainsville has drug issues like anywhere else, and drugs and crime directly go hand in hand. Rainsville police officers and detectives are cracking down […]

  • Two dead in DeKalb County house fire

    DEKALB COUNTY,  Ala. – Residents on Government Drive in Geraldine woke up to flames at a home in their neighborhood early Friday morning. A neighbor across the street immediately alerted police and responders rushed to the house around 4 a.m. “Once they got on scene and started fighting the fire, they realized the possibility of someone in the residence,” said Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson.   Responders found one person in the living room and another person in a bedroom. Unfortunately, the […]

  • Campaign underway to help pet owners comply with Arab’s dog tethering ordinance

    ARAB, Ala. — There’s a campaign to help people in Arab comply with a dog tethering ordinance that went into effect a year ago. The ordinance is meant to promote public safety and animal welfare. Arab’s dog tethering ordinance for outdoor pets went into effect last January. The Arab Police Department gets calls about noncompliance, something Chief Ed Ralston encourages residents to keep an eye out for. Under the ordinance, chaining is prohibited along with tethering to a stationary object […]

  • “It’s the right thing to do” – Rainsville police officers are asking for coats to give to kids and teens in need

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. — Rainsville police officers saw a need for coats for kids and teens in their area and they’re working to do something about it. Police officers go out every day to be there for the community. In Rainsville, there’s a department-wide effort going on to be there for some of the youngest people they swore to serve and protect. It all started when the officers did Shop With A Cop over Christmas. They saw a need for warm […]

  • “It was really pretty incredible” – Albertville High School Aggie Band returns from the Rose Parade

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — The Albertville High School Aggie Band marched in the Rose Parade for the second time; it was an experience band members say wasn’t just theirs – it was the community’s too. The Albertville High School Aggie Band is used to playing in front of a packed stadium. On Monday though, it played in front of the entire nation. “It was really just an experience I can’t even describe,” said assistant band director Taylor Cash. “We rounded the […]

  • Albertville city leaders say there’s a lot of interest in the soon to be vacant Kmart property

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville city leaders say they’re getting a lot of interest in the Kmart site, which is set to shut its doors this month. They say, ideally they want to fill the void while bringing in something unique to the area. Like many of its counterparts before it, the Kmart store in Albertville has a deadline to shut its doors for good. It’s the last store in Alabama, and it’s closing this month after 35 years. “Within the […]

  • Warming centers available in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Designated warming centers are open in Marshall County. The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency coordinates a list of available places that are designated warming centers. The centers give people a temporary place to stay for a few hours. They’re open during normal business hours and available for people to come and have a warm place to stay during the day. You can call and ask the individual centers if you can bring food or drinks. You […]

  • Arab Guntersville SWAT team helps county-wide in the fight against drugs

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Two law enforcement agencies in Marshall County revamped a joint SWAT team, and now the team is used across the county in the fight against drugs. Drone video from the Arab Police Department shows two SUVs pull up to a home. Like clockwork, a swarm of uniformed and armed police officers jump out and advance in formation; a move clearly practiced and discussed. Law enforcement officers say there’s an increasing need in Marshall County for what […]