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Laura Christmas is a Multimedia Journalist for WHNT News 19. 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
  • Warming centers in Marshall County open this week

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Dozens of warming centers in Marshall County are open as of Monday, and most will run through the week. When the weather turns cold enough, Marshall County EMA coordinates the opening of the centers across the county. “It’s a combination of publicly owned, government-owned or faith-based organizations. We have close to 30,” Marshall County EMA Operations Coordinator George Harwell says. Harwell says there are dozens of centers scattered throughout the county. “We’re fortunate enough to have […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Parents concerned about heating system at Guntersville Middle

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville Middle School officials say they are working as fast as they can to fully restore the heat in Guntersville Middle School. Meanwhile, parents are concerned about their students. After concerned parents reached out to WHNT News 19, we spoke with Guntersville City School officials about what they are doing to remedy the problems with the heating system at the middle school. Superintendent Dale Edwards tells us they started having problems with the heating and air […]

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    UPDATE: Fort Payne Police identify victim, charge man in murder investigation

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – Fort Payne Police have identified the victim and the suspect in the Saturday morning murder investigation. Investigators identify the victim as Bernie Wayne Clark. They say they have charged David Paul Edward Wooten with his murder. Officers say Wooten’s bond is set at $250,000. The charges stem from a 911 call about a supposed assault that happened at a mobile home park at 2219 Gault Avenue South.  When officers got to the scene they found […]

  • New community center planned for High Falls

    DEKALB CONTY,  Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County park High Falls is undergoing construction to build a community center. High Falls sees its share of visitors a year. Officials say thousands come to the falls to swim and enjoy the views. However, as far as buildings go at the park, only pavilions and a guard-house are present. County Commission President Ricky Harcrow says they’re breaking ground on a new complex. “We’re building a community center and we’re also building an […]

  • Historic Mentone church members asking community for help to preserve it

    MENTONE, Ala. (WHNT) — A small, generations-old church is in need of many repairs and its members are asking the community for help to preserve it. A walkway made of stone leads up to an entrance to St. Joseph’s on-the-Mountain Episcopal Church in Mentone. Inside, is a piece of history. “It’s the oldest building still being used in Mentone,” parishioner Ann Chesnut says. She’s talking about a log cabin, built in the 1800s. That cabin at first was a residence […]

  • New Walmart Neighborhood Market in Grant brings funding for city, DAR School

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — A new Walmart Neighborhood Market is opening its doors to the City of Grant Wednesday and with that grand opening comes funding for three local entities. The Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in the city is one of the organizations to receive part of the grant from Walmart. It will be split among the three schools within the system. “We will be using the money the Walmart has contributed to us to supplement existing programs,” high school […]

  • Swords, Stricklend and Hutcheson sworn in for Marshall County Commission

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Marshall County Commission has three newly sworn-in members on board for the next several years. Two are familiar faces and one is brand new. “I’m just ready to go to work and get some stuff done and we’re going to do a lot of work,” District 4 Commissioner Jessie Swords says. Swords is the new name on the commission, as he was recently elected to that position. He says he has plans in place […]

  • Saying ‘thank you’ to veterans, in an unlikely way

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — During a day to honor men and women who serve our country, two young people are doing just that with a small gesture. In front of the Marshall County Courthouse a Veteran’s Day ceremony fills the air with music, a rifle salute, and words of wisdom and experience. Men and women gather along the steps and look on. Some are veterans, others are family, and others just come to show their support. Among the crowd, two […]

  • Marshall County in early stages of improving Feemster Gap Road

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County officials are in the early stages of a road improvement project they hope will help boost area businesses. Sections of Feemster Gap Road in Marshall County are narrow, which makes it hard for large trucks to pass through. With a sand pit located just off the road, County Commissioners say that causes an issue. The county applied for an industrial access grant to help improve the road, and the county now has more […]

  • Albertville Police

    Albertville Police look for man involved in robbery, vehicle theft

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala (WHNT) — Albertville Police are looking for a man they say is involved in a burglary turned robbery that ended with a car chase. Investigators with the Albertville Police Department say a man broke into a home on Hilsman Street. They say the homeowner wasn’t there at first.  However, during the burglary, the homeowner returned and caught the man in the house. Officers say the man stole the homeowner’s truck and several other items and drove away. The […]

  • Guntersville High honors veterans with ceremony

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville High students are honoring veterans early this year. The students at Guntersville High School lined up in the school’s auditorium Thursday. Amid the students are men and women who have served or are serving our country. One of them is Don Campbell. “I served with the United States First Air Cavalry, the first division committed to the war in Vietnam,” Campbell said. Thursday’s ceremony is a way the Guntersville Wildcats are saying thank you. “We […]

  • Jackson County churches form new organization to help homeless

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A group of churches across Jackson County is uniting in one common goal to help others. People stand inside a Jackson County church, talking. The group is made up of different people with perhaps different opinions, but this group has one goal — to give help to those who need it.  They’ve formed a new organization called Room In The Inn of Jackson County. “We’ve seen the need so much to help our unfortunate families, […]


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