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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
  • Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey visits Ebola treatment training sessions

    ANNISTON, Ala. (WHNT) — Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey is making a visit to a CDC-run Ebola treatment training session in Anniston, which is the only session of its kind in the nation. At a FEMA facility in Anniston, a full mock-up of an Ebola treatment center is filled with volunteers. Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey took a tour of the facility and the mock center. “It is a serious virus and we’re just blessed to have this effort going here at Fort […]

  • UPDATE: Two men charged in connection to deadly Fyffe shooting

    FYFFE, Ala. (WHNT) — DeKalb County deputies say two men involved in a deadly shooting are charged in connection with the crime. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says one man is charged for murder and a second man is charged for hindering prosecution. Sheriff  Harris says the shooting happened late Saturday afternoon at a home at 2223 County Road 578. Investigators say two men were arguing outside the home. “No witnesses, but one of them’s brother was in the house and heard something that sounded […]

  • Old and rare tree set to be cut down in Scottsboro, but there’s good news

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Several Jackson county residents have taken a stand for a nearly 100-year-old tree in the Scottsboro downtown square, but the commission has finally set a date to cut it down. The branches of the Norway maple have grown along with Scottsboro for the last several decades.  The commission plans to have it cut down next weekend, after much consideration and expert opinions. Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges understands the concerns about cutting down the old and rare tree. […]

  • Photo Courtesy: Eric Schultz/al.com

    Funeral for Hazel Green football player set for Friday morning

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WHNT) – Friends and family will gather to say their final goodbyes to a beloved member of the Hazel Green community Friday morning. The funeral for 16-year-old Julian Jones is set for Friday morning. It will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at 315 Winchester Road in Huntsville. The Hazel Green football player died Monday morning. The coroner ruled the cause of death to be suicide. Jones was a junior defensive […]

  • Running in stilettos to raise funds for domestic violence and abuse victims

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — An event Sunday helped raise awareness and funds for an organization that provides north Alabama residents with assistance when they need it most. A bunch of kids sprinting down a downtown Huntsville block isn’t a common occurrence. Neither is seeing ladies running in very treacherous looking high heel in a dash to the finish line. The races are a part of the fundraiser, but they were a carefree aspect of an outside layer. At the heart […]

  • Community helps with fundraiser for family of eight-year-old hit-and-run victim

    HUNTSVILLE,  Ala. (WHNT) — The community is coming together to do what they can to help the family of a little boy who was killed after a hit-and-run in September. There’s a bright spot on the side of Highway 72 in Huntsville. Flowers and mementos depict the support and love a community is showing for Weixi Zhang. Some knew him, others didn’t. It doesn’t matter though, what matters is a little boy lost his life. Weixi was walking with his […]

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    Troopers investigate fatal Saturday crash

    MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) — Alabama State troopers are investigating a crash that killed one man. State Troopers say a man was driving on Alabama 33, three miles north of Moulton when the 2001 Chevy pickup he was driving left the roadway and overturned. Troopers say the crash happened around two o’clock in the afternoon Saturday. The man is identified as 43-year-old Jeremy Carroll of Hillsboro.

  • Residents voice concerns over old tree facing removal on Jackson County Courthouse square

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Commission is hearing from experts on whether to cut down a nearly century-old tree in the courthouse yard, but residents are voicing their concerns in opposition of the move. Caution tape blocks off a good portion of the Jackson County Courthouse lawn, causing visitors to walk out of their way to go around it. County leaders say that caution tape is necessary though, because limbs from a tree estimated to be between 80 […]

  • Tree damage along Martling Road in Asbury. (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

    Early morning storm leaves damage in Asbury community

    ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) — The storm that rolled through the Tennessee Valley Thursday evening and Friday morning took its toll on some areas in Marshall County. Asbury Volunteer Fire Department Chief Albert Childress says the storms hit Asbury hard in some areas. “We had two chicken houses destroyed and had a few trees and the damage only looked like it was a half a mile stretch,” Chief Childress said. Debris from one of the chicken houses on Martling Road was blown […]

  • Big lesson on fire safety for kindergarten students

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — Students at Hollywood School in Jackson County are learning a big lesson, and crawling through a smoke-filled room is part of it. Thursday, a Hollywood School teacher ushered her class of kindergartners into a library. The kids met men, who are at least three times bigger, decked out in firefighter gear. As the students squirm into a ‘criss-cross applesauce’ position, a firefighter walks to the front of the room and says, “Hollywood Fire Department here, we’re here to […]

  • Plans for full-time resource officers in Marshall Co. schools in discussion

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A plan for full-time school resource officers in Marshall County schools is in the works, but there are several pieces that need to fall into place before it can happen. Recently, Marshall County hit a milestone. They were able to put part-time resource officers in each county school. It took a partnership between the county commission, the legislature, and the school board to make it happen. As the new school year started, the entities announced a […]

  • Photo: Catherine Awasthi / WHNT News 19

    UPDATE: More information about Owens Cross Roads death investigation

    UPDATE: OWENS CROSS ROADS, Ala. (WHNT) —  Sunday evening, police began a death investigation at an Owens Cross Roads home. Madison County Sheriff’s deputies told us neighbors did a welfare check on the man living at the home on Brockway Road, and found him deceased inside. Police told WHNT Monday that the man (whose name will not be released) died because of health complications from an existing medical condition. They now believe his passing was not suspicious and foul play […]

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