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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.

Recent Articles
  • DeKalb County Road 631 fixed, others in the works

    DEKALB CO., Ala. (WHNT) — Several weeks ago we got an email from a viewer asking us to look into why a county road near Mentone wasn’t fixed yet. We got that viewer answers, and this week we checked up on the project’s progress. Part of County Road 631 near Mentone in DeKalb County was completely washed out a few weeks ago. The washout was leftover damages from some storms that hit the area. Residents tell WHNT News 19 they […]

  • Scottsboro, Jackson County, receive combined one million dollars in grants for city’s downtown

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A combined one million dollars in grants is labeled for improvements for downtown Scottsboro. Downtown Scottsboro is historic. The courthouse stands tall in the middle of the square, where residents from all over the county frequent. Now with two grants, the County and the city together will spend one million dollars to improve the downtown area for those residents. “About six months ago we were made aware of a Federal Transportation Alternative Programs grant and it’s […]

  • Stolen car chase ends in Tennessee, Jackson County deputies search for the people involved

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two people they say took deputies on a car chase, using stolen cars. “A car nearly [hit] me on Highway 71 and when I turned around to stop it, that vehicle pulled into a dead-end road and there was another vehicle following it,” Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says. Chief Deputy Harnen says when he pulled up behind the car, it took off. He says eventually the car […]

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    Marshall County family’s pet found shot at their home

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County family is asking for answers after they found their son’s pet miniature horse shot. Hadley and Briar Hudgins’ grandfather got them a miniature horse and a pony. The animals stay out in the pasture in front of the Hudgins’ Marshall County home on Piney Grove Road. But, something happened Briar’s miniature horse that dad Jason Hudgins says was hard to explain to his small children. “She was down there in the woods […]

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    Two Marshall County men face rape charges

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Two Marshall County men are facing charges after police say they raped a young girl. Guntersville police say a grand jury indicted Stephen Baratz and Michael Watkins on charges of first and second degree rape. Investigators say Baratz is facing a second degree sodomy charge as well. Police say the two men met the minor online and agreed to meet near her home. Investigators say the men picked up the girl in a truck and drove from […]

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    Huntsville Police search for person who burglarized a Huntsville business

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville police are looking for a person who officers say stole copper piping from an area business. Police say officers noticed glass broken out of the front door of Scrimsher Company Inc. Sunday morning. They say a K-9 searched the business, and officers noticed the burglar had taken copper piping from inside. Officers say they were not able to contact the owner. An investigation is underway.


    Portion of Highway 72 shuts down due to accident

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A traffic accident caused delays Saturday night as part of Highway 72  was shut down. Two vehicles were involved in the wreck off Highway 72 east of Meridian Street near Christian Lane. Officers at the scene tell WHNT News 19 no one hurt.

  • Hundreds enjoy the 32nd annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival

    HENAGAR, Ala. (WHNT) The Sand Mountain Potato Festival is celebrating its 32nd year. If you ever come to the festival, expect to take your time. Hundreds came to Henagar Friday to do just that. One lady has been enjoying the festival for years, and Friday, had a job that allowed her to share a bit of conversation with many of those visitors. Meet Chris Murdock.  Friday she sat in the middle of the activity and welcomed visitors as they walked […]

  • DeKalb County Sheriff warns park visitors to use caution this Independence Day

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging residents to use safety practices to ensure a safe holiday. High Falls has been a popular swimming destination for years. Last week though, a swimming trip turned into a tragedy for a Marshall County family when 16-year-old Gavin Brooks fell off of a ledge and drowned. The county park, located near Geraldine, sees several visitors a day, and as we celebrate our nation Friday even more people are […]

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    UPDATE: Homeowner shoots man in DeKalb County

    POWELL, Ala. (WHNT) – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in the Powell community. It happened Wednesday night at a home on Wigley Avenue. Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting someone was trying to force their way into a home. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says Cecil “Monty” Gant was making threats to the homeowner, whose name isn’t being released yet. He says that’s when that person got a gun. “Mr. Gant’s trying to come in through the […]

  • Jackson County aims to help repair Camp Jackson

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Jackson County is lending its support to help get Camp Jackson back to how it used to be, three years ago. Camp Jackson used to be frequented by visitors from the Tennessee Valley and around the nation, but the 2011 tornadoes took their toll on the Boy Scout camp. “Camp Jackson got hit by at least two tornadoes, one very large tornado that very much destroyed the entry of the camp and several other parts of […]

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    UPDATE: Third person charged in Albertville home invasion

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville Police say the third person believed to be involved in a home invasion is charged. Albertville Police say William Benjamin Addam Duke was arrested late last week at his home on two warrants. Police say is charged with Robbery 1st and Burglary 1st. Albertville Police Chief Doug Pollard says three people broke into a home on Highland Avenue nearly two weeks ago . Police initially believed the three took 23-year-old Steven Moore in an apparent […]