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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
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    Commissioners say community meetings beneficial to learn about Jackson Co. one cent sales tax proposal

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Jackson County is looking to hold its second of a long string of community meetings soon. Commissioners say so far the meetings seem to be beneficial in getting the word out about the one cent sales tax proposal. Jackson County held its first community meeting earlier this week in Higdon. Commissioners say the focus is on the one cent sales tax proposal. “From the turnout that we’ve had, we had some good questions, some good conversation […]

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    UPDATE: Power restored to parts of DeKalb County

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Power is back on in a large area of DeKalb County. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s office reported a widespread power outage early Thursday morning. Mentone, Valley Head, Fort Payne, Rainsville and Fyffe were experiencing outages. Some areas in Cherokee County also were included. The Sheriff’s Office says the power was restored before six o’clock Thursday morning. The outage is due to a TVA power plant that went down in Chickamauga, Ga.

  • Marshall Co. Commission approves agreement for inmate housing costs

    MARSHALL CO., Ala. (WHNT) — The cost of housing inmates at the Marshall County jail is going up for some of the county’s municipalities. The Marshall County Commission approved the agreement  at its Wednesday meeting.  “What we decided is, charge them 15 dollars per day per inmate,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says, “Five dollars would go to feed them, to the sheriff, directly to the sheriff, and the county will receive ten dollars per day, which is a lot less […]

  • Curtis Lee Austin (L) and Elizabeth Dawn Austin (R) (Photos: Bay County Jail)

    UPDATE: Missing Marshall County woman believed to be found dead, 2 charged with her murder

    ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office has charged two people with murder. The victim is believed to be Judith McElroy Carranza, who was reported missing last week. Investigators from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Etowah County Sheriff’s Office and Attalla Police found a body just inside Etowah County late Tuesday night on Little Cove Road.  The body was in a shallow grave, and there’s no indication of how the person died. Investigators said Elizabeth Dawn Austin, […]

  • New fire rating could save some Scottsboro residents money

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Some Scottsboro residents could have a chance to save some money, and it’s thanks to a new rating that is a first in years. Back in January, the Scottsboro Fire Department was under evaluation, along with other entities involved in the city’s fire protection area. “So that includes the fire department, that includes the 911 center, and the water supply system,” Fire Chief Gene Necklaus says. After the evaluations, the company returns a rating. “Our rating […]

  • Weather causing delays to Guntersville airport construction

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Weather is causing construction delays at the Guntersville Municipal Airport, setting the May ribbon cutting back. First it was the winter weather and now it’s the rain that is causing delays to the construction on the new additions to the Guntersville Municipal Airport. “Everybody knows, this area has had a lot of rain and there were several weeks where we couldn’t do anything on the runway,” Airport Manager Bob Martin says. Martin says the weather is holding […]

  • Albertville & Guntersville city councils vote on resolution that could allow 7 day alcohol sales

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Two Marshall County cities are discussing a resolution that if passed through the steps, could allow a vote on seven-day alcohol sales in those cities. UPDATE: The Guntersville city council passed the resolution Monday evening.  City officials in Albertville and Guntersville say the resolution is just the groundwork set by the legislature. If passed through the respective steps, it would give the cities the authority to hold a vote on seven-day alcohol sales. “They require […]

  • Arab Police work to get the community involved in the Yellow Dot program

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — The Arab Police Department wants to get the community involved in a program that can be a vital link to responders in the event of an accident. The department plans to hold an event to teach the community about the Yellow Dot program. The program allows first responders to know important information about you in the event of a car accident, with the possibility you might not be able to interact with responders. “First responders can […]

  • Ed Jack Cooper (Photo: Family)

    UPDATE: Driver found in hit-and-run that killed Jackson County man

    BRYANT, Ala. (WHNT) – State Troopers have found a man they say is connected to a deadly hit-and-run that happened Friday morning in Bryant, in northeast Jackson County. State Troopers say Colton Cain Hart, 25, of Flat Rock wasn’t hurt, but left the scene after hitting Ed Jack Cooper, who was walking along County Road 93 about two miles north of Bryant. Officials got the call around 9 a.m Friday. They say Cooper, 87, was hit by a vehicle. The man’s […]

  • Resolution to allow 7-day alcohol sales in Scottsboro back in the hands of city council

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The Scottsboro City Council is discussing the seven-day alcohol sales resolution at Monday night’s work session. The council approved the initial proposal in February. From there, it had to go through the legislature. With that step passed, the resolution is back to the city council for final affirmation. City leaders say they expect to vote on the resolution at next week’s meeting. Officials say if passed, the hope would be the move would bring in more businesses […]

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    UPDATE: Man charged after SUV crashes into Guntersville restaurant, 1 hurt

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Police say the man who slammed an SUV into Applebee’s restaurant in Guntersville faces several charges. Andres Carmelo-Perez, 19, was arrested on the scene Thursday. Authorities say Carmelo-Perez wrecked while driving on U.S. 431, then continued traveling into the restaurant parking lot. There, the SUV hit three parked vehicles before slamming into the side of the building. An employee inside the restaurant was hurt, and taken to the hospital. There’s no word on the severity of […]

  • Grant Police ‘armed’ with new equipment aimed for accessibility and efficiency

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — Grant police officers are patrolling the streets armed with new equipment, and officers say the additions are helping them to do their jobs with more accessibility. Grant Police Department officers had been using laptops that were seven or eight years old. “They were getting pretty worn out,” Chief Mike Burgess says. Chief Burgess says the department started looking at other options and pricing. “We found that we could buy a ‘ruggedized’ tablet for the price of […]


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