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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
  • Deputies want parents to be aware of candy shaped ecstasy

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputies want to warn parents about a drug that’s circulating around the county. Deputies say it’s especially concerning, because it looks like candy. During a recent traffic stop, DeKalb County deputies and a K-9 Unit found a trafficking amount of drugs and paraphernalia, including a colorful drug — ecstasy. “The biggest thing that we want people to realize, parents to realize, is what it looks like,” DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy […]

  • Marshall County Schools have no Valedictorian this year, but that could change again

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – One by one the classes of 2017 are graduating across the Valley. This year’s seniors from the Marshall County Schools System graduated with recognitions other than Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the first year. But school leaders are discussing potential changes again. Back in 2013, the Board of Education approved revisions to the senior recognitions in the Marshall County Schools System. The new awards are Top Percent, Academic Elite, Honor Graduate, Career Technical Awards, and Fine Arts […]

  • Guntersville third graders learned STEAM hands on – the fun way

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A group of Cherokee Elementary School students got out of the classroom for hands-on learning, disguised as fun. Friday morning, a pavilion at Civitan Park in Guntersville burst with the sound of third graders. “We have 42 third graders from Cherokee Elementary here today,” said Guntersville City Schools Gifted Specialist Teresa Zimmer, “We set up five different stations and they’re doing everything from making balloon powered helicopters to making their own ice cream to making snow.” “We […]

  • TVA wants visitors to know it’s illegal to remove artifacts and damage historic sites on TVA property

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. —  There are many historic sites on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s property and TVA officials say there are issues with people damaging or taking things from those places, and that’s against the law. “We have over 11,500 archeological sites on TVA property,” said TVA Senior Archaeological Specialist Erin Pritchard. One of the more significant sites is in Marshall County, on the Tennessee River. “Painted Bluff has a number, probably over 100 rock art images,” Pritchard explained, “The […]

  • A program gives Guntersville Fire & Rescue responders critical information with the touch of a finger

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — First responders have seconds to make decisions and take action in the event of an emergency. Guntersville Fire and Rescue responders are using a program that gives them access to critical information needed during a call — all with the touch of a finger. “Active911 is a software that we use to put our hydrant information, we put prefire planning information, some of the safety concerns, hazards, of businesses in the city,” explained Deputy Chief Brian Walls, […]

  • Marshall Co. commissioners are discussing the future of the county’s outdoor warning sirens

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Like other Alabama counties, Marshall County commissioners are discussing the future of the county’s outdoor warning sirens. The Marshall County Emergency Management Agency identified ten units that the manufacturer stopped producing parts for, and that led to a broader, ongoing discussion. Marshall County EMA officials are working to determine the life expectancy of the county’s outdoor  warning sirens. The county has 59 sirens.  All of the county’s sirens are working, but there’s a problem. Ten of the […]

  • Police: Man wanted for sexual abuse of a young girl, his wife is in jail, accused of covering the situation up

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A man accused of sexually abusing a young girl is on the run and Albertville Police detectives need help to find him. His wife is in jail, charged with child abuse, accused of covering up the situation. Police say the alleged victim was 14 at the time of the initial report. Albertville Police officers were notified about this case about two years ago, but back then, the case didn’t go far. “At the time of the interview, […]

  • Governor Kay Ivey awarded just over $79,000 to help a Marshall Co. business expand, create jobs

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Governor Kay Ivey has awarded a $79,380 grant to help an Albertville business expand and create 35 new jobs in the community. The Community Development Block Grant will provide the infrastructure improvements necessary to enable ColorMasters, located just off of U.S. Highway 431 in the George Wallace Industrial Park, to undergo a $20 million expansion. The money will be used to double the size of the water lines serving ColorMasters and its sister company, Master Extrusions, which […]

  • Brindlee Mountain High School’s Lion Ambassadors cultivates young leaders

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — They might be teens, but a group of Marshall County students are taking on an adult role in their community by acting as a voice and face for their school. The students are a part of a program that’s a step toward their futures. A group of students sit gathered around a table inside  Brindlee Mountain High School. They aren’t there at random.”We were given a basic interview, we had to write an essay,” explained senior […]

  • Northeast Alabama responders trained in real life scenario rope rescues at Buck’s Pocket State Park

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. —  Responders from fire departments across northeast Alabama trained in real life scenario rope rescues Thursday, as part of extensive training for those situations. More than a dozen firefighters from all over northeast Alabama trained at Buck’s Pocket State Park Thursday. “We’ve simulated a 14-year-old falling off, 40 feet off of an ultimately 100 foot cliff, and we’re sending people down there to rescue him, package him up,” said scenario incident commander Doug Kubik, “What it does […]

  • Arab city leaders plan to move forward with camera installation around the city

    ARAB, Ala. —  Arab city leaders plan to move forward with a project that would add nearly 25 new cameras to different areas of the city. Some of those areas are where police officers have noticed vandalism. “These cameras are primarily covering the park,” said Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston. “We’re adding 10 cameras to the park to the already large number of cameras that we have there now. We’re updating the cameras that are over there. We’re adding them […]

  • Marshall Co. is offering free pick up and dumpsters for large, unwanted items Monday, May 15

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — The Marshall County Commission and a non-profit organization partnered up to give people who live in the rural areas of the county a chance to get rid of some unwanted, large items they might have around. “Each quarter we have a white goods pick-up, PALS sponsored it, and we have dumpsters at each district shop,” said Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson, “What we do, we ask the people if it’s stoves, refrigerators, stuff like that, […]