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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

Recent Articles
  • Jackson Co. boy hit by minivan ‘touched many’

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — An 11-year-old boy is being remembered by his family and friends. “He never met anyone who didn’t love him,” Kristie Daniel is talking about her son, Joshua.”His smile, his spirit, his energy touched so many,” she says. People knew the 11-year-old as a bright, cheerful and loving boy. He is the youngest of Daniel’s seven children. “The day this happened, my son decided to take out the trash without being asked so Mama would be […]

  • Patriotism at work: Showing pride through an oath, and a letter

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A group of young north Alabama men and women are taking the steps in becoming soldiers, and while their proclamation is loud, another quieter voice was heard whose message spoke volumes. Dozens of men and women line the top rows of seats at the Huntsville Stars stadium Saturday evening. They got there long before the game was scheduled to start. They’re future soldiers. Soon though, an oath will eliminate that ‘future’ in front of that title. […]

  • Giving Back: Brewing more than just beer

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — A local brewery is doing what it does best – serving the Tennessee Valley with its own unique take on beer. In addition to that though, it’s giving back to organizations that help the community. If you step inside 500 Lanier Road in Madison cold beer is always on hand – or in hands. At the far wall of the taproom at Blue Pants Brewery, you get a glimpse into where the magic happens – where […]

  • A medical helicopter waits to take a person to the hospital after a cliff accident in Morgan County. (Photo from WHNT's Laura Christmas.)

    Man falls off a cliff in Morgan County

    VALHERMOSO SPRINGS, Ala. (WHNT)   Volunteer firefighters and paramedics were on the scene of a rescue operation in Morgan County. Talacuh Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Bud Smith tells WHNT News 19 a middle-aged man tripped and fell from a cliff at an area called Lewis Bluff on the Tennessee River.   It’s located off of Talucah Road in Valhermoso Springs. Smith said the man hit a rock on the way down and hurt himself. Emergency crews transported him to Sunnyside Park by […]

  • Alabama State Tropers are investigating an accident where a child on a bike was hit by a vehicle and hurt.  (Photo from WHNT's Laura Christmas.)

    Update: Boy on bike hit by minivan in Jackson County dies

    WOODVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- An 11-year-old boy hit by a minivan while riding his bicycle Saturday afternoon has died. State Troopers report Joshua Daniel of Woodville was killed when he pulled out into the path of a Dodge Caravan. Family members reached out to WHNT News 19 to share the tragic news.  Troopers reported the boy’s age as 12, but family members say he was 11. The accident happened on Highway 72 in Jackson County between Woodville and Scottsboro around 3 […]

  • Marshall Co. funds resource officers another year, has funds left over from the last

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The allocation of extra funds in Marshall County’s school resource officer budget raises some questions among officials involved in the funding. Last year was the first year Marshall County was able to put a School Resource Officer in each of the county’s schools. Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says recently the Commission learned there was money left over in that budget, stemming from a position that was not filled. “This year it looks like we’re going to […]

  • Guntersville Electric Board customers warned of another scam

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville Electric Board customers received something that might have been alarming to some with their bills this week. “It is a scam, that’s not what we do,” Guntersville Electric Board Manager Tommy Troup says. He’s talking about phone calls some customers got from someone claiming to be a representative of the Electric Board. Residents got a white notification included with their bills this month, warning them not to fall victim of this latest scam that asks potential […]

  • Jackson Co. road closure sparks confusion among some drivers

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Some Jackson County residents are questioning the reasoning behind why a County Road is partially closed. Driving along County Road 96 in Jackson County, you’ll pass the TVA coal plant, and then you’ll promptly hit a ‘Road Closed’ sign. “The county had to close the bridge on the fifteenth due to an inspection done by the State,” Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says, “They recommended that we close it due to the conditions it was in.” Hodges […]

  • Valley Head School ready for students following renovations

    VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (WHNT) — Valley Head School is ready for the new year, with new renovations. Mold was found at Valley Head School several months ago. School leaders say it wasn’t harmful to the students, and plans were made to clear the decades-old building of it entirely. Structural issues were also a concern, which leaders wanted to address. In the weeks until the school year ended, students were doubled up in classrooms that were mold-free. The plan was to renovate […]

  • Corks & Chefs: Event held Monday night to benefit local organizations

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s an event that showcases the best food Marshall County has to offer, but on the inside it’s benefiting some of the county’s residents that need help most. Corks and Chefs. The name says it all. It’s a culmination of the best food and drink you’ll find in Marshall County, and as its residents will tell you, it’s pretty good. What they left out of the name though, is how much this tasty tradition is benefiting […]

  • Huntsville Police are investigating a shooting at Seminole Drive and Vernon Avenue. (Photo from WHNT's Megan Hayes.)

    Huntsville Police investigate shooting, man hospitalized

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police Officers are investigating a shooting that happened on Seminole Drive and Vernon Avenue Saturday afternoon. “I heard at least six or seven shots go off and so I didn’t see who or what was doing the shooting or who even got shot,” Resident Wilma Latimore says. Police cars were scattered throughout the area in front of her home near Seminole Drive and Vernon Avenue Saturday afternoon. Officers worked to process the scene, which is […]

  • Reception honoring Governor Bentley held in New Hope

    NEW HOPE, Ala. (WHNT) — Governor Robert Bentley and his wife made a stop in the Tennessee Valley Saturday evening. The home of Warren and Isabella Strickland in New Hope was full of their friends and acquaintances Saturday evening. Many knew each other, others made new contacts. The honored guests Saturday evening though, were Governor Bentley and his wife. “We’re here visiting North Alabama. Of course, I visit North Alabama a lot,” Governor Bentley says, “I visit North Alabama probably […]


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