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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
  • Evans Elementary students in Albertville create a living wax museum as part of a hands-on learning experience

    Albertville, Ala. — A group of students at Evans Elementary School in Albertville are getting a unique hands-on learning experience the community could enjoy. The students researched and created a living wax museum at their school as part of their class work. The students picked the historic figures themselves.  “We could do some famous inventors from the 1900s to the 1940s,” explains student Griffin Simmons, “Or, we could do some famous people in history, and there’s some people all the […]

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    Boaz Middle School puts technology in hands of each student to help them prepare for their futures

    BOAZ, Ala. – In accomplishing a goal Boaz Middle School has been working toward for months, the school is ensuring its students are ready for their high school and college careers. “We’ve been working for about the past 10 months to get ready to go to one-to-one Chromebook initiative here at Boaz Middle School,” said Boaz Middle School Principal Richard Rutledge. Thursday morning, those pieces of technology were handed out to each student at the school. This initiative has been […]

  • Marshall County veteran with level four heart failure looking to community for help

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A Marshall County veteran is asking for the community’s help. He has level four heart failure that requires him to make trips to UAB in Birmingham every week. Right now, he says the community’s support is helping him and his family get by. Greg Bledsoe says he served in the Armed Forces for ten years. “I’m a veteran, Army veteran. I served in Vietnam, and a couple of other places around the world.” After that his job […]

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    Boaz student faces serious charge over clown mask threat

    BOAZ, Ala. – A 15-year-old student at Boaz High School is charged with making a terrorist threat over an incident at school on Wednesday. Police say the teen brought a clown mask to school, pulled it out of his backpack and told a female student “she would be the next victim.” The girl notified school administrators and the other student was arrested.  He is in juvenile detention. Police say the teen also posted something on social media prior to the […]

  • Hospice of Marshall County Thrift Shoppe’s annual Holiday Shoppe will officially open its doors October 6 and run through the season

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A seasonal and popular shop made possible by community donations is getting ready to open its doors for yet another year in Albertville, and all of the proceeds go straight back into Marshall County. A building in Albertville holds a kaleidoscopic display of hundreds of items with one theme in common. “This is the Hospice of Marshall County Holiday Thrift Shoppe,” explains Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove CEO Rhonda Osborne. The shop is fairly bursting with […]

  • Construction underway on Jackson County’s Veterans Memorial Park

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Construction is finally underway on Jackson County’s Veterans Memorial Park. The idea behind the park from the beginning was to involve the county’s residents in the park’s creation, and as construction continues, the community can still have a big hand in making the whole park a reality. A stretch of land in Scottsboro looks different from a few months ago, when a ground breaking ceremony was held to commemorate the start of an idea years in the […]

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    UPDATE: Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office confirms body found in Section is missing DeKalb man

    SECTION, Ala. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says investigators have confirmed a body found Wednesday in Section is that of a man reported missing from DeKalb County. Family members last saw Ricardo Hernandez over the weekend. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call Sunday night of a man walking around property on Bluff Road in Section. Deputies say the property owner said the man was looking for a place where a party was going on. “Obviously he was […]

  • Monitored, recorded, and safe: Arab Police Department’s ‘e-commerce exchange zone’ encourages a safe meeting place between strangers

    ARAB, Ala. — The Arab Police Department has a new designated ‘e-commerce exchange zone’ outside its building as a way for people to meet in a monitored safe area. You hear about it all the time — someone trying to sell or buy something online, only to become the victim of a crime. As selling and buying things on the internet is a common occurrence, unfortunately, that situation can frequent as well. The goal for a project between the City […]

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    UPDATE: Family identifies woman found dead in Albertville on Tuesday

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Albertville Police say they have learned a possible identity of a woman found dead on Tuesday in a vacant lot on Auburn Avenue. Albertville Police Assistant Chief Jamie Smith says some of the woman’s family came forward Tuesday night and gave a description.  Officers say they’ve tentatively identified the body as Sue Anna Sweeney. “The tattoos, the description, the clothing, and the fact that Ms. Sweeney, it had been a few hours since she had last been […]

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    DeKalb Co. Animal Adoption Center in dire need of adoptions and foster homes

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The DeKalb County Animal Adoption Center is in dire need of people to adopt or foster animals. DeKalb County Animal Adoption Center has new dogs and cats come through the doors every day. “We try to save all the animals we can. We’re a very high kill shelter because there are a lot of dogs that come through here,” explains staff member Sarah  Gulledge. The staff works hard each day trying to find the animals homes. […]

  • “It means the world”: DeKalb County five-year-old granted wish to Disney World

    IDER, Ala. — A little boy in DeKalb County got a special wish granted Tuesday, and it’s one his whole family can enjoy. A gym at Ider School is bursting with excited voices. Tuesday morning is special, and it’s all for one little boy and his family. “In September, 2012, my son had a traumatic brain injury, and so he’s had a crazy journey with a lot of medical issues and seizures, and he had to have a trach for […]

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    Marshall County Courthouse in Albertville scheduled for an overhaul

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County is starting to make some big changes to one of its courthouses. The historic building is in downtown Albertville and it hasn’t been upgraded in quite some time. Marshall County has two county courthouses in Guntersville and  in downtown Albertville. The building in Albertville will be a focus over the next several months. “It’s an older building built in 1936, and to be honest with you, it hasn’t had any major attention for a number of […]