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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 laura.christmas@whnt.com

Recent Articles
  • Program helps Guntersville City schools soar in AP testing results

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — This week Governor Robert Bentley announced Alabama leads the way in improvements on Advanced Placement scores and Guntersville City school leaders say thanks to a grant, among other schools who also received that grant, Guntersville City schools had the highest increase in two areas. Mrs. Chandler’s AP Lit English class is quiet Thursday afternoon. Students are hard at work, and words are spoken in near whispers. Her classroom’s walls are plastered with writing tips and messages […]

  • Officials aim to have full-time officers at each of Marshall County’s schools

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s a challenge to put full-time school resource officers at every school in a district, but Marshall County is working to do that. Last year was the first in school history that Marshall County had a resource officer at each of its County schools. However, now the Commission, the Legislature, and the School Board are looking to surpass that. “We have one full-time officer now, so we’re hiring four more full-time. That’d give us five full-time. […]

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    Guntersville, Arab dubbed most dangerous cities; police say statistics are misleading

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A list of cities dubbed the most dangerous in Alabama include Guntersville and Arab and that’s causing concern among citizens, but police departments say those statistics are misleading. Number 6: Guntersville, Alabama. Number 8: Arab, Alabama. Data compiled by a security company rank those cities as two of Alabama’s most dangerous. Arab and Guntersville ended up on the list due to a relatively high number of crimes, based on their low populations. The company that formulated […]

  • New opinions, and updates in Jackson Co. Ten Commandments proposal

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Plans are moving forward to potentially put a monument of the Ten Commandments in front of the Jackson County Courthouse, and a letter from a national organization has sparked even more debate. The letter is from a nationwide nonprofit called Freedom From Religion Foundation. Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says the letter and the community’s various opinions will be taken into consideration by a newly formed committee that the Commission recently voted to instill. “The end goal […]

  • Spreading their wings: Country trio Southern Halo is making strides

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — In April we brought you the story of three sisters from Mississippi who are spreading their wings in a big way, and of the local legendary band member who is helping them. Months later the group Southern Halo is achieving another dream in the Tennessee Valley. Natalia, Christina and Hannah Morris made the trek from Mississippi to Alabama earlier this year to meet a man they’ve been looking up to their whole lives. Alabama member Jeff […]

  • Harley Tanner

    Harley’s Fight: A Marshall Co. family works to fundraise for their baby son

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County family is working to raise funds for their baby son, in a fight that started the day he was born. Imagine spending half of your life in a hospital. For two and a half months, that was a reality for Harley Tanner. During that time, Harley, his mom and his dad fought. Their battleground was a hospital room. The fight started on Harley’s birthday. In fact, mom Angela says the cause that prompted […]

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    Jackson County deputy shoots man during domestic disturbance call

    BRYANT, Ala. (WHNT) – Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips says one of his deputies shot a man Thursday evening during a domestic disturbance call. Deputies were called to 1541 County Road 291 in Bryant just before dark. “When deputies arrived the wife and the child was outside behind a vehicle in the yard. They approached them to talk to them and a man came out of the residence with two guns, one in each hand,” Sheriff Phillips says. Sheriff Phillips […]

  • Residents use social media to speak on downtown Scottsboro revitalization project

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — With one million dollars of grant money on the line, and potentially more on the way, Jackson County residents are taking to Facebook to share with local leaders what they would like to see in Scottsboro’s historic downtown square. Scottsboro and Jackson County leaders were recently awarded a combined one million dollars in grant funding to revitalize the downtown area of Scottsboro. The City has also applied for another two hundred thousand dollar grant for the […]

  • The Hollywood Fire Department is giving back in a different way than usual

    Hollywood, Ala. (WHNT) — A group of Jackson County volunteer firefighters are giving back to the community, but this time it’s in a different manner than their usual day-to-day work. Inside the Hollywood Fire Department, the equipment shows a glimpse into the hard work the group of volunteers put in each day. Their job is to help the community when they need it most. Trucks, boots, hats and hoses are things you’d expect to see inside a fire department. This […]

  • Infrastructure work underway in Boaz, goal to bring in businesses

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — Projects stemming from $700,000 of state funding are underway in Boaz. At eleven o’clock Friday morning crews in Boaz were manning equipment and hauling shovels on the road near the elementary school. That stretch of road is just a sliver of what is on the list for improvements. Earlier this year the city of Boaz received funds from the State to improve infrastructure. That includes paving more than ten miles of roads and fixing sidewalks. Mayor […]

  • High-tech electronics are giving Guntersville students a new learning experience

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Several high-tech electronics are providing a unique real-world learning experience for Guntersville students this year. Inside one of the classrooms at Guntersville High School, a 3-D printer sits prominently on a side table. High school classes from engineering to physics will use the device. Guntersville City Schools Technology Coordinator Sean Holmes says its lessons are numerous, and it will teach students to work as a team in a career-type setting. “The engineering folks are doing the […]

  • With new standards on the horizon, Pisgah School is fundraising for a cause

    PISGAH, Ala. (WHNT) — With new science standards around the corner Pisgah School is fundraising to send its teachers to a conference, aimed at providing a better learning experience for students. Friday afternoon students lined up in between classes, clutching money in their hands. The money goes into a bag, the student gets a softball, and an aim and a throw later, Assistant Principal Bill Shelton – sometimes – landed in a dunk tank full of water. It’s a fun […]


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