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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
  • The B.B. Comer Bridge in Jackson County spans the Tennessee River between Scottsboro and Sand Mountain. A bridge to replace the steel truss bridge is being built between it and the Robert E. "Bob" Jones Bridge, pictured behind it. (Photo by The Huntsville Times)

    New bridge on Highway 35 in Scottsboro nearing completion, demolition of B.B. Comer bridge to follow

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Construction on a new bridge on Highway 35 in Scottsboro is nearing completion, and with that completion comes a demolition of the B.B. Comer Bridge. Construction has been going on for years over the Tennessee River on Highway 35 in Scottsboro. Crews are building a new bridge in between an identical thoroughfare and the historic B.B. Comer Bridge. State transportation officials say construction of the bridge is nearing completion, and there is discussion of possibly opening the […]

  • Jackson County Courthouse, Scottsboro

    One cent sales tax increase proposal for Jackson Co. is halted in Montgomery, state officials hope to keep it moving

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – A proposed one cent sales tax increase for Jackson County isn’t moving forward in Montgomery, but the local legislative delegation says it is working to continue the proposal’s progress. Late last week the Jackson County Commission was told that an issue with the verbiage in its one cent sales tax increase proposal stopped its progress in the legislative session. Legislators say the verbiage in the bill didn’t match the verbiage in the referendum and that caused the […]

  • Marshall Co. Commission working to speed up Smith Drive flooding repairs

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Marshall County crews are working to speed up the repair process on a road that has been closed since the Christmas day flooding. Smith Drive is located in the Hyatt community of Marshall County. Part of it is closed, and has been since Christmas. That has forced residents to find another way to get around. The County Commission is ready to fix it, and is taking steps to speed up the process even more. Large pipes are […]

  • Marshall Co. working to make changes to improve handicapped accessibility at polling locations

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  Marshall County is making strides to ensure all of its polling locations are handicapped accessible. Several weeks ago, the Marshall County Commission moved a polling location from Community House Road to a nearby fire department because some residents had voiced concerns about the handicapped accessibility. Now, the county commission is looking at all of the polling locations in the county to see if anything else can be improved. The county has a federal grant to make improvements […]

  • Guntersville Board of Education approves tuition fee for non-resident students

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – After tabling a vote several weeks ago on the matter, the Guntersville Board of Education voted unanimously to initiate a tuition fee for non-resident students Monday night. The measure will go into effect for the next school year. “The next step will be for us to post the application on our school system website,” Superintendent Brett Stanton said. “Parents can download that and if parents don’t have access to download that application, can pick one up at […]

  • City of Arab in design process of downtown renovation project to improve ADA compliancy

    ARAB, Ala. — The city of Arab is in a design process right now, with an end goal to improve the downtown area and make it more handicapped accessible. With the help of a grant, the city of Arab is working to renovate and improve its historic downtown area. “We’re trying to renovate the downtown area by making a lot of our sidewalks ADA compliant,” Mayor Bob Joslin says. Joslin says that aspect of the project is much-needed. “We have several […]

  • Arab’s one cent sales tax increase funding is backing paving, infrastructure projects

    ARAB, Ala. — The city of Arab is working to improve every paved street in its limits in addition to other infrastructure improvements with funds that stem from its one cent sales tax increase. A one cent sales tax increase was passed in Arab in 2013. The city has 110 miles of paved roads in its limits. “Since July of ’13 that we passed the sales tax … at the end of this month we’ll have 80 miles of that 110 […]

  • Approved ‘growler bill’ is opening doors for breweries, providing growth opportunities

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  Growlers to go will soon be an opportunity at breweries across Alabama, thanks to a signature from Governor Robert Bentley. Marshall County’s only brewery is growing quickly, and the owners say the approval of this bill will create even more opportunities. Main Channel Brewing company in Guntersville is growing fast since it opened its doors a few months ago, constantly filled with locals and visitors to the area. With Governor Bentley’s signature on what has been casually […]

  • County Road 213 bridge in Mud Creek area of Jackson County

    Jackson County plans to replace bridge on County Road 213 in last of ATRIP projects

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — In the last of its ATRIP projects awarded several years ago, Jackson County is planning to replace the old bridge on County Road 213. “It’s probably one of the biggest we’ve got standing alone,” Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says. The near $1.4 million project is in a high traffic area. “It’s very much-needed as far as a replacement bridge,” Hodges says, “It’s a very active area. There are some businesses in that area that bring a lot […]

  • Level one of zip line course at Lake Guntersville State Park to open in early May

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — In early May, level one of the zip line course at Lake Guntersville State Park is expected to open, and that new component is just one of several projects the park has in the works. After some delay, construction on the zip line course at Lake Guntersville State Park is well underway. “There’s going to be two levels,” Park Superintendent Michael Jeffreys says, “We’re looking at level number one being open sometime in the beginning of May. […]

  • Lake Guntersville State Park

    Free, family-friendly 2016 Spring Break activities at Lake Guntersville State Park

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — This week Lake Guntersville State Park is offering free events for families during Spring Break. The events include a Wildflower Walk, a Birds of Prey Program, a Sunset/Night Hike, Birding Hike, story telling, a snake program with live snakes, and movie nights. For a full list of events, locations, and times, click here.

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    First responder training session on Saturday aims to teach how to better handle situations involving people with autism

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Saturday, two local organizations are putting on a free training session for first responders that will teach crews how to better handle emergency situations that involve members of the autism community. The Guntersville Rescue Squad and the North Alabama Search Dog Association are sponsoring a free training session Saturday, March 19 for first responders. The goal is to teach methods to better handle situations that involve individuals in the autism spectrum. “So that the situation goes a […]

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