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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
  • Jackson County looks to expand and remodel county park

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Jackson County is looking to improve one of its recreation destinations, with an added goal of bringing in more visitors and an increase in revenue. The county commission is working to expand and remodel the Jackson County park. “It’s really a massive overhaul from what’s out there and what’s been out there in the past,” County Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says. Hodges says part of the plans include bike trails and walking paths. One of […]

  • Scottsboro City Council approves seven day alcohol sales resolution

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The Scottsboro City Council passed a resolution that could allow alcohol sales seven days a week in the city. The proposal was approved at Monday night’s meeting. The affirmative vote was the first step in the process. Now, the proposal will go to the legislature for the following steps. If all is approved, it would afford the city the opportunity to allow alcohol sales every day of the week. City leaders say if passed, the hope […]

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    Marshall County Sheriff’s Office looks for man last seen at Guntersville Walmart

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is looking to the public for information on a missing man. Lieutenant Heath Thomas says the office got a report an Albertville man went missing last Wednesday. Lieutenant Thomas says Tomas Toribio Loreto was last seen that morning in the Guntersville Walmart parking lot. Loreto got out of a vehicle with friends and walked away. Deputies say he has not been seen or heard from since. Anyone with any information is asked […]

  • 82 marijuana plants, additional 100 pounds taken from Stevenson home

    STEVENSON, Ala. (WHNT) — A search at a Stevenson home lead deputies to nearly 100 marijuana plants and an additional 100 additional pounds of the drug. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says on Friday the Narcotics Unit, Patrol Division, and Stevenson Police searched a home on Hicks Drive in Stevenson. Deputies say during the search they found an indoor marijuana grow operation with more than 80 plants. Deputies say they also found grow lights and equipment. Additionally, 100 pounds of marijuana, […]

  • Scottsboro City Council votes down authority that could help preserve B.B. Comer Bridge

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A vote by the Scottsboro City Council could hindered efforts to save the B.B. Comer Bridge. City officials voted down the idea of forming a tourism authority, which would include the historical bridge. The State told the group it needs an entity like the county or city to be able to save the bridge. “We do hope that the county would give us an opportunity to present our information to them,” Comer Bridge Foundation Vice President Lallie […]

  • New tourism surcharge results in estimated thousands of dollars in funds for Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The city of Guntersville is working to come up with a draft to regulate how it can spend an estimated $100,000. The city council aims to spend it on one of Guntersville’s biggest economic drivers — tourism. Guntersville is surrounded by a large economic engine — Lake Guntersville. It brings in tourists from all over and starting this month, the city will get more funding to bring more people in. “Our lodging surcharge inside the city […]

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    Marshall, Jackson counties cease marriage ceremonies, plan to issue licenses Monday

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall and Jackson Counties will no longer be performing marriage ceremonies and as of Thursday, both counties will begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Monday. Marshall County Probate Judge Tim Mitchell says his office made the decision to cease performing marriage ceremonies due to the heavy workload already in place. He says as of Thursday, his office plans to issue same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, unless developments occur in regard to the case. Jackson County […]

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    Albertville Police say argument leads to shot fired, theft, search for person involved

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville Police are looking for the man they say fired a shot at another, stole more than $2,000 and took off. Police say this happened early Thursday morning near Turnpike Road in Albertville. Chief Doug Pollard says the department got a call about a prowler in the area. “When officers got over there there was a guy beating on the door, claiming he had been shot at,” Chief Pollard says, “When police responded over there, what […]

  • Early construction rapidly in the works on future Albertville shopping center

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — An area in Albertville is transforming quickly as it moves to become the newly announced Shoppes of Albertville. The site is the future home of a retail center that would include multiple major name stores that currently aren’t in that area. Located behind a slew of restaurant chains off of U.S. 431 in Albertville, this site is transforming quickly. The center was announced last month, and at that time trees and grass covered the expansive area. […]

  • Plan for downtown Albertville revitalization project to be presented to council Monday

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — After plenty of research, discussions, and input the Albertville City Council will soon be able to look at the first draft of a plan that aims to revitalize and bring in more visitors and business to the city’s downtown area. “The downtown plan has been a very comprehensive process,” Melody Whitten says. Whitten is the Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Albertville. She says discussions and input from stakeholder meetings, community workshops, […]

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    UPDATE: Fort Payne city leaders approve resolution for draft beer sales

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Fort Payne City Council approved the resolution that could allow draft beer sales in the city. The approval came at Tuesday’s meeting. The resolution could be the first step in allowing draft beer sales in the city.  City officials say the approval for the resolution will send the proposal to its next step in the process. Currently, the city allows the sale of alcohol, but this proposal would allow the sale of draft beer […]

  • Amnesty month begins in Marshall County for bad checks & court fees

    Marshall County, ALA. (WHNT) — This month in Marshall County is amnesty month — that means people who owe money for a bad check or to the court system can make it right without consequences. February has been designated as amnesty month for the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office Restitution Recovery Unit and the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office Worthless Check Unit. The office is working toward a roundup of those people who have failed to pay off bad checks, […]

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