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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, and 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 and the other hidden gems northeast Alabama has to offer. She enjoys reading, particularly historical novels and works on the Supreme Court. Laura and her husband welcomed a son in 2018. They live with their two dogs and two cats named Jace, Jax, Jedi, and Leia.

She is thrilled and blessed to be able to find and share stories that matter in northeast Alabama 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
  • “Different, in a good way” – Lake Guntersville State Park seven years after the April 27, 2011 tornadoes

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — It’s been seven years since the April 27, 2011 tornadoes devastated the state. Lake Guntersville State Park was hit hard, but things are rebuilt now, and park staff says there’s more to offer. Lake Guntersville State Park looked like a game of pick up sticks. “If there’s a good way to show sheer devastation, that’s what it was here,” said park superintendent Michael Jeffreys, “The first time seeing it and afterwards was indescribable, and I heard that […]

  • “Because of the memories” – Arab High seniors voted to forgo the new stadium, graduate in the old one

    ARAB, Ala. — Arab High School has a new stadium, but the Class of 2018 won’t be walking there because majority ruled – for a special reason. The new stadium is across town the from the high school and the old stadium, and the seniors made a decision about it.  “We had a class poll in Google Classroom,” explained senior Russell Brazelton.  “Basically everyone just voted on the new field or the old field,” added senior Hailey Kensing. The majority […]

  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 28

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. –  Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and that means you can turn in any unwanted medications safely, no questions asked. More than 450 tons of prescription drugs were turned in last October nationwide. This Saturday – April 28 – the nation has a chance to do it again. “Twice a year DEA does a national event where they take back prescription drugs, unused, unneeded, expired medications, and dispose of them properly,” said Jackson County Sheriff’s […]

  • Marshall Co. shooting suspect Cody Light still on the run, officers tracking down all leads

    ARAB, Ala. — It’s been one week since a multi-agency, multi-county search started for a man Arab police officers consider armed and dangerous. Cody Glenn Light is still on the run. Officers say he shot at a District Attorney’s Office investigator on Lookout Drive last week near Arab.  “We still consider him armed and dangerous, and I would encourage no one to approach him, but to call us,” said Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston. Ralston said Light stole several cars […]

  • A lot in the works as Guntersville prepares for Guntersville Lake HydroFest

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — One of Guntersville’s oldest and most popular tourism events returns to the lake this summer after decades with the Guntersville Lake HydroFest, and there’s a lot going on behind the scenes to prepare for it. “We’re very excited,” Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau president Katy Norton said, “Of course every championship race with the H1 Unlimited hydroplanes has a name, and so we have named ours The Race for the Southern Cup.” The biggest event in […]

  • Restoring history – Crews work to restore historic Albertville Train Depot

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Crews are working to restore a staple in the city of Albertville to its former glory. “The Albertville Train Depot was originally built in 1892, so if you do the simple math, it’s 126 years old,” said Albertville City Council member Ben McGowan. That’s about as old as the city itself.  “It was the only remaining building in downtown Albertville that remained fully intact after the 1908 cyclone, as they know them today, tornadoes,” McGowan explained. But, […]

  • TVA crews looking to see if winter took a toll on an invasive plant that’s threatening Lake Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Crews with the Tennessee Valley Authority are monitoring Lake Guntersville to see if the freezing temperatures this winter took a toll on an invasive plant that’s threatening the estimated $964.2 million dollar asset in northeast Alabama. “These are the type of areas we look for the plant first,” said TVA’s lead aquatic plant biologist Brett Hartis, pointing to an area of Lake Guntersville from an airboat. He’s out on the lake looking for water hyacinth, an invasive […]

  • Boaz Police officers are offering to train groups in run, hide, fight

    BOAZ, Ala. — Boaz Police officers are offering to train the public on a method that can save lives during an active shooter situation. “Your first option is to run,” Chief Josh Gaskin said, “Your second option would be to hide, and then there are those times where we always tell people as a last resort that you may actually have to fight.” Run, hide, fight. Gaskin says those actions can be vital in an active shooter situation. “A split-second […]

  • Arab Police: Active search for an ‘armed and dangerous’ man in Lookout Drive shooting

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Multiple agencies are searching for a man who they believe is connected to a shooting incident on Lookout Drive on Thursday. Cody Glenn Light has an active warrant out for shooting into an unoccupied vehicle and has further charges pending. Friday afternoon more than seven different agencies, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, search dogs, and the Arab Guntersville SWAT team searched for him near Union Grove Road. Someone placed Light at Pier 69, a Guntersville convenience […]

  • Responders encourage High Falls visitors this summer to “have fun, and be safe”

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — First responders want the visitors who come from all over the world to see falls in DeKalb County to keep coming to enjoy them, but to also understand how powerful they can be. Steve Whitmire says he has the best job in the world. He says that because he works at DeKalb County’s High Falls. “People come here from everywhere,” he said. A county park, it offers hiking, fishing, a playground for kids, a new welcome […]

  • Arab Guntersville SWAT team responds to home following shots fired at investigator

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — The Arab Guntersville SWAT team responded to a home on Lookout Drive Thursday afternoon after authorities say shots were fired at a District Attorney investigator. According to authorities, a Marshall County DA’s office investigator was at the home searching for a stolen vehicle when someone fired shots at him. “There were several shots fired at him, so he called for assistance,” said Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston. Police say the investigator was not injured during the shooting. Chief […]

  • Public meeting set to go over traffic study for Arab High’s new stadium on U.S. 231

    ARAB, Ala. — The Arab High School Knights will be playing football in a new stadium this year and a study should help officials come up with a plan for traffic. The company that conducted the jointly funded study will present the results next week, and the public is welcome. Crews are working on the track at Arab High School’s new stadium, and in the meantime city, school, and state officials are working together to figure out the best route […]