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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

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    UPDATE: Driver identified in fatal Guntersville wreck

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Guntersville police have identified the drivers involved in a wreck that left a woman dead Friday morning. Guntersville Police say the wreck happened around 6:30 Friday morning on US Highway 431 at the Paul Stockton Causeway. Police say April Danielle May of Albertville was traveling south on highway 431 when the vehicle she was driving crossed over the center line and hit a pickup truck. The driver of the truck, identified by police as Roxana Niato, […]

  • TAKING ACTION UPDATE: Customers want answers from Marshall Co. company about monuments

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Several Tennessee Valley residents are not getting the response they had hoped for from a Marshall County company. Regina Lankford has several pages of letters and receipts — they’re documents sent to her by a company called Bonds & Associates, LLC. They’re about a monument she bought last year for a family member who passed away. However, like several other Tennessee Valley residents, Lankford doesn’t have that monument or her money. “I’ve gotten a letter. I have […]

  • Arab Police prepare patrol cars, jail for the cold temperatures

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Law enforcement agencies are getting ready for the icy blast in store for the Valley in the next two days. The Arab Police Department spent much of Wednesday getting everything ready to go, from the jail to the patrol cars. “If there’s going to be snow or sleet or ice or anything like that we will get our four-wheel drive vehicles prepared and ready for patrol,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn said. The department is also going […]

  • Two arrested on drug charges in DeKalb County traffic stop

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A traffic stop lead deputies to illegal drugs and two arrests. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says deputies did a traffic stop Tuesday on County Road 85.  Deputies got consent to search the vehicle and say they found methamphetamine. The Drug Task Force helped investigate. Sheriff Harris says the driver, Steven Ray Mitchell, 37, of Rainsville, was arrested for an outstanding warrant and was charged with Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance. […]

  • Albertville Police: Home burglar caught in the act

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville police say officers caught a man in action while he was burglarizing a home. An alarm call sent Albertville Police officers to a home on Baltimore Avenue. Officers say when they got there, they found a man inside the home’s pool house, in the process of a burglary. Officers arrested Johnny Ray Hollis.  They say he’s facing third-degree burglary charges.

  • Hobby Lobby, PetSmart among stores announced for new Albertville shopping center

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Construction on a new shopping center is officially underway in Albertville. Albertville officials and GBT Realty Corporation announced The Shoppes of Albertville Wednesday morning.  GBT is developing the $18 million, 135,000-square foot retail center. “We are extremely excited about this retail development and the opportunity that it will give our citizens, neighbors and visitors to shop in Albertville,” Albertville Mayor Tracy Honea said. “The retailers GBT has already recruited will fill a void in our market […]

  • Shop local: Through the holidays, and through the year

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s a directive you hear throughout the holiday season: shop local. In Marshall County entities there want to carry that message throughout the year. Every day we spend our dollars on different things. During the holidays, even more so. Last month the Albertville Chamber of Commerce was spreading a message to the community to keep those holiday dollars spent in the city. “Just doing everything we can to improve those tax dollars for those local businesses,” […]

  • End in sight for Guntersville airport project

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — After years of planning and delays Guntersville city officials say there is an end in sight for the Guntersville Municipal Airport construction. As planes fly in and out of the Guntersville airport construction is well underway. “There’s some early notification as early as 1979 for the need for a new airport in Guntersville,” Airport Manager Robert Martin says, “So it’s been in the planning for a good 14 years and now it’s happening.” Martin says part […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Jackson County residents want a solution to road issues

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Some Jackson County residents are driving through a partially flooded road and are asking for answers. Residents who live near County Road 220 in Jackson County reached out to us asking to help them get answers about fixes to that road. “It gets real bad,” long-time resident Linda Hale says, “It gets up to your door sometimes up here. Up to your passenger door and your driver door, you can’t even go through it.” Other […]

  • Photo of some of the marijuana plants found in the Characters' home in Dutton (Courtesy: Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

    Jackson County deputies seize 68 marijuana plants from home in Dutton

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A husband and wife from Dutton have been charged following a large marijuana bust on Sunday. The husband also faces additional domestic violence charges. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says the arrests came after deputies responded to a home on County Road 18. The woman reported her husband had assaulted her numerous times over the past two weeks and refused to let her leave the home or call for help. The woman claimed she called […]

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    Updated list of Marshall County warming centers

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — As the cold weather creeps in across the Valley this week, warming centers in Marshall County are opening their doors to the community. When the weather turns cold enough, the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency coordinates the opening of the centers across the county.  They are a combination of publicly owned, government-owned or faith-based organizations. There are dozens of centers scattered throughout the county.  The various locations have posted days and times they will be […]

  • Heading to Paris this year – Marshall Co. family’s Christmas tradition continues

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Everyone has traditions over the holidays and at WHNT News 19, we have one of our own as we introduce you to a Marshall County family’s unique tradition, that is a bit different every year. A home in Arab is decorated on the outside typical of the other homes in the neighborhood. Inside though, is a different story. “We started 23 years ago,” homeowner Sara Harris says, “We wanted to have a memorable Christmas for the […]


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