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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
  • New details emerge in Arab officer involved shooting

    ARAB, Ala. — There are new details out about an officer involved shooting in Arab that happened over the weekend. When Arab Police officers got to 5th Avenue NW late Friday evening, called there for a domestic disturbance, someone told them a man was inside a home with a gun threatening his family. “Officers, when they arrived, were able to get everyone out of the home safely,” said Assistant Chief Shane Washburn, “At that point we were trying to set […]

  • “It’s the least we can do” – Douglas High School students, alumni, put on 25th Veterans Day ceremony

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — Douglas High School’s gym was standing room only on Thursday morning. “We’re having a Veterans Day program,” explained senior Kyle Glenn Daniel, “This is our 25th Veterans Day program. We’re bringing back some of the Douglas alumni for this.” Veterans from every branch and their families crowded the room sitting alongside a different generation. “The entire school is involved,” Daniel said. The students, alumni and staff put together a ceremony to honor our veterans and to remember […]

  • $2.5 million system-wide internet upgrade in DeKalb Co. Schools allows for more ways to learn

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — The entire DeKalb County Schools system is in the middle of a $2.5 million internet upgrade. School leaders say it’s already allowing for more ways to learn in the classroom. Students at Geraldine School are learning in more ways than one: with technology and with pen and paper. It’s easier than in the past, due to a system-wide internet upgrade. “We were the first school in the system to get the upgrade and it has been […]

  • Group of veterans aims to expand Arab Veterans Memorial, city looking to expand veterans museum

    ARAB, Ala. — Some veterans in Arab are working to expand the city’s Veterans Memorial at Arab City Park, and the city is working to give them a site in the park to expand their Cost of Freedom Veterans Museum. A group of veterans talked with the Arab City Council about expanding the Veterans Memorial at Arab City Park. “They’d like to add brick pavers in a circular path around that, recognizing the people who bled, died, and served in […]

  • North Marshall Utilities removed fluoride from water supply

    GRANT, Ala. — The North Marshall Utilities Board of Directors made the decision to take the fluoride out of the water supply. The company serves the town of Grant and the surrounding area. The board made that decision in October. Company officials say the main reason behind the move is concerns for the health of the treatment plant operators, who are exposed to the raw chemical. “We’re exposed to a lot of stuff down there at the treatment plant, lot […]

  • DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputies offer free church security team training

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — Monday morning a lot of people called the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office asking about a program the deputies run that teaches church groups how to train for and respond to an active shooter situation. East Brow Baptist Church is in rural DeKalb County near the Alabama Georgia line. Church pastors Scott Crye and Charles Smith say it’s a place where everyone knows everyone. That’s much like Southerland Springs, Texas, now in a national spotlight. A church […]

  • Last Kmart store in Alabama set to shut its doors in January

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Store after store, Kmart has been closing its doors across the nation. Now the last one in Alabama is shutting down too. Since Kmart stores around him closed down, Randall Brooks drives from Scottsboro to go to Albertville’s Kmart.  “I just like the deals they have in there,” Brooks said. Now that Kmart location is following suit. “The mayor got a call first thing yesterday morning from the corporation. They said they were going to announce it,” […]

  • Arab nonprofit encounters issues with donations left after hours

    ARAB, Ala. — Food and clothes donations mean everything to nonprofits and the people they help. In Arab, some people with a giving heart have been leaving donations outside of Temporary Emergency Services (TESA) after hours. While TESA appreciates their generosity, the staff advises the public against it. Donations are what makes Temporary Emergency Services of Arab operate. “Donations are very important. That’s what we run on,” explained TESA store manager Crystal Scott, “We’re a nonprofit organization. So everything that we do here, […]

  • Fliers posted around Arab reading ‘It’s okay to be white’ cause a stir

    ARAB, Ala. —  A number of fliers posted around the city of Arab caused a lot of talk around town and on social media. The papers read, ‘It’s okay to be white’. Arab Police officers came on shift Wednesday morning and found the papers scattered throughout the city. They were mostly downtown and a local business owner called the department to tell officers about it. “They had one that was stuck to their window and one that was stapled to […]

  • Beards for a cause: Albertville Police officers participate in No Shave November

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — This month Albertville Police officers will be straying away from the traditional uniform look for a good cause. Usually, you’ll never catch Albertville Police officers on duty with a beard. “Normally we’re required to be clean-shaven, but in the spirit of raising money for good causes, something Chief Pollard started a few years ago, I’m going to keep on with it because I think it’s something good not only for the department but for the community,” explained […]

  • Got a lot of Halloween candy? A Guntersville business wants to buy it to send to our troops

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — If your trick-or-treater gets a lot of treats Halloween night – maybe more sugar than you might like them to have – a Guntersville business wants to buy it from you, and from there it’ll make its way to a good cause. “This year is our eighth annual Halloween candy buyback program,” said Dr. Chris Harper of Total Dental Care in Guntersville, “We take the candy and we give the kids a dollar per pound of candy.” […]

  • Don’t let your guard down – second severe weather season around the corner

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — November marks the start of the Valley’s second severe weather season, and EMA officials encourage families to keep that in mind. Last November, a tornado swept through DeKalb and Jackson Counties killing three people and injuring others. Parts of Ider and Rosalie were leveled after the storm. “We have April being the month with the most tornadoes, and then March is second, and then our third month with the most tornadoes is November,” said Marshall County EMA […]