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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
  • Shred Day set in Guntersville Friday, April 28, it’s free and open to the public

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —   Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce will host a Shred Day next week, and it’s free and open to anyone. “The first year we did this and decided to make it an annual event, we had an overwhelming response from the community. Individuals coming out, businesses,” Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce President Morri Yancy said. “We offer it after tax day, and again in the fall, after October 1.” This upcoming Shred Day will be Friday, April […]

  • Marshall Christian School plans to memorize the entire New Testament by May 2018

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — A school in Marshall County started memorizing something pretty important – in fact, it’s safe to say not many people can boast they’ve accomplished this particular feat. A group of second graders sat inside a church in Marshall County, dutifully reciting in unison, eyes trained on their teacher in front of them. The church is connected to their school, Marshall Christian School. These young people are working toward something quite extraordinary. “We are going to memorize […]

  • Thanks to an anonymous donor, a multi-purpose building is in the works for Brindlee Mountain Middle School

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Someone who wants to remain anonymous donated supplies to Marshall County Schools, and school leaders say they can now start on a project at Brindlee Mountain Middle School that has been on the radar for years. “They will be donating most of the supplies needed, and our staff will be conducting the work,” said  Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley, “It’ll be site prep, foundation work, and most of the construction materials.” Wigley added that the building has […]

  • Woman falls off High Falls in DeKalb County, survives

    GROVE OAK, Ala. – Earlier today, a woman fell off High Falls in DeKalb County. However, she’s said to be okay. The Sheriff’s Office said the woman was conscious and got to the side of the water on the bank. A helicopter and other responders were called to help her to safety from the steep area. Sheriff Jimmy Harris said the water is running pretty fast right now. Authorities confirmed that the woman has now been completely rescued. She has […]

  • Several outdoor warning sirens in Marshall County fixed in a way officials say saves money

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Marshall County crews repaired several outdoor warning sirens that weren’t operating correctly and they did it in a way county officials say saves money. Outdoor warning sirens in Mount Vernon, Waterfront, and Ruth proved to be a problem these last few days, not working the way that they should.  They’re fixed now, but Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says the years are taking a toll on some of the dozens of sirens the county has. “I want the […]

  • Alabama drivers encouraged to answer two question online survey about road and bridge fixes

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — If you’re driving on roads or bridges in your county that you would like fixed, your local officials want to know about it. The Association of County Commissions of Alabama, or ACCA, encourages you to head online and take the Drive Alabama survey. It’s two questions about what infrastructure you would like to see fixed. “Marshall County is in the best shape we’ve ever been in thanks to the Governor and the highway director, and now it’s […]

  • “They will go to jail” – Boaz Police Dept. sends strong message to drug users

    BOAZ, Ala. — Boaz Police officers made multiple arrests over the weekend and they all had one thing in common, and officers have a strong message for offenders. “Every one of them was drug related,” Deputy Chief Josh Gaskin said of the multiple arrests that happened from Friday to Sunday. Officers are cracking down on drugs, and have a message for users. “We would highly recommend they stay out of Boaz,” Gaskin said, “They can take the long way around. […]

  • The Arab Police Department offers prescription drug drop off, 24 / 7

    ARAB, Ala. — If you were to check you medicine cabinet right now, chances are you would find some expired meds – maybe even some pills you can’t even remember why they were prescribed. The Arab Police Department has an easy way to get rid of those unwanted pills, anytime, and it’s a way to combat a widespread issue. “You can bring your prescription pills 24 / 7. Whenever you want to. We have someone always here who will take […]

  • For Spencer: Marshall County mom organizes sensory friendly events for local families

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – For the second year, a Marshall County mom has organized a set of sensory friendly events for Marshall County families with someone on the Autism spectrum. One of the biggest events is a sensory friendly fair, and it’s free.  A little boy plays with a ball in the playroom of his Albertville home, catching it, rolling it down his slide. Spencer was diagnosed with an Autism spectrum disorder through Vanderbilt University when he was just a little […]

  • Asbury High School holds its first Prom Promise

    ASBURY, Ala. — Asbury High School students got a sobering look at what can be reality Thursday as the school put on its first Prom Promise. Two vehicles lay mangled outside Asbury High School. ‘Smoke’ filled the air. Students, with bloodied clothes and faces, stayed motionless inside the cars and on the ground. They remained that way as sirens screamed to the scene. Deputies and firefighters swarmed from their response vehicles. “Even though this is fake it can actually happen. […]

  • New Asbury stadium and football field delayed because of weather

    ASBURY, Ala. — Marshall County Schools officials are working to come up with a plan to combat Mother Nature so crews can get started on the new football field and stadium for Asbury High School. Construction was supposed to be underway, but the weather caused delays. “We have the design ready, we have approval from the State, we have the building commission on board and all permits are secured,” Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley said. Construction was supposed to […]

  • DeKalb Co. tourism season kicking off, tourism dollars a big contributor to county’s economy

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Tourism season is gearing up in DeKalb County, and that means dollars saved for the people who live there. DeKalb County’s tourism season runs Spring through late Fall. “People are out and about and they’re coming here,” said President & CEO of DeKalb Tourism John Dersham, “Last year, 80 million dollars were spent by tourists in DeKalb County.” That equates out to dollars saved for the people who live there. “If for some reason tourism came to […]