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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

Recent Articles
  • ‘We are Boaz’ – Boaz community comes together to support head football coach

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — The phrase  ‘We are Boaz’ can be heard at the high school’s football games and seen on t-shirts all over the Marshall County community, but now it has an even stronger meaning. Early Wednesday morning teachers and staff from Boaz City Schools crowded into the high school’s gym. They were listening to professional speaker Dan Thurman. The mood of the presentation was up-beat,  the topic — living life off-balance on purpose, embracing uncertainty, and looking at […]

  • Late search for missing boaters

    SEARCH ENDS: Crews find body of second missing boater in Lake Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Rescue crews found the body of a 36-year-old man in Lake Guntersville, hours after finding his stepson’s body earlier Tuesday. Police identified the man as David Lenz, and his stepson as 16-year-old Austin Stevens. They were both in a canoe that overturned Monday afternoon in the Short Creek area, on Highway 227 near the state park.”After we got the call we had about an hour point where we could search and then Marshall County EMA joined in […]

  • A new and unique way to learn for the Guntersville Wildcats

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville High School students are getting a chance to participate in a unique program this year. It’s a tool that will be run by students, for students, and it teaches life skills. “The Wildcat branch of Citizens Bank & Trust is part of a learning experience for our business and marketing students,” explains principal Roseanne Mabrey. The branch is undergoing its final touches, and it’s set right in the hall at the high school. “It’s going […]

  • Tracy Lawrence, .38 Special

    THIS WEEKEND: Albertville’s Main Street Music Festival to feature Tracy Lawrence and .38 Special

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – The Main Street Music Festival is back! This weekend, August 7th and 8th, downtown Albertville is going to be the place to be with great music and activities for the whole family. The weekend will be filled with musical performances from a number of musicians, and two of the most anticipated are Tracy Lawrence and .38 Special. The best part is admission is FREE! The two-day event kicks off Friday, August 7th at 4 p.m. with the children’s inflatable […]


    Fire Department: Lightning hits three houses in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Firefighters say lightning hit three houses on Travis Street on Thursday as storms moved through. No one was injured.  One home took a direct hit, and two other homes had minor electrical damage.  The fire at the first house put itself out. Travis Street is on the western side of Albertville, off of Section Line Road.

  • UPDATE: Large brush fire on Highway 75 in Albertville contained

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Fire officials say the fire on Highway 75 and Powell Road in Albertville is contained. Fire officials say the call came in around 3:15 Tuesday afternoon. We understand it was a large brush fire next to the old Powell store. Firefighters say the fire has burned at least one abandoned trailer, but didn’t ruin any other structures. After several hours the fire was contained, with a few hot spots. Officials say there were some power lines […]

  • Energy savings in Marshall County Schools to directly benefit the students

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — With several new changes coming, officials with the Marshall County School system say they will save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on energy, and those savings will ultimately benefit the students. Earlier this year, Marshall County Schools partnered up with a company for an energy savings project. The system went through the process, including all of the schools in the system. Now the system is working to implement those changes. “Schneider Electric has completed an energy […]

  • Search for missing man in Jackson County

    UPDATE: State Troopers release name of missing Jackson County man found dead

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — State Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency have released the name of the man found dead near Flat Rock Monday morning. Troopers say the man is Johnny Carson Stokes. Officials say he died in a single-vehicle crash Sunday at 2 a.m. “He left Sunday morning,  going to ride his dirt bike,” Sheriff Chuck Phillips says. The man had been riding near the Fabius area on County Road 81. When he didn’t show up to […]

  • Scottsboro Fire Department announces $95,000 grant for new equipment

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) —  The Scottsboro Fire Department is announcing nearly $100,000 in grant money to put toward replacing a piece of outdated equipment. “The grant was for $95,000. There’s a five percent local match and it’s 95 percent federal funds,” Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus says. Chief Necklaus says the grant will be put toward something the department has been needing. “We’re going to buy a new brush firefighting vehicle, a wildland firefighting vehicle,” he explains. The rural area around […]

  • Plans in the works to create a board to oversee Brookwood Cemetery

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — There are plans in the works to create a board to oversee and find a solution for the issues at Brookwood Cemetery near Arab. The manager of the cemetery, Jason Chamblee, says he is working with Senator Clay Scofield to create the board, which ideally will be made up of community members and officials. The idea is to create a group made up of individuals who have a stake in the cemetery to find solutions, address […]


    Guntersville’s First Saturday event this weekend, August 1

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s a string of events unique to Guntersville, and this Saturday will be the last one this summer – but that’s not the end. Since May on the first Saturday of every month, historic downtown Guntersville is full of people enjoying music, food, and the unique touches that make the area the way it is. The events are coordinated by the Downtown Merchants Association. Saturday, August 1st, is the last event this summer. “This is the […]

  • One of Scottsboro’s worst roads is set for construction

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Construction is expected to start soon on one of Scottsboro’s worst roads, which runs directly by the Highlands Medical Center. “We got some ATRIP money a couple of years ago for Porter Road and Woods Cove Road that extends from Highway 72 to Parks Avenue,” Scottsboro Mayor Melton Potter says, “It’s about 3.8 miles, I believe.” Mayor Potter says now, the council approved the contract for the construction. “The road will be widened, drainage work will […]


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