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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
  • Lake Guntersville

    Lake Guntersville stakeholders group involved in aquatic weed management plan to meet in upcoming days

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The stakeholders group charged with overseeing the aquatic weed management plan in Lake Guntersville will be meeting in the upcoming days. This is the third year the plan to manage the weeds in the lake will be underway. TVA announced it would resume a plan to balance the aquatics plants in Lake Guntersville in 2014. It started later that year, and has resumed on schedule since then. The spraying is expected to start again this year early […]

  • Another hurdle for Marshall Co. Smith Drive repairs

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County has everything ready to go on its end to fix a road that has been damaged since the Christmas Day flooding, but now there’s another hurdle. Smith Drive is located in the Hyatt community of Marshall County and part of it is closed. It has been since Christmas – damaged from the flooding. There are multiple steps the county has to go through to fix it, and now there’s another hurdle. Commissioners say the county […]

  • Henry Pyle

    Second man charged with capital murder in the slaying of Marshall County couple

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Authorities announced a second arrest in connection to a double murder that happened in the Asbury community in September. Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall said Henry Pyle is now charged along with Jeffery McKelvey in the murders of Denie and Pam Tucker from Asbury last year. Pyle is facing multiple charges, including one count of capital murder based on two or more people, two counts of capital murder during the course of a robbery, and two counts […]

  • Image: Desoto Falls/Alabama Department of Tourism

    17-year-old who drowned at DeSoto Falls identified

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – A 17-year-old Valley Head teen drowned Friday afternoon at DeSoto Falls. The body of 17-year-old Aaron Coles was recovered from DeSoto Falls in Mentone, according to Park Superintendent Ken Thomas. Thomas said Coles, a senior at Valley Head High School, was enjoying a day at the park and grilling with friends when they decided to go swimming. Coles did not jump from the cliffs, as earlier reported. Thomas said he simply got too tired to continue swimming. […]

  • Hwy. 35 bridge ribbon cutting

    Gov. Bentley, Jackson County leaders cut ribbon on new Highway 35 bridge in Scottsboro

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – No doubt if you’ve traveled in the Jackson County area the past several years, you’ve noticed a construction project.  The opening of a bridge is so big, it brought Governor Bentley to Scottsboro. While he was there, the governor was quick to defend his intention to stay in office. Governor Bentley joined state and local officials in Scottsboro on Friday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the new Alabama 35 bridge. “By opening this bridge it […]

  • Spencer’s Story: Marshall County mom working to put an idea in motion on a widespread scale

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. A Marshall County mom is working to put an idea into motion on a widespread scale, and it started with her 3-year-old son. Spencer is a little boy, full of energy just like any other. As he plays on a playground Thursday morning, he can’t sit still. “Spencer was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder through Vanderbilt University when he was just a little over 2,” said mom Patricia Moore. Moore works with her son constantly, and he’s […]

  • Courtesy: Marshall County District Attorney's Office

    In 6 months, the Marshall County Drug Task Force seized 12 pounds of meth, worked 27 trafficking cases

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — In the last six month of operation, the reorganized Marshall County Drug Task Force is making substantial strides across the county. The Marshall County Drug Task Force is made up of law enforcement from agencies across the county and the District Attorney’s Office. It was reorganized late last year, operating newly reconstructed for about six months. In that time, it’s had quite a bit of an impact on Marshall County. Since it was reorganized, the task force has […]

  • Ruth community in Arab holds memorial service to remember Hallmark family killed on April 27, 2011

    ARAB, Ala. – The memories of April 27, 2011 are still fresh in the Ruth community of Arab. Wednesday, neighbors joined together to share in those memories, and remember lives lost. On this day five years ago, a tornado knocked through every single one of more than two dozen homes in a mobile home park in Ruth. A family was taking shelter in a home in that community, when a tornado ripped through. Five of them — all from one […]

  • Tornado in Arab, April 2011

    Northeast Alabama law enforcement recall April 27, 2011

    NORTHEAST ALABAMA — Five years ago Wednesday, while families huddled in their homes or shelters as tornado after tornado ripped through cities and towns, law enforcement put on their uniforms and went out to take care of their communities. “It was a true outbreak for us,” Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says, “It wasn’t just one storm. It was numerous storms that hit.” It was all hands on deck at the Jackson County Sheriff’s office on April […]

  • Scottsboro City Council approves lodging tax increase

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — In a four to one vote, the Scottsboro City Council approved an ordinance that will increase the city’s lodging tax by two percent. The tax was at 12 percent. The increase would be split in half. One percent would go toward a tourism grant that different entities could apply for to help promote tourism. The other one percent would be split in half. “The other half percent would go to the Scottsboro Downtown Redevelopment Authority and then […]

  • Chasity Garner

    Marshall County woman pleads guilty in nephew’s death in car crash

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – A Marshall County woman pleaded guilty Tuesday as her trial was about to begin for her nephew’s death. Chasity Garner was charged with manslaughter in the death of 5-year-old Chaysen Garner.  Prosecutors say Chasity Garner was driving under the influence when she crashed her SUV at the intersection of Alabama 69 and Union Grove Road in Guntersville in March 2014. Chaysen was thrown from the vehicle, and rushed to Huntsville Hospital where he died.  Another passenger […]

  • Arab City Court holds ‘Amnesty Day’

    ARAB, Ala. – There’s a list of more than 1,500 people with outstanding warrants in Arab and the city’s court is giving them a chance to come clean Monday without penalty. April 25 is declared ‘Amnesty Day’ in Arab City Court. “Basically we’re allowing people  to come in, take care of their warrants, and be able to leave, essentially,” Assistant Police Chief Shane Washburn said. “You’ll do a little bit of paperwork but you won’t be actually arrested or put into […]


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