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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
  • Fort Payne looks at energy-saving – and money saving – solutions

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — The city of Fort Payne is working with a company to find ways to save energy and money. Fort Payne’s street lights in particular are costing the city money — and a lot of it. The city turned to a company that works to find out how energy-saving solutions can save money. That company did a complete study on several entities in the city and came up with solutions. “We got the report back from […]

  • Neighbors helping neighbors: United Way of Marshall County celebrates giving back

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — United Way of Marshall County is commemorating another year of giving back in a big way. “United Way is an organization that brings multiple agencies, defines community needs, and then develops the resources to be able to meet those needs in a particular community,” United Way of Marshall County Campaign Chairman Steve Marshall says. Thursday boasted a celebration of the Marshall County community helping their neighbors. “For us in Marshall County, we have over 14 […]

  • Plans for Geraldine’s first waste water treatment plant nearing final steps

    GERALDINE, Ala. (WHNT) — Geraldine town leaders say the plans for the town’s first waste water treatment plant are steps away from becoming a reality. The plans for the plant began nearly two years ago when the town got a grant to help facilitate the project. It is set to go on a stretch of land a short distance away from the town’s ball fields. “This is a very high-tech and up to date project and everything will be underground,” […]

  • Bassmaster Elite scheduled to hit Guntersville in April

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  The Bassmaster Elite is set to come to Guntersville in April. The dates are scheduled for April 9-12. Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau officials say they are expecting a large turnout for the launch, weigh-in, and Outdoor Expo. A 5,000 per day crowd during the weekend is expected. Tourism officials say this will be big event for the county. The MCCVB partnered with local businesses to offer a Bassmaster Elite Package to register to win. […]

  • Guntersville to be set up for fiber optic network

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — After an agreement between the Guntersville City Council and an Alabama company, the city of Guntersville is set to be under a fiber optic network. The Guntersville City Council passed an ordinance that allows for a franchise agreement with a company that provides fiber optic networks and high-capacity transport solutions. “It is a franchise agreement with Southern Light out of Mobile,” Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar says, “They are along the Gulf Coast and they are just making […]

  • “It sticks with you”: Responders hope realities behind ‘Prom Promise’ leave a mark

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — Jackson County responders are showing high school seniors how quickly their lives can change with a bad decision in a real-life scenario. Behind one of Jackson County’s schools in Hollywood, Hollywood Fire and Rescue work on two cars. The cars are mangled and crashed, windows are broken. The responders have several minutes before the students file outside for the simulation these responders hope they take to heart. “We’ve got a wreck scene set up for the kids, […]

  • Barry Van Whitton (Photo: Jackson County Jail)

    Trial date set for Barry Whitton, charged in first wife’s murder

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A man charged in a 1998 murder in Jackson County will go to trial this June.  Barry Whitton has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his first wife, Michelle Whitton. Jury selection for Whitton’s trial will begin June 2, and the trial will follow.  The judge set the date at a hearing Wednesday in Jackson County. The judge heard several motions filed by attorneys for both sides. Michelle Whitton, 28, was reported missing on […]

  • One cent sales tax proposal moves to next step in Jackson County

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Commission is taking the first step toward a one cent sales tax which commissioners estimate could bring in 3.3 million dollars a year. “We’ve tried to be responsible with the taxpayer’s money over the last couple of years, and this isn’t just so we can inflate our budgets again, this is so now we can put money where it needs to go, now that we understand what all those needs are,”  Commission […]

  • It's a very slow drive in Friday morning, since the elevated portions of Memorial Parkway are still closed.  This photo was taken from the northbound lanes, south of Airport Road. (Photo: Joey Aiello)

    Roads much improved, some refreezing could happen overnight

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Many roads are improved this afternoon – the temperature was above freezing, helping to melt away remaining ice.  The sun was also out and that’s a beautiful thing! You may still come across some icy patches, so please be mindful — and ice is definitely still on roads with shaded areas What’s the latest for Friday? Here’s the situation as of 9pm: Madison Police closed the area of Rodman Drive and Collinton Place off of Eastview Drive because of […]

  • A unique education experience for Guntersville students

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville City School students are getting a unique opportunity invaluable to their education with the help of thousand of dollars in grants. In the auditorium at Guntersville High School, students from Guntersville City Schools are squirming, ready to leave for class. They’ve been sitting for a while, watching the high school’s production of Cinderella. It’s a valuable experience, and this production isn’t the only touch with the arts these students have had lately. Lou Ann Patton […]

  • Local Emergency Management Agencies get added help from community during weather events

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Some local emergency management agencies have extra resources in the community to help them respond even better to a weather event. “Is it freezing rain, is it sleet, is it snow, how much, is it sticking to the roads, is it sticking to the grass,” Marshall County EMA Director Anita McBurnett says. Those are the questions EMA officials work with during an event like the weather system the Valley has been experiencing. They have the resources […]

  • Changes and additions in the works for Lake Guntersville State Park

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — There are several changes and additions in the works for Lake Guntersville State Park. Some local law makers and other officials have been discussing changes and improvements to the state park for some time. After months of those discussions, visitors are starting to see some of those ideas brought to life. Some of those projects are ongoing, others are on paper. Park superintendent Michael Jeffreys says one is a new family friendly mountain bike trail. “They’ve […]


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