• Follow me on:

Laura Christmas is a Multimedia Journalist for WHNT News 19. 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.


Recent Articles
  • Gavin Brooks 
Photo: Gavin Brooks' Family

    Friends, family remember 16-year-old drowning victim

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Friends, family, teachers and coaches came together to remember 16-year-old Gavin Brooks who drowned Saturday at High Falls in DeKalb County. The weight room at Brindlee Mountain High School in Marshall County was packed Sunday afternoon. However, it wasn’t for the Lions football players to train. Hands clutched red roses, others held tightly to balloons. Most hands though, were holding a friend’s. Gavin Brooks slipped and fell off of a ledge at High Falls Park […]

  • Body found near Highway 79 outside Scottsboro

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Scottsboro Police say a body has been found near Waterfront Grocery on Highway 79. Police tell us the body was found in woods a short way from the store. Officers say right now they haven’t identified the body and will know more pending the results of an autopsy. The rescue squad found the body following a new search for Troy Jens, who went missing June fourth. Jens was last seen walking away from the store on […]

  • POSSIBLE DROWNING

    UPDATE: 16-year-old boy drowns at High Falls in DeKalb County

    GERALDINE, Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office confirms a teen drowned Saturday afternoon at High Falls outside of Geraldine. Officials tell WHNT News 19 the victim is 16-year-old Gavin Paul Brooks.  DeKalb County Coroner Tom Wilson says Brooks is from Union Grove in Marshall County. Multiple rescue teams responded to the call, which came in around 5 p.m. Saturday. “We had folks here swimming,” Sheriff Jimmy Harris said.  “One guy slipped and fell and went under. His friends were […]

  • Couple retires after a combined 65 years in the U.S. Army

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) — The Huntsville community is honoring a couple who dedicated a combined 65 years to the United States Army. At a retirement ceremony at Redstone Arsenal Friday, Major General Lynn Collyar and his wife Colonel Sarah Green were honored for those six decades of service to the United States Army. “It’s a little overwhelming to stand on that stage and see all of those people,” Major General Collyar says, “I was wondering if it was warm […]

  • Redstone Arsenal celebrates couple’s 65 years of military service

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) — The Huntsville community is honoring a couple who dedicated a combined 65 years to the United States Army. At a retirement ceremony at Redstone Arsenal Friday, Major General Lynn Collyar and his wife Colonel Sarah Green were honored for those six decades of service to the United States Army. “It’s a little overwhelming to stand on that stage and see all of those people,” Major General Collyar says, “I was wondering if it was warm […]

  • Case of mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus reported in Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Alabama joins several other states with a confirmed case of the mosquito-carried Chikungunya virus. Our news partners at Al.com report the case stems from a Huntsville-area person who contracted the virus while on vacation out of state. Madison County Health Department Public Health Environmentalist Cheryl Clay says while the virus isn’t as prevalent here as in other states, it has the potential to grow. Clay says the species of mosquito that carry the virus has a […]

  • Update: Fayetteville church affected by April tornadoes lives its message on road to recovery

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) — Several weeks ago we brought you the story of a small Fayetteville church’s goal to help others by spreading a message, despite being severely affected by the late April tornadoes. Now weeks later, they’re still standing strong. Inside a rented building just off U.S. 431 in Lincoln County, Tennessee, Bibles lay open, chairs are set up, and the music is as loud as it always has been. What is different though, is the building. Grace […]

  • Courtesy: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department

    UPDATE: Lawrence County, Tenn., officials arrest a man for murder, woman dead after machete attack

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tn. (WHNT) — Deputies charged a 28-year-old man with first degree murder in Lawrence County, Tennessee. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department arrested Christopher Desmond Simpson Sunday. Deputies say this stems from an investigation into the death of a female who they say was attacked with a machete. Investigators found her just off of Wisdom Road in the West Point community. WTVF in Nashville reports the incident happened Saturday afternoon. Emergency communications director and EMA director Johnny Cheatwood said the woman […]

  • Hammers Suprise Little Boy

    Huntsville boy gets a big surprise from the Alabama Hammers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Huntsville boy is getting the trip of a lifetime thanks to his favorite team and the Magic Moments Foundation. Six-year-old James Pollard has severe Cerebral Palsy. He uses a wheelchair or a walker to get around. He also recently underwent a procedure that help him out a little more. James loves the Alabama Hammers. He even checks out a calendar just to see when the next home game is scheduled. Saturday at halftime James got the surprise […]

  • Playing for a cause: Huntsville football team works to spread anti-violence message

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — The Rocket City Titans took on the Clarksville Wolfpack in a game that was more than touchdowns and first downs – it was a message. The start of the game, the players, and the game itself were the same as always. The Rocket City Titans still ran the same plays and threw the same passes. But that’s just on the outside. There was more to Saturday night’s game than merely playing to win. Cedrick Carr is […]

  • Partnership program aims to get young adults into the workforce

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A program designed to bring students into the workforce is making its way around the Tennessee Valley. Students and recent graduates from colleges and universities across Alabama listened intently inside the Guntersville Municipal Airport as Marshall County and Guntersville economic development leaders spoke about the career path. They’re participants in a program that is taking them through cities across the state. “This is actually part of our internship program that we started a few years ago through […]

  • Spraying starts on Lake Guntersville, local anglers weigh in on impact

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Representatives included in the stakeholders group charged with overseeing the spraying program on Lake Guntersville say the spraying is progressing on schedule. TVA has contracted out the spraying to a local company and that company has started spraying the invasive weeds on the water’s edge several days ago. The spraying extends from Guntersville into Jackson County near the town of Hollywood. A board made up of several different representatives whose entities have an interest in activities […]