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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
  • Arab Christmas lights

    The process of putting up more than 2 million Christmas lights starts early in Arab

    ARAB, Ala. – Christmas lights are up in the city of Arab, but it’s a process that takes days and even weeks. The twinkle, the sparkles, that warm feeling — Christmas lights just add a little something extra to the holiday season. But then you remember putting them up can be as frustrating and exhausting as losing the Iron Bowl. So that’s why crews in Arab put the more than two million Christmas lights up weeks in advance.  “We have […]

  • The Tennessee Valley Authority's unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant near Hollywood, Ala. (Photo courtesy: TVA Photo/ Tennessee Valley Authority)

    TVA’s Bellefonte Nuclear Plant sold for $111 million, expected to bring thousands of jobs to Jackson Co.

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. —  Nuclear Development, LLC entered into a contract to purchase the partially completed Bellefonte Nuclear Plant from the Tennessee Valley Authority  for $111 million. Nuclear Development, LLC purchased the Jackson County property at a public auction Monday morning. The sale price was more than three times the minimum bid of $36.4 million. There were  two bidders, and the process took only minutes as local officials, plant employees, and the public looked on. The company plans to invest up […]

  • Steve Sims (Photo: Family)

    Police: Body found in Guntersville last week is that of man missing since summer

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Police say they have found the body of a man who went missing several months ago. Steve Allen Sims, of Marshall County, went missing from the Guntersville area in late June. Police say a man’s body was found in a field on Highway 205 last week. They have now positively identified him as Sims. Investigators say no foul play is suspected.  Sims’ body was found about 100 yards from where he went missing earlier this year.

  • A look at the thick smoke covering Guntersville

    Heavy smoke blankets Marshall County, south Huntsville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Heavy smoke is covering Marshall County and other areas of the Tennessee Valley, but it’s not coming from any active fires in the area, instead it’s coming from across state lines. The smoke is blanketing the county, from Arab to Boaz. The smoke is so heavy, it looks like a thick fog in areas. There are also reports of smoke in Huntsville. The amount of smoke in the air is very visible, and the smell gets noticeably […]

  • Albertville Police Department donated $1,500 dollars from Back the Blue sales to Marshall Medical Centers

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — The Albertville Police Department started an initiative that essentially exploded with community support, so the agency decided to give back. An anonymous Marshall County resident gave a generous donation that started it all. The Albertville Police Department used the $1,000 donation to make ‘Back the Blue’ t-shirts, and Marshall County communities jumped on board. Thousands of dollars poured into the department. The department bought equipment and helped other Marshall County law enforcement agencies with the money. Now, […]

  • Albertville High School receives recognition from Governor, State Superintendent for AP program

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Albertville High School is getting recognition from the State Superintendent and the Governor for its success and achievements in its Advanced Placement program. The halls are quiet Wednesday morning at Albertville High School. Inside a classroom, a group of students quietly talk over their work. “I began taking AP classes my junior year,”  senior McKinley Williams said. That move is preparing her for the next step in life. “The rigor levels really make you work harder, make […]

  • Senator Clay Scofield commends Alabama voters for saying ‘yes’ to Amendment 2

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Voters were overwhelmingly in favor of Amendment 2, which will keep funding in the Alabama State Parks. Senator Clay Scofield, who sponsored the bill that became the amendment, says the ‘yes’ vote secures a future for the system. The amendment passed with 80 percent of voters saying ‘yes’. “I just want to thank the people of Alabama. I really think that this is going to be something that they can be proud of,” District 9 Senator Clay Scofield […]

  • Albertville firefighters aren’t seeing a decrease in outdoor burning related fires

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Albertville firefighters are responding to outdoor burning related fires substantially more now than last year, and fire officials say there isn’t a decrease despite efforts to inform the community. “For the month of October we had 137 outdoor related fires. That is compared to 2015, we had 10,” said Brad Hix, Albertville Fire  and Rescue Chief. Hix says his agency is working to make sure the community knows outdoor burning is not allowed while north Alabama is […]

  • Guntersville Police officers stationed at polling location

    Guntersville Police officers stationed at the city’s polling location throughout the day

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  Guntersville Police officers are rotating throughout the day at the city’s polling location to ensure things run smoothly among a turnout longtime Guntersville voters say they have never seen. Tuesday morning cars were crawling in and out of the Guntersville Rec Center parking lot, lined up on both sides of the street, turn signals on.  Lines of people snaked out the doors when the polls opened. Inside, more lines circled around the room while voters clutching ballots […]

  • As far as road and bridge projects go, the drought is saving counties time and money

    ASBURY, Ala. — There’s a lot of bad that’s coming out of this incessant drought, but there’s one good thing – it’s saving money. The work ongoing at Double Bridges in the Asbury community of Marshall County is the reality of a project years in the making.  “This is the largest project we’ve ever had in Marshall County, I’m talking about a county project,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says. The new bridge will replace two one-lane bridges that span a […]

  • David Darden is a science teacher at Albertville High School. He was arrested Nov. 3 on charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. (Photo: Marshall County Jail)

    Police: Albertville High School teacher caught distributing steroids

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – An Albertville High School teacher was arrested at his home on Thursday.  David Darden is charged with possession of a controlled substance and six counts of distribution. The Marshall County Drug Task Force arrested Darden after serving a search warrant.  They said he was distributing testosterone and anabolic steroids. They have been investigating him for months, they said, and even have reports he was involved in this type of activity for 20 years or more.  Agents […]

  • DeSoto Falls during the drought

    Drought affecting landmark destinations and unlike the Cubs’ drought, this one won’t be over anytime soon

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – The drought is bearing down incessantly across Alabama and it’s not loosening its grip, affecting landmark destinations. Substantial rain on Sand and Lookout Mountains is just about as scarce as a Cubs World Series win.  Unlike that drought ending, this one is not. Ponds are dried up, lakes are down and rivers are low. Neighboring states are also experiencing a drought, but not as bad as we are. DeSoto Falls in DeKalb County is usually alive […]