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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
  • Tensions high at community meeting over Brookwood Cemetery

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Tensions were high Thursday night at a community meeting in Arab as residents expressed concern over issues at Brookwood Cemetery. It was a packed room at Arab City Hall Thursday night as concerned residents came to get answers to issues they’ve been seeing at Brookwood Cemetery,  which is just outside the city limits. The manager of the cemetery says he came to the meeting prepared to give a discussion on the cemetery’s past, and its current […]

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    Albertville Police: Juvenile in custody in relation to Jason Richards case

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville Police say another person is in custody in relation to the Jason Richards case. Assistant Chief Jamie Smith says the juvenile associated with the Jason Richards case surrendered himself to detectives late Wednesday afternoon. We understand he is being detained at the Coosa Valley Detention Center. Assistant Chief Smith says he will remain in custody until an adjudication hearing to determine if he will be charged as an adult. It is not clear when that […]

  • Albertville Police announce arrest & new details in death of 15-year-old Jason Richards

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Albertville Police have announced an arrest in a months-long investigation into the death of 15-year-old Jason Richards. Ryan Anthony Fitch from the Douglas area and another male juvenile have been implicated this case.  Fitch has been arrested and is charged with abuse of a corpse, a felony, and criminally negligent homicide and tampering with physical evidence, both misdemeanors. He was friends with Jason.   “There will be another arrest following this arrest, but it’s a juvenile, which we […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Questions, concerns stem from Brookwood Cemetery, community meeting set to address them

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A lot of people have questions and are frustrated with the way a cemetery near Arab is being maintained and run, so a community meeting is set for this week to address those issues and talk about the future. Alan Silvey has several family members buried in Brookwood Cemetery near Arab and he has concerns about it. “It took us six months to get the dirt for my grandmother’s tomb off of my dad’s funeral […]

  • “Jason was more than a missing poster” – Jason Richards’ family shares memories, hopes for answers

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — As the investigation into 15-year- old Jason Richards’ death continues his family is hoping for answers, and holding on to memories. Jason Richards was reported as a missing person in February. Months went by. In May, detectives found Jason’s body near the Langston community, on the edge of Marshall County. Police say the body was in a rural area, only found because of a tip. The cause of death is reported as a single gunshot. […]

  • Wine tasting events to benefit Marshall County organizations

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Kala’s Cottage in Guntersville is hosting two wine tasting events over the next two weeks to benefit local organizations. The store in downtown Guntersville is full of unique finds and it is visited by dozens of people every week. “We have a couple of charity events coming up, to benefit Habitat for Humanity and 2nd Chance Animal Shelter,” owner Sally Cobb says. The wine tasting fundraising events will be held on the 17th and 24th of […]

  • Local officials concerned about State’s prison reform bill

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — One possible solution to the state’s prison overcrowding is causing some concern in local sheriff’s offices. The prison reform bill is slated to go into  effect next year, and some local sheriffs are concerned about the impact the measure could have on their departments and jails. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris is one of those, adding the measure could affect the county itself as well as the jail. “We’re going to get the bad end […]

  • Scottsboro Fire looking to community to design this year’s breast cancer awareness shirts

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The Scottsboro Fire Department is always running a pretty busy schedule, but this month the department is adding something else to the list and firefighters are looking for your help. Last year the Scottsboro Fire Department took the time out of its busy schedule to serve the community in a different way. Armed with black and pink, the department gives back to Jackson County, selling t-shirts for breast cancer awareness. All of the proceeds go to […]

  • Brad Lynn Hemby (Photo: Marshall County Sheriff's Office)

    Burglary suspect unsuccessfully flees deputies, ornery bull in chase

    ARAB, Ala. – Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls said a burglary suspect got more than he bargained for when he attempted to flee deputies across a field belonging to a particularly ornery bull Wednesday. Walls said it started around 8 a.m. at a residence on Baldwin Drive in Arab. The owner of a home on that street came home and found a truck in his yard belonging to two people who were burglarizing his home. The homeowner immediately called the […]

  • Photos of Jason Richards (Albertville Police Department)

    Albertville Police say the investigation into 15-year-old’s death could be nearing a close

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville Police say the investigation into 15-year-old Jason Richards’ death could be nearing a close. The 15-year-old from Marshall County was missing for several months before his body was found near the Jackson County line, in the Langston community. Since then, officials have determined the cause of death to be a single gunshot. Albertville Police have been working tirelessly on the investigation to get answers in a case that takes many steps. “It’s not a simple […]

  • Long-time local manufacturer Metal Research, Inc. to expand in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Metal Research Inc. will be a new tenant in Conners Island Business Park in Guntersville. The new expansion will cost $2 million. The long-time local manufacturer was founded in 1964 in the city’s original industrial park at Signal Point. The new expansion is needed to support the growth of the aerospace industry. According to the company president, Sam Wolford, the Conners Island expansion will add high tech manufacturing equipment and capacity to enhance the existing operations. “Our company […]

  • A city-wide fundraiser benefitting our smallest community members – run with the help of police officers

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A city-wide fundraiser in Jackson County is aimed at helping benefit some of the smallest members of our community. It started with an idea and it’s moving forward with the help of some police officers. “[Jaxon] was diagnosed with stage four Wilms tumor three years ago, almost,” Laura Guthrie says. “Sadye is a six-year cancer survivor,” says Regan Webb, “She was diagnosed with Wilms tumor in 2008.” Jaxon Guthrie and Sadye Webb were in mind when an idea […]


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