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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
  • Jackson County Commission sets date for one cent sales tax proposal vote, looks to options if vote fails

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Tuesday night the Jackson County Commission is voting on a resolution that would set the date for the one cent sales tax proposal election. “The legislature passed and the governor signed our sales tax bill,” Commission Chair Matthew Hodges says. Hodges says the next step is to set a date for the election on the one cent sales tax proposal. Tuesday night, the commission plans to do that. “We will vote to set the referendum date,” […]

  • City of Guntersville applies for grant to fund water monitoring sensors, safety a driving factor

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The city of Guntersville is applying for a grant that would provide the funds to put water monitoring sensors around the port of Guntersville. “This is a Department of Homeland Security grant,” Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar says. She says the city is in the process of applying for the several hundred-thousand dollars grant. One of the driving forces behind the move is safety. “It will put sensors around the port of Guntersville that will monitor the chemicals […]

  • TVA begins treating the aquatics plants in Lake Guntersville this week

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — TVA crews are once again tackling the weeds in Lake Guntersville. Starting Monday and running until September, every week will mark different areas that will be treated to help balance the aquatics plants in Lake Guntersville. Over the last several weeks TVA has been out on the lake identifying those areas across the reservoir in preparation for spraying. Monday is the start of year two. Last year TVA announced it would resume the plan similar to one […]

  • Barry Whitton (Photo: Cullman County Sheriff's Office)

    Whitton’s murder trial now set for September 9

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – A new trial date has been set for Barry Whitton, the man charged in a 1997 murder in Jackson County.  He is scheduled to stand trial on September 9. His trial had initially been set for this week, however, the judge granted Whitton’s attorneys more time to prepare. Whitton is awaiting trial in the Cullman County Jail.  He is there because Cullman houses federal inmates, and Whitton is currently serving a 10-year federal sentence for weapons […]

  • Ider Rescue Squad celebrates 50 years of service with 2-day event

    IDER, Ala. (WHNT) —  The Ider Rescue Squad covers a significant area and, in fact, members have been serving DeKalb County residents for 50 years. “Ider Rescue Squad was founded 50 years ago on May 21st, 1965,” Ider Rescue Squad Captain Patrick Gifford says, “50 years later, with all of the help from the past members and all, we’re still here and celebrating now.” Over those years, the Ider Rescue Squad has been covering a significant portion of the area. […]

  • Fundraiser at Jules J. Berta Vineyards Friday to benefit Marshall County Home Place

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Providing a hand up, not a hand out — that’s one of the goals of Marshall County Home Place. But it needs the community’s help to do it. “Home Place provides transitional housing for homeless families,” Home Place Executive Director Lee Hoggle explains, “It gives them a break while they have a chance to get back on their feet financially.” A thrift store in Guntersville is one of the ways the organization raises the funds that […]

  • Grants allow Arab City Schools Preschool Program & others in Tennessee Valley to expand

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Thousands of Alabama children will get a jump-start on their education this fall, thanks to an expansion of the State’s Voluntary Pre-K program. On Tuesday, Governor Bentley announced more than 200 grants that will give thousands of kids access to voluntary pre-k statewide. The waiting list for the Arab City Schools Preschool Program spanned dozens of names. “We started out with 73, and we drew 18 names so we had 55 on the waiting list this […]

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    Suspended teachers, arrested janitor leave DeKalb County Schools

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. – Three employees of DeKalb County Schools have left their positions, either by resignation or retirement after being suspended in the past few weeks. Jesse Pat Watson resigned as custodian of Sylvania School. He was arrested earlier this month on child sex abuse charges. Pamela Smothers Deere, an elementary teacher at Geraldine, retired.  Pascha Orr, family and consumer sciences teacher at Geraldine, resigned. Both Deere and Orr were placed on leave in April.  Officials did not state the […]

  • Grant’s new website full of information for residents, visitors

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) —  The town of Grant has a new resource for its residents and visitors to have more opportunities to explore the area. The town of Grant’s website was hard to navigate and hard to update. “It was under an old software that was hard to manipulate,” Grant Police Chief Mike Burgess says, “It was hard for our clerk to maintain it because it was just old.” Chief Burgess has been building websites for years. “Built them for […]

  • Construction underway on DeKalb County’s Patriots Memorial Park

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – DeKalb County is working on a way to say thank you to the men and women who served and it involves the entire county. Now, residents are starting to see Patriots Memorial Park come to life. It started with just a patch of grass near downtown Fort Payne. The end result will be a park to honor the men and women who served, including law enforcement and first responders. Fundraising issues caused some delays, but […]

  • Mobile hospital now ready to deploy from Fort Payne in an emergency

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s called a Mobile Medical Station, and it now calls DeKalb County home. The unit is ready to deploy in the event of severe weather or an emergency. “This belongs to Alabama Department of Public Health, and we’ve had these for several years but they’ve always been stored in Montgomery,” DeKalb County EMA Director Anthony Clifton says. Now though, these Mobile Medical Stations are getting deployed across Alabama, so in an emergency there is one […]

  • "Mr. Nubby" (Photo: John Tuck)

    Boaz Police: No evidence of criminal activity in miniature horse’s death

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s been a puzzling development in the investigation over the death of a miniature horse in Marshall County.  The owner said the horse, affectionately known as Mr. Nubby, had been shot and skinned last month.  Now, police say new findings show that’s not the case. Boaz Police had ordered a necropsy performed on the horse.   Police say the preliminary report is in and shows no evidence the horse was shot or skinned.  The cause of death […]


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