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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.

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
  • Officials hope Scottsboro award will grow area economic development

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Jackson County leaders say a recognition designated to the city of Scottsboro could potentially grow the area’s economic development, and continue its goal of sustainable practices. The City of Scottsboro is designated as a ‘Valley Sustainable Gold Community’ in an economic development program initiated by TVA. The Jackson County Economic Development Authority aided in the city’s participation of the program. It also established a sustainability team that helped document Scottsboro’s goals on an environmental, economic, and […]

  • Amid funding decrease, Jackson Co. is working to find an alternative

    JACKSON CO., Ala. (WHNT) — The Jackson County Commission is working to find alternative methods of funding, amid a decrease in TVA in lieu of tax funds. The commission battled a nearly two million dollar budget deficit for some time, but now that deficit is reduced substantially. That is because officials found ways to get rid of excess spending. Now though, the county is seeing a decrease in TVA in lieu of tax funds. The funding is important to many entities in […]

  • Police: Man arrested for stealing ring for his anniversary

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — A man is facing a burglary charge for stealing a ring for his “girlfriend for our anniversary.” Arab Police say officers responded to an alarm call at South Trust Pawn on Cullman Road early Thursday morning. Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says when officers got there, they found a glass door to the business that had been broken, and was open.  He says officers found a hammer lying on the ground next to the door. Assistant Chief […]

  • Lake Guntersville and Marshall Co. featured in Times Square ad

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Lake Guntersville and Marshall County are being advertised on a large-scale — in Times Square. The Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau is coordinating a five second digital ad that will be featured on a billboard in Times Square. The Convention and Visitors Bureau says that ad will run December 1-7. Officials say this opportunity will allow Marshall County and Lake Guntersville exposure. They say they hope the natural beauty displayed in this ad campaign will draw […]

  • UPDATE: Heating system working to full capacity at Guntersville Middle

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The heating and cooling system is up and running at Guntersville Middle School. School board officials say crews worked through Thanksgiving break to repair the system. This week, it is fully functioning. “We’ve repaired the system with a concrete pit and we hope that will be much more substantial than what we had before and will have few problems in the future,” Principal Jeff Jones says. Construction on the system was a scene that had been […]

  • Simpson Point Road on the list of Marshall County road construction projects

    GRANT,  Ala. (WHNT) — The Marshall County Commission has plans to do some work on Simpson Point Road, with funds from a grant. “Every other year we get about $500,000 and it’s my time to get it, every four years I get it,” District 2 commissioner R.E. Martin says. Martin says a long stretch of Simpson Point Road is set for construction using that grant. “We’re going to resurface it, and it’s seven miles and one tenth,” Martin says. The […]

  • Arab PD cracking down on drivers ignoring school bus stop signs

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — The Arab Police Department is noticing an increase in drivers ignoring the stop signs on busses, so officers are taking action. “We’ve been having a big issue, especially on Main Street,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says, “Last week we had an incident where a child was crossing the road and a car passed the stopped school bus with the sign out.” The child wasn’t hurt, but Washburn says that situation could have turned – in an […]

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    “He wanted to make a change” – boy killed by brown recluse had a wish, his family carrying it out

    MARSHALL CO., Ala. (WHNT) – Five-year-old Branson Carlisle had a plan his parents are proud of, but although a rare instance changed his family’s life forever, they’re still going to carry out his wish. “He was always barefoot. He never wore his shoes,” Jessica Carlisle says, as she clicks her way through memories on a desktop computer. She smiles at some pictures, and looks thoughtfully at others. Looking through all of the pictures will take a while. Jessica has hundreds of […]

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    Project’s aim to bring more visitors, businesses to downtown Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  The city of Albertville received two grants to bring more visitors and businesses to the downtown area. Albertville director of Community and Economic Development Melody Whitten says one of the grants allows officials to create a master plan of improvement ideas for the area. “It will allow us to address things like pedestrian walkways, ADA compatibility, drainage, street-scaping, signage, lighting, parking, all sorts of things,” Whitten says. The second grant lets the city address issues on a […]

  • Groundwork started on Asbury School road widening project

    ASBURY,  Ala. (WHNT) — Construction is in the early stages for the road leading to Asbury School. Since he was officially sworn in, newly elected District Four Commissioner Jessie Swords has already started working. One of his first projects is to fix the road that leads up to Asbury School. Swords says that road hasn’t been worked on in some time. They’ve already started the groundwork to widen and pave a long stretch of the road. Swords says amid the […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Police warn of holiday scams

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The holiday season is about giving, but during this time of year police see an increase in scams that involve your goodwill. “There’s more people giving to charities at this time of year than any other time of year,” Scottsboro Police Lt. Erik Dohring says. “Bad guys know that, and so they try to take advantage.” Lt. Dohring says they see an increase in scams involving organizations that often times don’t exist. “Sometimes we’ll have people […]

  • Vacant property could see new life in downtown Scottsboro

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A vacant property in the Scottsboro downtown square could potentially fit into a bigger plan after a vote by the city council. Across from the Jackson County courthouse a piece of property is vacant. It used to hold what was called the Derrick Building, and now the property belongs to the city. “About three years ago there was a fire up on the square, at the Derrick Building, it was a total loss,” Mayor Melton Potter says. […]


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