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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
  • Guntersville Rescue Squad cautions boaters about cold weather

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The cold temperatures can lead to life-threatening situations out on the water. Guntersville Rescue Squad members have already made several rescues during these cold months. “They get out there, they get into trouble, they don’t realize how quickly hypothermia can set in and how quickly they can get into a serious situation that they probably didn’t realize was going to happen,” explained Guntersville Rescue Squad public relations officer C.J. Jones. That’s a situation she and other members […]

  • Christmas around the world at the Harris’ Arab home

    ARAB, Ala. — We have a Christmas tradition here at WHNT News 19, one we’ve been happy to share with you since 1999. Every year we visit Mrs. Sara Harris’ home in Arab and each year we visit we find something from a different part of the world. Sure, you’ll see some of the traditional Christmas decorations at the Harris’ Arab home, but the majority of Mrs. Sara Harris’ decorations are on a varying global scale. “We started in 1992,” […]

  • Missing pilot from Guntersville found dead north of Cross City, Florida

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A longtime part of the Guntersville Municipal Airport and its Homer B. Wilson Jr. Vintage Museum passed away in a plane crash in Florida. William ‘Bill’ Greenhaw left from Marshall County to visit his son and never made it. Greenhaw was a big part of the Guntersville Airport, its vintage airplane museum, and a seasoned pilot. He could tell you everything there was to know about the planes in the museum and had a story for each […]

  • An eight-year-old ‘took office’ in Albertville for the day

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Running Marshall County’s largest populated city isn’t the easiest task in the world, and Thursday it fell into the hands of an eight-year-old. Well, kind of. Albertville Mayor Tracy Honea leaned over his desk peering at a piece of paper. He pointed some things out to a young man with a powerful personality who commandeered his chair. “This is economic development,” Honea explained, pointing to the paper. That was met with a slew of questions from newly […]

  • Officers warn of a scam disguised as a blackmail letter

    BOAZ, Ala. — Police are getting the word out about something they say is a scam disguised as a blackmail letter. It’s making its way around the United States and here in Alabama, just south of us, in Mountain Brook. Boaz Police officers noticed the trend through a warning from the Mountain Brook Police Department, and officers are getting the word out locally before it makes its way here. “Basically it just looked to me like it was a letter […]

  • Missing children from Arab found, non-custodial parents turn themselves in

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Four brothers missing from Arab are on their way back to Alabama. Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston says the couple who took them turned themselves in Monday night in North Carolina. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a missing child alert for Corbin, Alexander, Nicholas, and Ian Simmons on December 9th. Police in Morganton, North Carolina, called investigators in Arab saying Marcus Simmons and Karissa Cummings had turned themselves in. Ralston says the couple had gone […]

  • ‘This warms my heart’ – Thanks to secret Santas, Guntersville Police officers surprised 36 kids with new bikes

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville Police officers went door to door, papers in hand, Monday morning to talk with some residents. But it isn’t what you think — there was a whole lot of Christmas spirit involved. Officer Tim Nugent stands outside next to his marked truck — Guntersville Police is prominently splashed across the dark blue color. He holds a piece of white paper in his hand, and as he peruses his list, checking it twice, he looks around the […]

  • Numerous tips later still no sign of missing brothers from Marshall Co.

    ARAB, Ala. — It’s been nearly a week, and still no sight of four brothers missing from Marshall County. The FBI is helping the Arab Police Department search, and officers put out a plea to the public. Now it’s a matter of finding the right lead that will bring the boys home. People from all over are calling the Arab Police Department with tips about four brothers, missing since last week. “That’s what we’re doing now,” said Assistant Chief Shane […]

  • Albertville family of five welcomes sextuplets, friends hold diaper drive to help out

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — An Albertville couple and their three boys welcomed not one, but six, healthy babies this week in Huntsville. In the meantime, some members of their community back home are doing what they say the couple would do for them. Valerie Edge owns a women’s boutique called Whimsy Edge in Albertville, and above it, Christy Ronca owns a baby boutique called The Plaid Giraffe. Together, they’re starting something they say two of their friends would do. “If anybody […]

  • FBI helps Arab Police search for four missing brothers, felony warrants issued for suspected kidnappers

    ARAB, Ala. — The FBI is helping in the search for four brothers missing from Marshall County, and Arab Police investigators got felony warrants for the couple they believe took them. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a missing child alert for Corbin, Alexander, Nicholas, and Ian Simmons. Police believe they are with 39-year-old Marcus Eugene Simmons and 29-year-old Karissa Renee Cummings, traveling in a 2003 white Ford Windstar with a license plate of 8AJ1511. The couple is facing charges […]

  • “A lot of love” – Generous spirits helped give Christmas to 1,812 kids in Marshall Co.

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — An unassuming warehouse in Marshall County is full of Christmas magic, made possible through hard work and generous spirits. “A lot of love. A whole lot of love,” is how Marshall County Christmas Coalition director Beth Sprouse describes what you see inside a Guntersville warehouse. It’s full wall to wall of numbered and named black bags – Christmas wishes for 1,812 kids. From bikes to humble requests like bedding, hundreds of kids got what they wished for. […]

  • Man in custody after officer-involved shooting in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — The State Bureau of Investigation is handling an officer-involved shooting that happened in Albertville Thursday morning. Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith says the department got a call around 2:30 a.m. about shots fired at the Kilpatrick Mobile Home Park. As officers were walking into the park they ran into a group of people. “When [the officers] started toward them one of them started to walk away, and at that point he pulled a gun, pointed it at […]