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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.


Recent Articles
  • HIGHWAY 72 WRECK

    Portion of Highway 72 shuts down due to accident

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A traffic accident caused delays Saturday night as part of Highway 72  was shut down. Two vehicles were involved in the wreck off Highway 72 east of Meridian Street near Christian Lane. Officers at the scene tell WHNT News 19 no one hurt.

  • Hundreds enjoy the 32nd annual Sand Mountain Potato Festival

    HENAGAR, Ala. (WHNT) The Sand Mountain Potato Festival is celebrating its 32nd year. If you ever come to the festival, expect to take your time. Hundreds came to Henagar Friday to do just that. One lady has been enjoying the festival for years, and Friday, had a job that allowed her to share a bit of conversation with many of those visitors. Meet Chris Murdock.  Friday she sat in the middle of the activity and welcomed visitors as they walked […]

  • DeKalb County Sheriff warns park visitors to use caution this Independence Day

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging residents to use safety practices to ensure a safe holiday. High Falls has been a popular swimming destination for years. Last week though, a swimming trip turned into a tragedy for a Marshall County family when 16-year-old Gavin Brooks fell off of a ledge and drowned. The county park, located near Geraldine, sees several visitors a day, and as we celebrate our nation Friday even more people are […]

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    UPDATE: Homeowner shoots man in DeKalb County

    POWELL, Ala. (WHNT) – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting in the Powell community. It happened Wednesday night at a home on Wigley Avenue. Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting someone was trying to force their way into a home. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says Cecil “Monty” Gant was making threats to the homeowner, whose name isn’t being released yet. He says that’s when that person got a gun. “Mr. Gant’s trying to come in through the […]

  • Jackson County aims to help repair Camp Jackson

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Jackson County is lending its support to help get Camp Jackson back to how it used to be, three years ago. Camp Jackson used to be frequented by visitors from the Tennessee Valley and around the nation, but the 2011 tornadoes took their toll on the Boy Scout camp. “Camp Jackson got hit by at least two tornadoes, one very large tornado that very much destroyed the entry of the camp and several other parts of […]

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    UPDATE: Third person charged in Albertville home invasion

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville Police say the third person believed to be involved in a home invasion is charged. Albertville Police say William Benjamin Addam Duke was arrested late last week at his home on two warrants. Police say is charged with Robbery 1st and Burglary 1st. Albertville Police Chief Doug Pollard says three people broke into a home on Highland Avenue nearly two weeks ago . Police initially believed the three took 23-year-old Steven Moore in an apparent […]

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    Friends, family remember 16-year-old drowning victim

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Friends, family, teachers and coaches came together to remember 16-year-old Gavin Brooks who drowned Saturday at High Falls in DeKalb County. The weight room at Brindlee Mountain High School in Marshall County was packed Sunday afternoon. However, it wasn’t for the Lions football players to train. Hands clutched red roses, others held tightly to balloons. Most hands though, were holding a friend’s. Gavin Brooks slipped and fell off of a ledge at High Falls Park […]

  • Body found near Highway 79 outside Scottsboro

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Scottsboro Police say a body has been found near Waterfront Grocery on Highway 79. Police tell us the body was found in woods a short way from the store. Officers say right now they haven’t identified the body and will know more pending the results of an autopsy. The rescue squad found the body following a new search for Troy Jens, who went missing June fourth. Jens was last seen walking away from the store on […]

  • POSSIBLE DROWNING

    UPDATE: 16-year-old boy drowns at High Falls in DeKalb County

    GERALDINE, Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office confirms a teen drowned Saturday afternoon at High Falls outside of Geraldine. Officials tell WHNT News 19 the victim is 16-year-old Gavin Paul Brooks.  DeKalb County Coroner Tom Wilson says Brooks is from Union Grove in Marshall County. Multiple rescue teams responded to the call, which came in around 5 p.m. Saturday. “We had folks here swimming,” Sheriff Jimmy Harris said.  “One guy slipped and fell and went under. His friends were […]

  • Couple retires after a combined 65 years in the U.S. Army

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) — The Huntsville community is honoring a couple who dedicated a combined 65 years to the United States Army. At a retirement ceremony at Redstone Arsenal Friday, Major General Lynn Collyar and his wife Colonel Sarah Green were honored for those six decades of service to the United States Army. “It’s a little overwhelming to stand on that stage and see all of those people,” Major General Collyar says, “I was wondering if it was warm […]

  • Redstone Arsenal celebrates couple’s 65 years of military service

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) — The Huntsville community is honoring a couple who dedicated a combined 65 years to the United States Army. At a retirement ceremony at Redstone Arsenal Friday, Major General Lynn Collyar and his wife Colonel Sarah Green were honored for those six decades of service to the United States Army. “It’s a little overwhelming to stand on that stage and see all of those people,” Major General Collyar says, “I was wondering if it was warm […]

  • Case of mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus reported in Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Alabama joins several other states with a confirmed case of the mosquito-carried Chikungunya virus. Our news partners at Al.com report the case stems from a Huntsville-area person who contracted the virus while on vacation out of state. Madison County Health Department Public Health Environmentalist Cheryl Clay says while the virus isn’t as prevalent here as in other states, it has the potential to grow. Clay says the species of mosquito that carry the virus has a […]