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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
  • Arab Police chief proposes installing cameras around the city for safety, security reasons

    ARAB, Ala. – Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston proposed a plan to the City Council to install cameras around areas of the city. “We’re calling it Operation Safe and Secure, or Project Safe and Secure,” Ralston explained, “We want to put cameras in locations around the city, mainly to protect the city buildings, in the event that something happens to them or any crime happens in or around them.” Ralston presented the proposal to the City Council Tuesday. He says […]

  • Ribbon cutting for new Marshall Co. bridge on Martling Road held on Tuesday

    ASBURY, Ala. – Marshall County’s largest county project to date is officially done, commemorated by State and local officials Tuesday morning. A stretch of Martling Road morphed into two one-lane bridges, and then expanded back to its regular two-lane stretch. For as long as most people who took that route can remember, that’s the way it was. The busy stretch is in Marshall County near the Asbury and Martling communities. After years of discussion, crews started work on a new bridge […]

  • Filling vacant industry buildings isn’t an easy process; it takes time

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – More than 300 workers are looking for new jobs as Beaulieau America prepares to shut down part of its Jackson County plant in Bridgeport. Meanwhile, in neighboring Marshall County, officials are working to fill two vacant industry buildings left behind in similar situations. The Pilgrim’s plant in Boaz shut its doors nearly three years ago. The Kennametal plant in Grant closed just over a year ago. Both situations left vacant buildings waiting for new opportunities, but making […]

  • Senator Clay Scofield plans to introduce a rural broadband initiative in upcoming session

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Senator Clay Scofield is planning to introduce a package of bills in this upcoming session that he says would open doors for economic development across the State. “The major thing that I’m working on this year is a rural broadband initiative,” Scofield said. Scofield said it would open doors for broadband coverage in rural and under-served areas across the state. “Economic development used to rely on power, water, oftentimes sewer, roads, and now high-speed internet is in […]

  • Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove celebrates 35 years with a name change that reflects values

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala — It’s a new time for Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove. The nonprofit agency that serves nine counties is celebrating 35 years. With that milestone comes a change. “We’re revealing a new name for our organization that we feel better reflects what we do and where we provide that service,” said CEO Rhonda Osborne, “Our new name is Shepherd’s Cove Hospice. That’s probably not a really big surprise to most people, because we’re already known for our […]

  • Arab nonprofit asks for blankets, cold weather items for families in need

    ARAB, Ala. – With warmer temperatures creeping in, extra blankets are not a top priority, but winter is still the season and a nonprofit organization needs warm donations to help families in need. Works of genuine caring go on inside a thrift store in downtown Arab. It’s where the community and giving hearts come together to help their neighbors in need. “We have two separate programs,” explained TESA store manager Crystal Scott, “We have a food pantry and then we […]

  • Marshall Co. lawmakers hope to improve efficiency at the driver license office in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Marshall County legislators want to improve the process at the driver license office in Guntersville, which services the entire county. People are typically crowded outside the driver license office in downtown Guntersville every day. “We only have one person. We used to have two people but due to cutbacks in State government, we had a person leave there,” Representative Kerry Rich said. Rich added that person wasn’t replaced, leaving only one employee to run the office for […]

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    Early planning is underway for Guntersville Lake Hydrofest in 2018

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The Marshall County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau plans to hold a string of meetings to coordinate volunteers who want to help with the boat races set to come to Guntersville in 2018. Those steps are just part of what’s expected to go into the preparations over this year. Guntersville Lake Hydrofest will take place in Guntersville June 22-24, 2018. “The boat races have such a history with the city of Guntersville and we’re so excited they’re coming […]

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    Jackson County fiber plant announces partial closure; 375 employees affected

    BRIDGEPORT, Ala. – Beaulieu America announced Tuesday it will close a portion of its operation in Bridgeport in the coming months. The plant employs 390 people and has operated since 1987.  WHNT News 19 has learned 375 employees will be cut by March 31. Beaulieu is a family owned business in the flooring industry, and is making the changes based on what people are buying.  With lower sales for carpet flooring, this caused them to re-evaluate their business model. “The Bridgeport […]

  • To close or not to close schools? Superintendents say it’s a tough decision

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — During the winter weather the Tennessee Valley saw a few days ago, many school systems in the area closed. Area superintendents say that decision isn’t an easy one to make. When the weather looks like it’s going to take a nasty turn, school systems across the Valley weigh the number one question: whether students and staff can make it to school safely. “We’ve got a very good relationship with our local EMA,” Guntersville City Schools Superintendent Brett […]

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    Arab police officers donate more than $2,000 to a 3-year-old girl battling cancer

    ARAB, Ala. – Arab Police officers worked the last couple of months displaying something that isn’t typically part of their uniform, but that addition was a big part of hundreds of dollars raised for a little girl battling cancer. “March 20, 2015 was a life changing day for us. We found out that she had ALL [Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia]” Marcus Stegall said. The Arab community stepped up to help Marcus and Abby Stegall’s 3-year-old daughter Gracie, including the Arab Police […]

  • Be mindful of cold water temperatures if you’re planning on getting on the water

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. –  With colder temperatures comes some pretty cold water in our lakes and rivers, and the Guntersville Rescue Squad wants people getting out on the water to know what to expect and how to prepare for it. The water in Lake Guntersville is pretty chilly right now, but people aren’t deterred from getting out on it. “With the water temperatures dropping we’re just trying to remind everybody if you are having to be around water or you are […]