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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
  • Albertville Police participate in no-shave November, donate to a cause that hits home

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Some of the officers from the Albertville Police Department are looking a little different these days, and it’s to benefit a good cause — one that hits home for some of them. “My guys have been asking me to do it for the past three years; three and a half years exactly,” Albertville Police Chief Doug Pollard says. His answer to that questions has always been no. “The reason it was so hard is because I’m […]

  • Changes to alleviate traffic concerns at Cherokee Elementary are in discussion

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville City Schools and the Guntersville Police Department are working together to fix traffic concerns at Cherokee Elementary School. Traffic can become very backed up at that location. Cherokee Elementary is off of Alabama Highway 79. It also boarders  Willow Beach Road, which can lead back to downtown  and U.S. 431. “We’ve got an ongoing issue with the traffic and it’s significant because it’s on a major state highway, on Alabama Highway 79,” explains Guntersville City Schools […]

  • Town of Grant working toward new projects to benefit residents

    GRANT, Ala. (WHNT) — Grant town leaders are working on some projects to benefit those who call it home. One project Grant Mayor Larry Walker says they’re working toward is connecting the town with sidewalks. “We’re going to apply for a TAP grant through the Alabama Department of Transportation that’s up to $400,000. Our plan is to build sidewalks from Campbell Road to Lemley Road,” Mayor Walker says. He says that will essentially complete sidewalks all through main portions of town. […]

  • Hollywood Police Department is selling shirts for K9 program

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — Hollywood Police Department’s K9 program assists agencies across Jackson County, but right now the program needs funding. K9 Fox helps the Hollywood Police Department each day. “He’s the only K9 that we have and we actually assist every agency within Jackson County and the school systems,” Hollywood Police Chief Jason Hepler says. Chief Hepler says right now though, the department needs help funding the K9 program. Its funds have been cut, so now the department is […]

  • Man accused of shooting at a car with four teens inside during a prank

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A prank in Jackson County led to some serious consequences, as shots were fired at a car with four teens inside. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says the situation happened early Saturday morning. “After the investigation, we found out at a business out on County Road 48 in Section, four juveniles and a parent had gone out and they were going to roll the yard of the business,” Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says, “Apparently some of […]

  • Former first lady Dianne Bentley addresses Marshall County officials about domestic violence

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Domestic violence isn’t easy to talk about, but today at an event in Marshall County that was the lead topic and former first lady Dianne Bentley addressed a group of people dedicated to stopping the harmful actions. Ms. Bentley addressed Marshall County officials, law enforcement, and other people whose job it is to work in and serve the community. Many of them see domestic violence victims everyday. Held in Guntersville, the event is to raise awareness, […]

  • Courtesy: Arab Police

    EXCLUSIVE: Arab police officer injured in deadly shooting shares his story of recovery & the community’s outreach

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — We hear about deadly officer involved shootings often in other places, but for Arab Police, that just isn’t common. That is, until about two months ago. That late August shooting left a man dead and an Arab officer wounded. That officer has been recovering and just this week went back on the job. Now, he’s sharing his story of recovery – and the community’s support throughout the entire process. Some people are just easy to talk with, […]

  • Hollywood Fire Department gets a much-needed upgrade department wide

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — The Hollywood Fire Department just got a much-needed upgrade for all of the volunteer firefighters. It’s an upgrade that is long overdue. Any firefighter can tell you, equipment gets pretty beat up in the hard work they do every day. “It was ripped,” Hollywood Fire Chief Patrick Allen says, “You get hung up on stuff in a fire. You want all of your skin protected when you go into a burning building.” Allen says that was […]

  • Beer from Guntersville’s first brewery sold in local restaurants Wednesday, open date to follow over next couple of weeks

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  Guntersville’s first brewery is steps away from opening. It’s been a long process, but Main Channel Brewing Company is getting ready to open its doors. Longtime Guntersville resident Brett Smith can tell you — starting up a first for a county isn’t easy and neither is opening up a brewery. Smith is doing both, along with his brother, Clay, and his wife, Sarah. The three together own Main Channel Brewing Company. The process to open has […]

  • Jackson, Madison County school systems selected to pilot new school emergency communication system

    WOODVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Two Tennessee Valley school systems are part of a pilot program for a new school emergency communication system, and if all goes well, that system might go statewide. Monday morning at Woodville High School in Jackson County, Jackson County Schools staff and state officials saw first hand a program designed to save seconds. “Lokdown is an emergency communications system that schools can use,” Lokdown owner Chad Doss says. Doss says the system notifies teachers, staff, and […]

  • The Claude M. Elrod Science Building, on Snead State Community College's main campus in Boaz, AL (Photo: Snead.edu)

    Snead State campuses to reopen Tuesday at normal time

    BOAZ, Ala. – Snead State Community College will reopen Tuesday, after being closed Monday due to an online anonymous threat. As the investigation continues, Boaz and Arab Police say nothing seemed out of the ordinary at the Snead State Community College campuses in Marshall County during the closure. Last week, the school learned of a threat on a message board that said a shooting would happen at Snead State on Monday, October 19.  Both campuses were closed as a precaution. Officers […]

  • The Claude M. Elrod Science Building, on Snead State Community College's main campus in Boaz, AL (Photo: Snead.edu)

    UPDATE: Police say nothing out of the ordinary at Snead State campuses, college to be open Tuesday

    BOAZ, Ala. — As the investigation into an online threat continues, Boaz and Arab Police Departments say nothing seems out of the ordinary at the Snead State Community College campuses in Marshall County Monday. Snead State Community College and law enforcement officials  are  investigating a threat made through an anonymous message board that a shooting would happen there on Monday, October 19. Because of the investigation, the campuses in Boaz and Arab closed Monday. Officers from both Arab and Boaz Police Departments […]


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