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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
  • Tracy Lawrence & .38 Special to play at Albertville’s Main Street Music Festival

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville’s Main Street Music Festival isn’t for a few more months but the lineup and events are set. “Friday night’s act will be Tracy Lawrence, of course who’s a country male soloist.  Saturday night we will open with Exile, and our headliner Saturday night will be .38 Special,” Melody Whitten said.  Whitten is the Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Albertville. City officials say this is proving to be the best lineup […]

  • A challenge give back to Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A small group of Marshall County leaders are united with one big goal to make their community a better place. “Gayle’s Gardens is a project that Hospice of Marshall County has had a dream of since we built this building in 2007, and it is to honor our founder Gayle Roadruck, who loves gardens,” Hospice of Marshall County Chief Executive Officer Rhonda Osborne says. That garden sits behind Shepherd’s Cove, the in-patient facility for Hospice […]

  • Some Arab residents voice concerns over police patrols

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Some Arab residents are voicing concerns over police patrols in their neighborhoods. They want to know how often police patrol and how they can get more patrols in their communities. Gary Hartwell has lived in Arab for several years. He notices a lot of speeding on his street and also has concerns about recent break-ins in the area. “I’m not only concerned for my family, but you know, the other residents here,” Hartwell says. Other residents […]

  • Arab Police officer will return to work after grand jury’s decision

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — An Arab Police officer will be returning to work after a grand jury’s decision. Arab Police officer Michael Tyler Thomas was put on administrative leave earlier this month while he was the center of a felony investigation by the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office for accusations of misconduct during a domestic situation, according to Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn. The alleged incident happened while Thomas was off duty, and it wasn’t in Arab’s jurisdiction. Cullman County officials took […]

  • Many ways to enjoy first ever City Harbor Crush on Lake Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — City Harbor Crush is coming up in Guntersville, and there are plenty of ways you can enjoy it. Last year downtown Huntsville saw an event that had visitors waiting along the street to attend – Big Spring Crush. It was downtown Huntsville’s first wine festival. Homegrown is the company behind the event, and on June sixth it will be bringing something similar about 40 miles south to Guntersville. City Harbor Crush will be a first for […]

  • Doug Minor (Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

    DeKalb authorities charge man with meth-binge murder

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said a man has been arrested for the beating death of a woman after the two were on a multi-day meth binge. Sheriff Harris said Doug Minor, 32, of Fort Payne, is charged with the murder of Bobbie Lynn Ross, 35, also of Fort Payne. Harris said Minor admitted to authorities that he and Ross were on a multi-day meth binge when an argument occurred, causing him to hit her. “He did […]

  • Officials say drug testing lab at Northeast Alabama Community College will have substantial impact on cases

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Northeast Alabama Community College is introducing its Center for Applied Forensics, a drug testing lab that law enforcement officials say will have a substantial impact on many cases. After law enforcement officials make a drug arrest, they have to get an analyzed lab test of the substance to further the case in the court proceedings. However, officials say that’s where there’s a problem. “Sometimes we don’t get the test back for 18 months, 24 months,” […]

  • Guntersville council discussing bid for pier at city’s new Publix

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville City Council is discussing a bid for a pier to be installed at the city’s new Publix on Lake Guntersville. Officials say they hope to approve it Monday night, so work can start as soon as possible. “The developers, as part of the incentive package, agreed to give the city of Guntersville 100,000 dollars to build a park,” Mayor Leigh Dollar says. Mayor Dollar says the city plans to spend that funding initially on a […]

  • Jackson County chief deputy narrowly avoids injury in crash involving missing woman

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — New details emerge in the events leading up to a car chase involving a stolen vehicle that ended with a woman reported missing over the weekend charged with attempted murder. Ashley Grider Kennedy was booked into the Jackson County Jail early Monday morning. She was reported missing late Friday night, officials say. Jackson County responders and others spent a good part of the weekend searching for her. Finally, Kennedy showed up at a business in […]

  • TAKING ACTION: How to get answers to questions about tornado sirens where you live

    JACKSON CO., Ala. (WHNT) — A viewer in Jackson County contacted us wanting to know if the tornado siren in Rosalie was working. We’re taking action to get answers on how Emergency Management officials check the sirens, and what to do if you have questions about one near your home. Inside the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency a machine spits out white paper covered in information. It’s communicating to the EMA information from each county-run siren across Jackson County. “We […]

  • “We’re all family here” – More than $5,000 raised for Jackson Co. deputy’s family

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — When most of a community pitches in to help, you know the person they’re doing it for is loved. That was the case in Jackson County Friday, with the people in the community coming together to help the family of Corrections Deputy Charley Murphy. “He’s been a reserve with the Sheriff’s Office since 1989,” Sheriff Chuck Phillips says, “He was hired in ’07 to work our road crew, our inmate road crew, to do litter control.” […]

  • Last in latest string of major projects nearly complete at Goose Pond Colony Resort

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The last project in a string of major projects and expansions is almost complete at Jackson County’s Goose Pond Colony and resort officials are looking to the next round. Over the last several months things have been changing at Goose Pond Colony. “The golf course, we replaced the greens on one of our courses,” Resort General Manager Lyle Sosebee says. The bait and tackle dock is another project recently completed. “Made it handicap accessible and tried […]


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