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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
  • Popular Shepherd’s Cove Thrift Shoppe to move locations

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — When something becomes so popular that you need a bigger space, that’s a good problem to have. That’s exactly what’s happening for a nonprofit agency in Marshall County that serves nine counties. A store on U.S. Highway 431 in Guntersville is constantly busy. On Tuesday it becomes even busier. In fact, the staff at Shepherd’s Cove Thrift Shoppe will tell you, people absolutely love the place. “Oh my goodness, so busy. Tuesdays are our crazy day. We […]

  • Sheriff’s Office: 16-year-old girl’s death followed accidental injury

    ARAB, Ala. — The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office has released an update on the investigation into the death of a 16-year-old girl from Arab. Sheriff Scott Walls said that Isabella “Belle” Marie Smith passed away as a result of an accidental injury.  The injury happened on private property in the Brashier Chapel area of Brindlee Mountain.  No further details that can be released at this time as this investigation continues. This information will be forwarded to the District Attorney to […]

  • Marshall Co. man pleads guilty in 15-year-old Jason Richards’ 2015 death

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A guilty plea brought an end to a case that was in the spotlight for weeks in Marshall County. Ryan Anthony Fitch plead guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the death of 15-year-old Jason Richards. Fitch was 18 at the time of his friend’s 2015 accidental shooting death in Albertville. The judge set Fitch’s sentencing hearing for November 20 at 9:00 a.m. A judge denied Fitch’s youthful offender status request last year. Fitch and another male juvenile […]

  • Albertville winery looks to defend its Winery of the Year title at Saturday’s Big Spring Crush

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Last year at the Big Spring Crush wine festival in Huntsville a Marshall County winery took home ‘Winery of the Year’. That same winery is looking to defend that title again on Saturday. In 2016 Jules J. Berta Vineyards in Albertville took home several awards. “We won Best Label of the Year and Best Fruit Wine of the Year,” tasting room manager Justin Bailey said. The winery also took home the top award, Winery of the Year.  […]

  • Boaz Police officers look to start neighborhood watch groups

    BOAZ, Ala. — Police officers can’t be everywhere. So in Boaz, officers there are hoping to start up a program to put more eyes and ears on the ground. Boaz police want to bring communities together to start neighborhood watches in the city. “People who are willing to provide us with any information that may help us in either deterring the crime, or should it happen, can provide us with information, details that may help us solve it,” said Deputy […]

  • In remembrance of 9/11 Guntersville students wrote letters of thanks to their first responders

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville city leaders challenged the community to give back in honor of the September 11, 2001 anniversary.  The idea is to do something for someone to remember the service and sacrifice of so many that day and the days afterward. Some students decided to do a small act, that wasn’t really small at all. “Thank you, police officers, for making my city safe to live in,” read Guntersville Middle School student Cadence Kikuyama. Those two little words […]

  • The Albertville Aggie Band needs $50,000 by the end of this month for Rose Parade trip

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala.  —  The Albertville High School Aggie band – with nearly 300 members – plans to make the trek to California to march in the 2018 Rose Parade. They fundraise as much as they practice, but they need to raise just over $50,000 before the end of this month. When the Aggie Band practices, the music reverberates through the halls at Albertville High School. Those same notes ring out at the halftime show on Fridays, and pretty soon they’ll […]

  • A broken headlight led Arab Police officers to what they believe to be stolen guns, and drugs

    ARAB, Ala. — A broken headlight led Arab Police officers to multiple guns, at least one of which officers say is stolen, drugs, and two arrests. It all started with a traffic stop, when Arab Police officers on patrol noticed a broken headlight. Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston says officers found reason to investigate further. “When they got inside the vehicle with consent, there was a total of five guns. Four handguns and one shotgun. One of them had a […]

  • County-wide effort: Guntersville Rescue Squad, other entities are collecting donations for hurricane victims

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Hurricane victims range across the south from Florida to Texas, and folks here in north Alabama want to help. Dozens of supplies have poured into the Guntersville Rescue Squad from across Marshall County. They’ll sit at the Rescue Squad until their next stop: hurricane-affected areas. Public Relations Officer C.J. Jones says they’re looking for more donations. “We’re trying to get stuff down to them. We’ve got two tractor trailers donated for us to use. All we’ve got […]

  • Marshall County first responders hold 9/11 anniversary ceremony

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  Where you were and what you were doing on this day 16 years ago is forever etched in your mind. First responders remember with an even higher level of understanding, and on Monday they took a moment to reflect and show honor. There’s a grassy field between the Guntersville Fire Station and the city’s transportation building. On Monday morning some of the firefighters ornamented its manicured landscaping with a podium. First responders from across Marshall County stood […]

  • Local hospitals stay prepared in case of a natural disaster

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Hurricane Irma forced some hospitals in Florida to evacuate patients. Some of those transferred to north Alabama. If the tables were turned and there was a disaster here, local hospitals in the area say that they are ready and that they stay that way. Marshall County has two hospitals: Marshall Medical Center North and Marshall Medical Center South; one on each end of the county. Staff at both centers make a continuous effort to stay ready if […]

  • Marshall County Schools teachers are taking learning to a new – active – level

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Several Marshall County Schools teachers are taking instruction to a new level. At Douglas Middle School, one classroom is filled with empty desks. The students are standing around the room. “Alright let’s do this,” said math teacher Chris Williams, “We’re going to do one more scenario.” He directed the kids into groups. As the students got into position, Williams gave them a fraction math problem to solve using themselves to solve it.  Each group was different. It’s […]