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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.

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

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    Judge sets $2.5 million bond for former volunteer Guntersville soccer coach

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A former volunteer Guntersville soccer coach is facing a $2.5 million bond following his initial appearance before a Marshall County judge Friday morning. David Barrow is facing dozens of child pornography and sex crime charges in two counties. He was arrested by Huntsville Police in May for sexual abuse and human trafficking charges, and then again on Wednesday by the same entity for similar charges. Thursday, the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for […]

  • Marshall County Revenue Commissioner Elect to potentially start this year

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Without opposition on the November ballot the Marshall County Revenue Commissioner elect is discussing the opportunity of early appointment. For the last several months the Marshall County Revenue Commissioner position has been one with conflict. Last year the position was vacated by Joey Masters after he was arrested on ethics violations. Masters resigned shortly after. Michael Johnson is the Marshall County Revenue Commissioner elect. The position doesn’t require him to start until October, 2015, however he and […]

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    Guntersville soccer coach posts bail after most recent arrest; faces new warrant and more charges

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT ) – UPDATE: Former Guntersville Volunteer soccer coach David Barrow posted bail late Thursday afternoon. Barrow is now expected to be transferred to the Marshall County Jail where he will be held on a $1,000,000 bond. Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall says Barrow faces a new set of charges. Marshall says the new warrant against David Barrow includes 24 counts of production of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of aggravated […]

  • Guntersville City Council expected to vote on proposed change to animal control ordinance

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Monday evening the Guntersville City Council is expected to vote on a change to the existing animal control ordinance, which Guntersville Police say is aimed at making city parks safer. Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson says recently, officers who patrol the city’s parks noticed the existing ordinance surrounding having a dog there might not be the safest for the residents.”There was an increasing instance of animals on the trail that were not on a leash,” he […]

  • Man accused of crimes spanning Marshall County

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville Police say a man is facing multiple theft of property charges stemming from crimes that span Marshall County. “We had an individual going to different tire stores in the county, wherein he would write a check for sets of tires before the bank opened,” Chief Jim Peterson says. Chief Peterson says ultimately that allowed him to get away with using bad checks.”We had another tire store in this county that was essentially ordering specific types […]

  • After a local boy’s pet was shot, an act of kindness is making it brighter

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A few weeks ago WHNT News 19 aired a story about a 3-year-old Marshall County boy’s miniature horse who was shot in his family’s front yard pasture. Since then, a viewer saw the story on social media and wanted to help.  Now there’s a much happier ending. “Someone named this one Lily,” miniature horse owner Hugh O’Neal says. “This one is Mimi. She was born on Memorial Day.” Hugh O’Neal has quite a few miniature […]

  • Dragon boat racing for a cause

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — They’re called dragon boats, and Saturday they’re being used to help raise money to support people in Marshall County who need a hand. The team for Marshall Christian School wears light blue shirts. They have a tent alongside the shore of Lake Guntersville at Civitan Park. The name of the game is waiting. The other name of the game, is winning. They’re partaking is what is called dragon boat racing, and Saturday, there’s more to the races […]

  • Several new upgrades to Marshall County 911 Center aim for precision

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — New equipment and upgrades to Marshall County’s 911 center are geared toward a more precise way of getting the county’s residents the help they need when they need it most. Thursday the 911 center at the Arab Fire Department was peppered with state, city and county leaders. Also in the mix were many of the people the center revolves around – first responders and citizens. It was a celebration of a new way to keep […]

  • One of the surviving dogs (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

    27 dogs found in horrible conditions in DeKalb County; 2 men face charges

    COLLINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Collinsville Police found 27 dogs in horrible conditions at a home on Gregory Avenue.  Five of the animals were dead, and others were near death. “You know, I’ve been policing for 30 years and in my 30-year career I’ve never seen anything as bad as this,” said Rex Leath, Collinsville’s Assistant Police Chief. Leath said his department got a call about a bad smell coming from the home. “When we investigated we found this dog pen, […]

  • Swearengin fire chief, others, resign after failed vote

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The future of a Marshall County volunteer fire department is in jeopardy. This week residents in four of the five proposed fire districts in the county approved a monthly fee to support their local volunteer fire departments. The fifth district voted no by a wide margin. As a result of that, the Swearengin fire chief and his second-in-command resigned shortly after the vote. “The community didn’t stand behind the fire department,” Mitch McCullough says. McCullough […]

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    UPDATE: Bridgeport pool closed for summer after man drowns

    BRIDGEPORT, Ala. (WHNT) – The Bridgeport city pool is closed for the rest of the summer after a man drowned this weekend. Brideport’s mayor did not comment on the situation, saying the investigation is not complete. However, he confirmed the pool is now closed for the season. Bert Winston, Jr. drowned Saturday afternoon while attending a church function at the pool. He was 48 years old. Winston went in the pool during the afternoon, and it wasn’t until later that […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Woman nearly scammed out of hundreds of dollars

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new phone scam. Lynda Gale Knight was sitting in her Boaz apartment when someone called from a number she didn’t recognize. “He told me I had just won two-and-half-million-dollars,” Knight told WHNT News 19. Knight knew it was a scam but she wanted to catch the caller in the act. “So he said there was only one thing that I had to do, and that was go to, […]


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