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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
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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 […]

  • Marshall County Animal Control director says volunteers contributed to a very successful 2016

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County Animal Control says it saw a huge success in 2016. Hundreds of stray dogs and cats found new homes, and many factors made that happen. Marshall County Animal Control Director Kevin Hooks said new volunteers stepped up in 2016 and ideas formed, working together to give as many stray dogs and cats as possible new homes. Marshall County doesn’t have an animal shelter. The dogs and cats picked up by Animal Control go to various […]

  • After decades and three generations, family owned Whitten’s Town & Country Clothes to close in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A family owned business that served Marshall County for three generations is saying goodbye, but the owner of Whitten’s Town & Country Clothes says it’s a celebration of decades. “In 1948 my grandfather LM Whitten worked in Gadsden, Alabama at a shoe store, and they were bought out and the owner of the shoe store said ‘Mr. Whitten, what do you want to do?’ and he said ‘I want to move back to Sand Mountain and open […]

  • A Christmas show for the community: A DeKalb County family uses decorations to give back

    CROSSVILLE, Ala. — Every evening this Christmas season in DeKalb County a family’s decorations aim to give back to the community in multiple ways. Chace and Brooke Walker decorated the inside of their Crossville home for their family. As beautiful as it is, the outside means so much more. Cars stop in front of their home on County Road 82 every evening during the holiday season and turn down their headlights. Drivers tune into a local radio station and immediately music […]

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    Guntersville Police officers and city leaders hand out hams for the holiday

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Guntersville Police officers and city officials knocked on a lot of doors Thursday, but it’s not what you’re probably thinking. Several Guntersville Police patrol cars parked alongside city vehicles Thursday morning. A large truck slid in the open space and immediately, several officers got inside. Then the process of transferring dozens and dozens of hams started. “We’re going to be handing out hams to Guntersville residents in public housing today,” Captain John East explained. Davis Lee Companies […]

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    Crash involving dump truck, motorcycle kills 1 in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Alabama State Troopers are investigating a deadly crash involving a dump truck and a motorcycle. It happened Thursday afternoon on Eddy Scant City Road. The motorcycle hit the truck head-on and caught fire. One person died. Troopers have not released anything further yet.

  • Beware of hacked gift cards this holiday season

    ARAB, Ala. — Gift cards are easy gifts for the holiday season, but there are ways they can be hacked. That’s something some Arab residents found out just as the days are leading up to Christmas. Some Arab residents reported several fully loaded gift cards bought locally suddenly were left with only a few dollars on them, or none at all.  “They can be hacked as easily as a debit or credit card can be,” explains Arab Police Assistant Chief […]

  • A proposed three cent per gallon fuel increase aims to provide funding for rough secondary roads statewide

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A proposal by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama aims to provide funding for fixes on secondary roads and bridges across the State. The Association of County Commissions of Alabama voted to support a proposed three cent per gallon fuel increase. The money garnered would fund a $1.2 billion bond issue to be used solely to fix local roads and bridges across the state. “This 1.2 billion would be divided according to the formula for the […]

  • Christmas decorations stolen out of the front yards of several Marshall County homes

    ARAB, Ala. — Would you ever think that out of all of the things thieves are after, your Christmas decorations would be on the list? Well, some Marshall County families want theirs back, because someone stole them. There are some bare spots in front of several homes in a neighborhood around Shoal Creek Trail in Arab. Someone decided to snatch the holiday decorations brightly giving the street a Christmas feel to it. “Over the weekend we had several reports of […]