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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

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    Question over sale of Confederate flags sparked search for a bomb at an Arab Walmart

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — A question over the sale of Confederate flags sparked a search for a bomb at an Arab Walmart. Arab Police searched for a bomb in the Walmart on Thursday. The store was evacuated. Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says a person called the store and asked to speak to a manager. The caller inquired about the sale of Confederate flags, and was told that store isn’t selling them anymore. Assistant Chief Washburn says the caller then told […]

  • Gov. Bentley announces plans for Google data center in Stevenson (photo from WHNT News 19's Laura Christmas_

    Google announces plans to build data center in Jackson County

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley joined state and local officials from the Jackson County community and officials from the Tennessee Valley Authority to announce plans for Google to build a $600 million dollar data center in the Stevenson Bridgeport area. Bentley says it will bring 75 to 100 jobs to Jackson County. It was announced Wednesday that Google has chosen TVA’s Widows Creek, a soon-to-be retired coal plant, to build its newest data center – the 14th across the globe. “We’re […]

  • Officers make arrest in connection to string of mail thefts in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Officers say a man is arrested in connection to a string of mail thefts in Guntersville and Arab. “We had several complaints of people taking things out of mail boxes,” Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says, “After those complaints we had some reports taken where people had checks stolen and then later forged.” Police say mail that looked like checks or credit cards were targets, stolen out of mail boxes across the city. Washburn […]

  • Two community meetings left before Jackson Co. residents vote on one cent sales tax proposal

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — There are two more opportunities for Jackson County residents to learn more about a one cent sales tax proposal before they head to the polls in August. The Jackson County Commission has been battling what was a known 1.4 million dollar budget deficit for about two years. It is down substantially now, as the general fund has been reduced by more than 20 percent. However, the county is facing steady decreases in major sources of revenue, […]

  • Spring2Summer wakeboarding tournament held all day Saturday in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s dubbed one of the largest tournaments of its kind in the southeast and this Saturday the Spring2Summer wakeboarding tournament will be going on in Guntersville. “It’s an amateur event but we have a lot of pro riders that come and either do a demo or compete for the prize money,” Event organizer Dustin Middlebrooks says. “New up and comers are coming in as well, some that are on the pro tour and just getting their name […]

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    Marshall Co. Health Department is encouraging parents to get kids immunized this summer

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala  (WHNT) — School is out for summer but class will be back in session before you know it and the Marshall County Health Department is encouraging parents to think about immunizations before then. During these summer months, the Marshall County Health Department is encouraging parents to take care of their kids’ immunizations, so when the school year approaches that can be one thing crossed off the list. “What happens is, people go back to school and then […]

  • ‘Everything about Main Channel is Guntersville-centric’ – City’s first brewery to open this summer

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Charting new waters in the Lake City — Guntersville’s first brewery is well on its way to opening; and while the brewery is centered in the middle of town, the owners say the town is at the center of its heart. Inside a building on 431 in Guntersville, piles of skeletal necessities lay around, ready to make up what will soon be a first for Marshall County and the city. Longtime Guntersville resident Brett Smith can’t […]

  • Geraldine’s first waste water treatment plant taking initial steps toward completion

    GERALDINE, Ala. (WHNT) — A week from Thursday, the town of Geraldine will take the first steps toward building its first waste water treatment plant. The plans for the town of Geraldine’s first waste water treatment plant have been in the works for a while now. “We’re very excited that a week from today we’ll open bids for our waste water treatment plant,” Geraldine Mayor Chuck Ables says. The project’s plans will situate everything underground. It is set to go […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Arab residents voice concerns about man going door to door

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Several people in Arab are concerned about a young man who is going door to door selling books. Residents say he’s forceful and asks questions that make them uncomfortable and say he often comes late in the evening. Tabitha Corr was getting her kids ready for bed when a young man came to her home. “I looked out, and I came out on the porch and he was telling me he was from Texas and wanted […]

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    Albertville, Guntersville, set 7-day alcohol sales elections for August 25

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Residents in two Marshall County cities will go to the polls in August, deciding if businesses in Guntersville and Albertville can sell alcohol on Sunday. Earlier in the year several Marshall County cities passed resolutions asking the local delegation to introduce a local bill allowing those cities to hold a  vote on seven-day alcohol sales. “It went through the House and the Senate and the Governor signed the bill last Tuesday,” Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar […]

  • Charles Austin Rye (L) and Zachary Leewayne Wood (R) (Photos: Arab Police)

    UPDATE: Details behind graffiti vandalization in Arab surface

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police say with the arrest of two men the details behind the graffiti tagging that targeted cars and a patrol car are piecing together. Arab Police arrested two men Monday in connection to graffiti vandalism throughout the city, including one of its patrol cars. Charles Austin Rye and Zachary Leewayne Wood were arrested Monday on charges of second and third degree criminal mischief. “We got a tip that somebody had overheard these guys talking and basically […]

  • Citizens Bank & Trust in Guntersville to host free event covering online security tips

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Citizens Bank & Trust in Guntersville is hosting an event on Monday with a topic of online threats, and how to protect yourself. “We’re holding an event we’re calling ‘Cyber Monday.’ It’s an opportunity for us to raise awareness with our customers and with the community and the people we serve about threats online and how to protect yourself online,” said Charlie Williams, with Citizens Bank & Trust. “The event will be June 8th in Guntersville […]


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