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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
  • Albertville's Main Street Music Festival is August 7-8, 2015.

    Main Street Music Festival starts next Friday, August 7

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — In just over a week, downtown Albertville will be transformed into what is dubbed as “North Alabama’s Premier Music Festival.” “Main Street Music Festival is next week, August 7th and 8th in downtown Albertville,” Director of Community & Economic Development Melody Whitten says, “Of course the event is free to attend.” Whitten says the event features several big acts. “Our headliners this year are Tracy Lawrence on Friday night and then on Saturday night with Exile […]

  • More could come for quickly growing Marshall County city

    ALBERTVILLE,  Ala. (WHNT) —  Albertville is quickly growing and expanding with construction in the works from one end of the city to the other, and even with the current momentum, there could be more to come. “We think Albertville is experiencing a lot of momentum right now in a positive direction,” Director of Community & Economic Development Melody Whitten says, “We’ve got a lot of good things going with two shopping centers announced and under construction currently.” The city announced […]

  • It’s still summer, but EMA officials encourage families to think about severe weather in the fall

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – It’s not something we’re thinking about right now — fall severe weather season — but as children go back to school, the Marshall County EMA is getting ready for it and encouraging families to do the same. “This time of year we start thinking about our second severe weather season, which begins in September basically,” Marshall County EMA Director Anita McBurnett says. The Marshall County EMA reminds families to get ready now. “Reminding that parents talk with […]

  • Marshall County Commission approves funding for Asbury Road project

    GUNTERESVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A dangerous stretch of road leading to a Marshall County school is getting an overhaul. The Marshall County Commission approved the funding for the improvements to Asbury Road, a heavily traveled stretch that runs to Asbury School. Commissioners have been wanting to redo that road for a while now, and thanks to a donation of land and funding approval from the Marshall County Commission,  it’s going to happen. “It’s going to be a diagonal and it’s going […]

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    Marshall County cooling centers open during the week & weekends while extreme heat lasts

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) —   With this hot and steamy weather across the valley, staying cool is a priority and Marshall County has several cooling centers open across the county during the week and a few on the weekends. Cooling centers are public places like libraries and churches. They’re scattered throughout Marshall County. They’re typically open during their normal business hours, giving residents a chance to go and get out of the heat. “With the long duration of temperatures […]

  • ‘We’re just giving back’ – A school supply drive for students, by students

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –A group of Marshall County students noticed a need for school supplies for their fellow classmates, so they’re doing something about it and they need your help. A group of teens stood together, talking at the Albertville Chamber of Commerce. They’re all part of the Albertville Chamber of Commerce Junior Board, and they’re discussing something they’re working to get the entire community involved in. “We are putting on our annual school supplies drive for the Albertville City […]

  • Residents in opposition of a Jackson Co. one cent sales tax proposal voice opinions, plan to hold volunteer meeting

    JACKSON CO., Ala. – In about a month Jackson County residents will hit the polls to vote “yes” or “no” on a one cent sales tax increase, but some residents are in opposition, saying there are other solutions. With funding decreasing across the board, the Jackson County Commission says the one cent sales tax proposal is much-needed to maintain operations. For some people, like Ellen O’Connor, it’s the wrong move. “It’s really going to be a disproportionate tax against the […]

  • TS Tech Alabama to expand site in Boaz

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — A city in Marshall County is growing as a company in Boaz announces its expansion. TS Tech Alabama, LLC has been located in Boaz for years and this week the company announced it is expanding. “We’re real excited to say they’re going to be building a 125,000 square foot addition to their building,” Boaz Mayor Tim Walker says. Mayor Walker says the move will bring quite a few jobs, but the exact number will be released […]

  • Guntersville City Schools look to make registration more efficient & effective by going online

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville City Schools is working to make registration easier this year by moving to an online system. The system is working on its new online registration process for students. It’s a process Superintendent Brett Stanton says is a step in the right direction. “It provided a great opportunity to make sure that we were very efficient and effective with the way we have student information,” Stanton says. School officials say the new system will allow parents […]

  • DeKalb County Schools launch initiative allowing students to bring own devices to class

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County School System is hosting the first of many meetings Tuesday night for parents to learn about an initiative that allows  students to bring their own digital devices to class. It’s called Connecting Champions Learning Initiative, or  CCLI. “It’s a learning initiative which allows students to bring their personal devices such as laptops, tablets, cell phones and smart phones to school to enhance their learning,” Assistant Superintendent Brian Thomas says. “A lot of work […]

  • Adoptions, sponsors needed for animals in Marshall County

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — As the temperature heats up, another thing goes down – that’s animal adoptions. In Marshall County, there are a lot of dogs and cats that need homes or even just sponsors. “Here in Marshall County we have more dogs than we have ever taken into the shelter at one time,” Mary Harris says, “Adoptions are down because of summer vacations and people don’t want to adopt a new dog and go out of town.” Mary Harris […]

  • Another shopping center announced in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The city of Albertville announced another shopping center will be opening next year. AAA Properties is scheduled to construct a 95,000 square foot shopping center next to The CrossRoads Mall. “We’ve already got commitments from Dunham’s Sports and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet,” says Melody Whitten, Director of Community & Economic Development. Whitten says there is room for more. “It will be about a 100,000 square foot shopping center and with those two leases executed we’ve accounted for 60,000 […]


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