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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, and 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 and the other hidden gems northeast Alabama has to offer. She enjoys reading, particularly historical novels and works on the Supreme Court. Laura and her husband welcomed a son in 2018. They live with their two dogs and two cats named Jace, Jax, Jedi, and Leia.

She is thrilled and blessed to be able to find and share stories that matter in northeast Alabama and to be a part of the WHNT News 19 team.

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Recent Articles
  • Community center at Arab City Park slated for demolition, new idea in the works

    ARAB, Ala. — A community center used for decades in the Arab City Park is slated for demolition, but the City Council has an idea to replace it. A white sign with red letters is posted on the front of the community center in Arab City Park. It bears a message saying the building isn’t safe. Built decades earlier, Mayor Bob Joslin says the place has gone downhill. After a recent round of storms, city crews found more than 100 […]

  • Arab Police: Teens confessed to vandalizing 22 stop signs, Guntersville High School

    ARAB, Ala. — Arab Police officers say three teens confessed to vandalism that included spray painting an obscene image on 22 stop signs in Arab, spray painting two buildings at Guntersville High School, and vandalism in Cullman County. The Arab Street Department had to replace 22 stop signs last week because someone spray painted an obscene image on all of them.  The city of Arab offered a $250 reward for information leading to whoever was doing the vandalism. Guntersville High School […]

  • Marshall Co. Sheriff’s Office: So far, no evidence of a threat to DAR School or students

    GRANT, Ala — There’s increased security at the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in response to an online rumor that has both students and parents concerned, but Marshall County Sheriff’s Office investigators say they have not found any evidence of a threat to the school or the students. An increased number of law enforcement officers monitored the halls Monday morning. Over the weekend some students and parents reached out to Marshall County Schools staff about a post on social media […]

  • Someone spray painted an obscene image on 22 stop signs in Arab, city leaders want it to stop

    ARAB, Ala. — Someone is spray painting obscene images on stop signs in Arab and everyone in charge of keeping the city going wants it to stop. The city is offering a reward for information. Rian Almond and Preston Hardin have been busy this week replacing stop signs. They have their normal everyday work with the Arab Street Department still, but replacing stop signs is on top of it all right now. “We work hard and we’ve got better things […]

  • Jackson County woman pleads guilty to killing her husband in 2016

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. — A Jackson County woman accused of shooting her husband and then burning his body pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday morning. Court records show Tammy Keel will serve five years of probation. Keel is also required to pay court costs, attend anger management classes, and is not to have contact with her husband’s family. Deputies arrested Keel back in 2016 after they say she called and reported finding her husband under a burned vehicle. When deputies got to […]

  • Series of meetings set for Guntersville High School parents about new take home laptops

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Many of today’s students use laptops at school and administrators go to great lengths to keep young eyes away from the darker corners of the internet. Soon, each student at Guntersville High School will have a laptop, and system leaders are holding a set of meetings for parents to discuss how those online safety regulations in place in class translate to home. Some students at GHS are already using laptops in class, but by the start of next […]

  • Marshall Co. mom hopes to grow support for more opportunities for kids of all abilities

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A mom in Marshall County is working to facilitate more opportunities for kids of all abilities, and she hopes her actions are mirrored in the community. Patricia Moore’s son Spencer is a ball of energy. At five years old, you have enough to spare. Every April, which is Autism Awareness Month, through a platform she created called Spencer’s Friends, Moore organizes outings that are sensory friendly for children of all abilities. This year she’s doing something a […]

  • Scottsboro High Wildcats say goodbye to ‘Victory Tree’, damaged in the storms

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The storms last week damaged an icon at Scottsboro High School to the point where it has to be removed, and on Tuesday the students and staff gathered around it one last time. Hundreds of students filed out of Scottsboro High School and walked to an open field in front of the school. A large tree was roped off with yellow caution tape, highly visible from Highway 72. Eventually, the entire area was full of students, staff, […]

  • Governor Kay Ivey, other officials, help break ground on Google data center in Jackson Co.

    BRIDGEPORT, Ala. — Governor Kay Ivey, Congressman Mo Brooks, and other state and local leaders helped officially break ground on Google’s newest U.S. data center in Jackson County Monday morning. The small city of Bridgeport is home to just over 2,000 people. Now it’s home to Google’s 14th data center site in the world. “For them to locate here in Alabama sends a strong sign to companies around the world that there’s something special about doing business in Alabama,” Governor […]

  • Boaz Middle School teacher indicted on charges of sexual contact with a student

    BOAZ, Ala. — A  grand jury indicted a Boaz City Schools teacher on charges relating to sexual contact with a student. A Marshall County grand jury indicted Justin Beam on the charge of a School Employee Having Sexual Contact with a Student and Sexual Abuse 2nd. Beam is a teacher at Boaz Middle School. He’s been on leave from his job since March 9, and that’s when the investigation with the Boaz Police Department started. “In regard to allegations of […]

  • New school security measures, including resource officers, in the plan for Guntersville schools

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The Parkland, Fla. school shooting earlier this year caused leaders of the schools in Guntersville to reevaluate their safety plan now, and act on it. “Once the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, took place on February the 14, I think school systems across the country really stepped back to reevaluate,” superintendent Brett Stanton said. That’s the case with his district. School leaders discussed what they have in place and what can be different and came up with some […]

  • Volunteers needed to ‘keep Guntersville beautiful ‘

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The City of Guntersville wants volunteers to help keep it – as city leaders say – company ready, and they need volunteers to help. Part of Nicole Reyes’ job is to help keep Guntersville beautiful and volunteers can help. “We are having our big event on April 17. We’re having our city-wide Great American Clean-up. We do this every year,” she explained. They’re looking for individuals, civic groups, clubs, anyone who can spare even 30 minutes to […]