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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
  • More than just lights! DeKalb County Christmas display aims to give back

    CROSSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — This holiday a home in Crossville is putting on a Christmas show that is more than lights and music. On each cold night this holiday season, cars crunch through the grass and gravel on a drive leading up to a home in Crossville. The occupants are on their way to see a digital masterpiece. Under the bright flashing lights and cheery music though, there are stories. Tuned into a local radio station people from miles around […]

  • Marshall County organization looking for sponsors for animals over holidays

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — With animal adoptions on the decrease during the holidays, a Marshall County organization is looking for sponsors. Mary Harris works with another woman, Linda Morris, to run Friends of Marshall County Animal Control.  The program works closely with animal control official Kevin Hooks and it purpose is to give animals picked up by the county’s animal control officers another chance. Over the holidays, the program sees a decrease in adoptions.  “Marshall County is authorized to pay […]

  • Guntersville Police are blocking Highway 79 just south of the city due to an overturned fuel truck. (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Hwy. 79 reopens south of Guntersville after truck fire

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Highway 79 reopened just south of Guntersville  after a truck carrying multiple canisters of substances overturned. Guntersville Fire Captain Kevin Perry says it happened around 11 o’clock Wednesday morning. “A large semi truck was moving northbound on Highway 79 south. It caught on fire while in transit.” The truck veered off of the road and overturned. Captain Perry says the driver of the truck was able to get out safely. Officials say the fuel truck was carrying […]

  • Grant allows Arab Police to increase patrols over the holidays

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — While the City of Arab celebrates the holidays police will be working double time to make sure everyone makes it where they need to go safely. “We’ll have several more officers on the roadways looking for DUIs, or drunk drivers, or things of that nature,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says. The department got a grant that is funding these extra patrols. “These officers basically come in on their off time, are paid overtime through the ADECA […]

  • Making Christmas a little brighter – with a lot of ham

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A lot of people got a visit from Guntersville Police officers and the Mayor, but it’s not what you think. There were quite a few hams exchanging hands in Guntersville Tuesday morning. “Just short of a thousand. That’s a lot of ham,” Davis Lee says. He owns Davis Lee Companies, and those hams were bought through his company. The hams aren’t staying there though. “This is the one time a year that we like to acknowledge […]

  • Months after funding vote failure, Swearengin Volunteer Fire Department remains open

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Amid questions of a potential closure, Swearengin Volunteer Fire Department is still operational. Everything inside the Swearengin Volunteer Fire Department still looks the same as it did in July, when there was a question of whether or not the department could stay up and running. Residents in four of five proposed fire districts in the county approved a monthly fee to support their volunteer fire departments. Swearengin Volunteer Fire Department was in the district that […]

  • Guntersville programs and projects nationally awarded

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The City of Guntersville is receiving several national awards for its efforts to help ‘keep Guntersville beautiful’. You just don’t get tired of the expansive lake views in Guntersville. Moving to the heart of the city though, you can see the efforts of a community. The goal is to ‘keep Guntersville beautiful’ – and it’s working. “They are from the Keep America Beautiful organization and we actually received awards in five categories, three of those first […]

  • DeKalb Co. roads damaged from 2011 storms nearly repaired

    DEKALB CO., Ala. (WHNT) — Many DeKalb County roads damaged from the 2011 storms are nearly complete. DeKalb County officials say they’ve finished their portion of the road repairs.”We have received grants from the state and FEMA to do this,” County Commission President Ricky Harcrow says. Harcrow says there were quite a few roads throughout the entire county that were damaged in the storms. “Damaged not only because of the rains and of course the tornado itself, but during the […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Customers want answers, product or refunds from Marshall Co. company

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Numerous people have contacted us at WHNT News 19 about a company based in Marshall County that hasn’t given their product or refunded their money. In June Hoyt Harris, Jr. says his mother made arrangements to buy a monument for her husband from a company in Albertville – Bonds & Associates, LLC. The company’s owner said it would be in place in three weeks. Months after that though, the owner passed away. His wife was left […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Be careful what you post this holiday season

    GUNTERSVILLE, ALA. (WHNT) — Well … you better watch out! If you’re not careful this holiday season information you share might be used to take advantage of you. For a lot of us all aspects of our lives make it to social media. However, law enforcement agencies say sharing certain bits of information about yourself this holiday can lead to devastating circumstances. “It’s simple for someone to unbeknownst to you to keep up with or plan or try to figure […]

  • Feeding Hundreds: DeKalb Co. program works to give hot meals to those in need

    HENAGAR, Ala. (WHNT) — A program in DeKalb County is working to feed hundreds of people every week. Inside a home in Henagar, in one room food stacks the walls from floor to ceiling. That room is something hundreds of members in the community rely on. “The Lord was dealing with me about it back in November of last year, and I was like ‘okay, where are we going to go, where are we going to serve from,'” Sandra Summerford […]

  • Lose something? Arab Police might just have it

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s a lost and found of city-wide proportions, and the Arab Police Department is working to return all of the items to their owners. At the Arab Police Department, officers pull clear bags out of a white box, appropriately labeled ‘lost and found’. A kaleidoscope of things are jumbled in the large box, turned in from around the city of Arab. “People will find things in town, they won’t know necessarily what to do with it […]

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