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Laura Christmas is a Multimedia Journalist for WHNT News 19. 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.


Recent Articles
  • Update: Fayetteville church affected by April tornadoes lives its message on road to recovery

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WHNT) — Several weeks ago we brought you the story of a small Fayetteville church’s goal to help others by spreading a message, despite being severely affected by the late April tornadoes. Now weeks later, they’re still standing strong. Inside a rented building just off U.S. 431 in Lincoln County, Tennessee, Bibles lay open, chairs are set up, and the music is as loud as it always has been. What is different though, is the building. Grace […]

  • Courtesy: Lawrence County Sheriff's Department

    UPDATE: Lawrence County, Tenn., officials arrest a man for murder, woman dead after machete attack

    LAWRENCE COUNTY, Tn. (WHNT) — Deputies charged a 28-year-old man with first degree murder in Lawrence County, Tennessee. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department arrested Christopher Desmond Simpson Sunday. Deputies say this stems from an investigation into the death of a female who they say was attacked with a machete. Investigators found her just off of Wisdom Road in the West Point community. WTVF in Nashville reports the incident happened Saturday afternoon. Emergency communications director and EMA director Johnny Cheatwood said the woman […]

  • Hammers Suprise Little Boy

    Huntsville boy gets a big surprise from the Alabama Hammers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A Huntsville boy is getting the trip of a lifetime thanks to his favorite team and the Magic Moments Foundation. Six-year-old James Pollard has severe Cerebral Palsy. He uses a wheelchair or a walker to get around. He also recently underwent a procedure that help him out a little more. James loves the Alabama Hammers. He even checks out a calendar just to see when the next home game is scheduled. Saturday at halftime James got the surprise […]

  • Playing for a cause: Huntsville football team works to spread anti-violence message

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — The Rocket City Titans took on the Clarksville Wolfpack in a game that was more than touchdowns and first downs – it was a message. The start of the game, the players, and the game itself were the same as always. The Rocket City Titans still ran the same plays and threw the same passes. But that’s just on the outside. There was more to Saturday night’s game than merely playing to win. Cedrick Carr is […]

  • Partnership program aims to get young adults into the workforce

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A program designed to bring students into the workforce is making its way around the Tennessee Valley. Students and recent graduates from colleges and universities across Alabama listened intently inside the Guntersville Municipal Airport as Marshall County and Guntersville economic development leaders spoke about the career path. They’re participants in a program that is taking them through cities across the state. “This is actually part of our internship program that we started a few years ago through […]

  • Spraying starts on Lake Guntersville, local anglers weigh in on impact

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Representatives included in the stakeholders group charged with overseeing the spraying program on Lake Guntersville say the spraying is progressing on schedule. TVA has contracted out the spraying to a local company and that company has started spraying the invasive weeds on the water’s edge several days ago. The spraying extends from Guntersville into Jackson County near the town of Hollywood. A board made up of several different representatives whose entities have an interest in activities […]

  • Alcohol sales to benefit the town of Hollywood, Mayor says

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) —  With an affirmative vote the town of Hollywood in Jackson County is going wet, which is a move town leaders say will benefit the town. “TVA’s cutting back on their plants like Bellefonte and Widow’s Creek, and property tax isn’t coming in like it was,” Mayor Buster Duke says. All those cut backs  means less revenue for the small town, where the population is around one thousand. So when a petition to sell alcohol was turned in […]

  • Morning fire destroys Marshall County home

    MARSHALL CO., Ala. (WHNT) — A fire destroyed an Albertville home Monday morning. Albertville Fire says the call came in just after nine o’clock Monday morning. A home on Dunn Drive near Albertville had visible flames when firefighters got there. Albertville, Douglas, and Pleasant Grove Fire Departments responded. Albertville Fire officials say no one was inside or at the home when the fire started. Albertville Fire Marshal Westley Bynum says they did have a hurdle in putting the fire out. […]

  • Courtesy: Scottsboro Police

    Search still on for missing Scottsboro man

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Scottsboro Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing man. “Last Wednesday, June the fourth we had a report that a white male from Scottsboro, Troy Jens, 51 years old was missing,” Lieutenant Scott Matthews says. Lieutenant Matthews says Jens was last seen walking away from the Waterfront Grocery outside of Scottsboro along Highway 79. “There was a search done by Jackson County, Marshall County rescue squads, with no luck,” Lieutenant Matthews says. […]

  • Damages After Saturday’s Storms

    TOWN CREEK, Ala. (WHNT) — The storms the Tennessee Valley saw Saturday evening didn’t turn into the severe weather we saw in April, but it came close, and it left a wake of damage. Hard at work with chainsaws and tractors, residents in Town Creek began the tough and tiring job of cleaning up from the strong winds and rain Saturday evening. Charles Magro owns Big Nance Trailer Park off of County Road 411 in Town Creek. “Of course it looks […]

  • Your videos caught it on camera: storms coming in

    TENNESSEE VALLEY, Ala. (WHNT) — As the storms swept through our area you caught them on camera. A lot of you sent in your storm videos to our newsroom, and we caught a lot of it on camera as well with our crews dispersed throughout the Tennessee Valley.

  • Jackson County leaders speak on pros and cons of alcohol sales within the entire county

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — With one of its smaller incorporated towns going wet in the last election and in light of budget issues and funding decreases, questions raise on whether it would benefit Jackson County as a whole to allow alcohol sales, but county leaders say there are pros and cons to that move. The town of Hollywood voted to allow alcohol sales within the town limits. It’s following three other incorporated towns and cities in Jackson County that […]