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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
  • It’s cold! Time to turn up the heat … safely

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — It’s cold! That means you’re cranking up the heat. Firefighters see all kinds of alternative heating methods and they say some can cause problems. Firefighters can count on it: when it gets cold they’ll respond to house fires that start because of heating sources. “Half of the house fires involving heating sources happen during the months of December, January, and February each year,” said Albertville Fire Assistant Chief Jason Beam. It comes down to using heating devices […]

  • Investigators hope a new form of FBI technology can shed light on a decades-old Scottsboro cold case

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Scottsboro Police investigators are hoping a new form of technology can shed some light on a decades-old cold case. A quiet Scottsboro cemetery holds a mystery that circles around a man known only as ‘John Doe’ in Scottsboro. “He was killed in a pedestrian accident, a fatal pedestrian accident, back in 1981,” explained Scottsboro Police Lt. Erik Dohring. He didn’t have identification when he was hit and killed on Highway 72. The man was buried and left […]

  • Programs for the homeless in Marshall County are a county-wide effort

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A program in Marshall County brings people together to help the homeless. It’s an effort that spans beliefs, coming together for one common good. Shirley Chupp spends her time helping others. She’s the executive director of Marshall County Homeless Ministries. “We have two programs. We have the homeless shelter, or the winter shelter Room in the Inn, which operates from mid-November until the end of March, and then we also have a transitional house called the Neighborhood […]

  • String of package thefts spans Guntersville, Marshall County

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville Police say a thief has been snatching packages off of porches in the city. Officers with other agencies in the county are seeing the same thing. It’s a video that should just make you angry. Home surveillance video released by the Guntersville Police Department shows a man driving a car into a driveway, getting out, and hurrying up to the front porch. You can see the man grab a package off of the porch and run […]

  • Trucking company owners, drivers protest mandated Electronic Logging Devices

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — Trucking company owners and drivers got together in Jackson County Monday morning to protest congressionally mandated Electronic Logging Devices,  set to go into effect in a few days. Darrell and Audrey Wright own a trucking company based out of Hollywood in Jackson County. “It’s really small, it’s only three trucks,” Audrey Wright said. Like many other companies and drivers across the nation, they’re directly impacted by a government imposed mandate that says Electronic Logging Devices, or ELDs, […]

  • Jackson County authorities confirm man accused in stabbing attack is in custody

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that James Murray, Jr. surrendered to the investigator Rick Bremer at the Jackson County Jail on Friday Murray was wanted for allegedly stabbing another man Wednesday morning. Deputies responded to a home in the 700-block of County Road 25 in Skyline. There, they learned of a 25-year-old stabbing victim who had been taken to the hospital by car. Investigators say Murray went to the victim’s home, where the two got […]

  • More than $1 million later, the Albertville High School Aggie Band is 2018 Rose Parade bound!

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — With a lot of help and hard work, the Albertville High School Aggie Band raised more than one million dollars to go march in the 2018 Rose Parade! For a year and some change, the Albertville High School Aggie Band fundraised and worked hard to make sure every one of the nearly 300 members could make the trip to the 2018 Rose Parade. Well, they did it. “Four hundred and 45 people, and we’ve basically raised, paid, […]

  • More than a room: Guntersville High School Wildcat Pantry gives daily essentials to students in need

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Sometimes it’s knowing that you helped someone else that’s the most rewarding, and a group of volunteers with giving hearts do it every week. An unassuming room at the back of Guntersville High School is a place that will really touch your heart. “This is called the Guntersville High School Wildcat Pantry, and it is a collaboration of the community coming together and trying to make a difference in the life of a child,” explained parent volunteer […]

  • 4 dogs attack, kill Marshall County woman, seriously injure another

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – A dog attack in Marshall County has killed one woman and seriously injured another. Emergency crews from Guntersville and Marshall County responded to Jason Road at 8:00 Wednesday morning in reference to dogs attacking two women. The area is off of Alabama Highway 79 south. Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls described the scene as horrific. “It’s a sad, sad situation. It’s all family in this particular area. It’s just very unfortunate.” Investigators say four dogs mauled […]

  • Gifting a BB or Airsoft gun for Christmas? They can look realistic, and officers encourage parents to teach kids responsibility

    ARAB, Ala. — Thinking of putting a BB or Airsoft gun on your Christmas gift list? Law enforcement officers say that’s fine, but they are also encouraging parents to educate their kids because some of those toy guns look very real at first glance. “Some of them are realistic down to the minor details to where you really have to pick the gun up and look at it to make sure it’s not real,” Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn […]

  • 300+ Marshall County votes not counted in August election because of error

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A little more than 300 votes were not counted in Marshall County after the August U.S. Senate primary election. The chairperson of the Marshall County Alabama Democratic Party notified county officials about the discrepancy in October. Probate Judge Tim Mitchell says nearly 300 Republican votes and around 30 Democrat votes from Boaz weren’t counted. Boaz has one polling location. There are both paper and electronic records of the votes from the machines. There was an issue with […]

  • Marshall Co. warming centers will be available during stretches of low temperatures

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — We’ve had some chilly temperatures lately but true cold weather will be headed our way soon. When that happens warming centers open in Marshall County to give people a place to go if they need it. Warming centers started in larger cities as a way to help the homeless population during the cold months. In Marshall County, the Emergency Management Agency coordinates them on a lower scale. “They’re basically a place where you can go in and […]