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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
  • “They will go to jail” – Boaz Police Dept. sends strong message to drug users

    BOAZ, Ala. — Boaz Police officers made multiple arrests over the weekend and they all had one thing in common, and officers have a strong message for offenders. “Every one of them was drug related,” Deputy Chief Josh Gaskin said of the multiple arrests that happened from Friday to Sunday. Officers are cracking down on drugs, and have a message for users. “We would highly recommend they stay out of Boaz,” Gaskin said, “They can take the long way around. […]

  • The Arab Police Department offers prescription drug drop off, 24 / 7

    ARAB, Ala. — If you were to check you medicine cabinet right now, chances are you would find some expired meds – maybe even some pills you can’t even remember why they were prescribed. The Arab Police Department has an easy way to get rid of those unwanted pills, anytime, and it’s a way to combat a widespread issue. “You can bring your prescription pills 24 / 7. Whenever you want to. We have someone always here who will take […]

  • For Spencer: Marshall County mom organizes sensory friendly events for local families

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – For the second year, a Marshall County mom has organized a set of sensory friendly events for Marshall County families with someone on the Autism spectrum. One of the biggest events is a sensory friendly fair, and it’s free.  A little boy plays with a ball in the playroom of his Albertville home, catching it, rolling it down his slide. Spencer was diagnosed with an Autism spectrum disorder through Vanderbilt University when he was just a little […]

  • Asbury High School holds its first Prom Promise

    ASBURY, Ala. — Asbury High School students got a sobering look at what can be reality Thursday as the school put on its first Prom Promise. Two vehicles lay mangled outside Asbury High School. ‘Smoke’ filled the air. Students, with bloodied clothes and faces, stayed motionless inside the cars and on the ground. They remained that way as sirens screamed to the scene. Deputies and firefighters swarmed from their response vehicles. “Even though this is fake it can actually happen. […]

  • New Asbury stadium and football field delayed because of weather

    ASBURY, Ala. — Marshall County Schools officials are working to come up with a plan to combat Mother Nature so crews can get started on the new football field and stadium for Asbury High School. Construction was supposed to be underway, but the weather caused delays. “We have the design ready, we have approval from the State, we have the building commission on board and all permits are secured,” Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley said. Construction was supposed to […]

  • DeKalb Co. tourism season kicking off, tourism dollars a big contributor to county’s economy

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. – Tourism season is gearing up in DeKalb County, and that means dollars saved for the people who live there. DeKalb County’s tourism season runs Spring through late Fall. “People are out and about and they’re coming here,” said President & CEO of DeKalb Tourism John Dersham, “Last year, 80 million dollars were spent by tourists in DeKalb County.” That equates out to dollars saved for the people who live there. “If for some reason tourism came to […]

  • Arab Police looking for man who broke into a home and fired shots at a woman inside

    ARAB, Ala. — Arab Police need your help to find a man accused of breaking into a woman’s home overnight Wednesday, firing shots at her. Arab Police say the situation happened on Mat Morrow Drive early Wednesday morning. “Officers responded to a burglary in progress. The victim explained to officers that a male subject broke into her residence wearing a ski mask. She attempted to take the ski mask off of the offender, and at that time he produced a […]

  • Arab Water Board members act on decision to remove fluoride from city’s water supply

    ARAB, Ala. — Arab Water Board members decided to remove fluoride from the city’s water supply. That has been their stance for months now, and Tuesday it became final. As of Wednesday morning, Arab Water Works stopped putting fluoride in the city’s water supply. “We are no longer feeding fluoride at this time. It will take probably a week to two weeks to  completely get it out of the system,” said manager Ted Hyatt. Hyatt says in 2015, new recommendations […]

  • Change in Guntersville Fire & Rescue medical call response aims to save time and money

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville Fire and Rescue officials made a change to the way they respond to medical calls. It’s a change they say can save dollars, minutes, and ultimately, lives. Twists and turns, steep inclines, and narrow stretches make up some of Guntersville’s streets. That’s easy enough for a smaller vehicle to handle, but for a large fire truck, it takes careful maneuvering and time is precious. Medical calls are the majority of the calls that Guntersville Fire and […]

  • UPDATE: Guntersville Police identify victims of double shooting

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Guntersville Police have released the names of two people shot Friday night. Investigators say James Daugette, 56, of Guntersville died from his injuries in the shooting Friday evening. His wife, Sandra Daugette, 55, is recovering. Police responded to a report of two people shot on Edmonds Road around 5:30 Friday evening. That area is near Guntersville. When police arrived, they found the two victims. Responders took them to Huntsville Hospital.  “After the two victims had been located, […]

  • DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris taught Crossville Elementary students about gun safety

    CROSSVILLE, Ala. — It’s never too early to learn something important, and that was the idea Friday morning at Crossville Elementary as DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris taught the kids there about gun safety. 300 or so eyes looked up at DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris Friday morning at Crossville Elementary School. “Ya’ll tell Eddie hi,” Harris said into the microphone. He got a chorus of ‘hellos’ back as ‘Eddie the Eagle’ made an appearance. “We’re putting on Eddie Eagle. […]

  • Grand opening of level two of Lake Guntersville State Park’s zip line course set for March 31

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — In just a few days, the second phase of the zip line course at Lake Guntersville State Park will be up and running. The second phase of the Zip Line Canopy Tour and Aerial Adventure Park at Lake Guntersville State Park isn’t open to the public just yet, but that’s about to change. “Higher, longer, and faster,” is how course manager Blake Lindsey describes the newly built course. “You get some great, awesome, big views of the […]