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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
  • Marshall Co. ranks fifth in the state for new jobs announcements

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — In an Alabama Department of Commerce report, Marshall County ranked fifth in the state for new jobs announced; that’s only behind much larger counties including Madison, Jefferson, and Montgomery. “The Alabama Department of Commerce annually does a ranking, a listing, called the New & Expanding Industry Announcements,” said Matt Arnold, president of the Marshall County Economic Development Council. The listing announced jobs by new or expanding companies. Marshall County ranked fifth in the state for new jobs […]

  • UPDATE: Toddler hit by a vehicle in Albertville Friday afternoon passed away

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – The toddler who was hit by a vehicle Friday afternoon passed away at a hospital. Albertville Police Assistant Chief Jamie Smith says it happened at Pedro’s Tire Shop on Adams Drive. Smith says the mother of the child, Maria Perez Lucas, was moving a vehicle on the property and didn’t see her nearly two-year-old daughter come out of an office nearby. Smith says the mother didn’t realize she ran over the child until she got out of […]

  • Jackson Co. Deputies: Man accused of holding girlfriend against her will faces multiple charges

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — A man is facing a kidnapping charge along with a slew of others after deputies say he held his girlfriend against her will. Wednesday evening, Bridgeport Police officers received information about a possible kidnapping. “The female victim had not showed up for work. Her employer said that was very unusual, that she always showed up for work, and she had not picked her child up from some event that the child was at and not made arrangements […]

  • Guntersville Public Library’s new amphitheater is finished, will boast events for kids and adults

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Crews finished the amphitheater at the Guntersville Public Library, and now it’s a free space for events, to relax, or to read a book. Bettie Scott Kennamer Memorial Amphitheater is finished and ready to use behind the Guntersville Public Library. Already, an event a few days ago drew a crowd. “It is free. The programs we will be giving here will all be free. We will try to have food truck vendors, some people coming in for […]

  • The City of Albertville received a grant to repair the historic Albertville Train Depot

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A staple in downtown Albertville that is nearly as old as the city is getting an upgrade. “The depot was actually one of the few remaining buildings from the cyclone that came through in the early 1900s. So, it’s very dear to our hearts, and it’s one of the few historical buildings that remains from Albertville’s early history,” said City of Albertville Purchasing Director Michael Brewer. “We’ve known for many years that the depot was needing a […]

  • Brindlee Mountain school merge is an ongoing process

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County Schools officials are in the middle of merging Brindlee Mountain High and Middle schools, which is complicated process, because system leaders say at the end of the day they have to do what’s best for the students. “We are just in the planning stages of working out our students’ schedule, and we’re hiring teachers back in two phases based on the needs of the students,” said Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley. Brindlee Mountain Middle […]

  • Entertainment lineup announced for Albertville’s 2017 Main Street Music Festival

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville’s popular Main Street Music Festival is coming up in August, and Monday, organizers announced the entertainment lineup. This year’s Main Street Music Festival in downtown Albertville will be held August 4th and 5th, a Friday and Saturday. “We can’t wait,” said City of Albertville Communications Specialist Robin Gore. Organizers revealed the entertainment lineup a bit later than usual this year. “It’s been very much-anticipated because we usually announce in May, but one of our artists this […]

  • Guntersville City Schools received about $170,000 in grant money

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville City Schools received three grants totaling about $170,000, and system officials say the money will put toward a longstanding goal. Guntersville City Schools leaders have a goal of a one to one initiative. The grant money will buy hundreds of new Chromebooks. “Right now we’re estimating somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 to 600 units,” said Guntersville City Schools Chief Technology Officer Sean Holmes. The idea is to adjust use as grade levels increase. There are […]

  • DeKalb Co. inmates are working on an outdoor space for the county’s animal adoption center

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Some DeKalb County inmates are working on a project that in the end, will be a new outdoor space for the county’s animal adoption center. “A couple of months ago the director of the DeKalb County Animal Adoption Center gave me a call and asked if we could assist her in building a walking track,” DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson said. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office dispatched some inmates serving time for minor […]

  • Memorial Day in Marshall County: “Freedom is not free”

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Veterans and families gathered at the Marshall County courthouse in downtown Guntersville Monday morning for a Memorial Day ceremony where the message was clear: the day wasn’t a day for celebration, but for remembering. At the start of the ceremony, the mood was somber as dozens of Marshall County veterans, parents, and children created one voice, reciting the words we all know by heart. The ceremony, held every year in historic downtown Guntersville, reflected the respectful attitude […]

  • Marshall Co. Board of Education members vote to merge Brindlee Mountain middle and high schools

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County Board of Education members voted to merge a high school and a middle school, and in addition, two other schools in the system could also see changes. “Combining the two schools will allow us to work more efficiently and more effectively for our students,” said Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley. “These two schools are already located on the same campus. They already share the same athletic facilities and the same lunchroom.” The middle and high […]

  • “This statistic does not lie” – With the prevalence of cooking fires, fire officials want you to know prevention

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — It’s something fire officials say not to take lightly. Statistics show cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Fire officials want adults and kids old enough to cook to understand prevention. “The last structure fire we ran here in Guntersville was a cooking-related fire,” said Guntersville Fire Marshal Buddy Pettry. “This is something we do see often, and so do a lot of fire departments. This statistic […]