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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.

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
  • Arab Police

    TAKING ACTION: Arab Police plan to issue citations to drivers blocking road near Arab Primary School

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — If what Arab Police are calling a major traffic issue doesn’t change, officers are going to take action by issuing citations. This week though, they’re educating residents in the hopes that action won’t be necessary. This week Arab Police are paying more attention to the roads around Arab Primary School. They’re doing it to educate residents about what the law says you can and cannot do.” We’ve had several complaints in the last few weeks of […]

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    Man drowns in Little Bear Creek

    TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – A man drowned while swimming just outside of Tuscumbia Sunday morning. Alabama Marine Police confirm  Eric Willingham went missing while swimming in  Little Bear Creek, west of Tuscumbia and south of US Highway 72. After searching for more than two hours, emergency crews retrieved the body of the  42-year-old Colbert County man around 2:00 p.m. The Colbert County coroner confirmed Willingham drowned and will not conduct an autopsy. Crews found his body in 13 feet of water.  Authorities say […]

  • Fort Payne celebrates ‘Boom Days’ this weekend

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – Fort Payne is celebrating heritage, music and 125 years of being a city. Fort Payne is steeped in history. The city has been hosting a festival to commemorate that heritage for nearly 10 years, called Boom Days. “We’re celebrating Fort Payne’s 125th anniversary of incorporation, so that’s part of the celebration this year,” said Boom Days Communications Director Daron Harris. “This is the ninth year of Boom Days, and we have over 35 musical acts […]

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    Man convicted of killing Geontae Glass, 5, is getting new trial

    ETOWAH CO., Ala. (WHNT) – A man convicted of killing his girlfriend’s young son in Etowah County is getting a new trial. Kevin Towles has been on death row since 2009, but  a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court is giving him another chance. The Court said on Friday Towles’ capital murder conviction and death sentence should be overturned.  The reasoning the court cited was improper testimony at his trial. Towles was convicted in 2009 for beating 5-year-old Geontae Glass […]

  • New year, new computers for Geraldine School, thanks to TVA

    GERALDINE, Ala. (WHNT) — A DeKalb County school was in need of new computers, and thanks to a program by a local entity, it got them. Some of the computers at Geraldine School were years old. Some were decades old. Others had missing keys, which made typing a tough going. Thursday, thanks to some work by TVA, that’s all changing. “TVA has a Partners In Education program, a PIE program, and that enables us to identify certain student enrichment programs that we […]

  • Wildcats Work: Guntersville High student athletes work to give back to the community

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville High School athletics teams are giving back to the community that supports them with a new school program. Wednesday is a typical day at Guntersville High School. It’s also the countdown to Friday, when it seems as if much of the city of Guntersville packs the stands to watch their Wildcats play football. This year though, those same Wildcats and other student athletes are working – literally – to give back to their city, with […]

  • Jackson Co. EMA encouraging residents to sign up for alert system

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Jackson County EMA officials are encouraging residents to sign up for a County-wide alert system. At a moment’s notice you’ll get alerted about a severe weather event, an evacuation, even about wanted suspects. It’s called Code Red. Jackson County offers this service to all of its residents, but not everyone is signed up. “Right now, we’ve got over 53,000 residents in the county, 30,000 at this point are signed up,” Jackson County EMA Deputy Director Felix […]

  • Corley Elementary has a new lunchroom, thanks to student’s grand prize winnings

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — A little girl’s big win is coming to life for her school. Claire Noles won the Ben’s Beginners Cooking contest earlier this year. Along with a trip to cook with Rachael Ray, the Boaz elementary student won 30,000 dollars to make over the lunchroom at her school, Corley Elementary. After Claire won, she sat down with school administrators and talked about what she would like to do with the 30,000 dollars. While she was in class Wednesday […]

  • Attempted murder, suicide at a home on Old Trinity Road leaves one man dead, wife in hospital. (Photo by Laura Christmas, WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Names released in attempted murder suicide, husband dead, wife in hospital

    TRINITY, Ala. (WHNT) – A man is dead and his wife is in the hospital after an attempted murder, suicide in Trinity. One of their children witnessed the shooting, and the other called 911. Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn tells WHNT News 19 the man shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself around 8:50 a.m. Sunday morning. It happened a home at 1207 Old Trinity Road. Trinity Police Chief Chris McLemore says the couple’s 15-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son […]

  • Home of the brave: Community-built house for wounded soldier complete

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — After months of work put in by hundreds of people, a wounded soldier’s new home is ready for him and his family to make their own. It’s not every day you see a hoard of various people gathered in someone’s front yard – complete with a podium and a multitude of American flags. The home is in Guntersville, in Marshall County. It’s also not every day the City’s Mayor, police officers, construction and landscape company owners, […]

  • Fackler Day helps fund a big part of a Jackson Co. community

    FACKLER, Ala. (WHNT) — Fackler Day is more than just a festival to the community that boasts the event every year. It’s a vital part of fundraising. The town of Fackler sits between Stevenson and Hollywood. Residents expect a lot of people to come out for Fackler Day on Saturday. That festival helps fund two important entities in the community. One of them is the volunteer fire department. “It means a great deal,” Chief Lester Day says, “We do not […]

  • Business recruitment process well underway in Fort Payne

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) Fort Payne officials say the process to bring in new businesses is well underway. Several months ago the City hired a Birmingham-based company to help recruit new businesses to the area. That company is contracted for three years at a cost of 80,000 dollars, which city leaders say they budgeted for. Since then the company has been in constant contact with city officials, with the results of the company’s efforts.”They have been in contact with 42 […]


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