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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
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    Monuments proposed for Jackson Co. Courthouse, Ten Commandments to be included

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A Jackson County Commissioner is proposing to the Commission to put three monuments in front of the county courthouse, and one will be of the Ten Commandments. Commissioner Tim Guffey proposed the plan to put three monuments in front of the courthouse at a recent Commission meeting. “The Constitution, the Ten Commandments, and the Declaration of Independence. They all work hand in hand,” Guffey says. Guffey says the proposal to put all three monuments together stems from […]

  • Albertville Police holds active shooter drill at AHS

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Albertville Police department is educating parents, teachers and their own team by holding an active shooter drill. Dozens of responders, police cars, fire trucks, ambulances and volunteer students milled in and out of Albertville High School Monday afternoon. The scenario – a student shooter inside the school. It’s a harsh idea, but it’s one that can become a reality anywhere, and the Albertville Police Department is working to prepare for that unthinkable situation. But this […]

  • Inspiring generations: F-16 Red Tail is dedicated to Tuskegee Airmen

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — An addition to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is more than what it seems, and it is to honor the Tuskegee Airmen. As several of the Tuskegee Airmen filed onto the state at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Saturday morning, the applause was deafening. When the men sat down, the crowd didn’t. The event was to honor those men and the others who make up the legacy squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen with a […]

  • It’s not your typical yard sale

    FORTY PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — The World’s Longest Yard Sale ends Sunday, and on top of Lookout Mountain in Fort Payne, last-minute yard salers were met with a sale that they couldn’t just walk by. Set up under multiple tents and sitting on tables are rows upon rows of things for sale. All of it belongs to one man – Mr. Glen Hancock. “I’ve been collecting this stuff all my life trying to buy and sell it,” he says, “I […]

  • Animals up for adoption at Arab Animal Shelter

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — The Arab Police Department is working to get the word out about animals up for adoption at the city’s shelter. If you walk in the Arab Animal Shelter you might just leave with a new friend. So far, the shelter has seen the community taking the dogs home but they need your help to keep it that way. The city’s Animal Control is a division of the Police Department. Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says last year most […]

  • VIDEO added: Likely microburst causes damage in Albertville, Main Street Music Festival still on

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Strong winds and rain blew through part of Marshall County on Thursday evening, leaving a wake of damage in their path.  The damage is likely from a microburst. PLEASE NOTE: The Main Street Music Festival is still on – it starts Friday at 4 p.m. and continues through Saturday.  See the schedule. Crews worked through the night and continue to make progress all day Friday, clearing downed trees and repairing power lines in several areas in Albertville. […]

  • Marshall Co. leaders aim to improve a road, and ultimately business to local companies

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The Marshall County Commission is working to apply for the funds to improve a part of a road that ultimately will affect local businesses. Parts of Feemster Gap Road are narrow, and there are a lot of twists and turns. For everyday traffic that’s doable. However, there’s a sand pit off of that road, and the narrow stretches can make the going tough for heavy trucks. Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says a joint […]

  • Man charged in deaths of 4 teens requests youthful offender status

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The man accused of killing four teens and injuring others is asking to be tried as a youthful offender. Monday afternoon inside courtroom number one at the Marshall County Courthouse, the two right front rows were packed with different people who have one thing in common. They’re waiting to see what this latest court proceeding will bring Adrian Renteria. Renteria is charged in the deaths of four teens, stemming from a car accident on 431 near Guntersville […]

  • Jackson Co. boy hit by minivan ‘touched many’

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — An 11-year-old boy is being remembered by his family and friends. “He never met anyone who didn’t love him,” Kristie Daniel is talking about her son, Joshua.”His smile, his spirit, his energy touched so many,” she says. People knew the 11-year-old as a bright, cheerful and loving boy. He is the youngest of Daniel’s seven children. “The day this happened, my son decided to take out the trash without being asked so Mama would be […]

  • Patriotism at work: Showing pride through an oath, and a letter

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A group of young north Alabama men and women are taking the steps in becoming soldiers, and while their proclamation is loud, another quieter voice was heard whose message spoke volumes. Dozens of men and women line the top rows of seats at the Huntsville Stars stadium Saturday evening. They got there long before the game was scheduled to start. They’re future soldiers. Soon though, an oath will eliminate that ‘future’ in front of that title. […]

  • Giving Back: Brewing more than just beer

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — A local brewery is doing what it does best – serving the Tennessee Valley with its own unique take on beer. In addition to that though, it’s giving back to organizations that help the community. If you step inside 500 Lanier Road in Madison cold beer is always on hand – or in hands. At the far wall of the taproom at Blue Pants Brewery, you get a glimpse into where the magic happens – where […]

  • A medical helicopter waits to take a person to the hospital after a cliff accident in Morgan County. (Photo from WHNT's Laura Christmas.)

    Man falls off a cliff in Morgan County

    VALHERMOSO SPRINGS, Ala. (WHNT)   Volunteer firefighters and paramedics were on the scene of a rescue operation in Morgan County. Talacuh Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Bud Smith tells WHNT News 19 a middle-aged man tripped and fell from a cliff at an area called Lewis Bluff on the Tennessee River.   It’s located off of Talucah Road in Valhermoso Springs. Smith said the man hit a rock on the way down and hurt himself. Emergency crews transported him to Sunnyside Park by […]


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