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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
  • Monitored, recorded, and safe: Arab Police Department’s ‘e-commerce exchange zone’ encourages a safe meeting place between strangers

    ARAB, Ala. — The Arab Police Department has a new designated ‘e-commerce exchange zone’ outside its building as a way for people to meet in a monitored safe area. You hear about it all the time — someone trying to sell or buy something online, only to become the victim of a crime. As selling and buying things on the internet is a common occurrence, unfortunately, that situation can frequent as well. The goal for a project between the City […]

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    UPDATE: Family identifies woman found dead in Albertville on Tuesday

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Albertville Police say they have learned a possible identity of a woman found dead on Tuesday in a vacant lot on Auburn Avenue. Albertville Police Assistant Chief Jamie Smith says some of the woman’s family came forward Tuesday night and gave a description.  Officers say they’ve tentatively identified the body as Sue Anna Sweeney. “The tattoos, the description, the clothing, and the fact that Ms. Sweeney, it had been a few hours since she had last been […]

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    DeKalb Co. Animal Adoption Center in dire need of adoptions and foster homes

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The DeKalb County Animal Adoption Center is in dire need of people to adopt or foster animals. DeKalb County Animal Adoption Center has new dogs and cats come through the doors every day. “We try to save all the animals we can. We’re a very high kill shelter because there are a lot of dogs that come through here,” explains staff member Sarah  Gulledge. The staff works hard each day trying to find the animals homes. […]

  • “It means the world”: DeKalb County five-year-old granted wish to Disney World

    IDER, Ala. — A little boy in DeKalb County got a special wish granted Tuesday, and it’s one his whole family can enjoy. A gym at Ider School is bursting with excited voices. Tuesday morning is special, and it’s all for one little boy and his family. “In September, 2012, my son had a traumatic brain injury, and so he’s had a crazy journey with a lot of medical issues and seizures, and he had to have a trach for […]

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    Marshall County Courthouse in Albertville scheduled for an overhaul

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County is starting to make some big changes to one of its courthouses. The historic building is in downtown Albertville and it hasn’t been upgraded in quite some time. Marshall County has two county courthouses in Guntersville and  in downtown Albertville. The building in Albertville will be a focus over the next several months. “It’s an older building built in 1936, and to be honest with you, it hasn’t had any major attention for a number of […]

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    Arab Police investigate string of car break-ins – “Ninety-nine percent of the time for our area, they just walk around pulling the door handle”

    ARAB, Ala. — The Arab Police Department is investigating several car break-ins that happened overnight, and police say the crimes were as easy as opening a door. The Arab Police Department says two of the break-ins were in the same area. Officers believe they’re all related. Chief Ed Ralston says unfortunately this is a common occurrence, and all the thief does is walk by and pull on vehicle door handles. “You’ll see individuals walk around and they just pull the door […]

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    Amendment 2, set to be on the November 8th ballot, would ensure money made within Alabama State Parks stays there

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama voters will get a chance to vote on an amendment that would ensure money brought in by the state parks stays there. Amendment 2 will be on the ballot in November. The bill passed in the Regular Session and was sponsored by District 9 Senator Clay Scofield. “What the amendment does is it safeguards the funds,” Scofield explained, “So it says that the monies that are made within the parks, the public  goes and spends money […]

  • On September 9, community members provided lunch for people working on the bridge construction at Double Bridges in the Asbury area. (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

    Asbury community provides lunch for workers constructing new bridge to say ‘thank you’

    ASBURY, Ala. — Friday the Asbury area community made sure the people working on Marshall County’s largest project to date knew just how much they are appreciated. Community members provided lunch for the bridge construction workers at Double Bridges.  State and local officials were there as well. A new  bridge to replace the two, one-lane bridges has been in discussion for years, and it’s much-anticipated by the community. “It will be beneficial to saving lives. There have been several killed […]

  • Arab Police Department starts its drug and safety community outreach program

    ARAB, Ala. — The Arab Police Department is starting up its Drug and Safety Education outreach program. Brightly colored pamphlets, booklets, and other pieces of informative material are scattered in schools, the Senior Center, and multiple organizations across Arab. “This has been one of our more successful programs as far as reaching out to the public,” Chief Ed Ralston says, “We have an individual from L.A.W. Publications come to our department. He gets an authorized letter from us and he […]

  • Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove is looking for volunteers for Camp Hope

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove is looking for volunteers who can help make a difference in a child’s life and the community. “Hospice of Marshall County sponsors Camp Hope, which is a bereavement support group camp for children who have suffered a loss of someone significant in their lives,” explains Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd’s Cove CEO Rhonda Osborne. This year, anticipating more of those camps, they need volunteers. “We are looking for anyone who has a […]

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    TVA says there are many opportunities for the future its Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, which is set for public auction next month

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — A public auction with an opening bid at $36.4 million is set for next month as TVA’s Bellefonte Nuclear Plant goes on sale, and TVA officials say there are many opportunities for its future. WHNT News 19 and other media outlets got a media invitation to tour the TVA Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in Jackson County. A towering inside look, as plant managers led us through the tight spaces and expansive buildings that make up the site. Next […]

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    Arab City Council invites public health official to speak about confirmed Zika case

    ARAB, Ala. — With a confirmed case of the Zika virus in Arab, the City Council invited a State health department official to speak at its meeting Tuesday night to answer any questions residents might have. Mayor Bob Joslin says the session during the regularly scheduled meeting will allow residents to get answers and ease concerns. “Just sort of question and answer period of anything that they may have, that they’d like to get answered,” Joslin explains. This is the […]