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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
  • 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 […]

  • Huntsville Police: Man offers another a ride to the Northwood Housing Projects, turns deadly

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Police say a man offered to do a good deed for another, and it turned into a situation that left one of them dead. Officers say early Sunday morning they responded to a call from a robbery victim, saying a man had been shot. Police say the victim says he gave a man he didn’t know a ride from the Chevron Gas Station on University Drive to Northwood Housing Projects, which is a short distance away. […]

  • Event helps DeKalb organization prepare for severe weather planning

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — An event is helping a newly formed organization in DeKalb County to ready for severe weather season. Saturday the outside of the DeKalb County Schools Coliseum looked like a disaster scene.The inside was full of post-disaster resources. It’s an event held in part by the DeKalb County EMA and besides educating the public, the event had another purpose. Every time a storm or a disaster calls for help to recover DeKalb County residents are there. EMA officials […]

  • Several Jackson County entities working to ‘go green’, Scottsboro City Schools teaching it

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Scottsboro and Jackson County entities are working to implement an energy-saving program throughout their buildings, following a path paved by Scottsboro City Schools. Friday morning students at Collins Intermediate School in Scottsboro had a lot to look forward to. It’s picture day, and it’s Football Friday. In the classrooms though, it’s time for learning. In Scottsboro City Schools students are learning one lesson in a unique way. “We recently did a major energy retrofit with Schneider […]

  • Daniel Adam Beaty, left, with DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris, right. (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Man charged with capital murder in DeKalb County

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says a man has been charged with capital murder in the case of another man found dead last Sunday, August 31 near Ider. The man’s body was found in a wooded area, and investigators have been working all week to determine who he was and how he died. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said the victim in the case was Daniel Thomas Fuller, 33, of Geraldine.  He was reported missing […]

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    Train hits 18-wheeler in Hollywood, traffic blocked

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — Responders are working to clear a wreck between a train and an 18-wheeler in Hollywood. Hollywood Fire Department Chief Patrick Allen says the train hit the flat bed truck just before four o’clock Thursday afternoon. The crash happened at County Road 33 and Railroad Street. Chief Allen says there are no reports of injuries. Both CR 33 and Railroad Street were closed down while crews worked to clear the scene. Those roads have since reopened.

  • Arab Police looking for supposed shooter

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police are looking for a man who they say fired shots at two people Wednesday. Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says the situation started at a parking lot on Brindlee Mountain Parkway. He says two people were standing outside a business when a car pulled up. “It was believed to be a Chrysler, possibly a Sebring, convertible, with a black convertible top,” Assistant Chief Washburn says. Police say a man got out of the car […]

  • Responders work through the night to clear 431 tanker wreck in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT ) — After a long day and a longer night the scene where a tanker truck full of fuel crashed into a ditch is now cleared. The truck tipped into the ditch around four o’clock Wednesday afternoon, blocking traffic on 431 in Albertville for two miles. Traffic was diverted, and residents were cleared from homes and businesses. The truck was carrying nearly 8,000 thousand gallons of fuel, and responders were cautious against an explosion. Traffic wasn’t allowed […]

  • Jackson County Commission working to re-open County Road 96

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) —  The Jackson County Commission is working to form a plan to get a county road fixed, and back open as soon as possible. A portion of County Road 96 is shut down and has been for weeks. The State asked the County to do so, saying the bridge there is not in a good condition. Since then traffic has been using a detour, and County officials say they’re going to have to use that detour for […]


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