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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

Recent Articles
  • How life jackets can be used improperly, leading to safety issues

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — There are several aspects that could hinder the functionality of life jackets and the Guntersville Rescue Squad is encouraging everyone to be aware of that before heading out on the water. Life jackets seem pretty straight forward but there are multiple aspects that could create issues in how they function. For parents, officials say these details are vital to their child’s safety while using one. An important detail to ensure is determining if the jacket has a Coast […]

  • Arab Police: Woman makes up elaborate robbery/abduction claim to hide that she stole money

    ARAB, Ala. — An elaborate claim about a robbery involving an abduction could lead to a woman facing charges. On Wednesday, a woman told Arab Police she had been robbed while handling money. The story became more elaborate from there. “She stated that outside of Check Into Cash, a male individual grabbed her and drove south on 231,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn said. Arab Police said the woman told officers the man demanded she hand over the money, or she […]

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    Marshall County officials discuss installing security measures at county courthouses

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Marshall County officials are discussing putting security systems in both the Albertville and Guntersville courthouses. Administrators say they feel it’s more necessary now, in light of the events in our nation. Streams of people come and go each day at the Marshall County courthouse in Guntersville and at the county’s other courthouse in Albertville. Unlike in neighboring counties, Marshall County doesn’t have security systems at its courthouses. That’s something Commission Chairman James Hutcheson is making a priority […]

  • Taking Action: Try to ‘catch ’em all’ on Pokemon Go, but do so safely

    ARAB, Ala. —  It’s the game that has millions looking at the world through their smartphones, but Pokemon Go can also get distracting, which can bring the fantasy-merged world crashing back to reality. Since Wednesday the Pokemon Go mobile game has people trying to “catch ’em all.” It features characters from the popular television series and Nintendo video games. The game that spans generations of players and merges fantasy with reality can get also get distracting, making it easy to […]

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    Community invited to help Albertville’s ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ program on Tuesday, July 12

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Albertville City Schools is partnering with other community organizations to bring local children ‘Blessings in a Backpack.’ The goal is to make sure no student goes hungry when school breaks for the weekend. The groups work with the school system during the school year to make sure identified students in Kindergarten through fourth grade don’t go home for the weekend without food.  They need donations to make it happen, though, because it takes an army. Emilie Adams […]

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    Arab Musical Theatre back home after being selected for featured performance at International Thespian Festival

    ARAB, Ala. —  A group of Marshall County teens are back home now after getting an experience of a lifetime. Arab Musical Theatre put on one last production of Zombie Prom in June.  It was a packed show, and every penny of the proceeds helped. In a once in a lifetime chance that’s quite the honor, the group was accepted to perform at the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska. Five high schools in the nation were selected to perform on […]

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    Arab Police: A text message about drug activity accidentally sent to the wrong person lands man in jail

    ARAB, Ala. —  Arab Police said a text message accidentally sent to someone he didn’t know landed a man in jail. Officers say a woman got a text  from a man she didn’t know mentioning his involvement in drug activity at a home.  She called the Arab Police Department and relayed the contents of the message. Officers identified the man as Michael Scott Saucier and found he had warrants for his arrest.  Arab officers arrived at the home and arrested Saucier. […]

  • Jackson Co. man arrested after officers found an improvised explosive device inside his car

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — A Dutton man is in the Jackson County Jail after police say officers found an improvised explosive device in his vehicle. Scottsboro Police Lieutenant Erik Dohring says officers stopped Terry Roy Williams in the 100 block of Appletree Street for an expired tag. During the stop, officers learned that Williams had multiple warrants for his arrest with the agency. Williams was placed under arrest. “The officers then did an inventory search of his car because it was […]

  • Jonathan Smith, a married soldier from Knoxville, spoke with WHNT News 19 on  July 6, 2016 about the ordeal. He has also spoken with Albertville Police for this investigation.

    UPDATE: Soldier tells Albertville Police his photos were stolen for fake online social media account to lure women into a scam

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Have you heard of the term ‘catfishing?’ It’s used to describe what’s happening in a local scam investigation. Albertville Police issued a report that they were trying to find a man pictured in a Facebook profile that was being used to lure women and steal money from them. The profile is under the name ‘James Braden’ and the man wears a white cowboy hat in the photo. Wednesday, WHNT News 19 got a call from Jonathan Smith, […]

  • Adding to the list of unique summer finds at Unclaimed Baggage Center – surfboards & a packed parachute

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Some how, some way, some one managed to leave a surfboard behind at an airport, and now it and multiple other unique summer activity items are up for sale at Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro. Despite the pouring rain outside Tuesday, the brightly lit kaleidoscopic contradiction of the most normal and interesting forgotten things gleam inside Unclaimed Baggage Center. The phrase, “you never know what you might find” holds true as dozens of patrons thumb, glance, and […]

  • Brad Hix takes over as new Albertville Fire Chief

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — The Albertville Fire Department has a new chief.  Brad Hix was appointed chief at an Albertville city council meeting in late June. Hix was hired at Albertville Fire Department in 1986, and promoted to lieutenant in 1992. He was promoted to captain in 2005 before becoming Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal in 2015. Former Chief Robert Terrell has been chief since 2008. Hix’s father, Johnny Hix, was Fire Chief from 2004-2008.

  • Guntersville Police get ready for extra patrols over the holiday weekend

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Starting Friday, hundreds of people will start traveling into Guntersville for the holiday weekend. Guntersville Police and other agencies have been planning for this for months now. The department will monitor both land and water as residents and visitors enjoy the holiday weekend. With many more expected for the Monday fireworks show, planning takes a lot of coordination. “We usually start about three months before the Fourth of July, so back in April we started our planning […]


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