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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
  • Henagar

    Henagar votes to go wet in Tuesday’s election

    HENAGAR, Ala. — Henagar residents voted by margin of nearly 100 votes to go wet in Tuesday’s election. Local store management in Henagar say they don’t know what to expect from the vote that said ‘yes’ to alcohol sales Tuesday. They say it’s too early to tell. As for residents, the vote was split — only passing by fewer than 100 votes. Some residents say the move would keep the revenue that is leaving the city inside. “Scottsboro, Fort Payne, […]

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    Jackson Co. Commission wants residents to know how taxpayer dollars are spent in light of budget shortfall

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The Jackson County Commission is fielding questions from taxpayers as to how exactly their dollars are spent, and commissioners say they want residents to understand the answer. In dealing with a budget shortfall, commissioners discussed finding new revenue sources, but residents want to know where their dollars are going. The commission had to decrease spending and make cuts — nearly $2 million worth over recent years. “It’s put a hardship on a lot of folks, but of course, […]

  • A community-organized group is working to combat drug use in Marshall County

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A group is working toward creating change throughout Marshall County. It started with an idea to raise awareness of the dangers of drug abuse, and the community took hold of the efforts. “We’re forming what’s called LifeWatch United. That is a community group, not just based off of one person, a community of people coming together concerned about the community and what we’re dealing with in the community as far as drugs,” Program Coordinator Jon Henderson says. […]

  • An anonymous donation to the Albertville Police Department is sparking a city-wide effort to ‘Back the Blue’

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A generous donation from an anonymous Marshall County resident is creating a movement within the city of Albertville to support law enforcement. It all started with a man who doesn’t want any public credit. “A guy came in the front lobby one day and wanted to make a donation to the police department. He’s a resident here in Albertville. He started us off with a $1,000 donation,” Albertville Police Assistant Chief Jamie Smith said. The department worked […]

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    Marshall Co. bordered by 4 counties with travel-related Zika cases, efforts to control mosquito population ongoing in Boaz

    BOAZ, Ala. — Efforts in Boaz are ongoing to control the mosquito population, a process city officials say has been in the works for quite some time. With more than two-dozen travel-related cases of Zika virus reported in Alabama, sights turn to mosquito control. Returning travelers infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites. During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in a person’s blood and can pass from an infected person to a […]

  • Douglas Police look for community help to provide Marshall Co. law enforcement with first aid kits for emergencies

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — Douglas Police officers are working to make an idea become reality across all of the law enforcement agencies in Marshall County. “A couple of the guys came to me wanting to do a donor drive or a sponsorship of these individual first aid kits for officers to put on when they maybe receive an officer down call or an active shooter call,” Chief Eric Speight says. The kits cost about $100 each. “Tourniquets, compressing bandages, and a blood […]

  • Arab Police investigate second armed robbery in nearly as many weeks

    ARAB, Ala. — For the second time in nearly two weeks Arab Police are investigating an armed robbery at a convenience store. Arab Police say around 11 o’clock Tuesday night officers were called out to a convenience store for an armed robbery. “The business is Hi-Tech Fuel on 231, and the business owners were closing up shop and walking to their vehicles. As they walked to their vehicles, two men dressed in black with masks and gloves held them up at […]

  • Marshall County woman’s idea to support law enforcement spreads community-wide

    ARAB, Ala. — An idea to support local law enforcement is turning a city blue with the help of the community. A very specific color of blue dots the city of Arab. Large, noticeable blue bows are fastened to doors, light poles, and anywhere else a bow could be tied on. The idea behind them came from Marti Dickie. “The Lord just put it on my heart that we needed to do something to visibly show these police officers that […]

  • Scottsboro

    City of Scottsboro, Scottsboro Jackson Co. Rescue Squad work to utilize 2 pieces of unused property

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The city of Scottsboro is working with the local rescue squad to put a stretch of unused land and the closed National Guard armory to use. A stretch of property off of Tupelo Pike in Scottsboro is unused, and it was donated to the city several years ago. Council member Keith Smith had an idea that he brought to Mayor Melton Potter and the Council’s attention. “We don’t have a need for it, so the idea that was […]

  • Henry Pyle

    Man arrested in connection to 2015 double murder in Asbury pleads guilty

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A man arrested in connection to a double murder that happened in the Asbury community last year has pleaded guilty. Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall says Henry Pyle plead guilty to murder Monday afternoon at the Marshall County Courthouse. Pyle is charged along with Jeffery McKelvey in the murders of Denie and Pam Tucker. The Tuckers were found dead in their home in September, 2015. Marshall says as a result of the plea, Pyle will spend life […]

  • Progress Rail holds ribbon cutting at new location in Arab

    ARAB, Ala. — A ribbon cutting at Progress Rail’s new location in Arab made the move official Monday morning. State and local officials joined Progress Rail executives in a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning at the company’s new location. “Currently we’ve created 57 new jobs here and we think it will grow from there, and I think the 57 actually exceeds our commitment to the state slightly that we made,” said Progress Rail president and CEO Billy Ainsworth. “We think it’s […]

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    Arab man killed in Sunday evening crash

    ARAB, Ala. — One person is dead and another was hurt in a two-vehicle crash in Arab on Sunday. Alabama State Troopers say the crash happened Sunday evening on Argosy Road, which is two miles east of Arab. Troopers say Larry Dean Spain of Arab was killed when the 1998 Honda Accord he was driving was hit by a 2001 Chevrolet. Spain was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say Spain was not using a seat belt. A passenger in […]