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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
  • The Claude M. Elrod Science Building, on Snead State Community College's main campus in Boaz, AL (Photo: Snead.edu)

    UPDATE: Police say nothing out of the ordinary at Snead State campuses, college to be open Tuesday

    BOAZ, Ala. — As the investigation into an online threat continues, Boaz and Arab Police Departments say nothing seems out of the ordinary at the Snead State Community College campuses in Marshall County Monday. Snead State Community College and law enforcement officials  are  investigating a threat made through an anonymous message board that a shooting would happen there on Monday, October 19. Because of the investigation, the campuses in Boaz and Arab closed Monday. Officers from both Arab and Boaz Police Departments […]

  • In light of August deadly shooting, local non-profit donates new asset to Arab Police

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — The Arab Police Department has a new asset to help keep the officers and the community safe. Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn reaches inside a large, and quite heavy, vehicle and turns it on. As it roars to life, he steps inside. “This is an armored personnel carrier,” Washburn explains. After Arab officers were involved in a shooting back in August that left a man dead and an Arab officer wounded, seeing a need, local […]

  • TS Tech expansion Courtesy: MCEDC

    Industry expansions, Sunday alcohol sales causing Marshall County to grow

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Marshall County is growing on different levels and on multiple platforms, and county officials say that ultimately means jobs. Marshall County Economic Development Council President Matt Arnold says there are several different projects that various industries and companies in Marshall County are involved in. The projects are at different stages, ranging from near completion, to the first steps. TS Tech in Boaz is one of those companies undergoing a large expansion project. “They’re building a 24 […]

  • Courtesy: Bentley Gray

    Rivalries aside: Surrounding high schools show support for Boaz High while 2 football coaches battle medical issues

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s a story that revolves around football, but it’s not about stats; it doesn’t have a score, and quite possibly, everyone involved won. Boaz High School head football Coach Eric Whaley is battling cancer and is on a leave of absence. Volunteer coach Manny Aragon is in  critical condition following a recent car accident. Without the two coaches, it’s been difficult for the school. Both men are well-known on campus, on the field, and in the […]

  • Big lessons, small audience – Scottsboro firefighters teach fire prevention to elementary students

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Fire prevention is something fire departments teach all year round, but this week, a Jackson County fire department is teaching this big lesson to a small audience. A group of firefighters stand in front of their hulking red truck.  The words “Scottsboro Fire Department” are printed on their shirts, gleaming on the truck. They stand tall, looking down. Their audience is sitting down, looking up. Way up. “You never want to go back in. You get […]

  • Ogden House, a Guntersville shelter providing a safe place for teens, will close temporarily in Nov.

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A non-profit organization that serves four northeast Alabama counties and provides a safe place for teens to stay is closing down in November for a short time. The Ogden House in Guntersville will shut its doors because of funding issues. “The Ogden House is a shelter for youth, ages 12 to 18, we serve both male and female,” says Tennessee Valley Family Services Executive Director Sue Ann Wharton, “We’re a Safe Place organization, so we accept […]

  • Couple arrested in connection to string of car burglaries in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Using the community’s help on social media, police have connected two people to a string of crimes in Albertville. “We’d been out looking for these people and trying to figure out who they were for a while,” Albertville Police Chief Doug Pollard says. Chief Pollard says they were looking for two people in connection to a string of vehicle burglaries and a house burglary. Officers say during that string, the couple stole a purse out of a car […]

  • Local agencies say ADECA consolidation of surplus property warehouses will have substantial impact

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will consolidate the operations of its surplus property division into a single warehouse in Montgomery, coming as a result of the legislature’s 12 percent cut in ADECA’s allocation in the 2016 State general fund budget. However, that consolidation is going to have an effect on the local agencies who use the warehouse in Morgan County, which will be moved to Montgomery. ADECA currently operates surplus property warehouses in […]

  • Adrian Renteria, after his arrest in 2013

    Judge reduces $1 million bond for man charged in 2013 Guntersville deadly wreck

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – A Marshall County judge reduced a $1 million  bond for a man charged in the deaths of four teens. Adrian Renteria is charged with four counts of manslaughter and three counts of assault 2nd degree stemming from a car crash that happened in July, 2013. Renteria has been held in the Marshall County jail on a $1 million bond. Last month, his lawyers filed paperwork to have that bond reduced. The hearing only lasted a few minutes […]

  • Governor Bentley joins state & local officials to recognize official start of Double Bridges project

    ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) —  Governor Robert Bentley was in Marshall County Friday to recognize the official start of the county’s biggest project it has ever taken on. Governor Bentley joined state and local officials in commemorating the official start of the Double Bridges project . Double Bridges is two one-lane bridges that span a rocky drop-off near the Asbury and Martling communities on Martling Road. The plans are to create one straight bridge connecting the roads, something people in the […]

  • Downtown Albertville Brewfest

    First Downtown Albertville Brewfest scheduled for October 17th

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — This month marks the first Downtown Albertville Brewfest. In about two weeks the Farmer’s Market Parking lot on Sand Mountain Drive will be full of the best brews Tennessee Valley breweries have to offer. “Huntsville breweries, Cahaba, TrimTab, Good People, Avondale from Birmingham, Main Channel from Guntersville, Back Forty from Gadsden,” event coordinator Justin Quarles says. But Quarles only named a few of the breweries that will be at the event. “We have over 20 breweries and around 65 […]

  • Double Bridges

    Governor Bentley expected to visit Marshall County Friday morning for groundbreaking

    ASBURY, Ala. (WHNT) — Governor Bentley will be in Marshall County Friday morning to commemorate the groundbreaking of the county’s biggest project to date. Double Bridges near the Asbury community in Marshall County can be dangerous if drivers don’t know the area. Essentially, Double Bridges is two one-lane bridges that span a large drop off filled with rocks and water. There have been deadly accidents on the stretch. An Asbury volunteer firefighter died in an accident on that stretch of […]


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