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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
  • Boaz students learn the lesson of giving

    BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — Students at four Boaz schools are learning the lesson of giving early this holiday season. There is reason to celebrate over at Boaz Middle School, and it’s all over a lot of food. But, there’s a lot more to it than that.”We’ve been bringing in canned food items and non perishable items,” Boaz Middle student Hunter Johnson says. These students didn’t just bring in one or two cans, though. “Man, they blew it out of the […]

  • Sharing Selena’s Story: An Arab girl’s values live on after her death

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — A young lady is touching the lives of everyone who knows her, and now her church family is giving back, even though she’s not here to see it. Sitting inside Liberty Church in Arab, Misty Martin holds a memory – a card, from an Easter several holidays ago. “And it says ‘I love you Mommy, I hope you have a wonderful Easter and remember this is the day the Lord has risen. Selena,'” Martin says. It’s […]

  • Rep. Will Ainsworth sworn into office, talks about what’s next

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — After a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, newly elected House District 27 Representative Will Ainsworth is officially in office. As he stood in front of supporters, state, and local officials Wednesday morning in the Marshall County Courthouse, Will Ainsworth was officially sworn into office. Since his campaign started, one of Ainsworth’s platforms was to bring jobs to District 27, which is composed of areas in Marshall, DeKalb, and Blount Counties. Since his election, Ainsworth says he’s already started […]

  • Cold weather brings a decrease in some crimes

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — As the weather turns cold the Arab Police Department sees a decrease in certain types of crime. “A lot of our drug crimes, we’ll see those go down because it’s just too cold for people to be outside at night,” Chief Ed Ralston says. The number of shootings and stabbings historically decrease as well during this time of year. The department starts seeing this decrease as soon as the temperatures take a dip. Chief Ralston says […]

  • Courtesy: Marshall County Sheriff's Office

    Police: Marshall County man arrested after receiving 2 pounds of meth in the mail

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A Marshall County man is facing a one million dollar bond for trafficking meth after he received two pounds of the drug in the mail, according to police. Officials say Victor Ramos Ordaz was arrested on Monday after he received two pounds of meth in the mail. They say they found the meth in the mail as it was being sent to Ordaz’s Albertville home. At his initial appearance Wednesday morning, a judge set a one million dollar bond […]

  • Jackson County ready to move forward on County Road 61 project

    PISGAH, Ala. (WHNT) — After hurdles prolonging the process, Jackson County is moving forward with plans to partially close County Road 61 in Pisgah. Earlier this year the Jackson County Commission voted unanimously to close a portion of County Road 61 in Pisgah. That closure is at the request of the County School Board, as the road is well-traveled and runs right through Pisgah School’s campus. The county had hoped to start construction in the summer, but there were some […]

  • Scottsboro, Jackson Co., incorporating public’s input in downtown revitalization

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Scottsboro and Jackson County leaders are using the public’s input to design a one million dollar project to revitalize the downtown square. The city and the county held a joint meeting late last week to update the public on the project, but in addition, the meeting was also to get input on what the public would like to see for the downtown area. This week as engineers work on the design process, they are taking those […]

  • Warming centers in Marshall County open this week

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Dozens of warming centers in Marshall County are open as of Monday, and most will run through the week. When the weather turns cold enough, Marshall County EMA coordinates the opening of the centers across the county. “It’s a combination of publicly owned, government-owned or faith-based organizations. We have close to 30,” Marshall County EMA Operations Coordinator George Harwell says. Harwell says there are dozens of centers scattered throughout the county. “We’re fortunate enough to have […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Parents concerned about heating system at Guntersville Middle

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Guntersville Middle School officials say they are working as fast as they can to fully restore the heat in Guntersville Middle School. Meanwhile, parents are concerned about their students. After concerned parents reached out to WHNT News 19, we spoke with Guntersville City School officials about what they are doing to remedy the problems with the heating system at the middle school. Superintendent Dale Edwards tells us they started having problems with the heating and air […]

  • Courtesy of Fort Payne Police

    UPDATE: Fort Payne Police identify victim, charge man in murder investigation

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – Fort Payne Police have identified the victim and the suspect in the Saturday morning murder investigation. Investigators identify the victim as Bernie Wayne Clark. They say they have charged David Paul Edward Wooten with his murder. Officers say Wooten’s bond is set at $250,000. The charges stem from a 911 call about a supposed assault that happened at a mobile home park at 2219 Gault Avenue South.  When officers got to the scene they found […]

  • New community center planned for High Falls

    DEKALB CONTY,  Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County park High Falls is undergoing construction to build a community center. High Falls sees its share of visitors a year. Officials say thousands come to the falls to swim and enjoy the views. However, as far as buildings go at the park, only pavilions and a guard-house are present. County Commission President Ricky Harcrow says they’re breaking ground on a new complex. “We’re building a community center and we’re also building an […]

  • Historic Mentone church members asking community for help to preserve it

    MENTONE, Ala. (WHNT) — A small, generations-old church is in need of many repairs and its members are asking the community for help to preserve it. A walkway made of stone leads up to an entrance to St. Joseph’s on-the-Mountain Episcopal Church in Mentone. Inside, is a piece of history. “It’s the oldest building still being used in Mentone,” parishioner Ann Chesnut says. She’s talking about a log cabin, built in the 1800s. That cabin at first was a residence […]


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