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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
  • DJ Johnson (Photo: Arab Police)

    UPDATE: Arab Police investigate Wednesday morning shooting, look for person of interest

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police have released the name of a person of interest in an early morning shooting Wednesday. Arab Police are looking for Dennis “DJ” John Johnson, 39, in connection with the shooting. Johnson is 6’4” 257 lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes. Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says his department received the call around three o’clock Wednesday morning. He says officers responded to a home on Mat Morrow Drive. “When police arrived they made contact […]

  • Police: Traffic situation at Arab Primary cleared up

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — What Arab Police are calling “a major traffic issue” at Arab Primary School has apparently been cleared up. A few weeks ago, Arab Police said they were going to start ticketing parents if the situation wasn’t fixed, but they wanted to educate parents first. The issue? Police say parents were parking on the roads near Arab Primary School, sometimes leaving their cars and overall blocking traffic. Police say it was a hazard and officers threatened to start […]

  • Huntsville Police: Man shot 3 times by officer will recover

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-  Huntsville Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting near Sparkman Drive. Huntsville Police Captain Mark McMurray says an officer was involved in a traffic stop late Sunday when the driver, Kendall Westbrook, jumped out of the car after stopping. He says the officer saw the driver had a gun. “The officer asked him to stop, and he ran about 20 yards, and the officer was running behind him and he turned on the officer with the handgun in […]

  • Garden of Hope gives a unique experience to Huntsville Botanical Garden

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A garden dedicated to cancer patients and their families is giving visitors a unique way to reflect on what it means to suffer from the disease. Inside the Huntsville Botanical Garden there’s a garden just as beautiful as the others, but perhaps more meaningful. At a dedication Sunday at the Botanical Garden that meaning was shared. Dr. Paul Dang works at Clearview Cancer Institute. CCI is sponsoring the garden and instilled its own unique touch. “We’ve separated […]

  • Veterans move from streets to new life

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Last year a local veteran was living on the streets but this year that’s all changed, and he attributes it in part to an organization that this weekend is giving other homeless veterans a rest. Ron Stocker has a story to tell. “I was a homeless veteran for four years. I slept under a bridge,” Stocker says. But, that’s not his story. It used to be, though. Last year, being homeless was his life. When we […]

  • (Photo: Carson Clark/WHNT News 19)

    Guntersville business, The Frugal Decorator, destroyed by fire

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Guntersville business is deemed a total loss after a fire destroyed the structure Friday morning. The fire at The Frugal Decorator started around 6 a.m. Friday. “We started using all of our resources, not just a specific engine from a specific station,” Guntersville Fire Chief Jeffrey Tongate says. The flames were finally put out around noon. Firefighters had to call in more assistance to help with the effort and with traffic control on Highway […]

  • Scottsboro Police say despite dead end, FBI will help in solving decades-old cold case

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Scottsboro Police say despite a dead-end, the FBI will again run a John Doe’s DNA in the hopes potential results will close the police department’s 33-year-old cold case. “Unknown Male.” That’s the name on the tombstone of a Jackson County John Doe. He was hit and killed on highway 72 in 1981. Police say the man didn’t have any identification on him. Last week the FBI exhumed the man’s body to run DNA tests, in the […]

  • Crews working to exhume body of an unidentified man.

    UPDATE: DNA test reveals Scottsboro John Doe not FBI top ten fugitive

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — The FBI Announced Tuesday that DNA tests have confirmed a John Doe killed in 1981 in Scottsboro is not FBI top ten fugitive William Bradford Bishop, Jr. Investigators with the FBI exhumed John Doe’s body in order to gather DNA evidence earlier this month. Scottsboro Police Department investigators and FBI officials were on the scene at a Scottsboro cemetery while workers exhumed the body of the unknown male. The FBI was looking into the chance that the John Doe buried […]

  • Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey visits Ebola treatment training sessions

    ANNISTON, Ala. (WHNT) — Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey is making a visit to a CDC-run Ebola treatment training session in Anniston, which is the only session of its kind in the nation. At a FEMA facility in Anniston, a full mock-up of an Ebola treatment center is filled with volunteers. Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey took a tour of the facility and the mock center. “It is a serious virus and we’re just blessed to have this effort going here at Fort […]

  • UPDATE: Two men charged in connection to deadly Fyffe shooting

    FYFFE, Ala. (WHNT) — DeKalb County deputies say two men involved in a deadly shooting are charged in connection with the crime. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says one man is charged for murder and a second man is charged for hindering prosecution. Sheriff  Harris says the shooting happened late Saturday afternoon at a home at 2223 County Road 578. Investigators say two men were arguing outside the home. “No witnesses, but one of them’s brother was in the house and heard something that sounded […]

  • Old and rare tree set to be cut down in Scottsboro, but there’s good news

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – Several Jackson county residents have taken a stand for a nearly 100-year-old tree in the Scottsboro downtown square, but the commission has finally set a date to cut it down. The branches of the Norway maple have grown along with Scottsboro for the last several decades.  The commission plans to have it cut down next weekend, after much consideration and expert opinions. Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges understands the concerns about cutting down the old and rare tree. […]

  • Photo Courtesy: Eric Schultz/al.com

    Funeral for Hazel Green football player set for Friday morning

    HAZEL GREEN, Ala. (WHNT) – Friends and family will gather to say their final goodbyes to a beloved member of the Hazel Green community Friday morning. The funeral for 16-year-old Julian Jones is set for Friday morning. It will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church at 315 Winchester Road in Huntsville. The Hazel Green football player died Monday morning. The coroner ruled the cause of death to be suicide. Jones was a junior defensive […]


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