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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
  • Gaming for 24 hours, all for a cause

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — It’s a gaming marathon lasting 24 hours, but the competitors are playing for more than a mere win. Some people in Madison are in serious game mode this weekend. Fingers have been gripping controllers since eight o’clock Saturday morning. They plan on stopping at eight o’clock Sunday morning. The games range from video to card games. While some of them have been there for hours, and others only for a few minutes, event organizer Russell Newquist says it doesn’t […]

  • Scottsboro leaders asking public for design input on proposed Veterans Memorial Park

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — A plan is in the works to turn a patch of grass in Scottsboro into a park unique to Jackson County, one that would honor the men and women who serve our country. George Jones is a veteran. “I was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam,” Jones says.  Now he spends his time as an officer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6073 and as a member of American Legion Post 30 in Scottsboro. Both groups […]

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    Part of Hwy. 431 South still blocked in Boaz due to overturned 18 wheeler

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – An 18-wheeler that overturned on Highway 431 south of Boaz on Friday morning is still causing a traffic problem several hours later. The wreck happened around 11:30 a.m.  As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, Highway 431 South was still blocked in the Sardis City area, specifically near Roden Avenue.  Boaz Police are diverting traffic.  Crews are working to unload the truck. No word yet on how the wreck happened, or if other vehicles were involved.  Police […]

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    Rivalry of the Century: Week of events scheduled before historic 100th match-up

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Albertville and Guntersville high schools will meet on the field for their 100th game next Friday.  The historic game is the longest running continual rivalry in the state of Alabama. City leaders are declaring the game the ‘Rivalry of the Century.’ Leading up kickoff on October 31st, both cities have planned a week of events: Monday, 10/27/14 – City Leaders Challenge Mayors and councils from each city to meet for wing challenge and photo-op at […]

  • A dream to be a star: 12-year-old signs development deal with record label

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A 12-year-old Marshall County girl is working to make her dream to be a singer a reality, and has signed a development deal with a management agency to help her get there. There’s an office in Albertville that isn’t quite open just yet. The office is part of a management agency called 1015 Entertainment. Thursday morning though, a young girl sits inside. Her name is Lauren Ward, and she’s a sixth grader. She’s there to […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]


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