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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
  • Albertville and Guntersville leaders say ‘yes’ vote for Sunday alcohol sales means economic boost

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Two Marshall County cities are looking to the future after residents in Albertville and Guntersville approved measures allowing Sunday alcohol sales. “All the time, people come in from the Huntsville area since we’re right on 431, and they’ll come in and we’ll have to tell them no,” says The Bridge Cafe owner Beau Pendergraft. He’s talking about a common experience on Sundays when guests hoped to buy alcohol. After Tuesday’s vote, that’s changing in Guntersville and […]

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    Jackson County leaders, agencies, discuss future in light of looming cuts

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Jackson County officials are discussing what’s next for the county and this week, briefed county employees on what to expect in light of a failed one cent sales tax increase vote. This week budget discussions are at the forefront for several Jackson County leaders. Tuesday county employees heard about what kind of cuts they might be seeing in the near future. “An update of where we’re headed, how those cuts are going to be made, […]


    NEW DETAILS: Car thefts, chase led up to officer involved shooting, people involved identified

    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Multiple agencies are investigating a shooting that left an Arab Police officer wounded and an Arab man dead. The man killed in the Sunday evening Cullman County shooting is identified as Christopher Ray Tompkins, 36 of Arab. Marshall County Sheriff’s Office officials say Sissy Amanda Vaughn is facing a theft of property charge stemming from the events that took place prior to the shooting. Officials say there had been numerous reports of stolen vehicles in […]

  • Overcoming ‘can’t’: Albertville High School band member with hearing loss is defying odds

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  A Marshall County teen is overcoming the word ‘can’t’ and following a passion by doing something some people said shouldn’t and couldn’t happen. On a rainy Monday cars slowly slosh past a sign with the words “Albertville High School” boldly written beside an entrance to the memorable architecture that is the school. Inside, the hallways are quiet. School hasn’t let out for the day. The band room is lit up brightly, and the faint taps of a […]

  • Fort Payne’s annual ‘Boom Days’ event garnering statewide attention, celebrating milestone

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) —  An event in Fort Payne is garnering some statewide attention, and this year it’s celebrating a milestone. “Boom Days Heritage Celebration of Fort Payne is a celebration commemorating basically 126 – 127 years of Fort Payne since it was ‘boomed’ by New Englanders back in the middle 1880s, early 1890s,” DeKalb Tourism President & CEO John Dersham says, “Where people came here on the railroad mostly, to get here from New England areas to build an industry, and […]

  • New series of trails in the works for Lookout Mountain

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — Outdoor enthusiasts could find themselves covering new ground in DeKalb County in the coming years with a series of trails across Lookout Mountain. DeKalb County tourism officials are in the middle of planning out the Lookout Mountain Gateway Trail. It will be a series of trails leading from Fort Payne to downtown Mentone. Tourism officials say the project will benefit these communities and bring in visitors to the area. “We’ve gotten the first grant, we’re after […]

  • Standoff in DeKalb County (Photo: Laura Christmas)

    UPDATE: Law enforcement ends standoff man peacefully

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – A man is facing a reckless endangerment charge after a standoff with law enforcement. “I got up and I saw the cops outside,” said neighbor Gary Bates, “I knew something was going on, heard a lot of gunshots going off.” By nine o’clock multiple law enforcement agencies including the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office, Geraldine Police, and Fort Payne Police were stationed on the road outside Bates’ home. Officials were focused on a home down the road. […]

  • Traffic issues at Arab Primary are back, officers say worse than last year

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Last year Arab Police were dealing with some traffic issues at the city’s schools; this year officers say the issues have increased and they’re working to find a solution. “We’re having some major issues right around the schools and the main thing is parking and pick up in the afternoon,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn explains. The main trouble spot is Arab Primary School. Essentially, officers say like last year, parents are parking on the road while they […]

  • What’s next: Jackson County officials look to the next step after failed one cent sales tax increase vote

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Despite County Commissioner’s support, Jackson County voters said ‘no’ to a one cent sales tax proposal Tuesday night, and now county officials are looking at the next step. The increase was meant to help offset a budget deficit and decreasing funding. The commission had taken many avenues to make cuts prior to the proposal’s advancement and said, at the time, all the cuts that could have been made without impacting county services had been done. County […]

  • TAKING ACTION: Officials investigating a ‘re-shipping scam’ with connection in Jackson County

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a scam spanning at least two states. “We were contacted by law enforcement in Polk County, Florida, about a stolen credit card case they were working,” said Captain Eric Woodall with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. “The credit card purchased some items and the items were delivered to residents in Jackson County.” When deputies got to the address in Stevenson, they found brand new, brand name shoes, cologne, a […]

  • Polls are in: Jackson County votes ‘no’ on one cent sales tax

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – The polls are closed and the votes are in. Jackson County voters took part in a special election Tuesday for a proposed a one cent sales tax increase. The county commission proposed the increase to help offset steadily decreasing funding and a budget deficit. Trey Edwards, voted was a part of the group opposing the tax, “We did our job, we worked hard, we pounded the pavement, we knocked on doors, we made phone calls, and we […]

  • Nicholas Butler was arrested August 17, 2015 in Scottsboro.(Photo: Scottsboro Police Department)

    NEW DETAILS: Former DeKalb Co. corrections officer arrested on additional charges

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – A former corrections officer from Scottsboro has been arrested again. Scottsboro Police arrested Nicholas Butler, 32, on Monday for five additional counts of tampering with government records.  He bonded out shortly afterwards. Butler was arrested on similar charges earlier this month in DeKalb County. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says this is due to an ongoing investigation with the Department of Homeland Security and the Sheriff’s Office.  More charges are pending. “It’s always bad when you have […]


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