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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
  • Partnership between the State, Marshall Co., and two cities forged a roughly one million dollar paving project

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — In a partnership between the State, Marshall County, and two cities, nine roads will be paved around Albertville and Boaz in a roughly one million dollar project. Some of those roads haven’t been paved in decades. “The highway director, John Cooper, and the Governor, last fall, gave us $500,000 match money for District 26, which is Kerry Rich’s district,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson said. Hutcheson says that includes three Commission districts and the cities of Albertville and […]

  • New amphitheater under construction at the Guntersville Public Library

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – If everything goes according to plan, crews will be finished building a new amphitheater at the Guntersville Public Library in time for warmer weather. The new addition will be called the Bettie Scott Kennamer Memorial Amphitheater. The benefactor was a longtime Friend of the Library. “When she passed away several months ago, this is what her family has decided to do in her memory,” said library director Beth Wheeler-Dean. It’s an entirely donated addition to the city. […]

  • Albertville Police charge man with rape; victim 82 years old

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Albertville police officers charged a Horton man with the rape of an 82-year-old woman. Assistant Chief Jamie Smith says officers arrested Duke Wiles in connection to a burglary and rape case that happened December 26, 2015, at the elderly woman’s home in Albertville. Officers took the 55-year-old into custody at his job. He will be held in the Marshall County Jail under a $200,000 bond. Smith says Wiles is also the main focus of another investigation into […]

  • Two organizations donated hundreds of dollars to Boaz Police Department’s K-9 Units

    BOAZ, Ala. — Two organizations in Marshall County donated hundreds of dollars to the Boaz Police Department, and the officers put it toward two of their most valuable members. “They’re really a vital part of what we do out here day in and day out,” said Deputy Chief Josh Gaskin. He could be talking about any of the officers, really, but  he’s talking about two specifically. They’re known as the hardest working officers with the Boaz Police Department. In fact, […]

  • Fundraiser aimed at growing Marshall County Home Place’s reach

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A non-profit organization in Marshall County helps homeless people and families get back on their feet, and volunteers are looking to neighbors to help their reach grow. A thrift store in Guntersville comes from Marshall County’s generosity. Everything inside is donated. The sales go to something much bigger. “It’s Marshall County Home Place, and this is our thrift store called Home Place Thrift Store,” explained Marshall County Home Place Executive Director Lee Ward, “It helps us fund […]

  • Guntersville City Schools ranked 20th in the state, school leaders want to continue to build

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A data analysis company called Niche ranked the best school districts in Alabama and determined Guntersville City Schools at 20. While that’s not a bad place to be, school leaders say there’s room to grow. The company based its 2017 Best School Districts in Alabama on multiple pieces of information, including test scores, college readiness, and graduation rates. “We were ranked 20th,” Guntersville City Schools Superintendent Brett Stanton said. Stanton says they’re pleased with the state-wide stance, […]

  • Local leaders discuss potential changes to Highway 69 between Arab and Cullman

    ARAB, Ala. — Arab Mayor Bob Joslin and other local leaders discussed a proposition to widen or make changes to a section of Highway 69 between Arab and Cullman. Joslin says they’re getting the ball rolling so to speak, to see if something can be done on the busy stretch. “From 231 going west toward Cullman, all the way to Highway 157,” Joslin explained. The main goal would be to widen the stretch to four lanes. Local leaders discussed alternative […]

  • Shine A Light On Slavery day is a reminder to parents that harsh realities exist

    ARAB, Ala. — Thursday is Shine A Light On Slavery day. Organizations use it as a way to raise awareness for forms of slavery around the world, including human trafficking. Unfortunately that is a reality law enforcement officials want parents to be aware of. “We see a lot of times where older men or older individuals will befriend these young girls on Facebook and a lot of times the victim doesn’t know how old the offender really is,” explained Arab […]

  • Habitat for Humanity of Marshall Co. celebrates 20 years of service

    ARAB, Ala. — Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County is celebrating a milestone this year, and members are also working to raise awareness of the services offered through the organization. “Habitat for Humanity is an organization that provides affordable homes to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to purchase one,” Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County Executive Director Veronique Edington said. This year Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County is celebrating a milestone. “This is our twentieth anniversary,” Edington added. […]

  • Boaz Police officers made multiple drug trafficking arrests over the last two weeks

    BOAZ, Ala. —  Boaz Police officers made multiple drug trafficking arrests over the last two weeks and through them, the officers sent two different messages — one to offenders, and another to the community they serve. “Paying attention to detail, noticing little things during traffic stops that indicate to them that there’s something more going on than what they initially stopped the person for,” explained Boaz Police Deputy Chief Josh Gaskin. During three traffic stops over two weeks, that honed […]

  • Albertville Fire and Rescue plans different approach to Fill the Boot campaign – and you can help

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Firefighters with Albertville Fire and Rescue have an event planned that will raise money for several good causes, and is a different approach to something thousands of firefighters across the nation do every year. For years, Albertville Fire and Rescue firefighters took part in the Fill the Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “Where we sit at the local businesses and collect money,” Chief Brad Hix explained. They joined thousands of firefighters across the nation in […]

  • Arab Police officers will crack down on drivers passing stopped school buses in upcoming weeks

    ARAB, Ala. — Starting next week and in the upcoming weeks, Arab Police officers are going to crack down on drivers disregarding stopped school buses. “We’re having a big issue with vehicles passing stopped school buses,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn said, “We’re going to make sure our children are safe as they go to school, and make sure they get home safely.” The Arab Police Department plans to crack down on drivers violating that law with off duty officers. “We’re […]