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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
  • Several Jackson County entities working to ‘go green’, Scottsboro City Schools teaching it

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Scottsboro and Jackson County entities are working to implement an energy-saving program throughout their buildings, following a path paved by Scottsboro City Schools. Friday morning students at Collins Intermediate School in Scottsboro had a lot to look forward to. It’s picture day, and it’s Football Friday. In the classrooms though, it’s time for learning. In Scottsboro City Schools students are learning one lesson in a unique way. “We recently did a major energy retrofit with Schneider […]

  • Daniel Adam Beaty, left, with DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris, right. (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

    UPDATE: Man charged with capital murder in DeKalb County

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says a man has been charged with capital murder in the case of another man found dead last Sunday, August 31 near Ider. The man’s body was found in a wooded area, and investigators have been working all week to determine who he was and how he died. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said the victim in the case was Daniel Thomas Fuller, 33, of Geraldine.  He was reported missing […]

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    Train hits 18-wheeler in Hollywood, traffic blocked

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — Responders are working to clear a wreck between a train and an 18-wheeler in Hollywood. Hollywood Fire Department Chief Patrick Allen says the train hit the flat bed truck just before four o’clock Thursday afternoon. The crash happened at County Road 33 and Railroad Street. Chief Allen says there are no reports of injuries. Both CR 33 and Railroad Street were closed down while crews worked to clear the scene. Those roads have since reopened.

  • Arab Police looking for supposed shooter

    ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) — Arab Police are looking for a man who they say fired shots at two people Wednesday. Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says the situation started at a parking lot on Brindlee Mountain Parkway. He says two people were standing outside a business when a car pulled up. “It was believed to be a Chrysler, possibly a Sebring, convertible, with a black convertible top,” Assistant Chief Washburn says. Police say a man got out of the car […]

  • Responders work through the night to clear 431 tanker wreck in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT ) — After a long day and a longer night the scene where a tanker truck full of fuel crashed into a ditch is now cleared. The truck tipped into the ditch around four o’clock Wednesday afternoon, blocking traffic on 431 in Albertville for two miles. Traffic was diverted, and residents were cleared from homes and businesses. The truck was carrying nearly 8,000 thousand gallons of fuel, and responders were cautious against an explosion. Traffic wasn’t allowed […]

  • Jackson County Commission working to re-open County Road 96

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) —  The Jackson County Commission is working to form a plan to get a county road fixed, and back open as soon as possible. A portion of County Road 96 is shut down and has been for weeks. The State asked the County to do so, saying the bridge there is not in a good condition. Since then traffic has been using a detour, and County officials say they’re going to have to use that detour for […]

  • DeKalb Co. EMA plans for disaster preparedness fair

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — The DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency is planning an event aimed at education and a glimpse behind the scenes when a severe weather event or emergency hits. “We are having a preparedness fair, something we haven’t done in DeKalb County before,” EMA director Anthony Clifton says. Severe weather and other disasters can hit at any time. EMA officials encourage, teach and help you to get prepared for them, and Clifton says this event is to […]

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    Teens killed in Rainsville crash remembered, one year later

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  On a Friday last year at the end of August three teens were driving on a stretch of road in Rainsville, when the car veered off the road and crashed, killing two of the teens. A year later, friends and family are sharing their memories. Orange police paint marking the road was cold hard evidence of an investigation. A guard rail covered in written memories was softer evidence of reality. It was on a Friday at […]

  • Downed power lines caused part of North Parkway in Huntsville to shut down Saturday

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Huntsville Police worked for hours to repair power lines on the access road to the North Parkway between University and I-565 Saturday. Traffic was blocked while crews worked to repair the lines. Officers say it’s not clear if a car hit the lines, or if they were downed due to the storms. There is not any word on injuries or power outages. Huntsville Police started blocking traffic around 6:45 Saturday evening.

  • Unclaimed items become a ‘masterpiece’ for local foster children

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Visitors to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro got a chance to let their inner creative spirit shine while doing something good for local foster children. The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro is chock full of just about everything you can think of. Items that were unclaimed wait for new owners. The kaleidoscope of various things come from exactly where the name suggests – unclaimed baggage. So, you can imagine the center has quite a few […]

  • Update: Police identify body found in Lake Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-  Guntersville Police have identified a man found dead in Lake Guntersville on Saturday, August 23. Police say the man was Daniel Patrick Calhoun, 27, of Huntsville.  No foul play was involved. A fisherman found Calhoun’s body around 7 a.m. Saturday just north of the Highway 431 bridge that crosses the Tennessee River.  Guntersville Police, Fire and the Rescue Squad responded.

  • Program helps Guntersville City schools soar in AP testing results

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — This week Governor Robert Bentley announced Alabama leads the way in improvements on Advanced Placement scores and Guntersville City school leaders say thanks to a grant, among other schools who also received that grant, Guntersville City schools had the highest increase in two areas. Mrs. Chandler’s AP Lit English class is quiet Thursday afternoon. Students are hard at work, and words are spoken in near whispers. Her classroom’s walls are plastered with writing tips and messages […]


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