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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 High School students will represent Alabama in national culinary competition

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A group of Albertville High School students can boast they’re the best in the State and will represent Alabama in a national culinary competition. Monday morning, the Albertville High School ProStart Culinary Competition Team gathers in a room unlike your typical classroom, but a facility for learning all the same. The group spent a lot of time together, preparing. “Basically we cooked six dishes,” team member Alexsantos Itzep explained, “Two are appetizers, two of them are entrees, […]

  • Governor Robert Bentley tours Marshall Technical School in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Governor Robert Bentley toured Marshall Technical School in Guntersville on Monday as part of a statewide tour. Governor Bentley got a look at what the students at Marshall Technical School are learning. Fourteen of Alabama’s most innovative career technical programs partnered with the Alabama Department of Education to host the tour statewide. This month, teachers, students, and local communities celebrate Alabama Career and Technical Education Month. Speaking to local and state officials, school staff and Marshall County […]

  • Marshall Co. RSVP offers free tax preparation for all ages, income levels

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The Marshall County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is offering free tax preparation and electronic filing for all taxpayers, through an IRS trained and sponsored program. The organization offers the program free for all taxpayers, no matter the age or financial status. You’re asked to bring last year’s return, photo ID, and social security card for everyone in your family. There are several locations that are hosting the program through this tax season: Albertville Rec Center Jan […]

  • DeKalb Co. School System put plan in place to address Crossville High School’s failing status

    CROSSVILLE, Ala. — Leaders with the DeKalb County School System put a plan in place to improve the status of Crossville High School. It’s on a list of schools deemed to be failing, released last month. “That’s based on the ACT Aspire results. Now, Crossville is just a high school, 9 through 12, so only the 10th grade took that test. So, it’s one measure, one grade level,”  Assistant Superintendent Brian Thomas explained. The DeKalb County School System put a […]

  • DeKalb County School System invests in technology for its students

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. — The DeKalb County School System is investing in technology for its students. The movement started off three years ago with a learning initiative called Connecting Champions. “We started out with our goal, which was to get students involved with as much technology as possible including their own,” said Assistant Superintendent Brian Thomas. The system encouraged students to bring in their own devices to use in class, monitoring and limiting the internet access, and providing devices to students […]

  • Roughly 40,000 gallons of gasoline leaked in Fort Payne, but ADEM reports no public threat

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. — A gasoline leak in Fort Payne raised questions among concerned residents. Officials believe roughly 40,000 gallons leaked over a period of about three months. X-Treme Express Car Wash is located on Gault Avenue in Fort Payne. It has three underground gasoline strange tanks on site. “The tank monitors, the line pressure monitors, had not indicated that there was a problem,” explained DeKalb County EMA Director Anthony Clifton. Clifton says in early November, the owner noticed there […]

  • “Get your warnings” – Have a way to receive alerts, no matter how severe the storm

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — No matter how non-threatening a storm might seem Emergency Management officials say that can change in an instant, and encourage you to have a way to get alerts, just in case. “The thing about thunder storms, strong to severe thunderstorms, every thunderstorm has the potential of developing a tornado. So if we have a squall line develop, we may see quick spin-up tornadoes occur on that squall line,” explained Marshall County Emergency Management Director Anita McBurnett. That’s […]

  • Company requested Marshall Co. Commission open a portion of the closed Bishop Landfill

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A company requested the Marshall County Commission open a portion of a closed landfill. Bishop Landfill has been closed for years, but a company is requesting the Marshall County Commission to change that. “I want the people to realize that the County Commission, we received a petition from Marshall C & D, LLC to open up a C & D landfill area in old Bishop Landfill,” Commission Chairman James Hutcheson explained. A construction and demolition landfill, or […]

  • Volunteers needed to help share the joy of reading with first graders

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, needs volunteers, but the job isn’t so hard. The group needs people to help instill a love of reading into first graders. The organization runs a program called Reading Buddies. “It’s a program where a caring adult works one-on-one with a child that’s reading below grade level reading,” explained director Jean Ann Moon, “A lot of times it’s to share your joy of reading with a child. It’s […]

  • Social media on fire about what some Brindlee Mountain students claim they did to teacher

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Marshall County Schools Superintendent Cindy Wigley says she is investigating an incident that happened at Brindlee Mountain High School on Thursday. Many concerned parents and students contacted WHNT News 19 to make us aware of this, and it’s continued to circulate on social media. Wigley said she is aware of a situation involving a substitute teacher, and the incident being posted on social media. Wigley said three students were involved. The social media reports suggested some […]

  • River and Brews announced, set for April 28 & 29 in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – River and Brews is set for April in Guntersville, and this year’s event is expected to take on a different approach from the year before. River and Brews will be held on Lake Guntersville, in April. The event will be a concert series, which is different from the year before. “We have four artists performing over two nights,” event promoter Matt Colvin explained. “On Friday night, April 28, we have Drake White and the Big Fire, opening […]

  • Marshall County Schools leaders plan football field and stadium for Asbury High School

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. –  A Marshall County high school has a football team but doesn’t have a stadium, and that’s about to change. Last year Marshall County Schools leaders approved a plan to build a football field and stadium for Asbury High School. Marshall County Schools partnered with Schneider Electric in an energy savings project aimed to make changes in each school to make them as a whole more energy-efficient. “The construction phase is wrapping up this month and we’ve […]