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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
  • Tornado in Arab, April 2011

    Northeast Alabama law enforcement recall April 27, 2011

    NORTHEAST ALABAMA — Five years ago Wednesday, while families huddled in their homes or shelters as tornado after tornado ripped through cities and towns, law enforcement put on their uniforms and went out to take care of their communities. “It was a true outbreak for us,” Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen says, “It wasn’t just one storm. It was numerous storms that hit.” It was all hands on deck at the Jackson County Sheriff’s office on April […]

  • Ruth community in Arab holds memorial service to remember Hallmark family killed on April 27, 2011

    ARAB, Ala. – The memories of April 27, 2011 are still fresh in the Ruth community of Arab. Wednesday, neighbors joined together to share in those memories, and remember lives lost. On this day five years ago, a tornado knocked through every single one of more than two dozen homes in a mobile home park in Ruth. A family was taking shelter in a home in that community, when a tornado ripped through. Five of them — all from one […]

  • Scottsboro City Council approves lodging tax increase

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — In a four to one vote, the Scottsboro City Council approved an ordinance that will increase the city’s lodging tax by two percent. The tax was at 12 percent. The increase would be split in half. One percent would go toward a tourism grant that different entities could apply for to help promote tourism. The other one percent would be split in half. “The other half percent would go to the Scottsboro Downtown Redevelopment Authority and then […]

  • Chasity Garner

    Marshall County woman pleads guilty in nephew’s death in car crash

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – A Marshall County woman pleaded guilty Tuesday as her trial was about to begin for her nephew’s death. Chasity Garner was charged with manslaughter in the death of 5-year-old Chaysen Garner.  Prosecutors say Chasity Garner was driving under the influence when she crashed her SUV at the intersection of Alabama 69 and Union Grove Road in Guntersville in March 2014. Chaysen was thrown from the vehicle, and rushed to Huntsville Hospital where he died.  Another passenger […]

  • Douglas

    Spruce up Douglas day set for May 14 and 15

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — Spruce Up Douglas day is set for May 14 and 15, and the town wants its residents to help make it as successful as years past. “The city and the county commission will provide a dumpster that will be located at town hall, and you’ll be able to put anything you’ve got around the house that you want to throw away that you can’t get rid of,” Douglas Mayor Corey Hill says. There are some exceptions, though. “We […]

  • With approval by Guntersville City Council, Guntersville is now a ‘Gig City’

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — This week, the Guntersville City Council voted to approve an agreement that will designate Guntersville as a “Gig City.” “We approved an agreement with Southern Light out of Mobile to provide internet service to city hall,” Mayor Leigh Dollar says. The city approved a franchise agreement about a  year ago with the company, laying the groundwork for this latest move. “We had been talking about internet service, and they will run the infrastructure to provide it to […]

  • Local non-profit organization has a proposal for the city of Albertville to help with the ‘stray cat problem’ downtown

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville has dozens of stray cats in its downtown area, and one organization is offering to help remedy that problem. Albertville residents can even pinpoint where the cats like to hang out, if you will. “It’s estimated anywhere between 140 to 200 cats are living in a six block radius,” Pamela Keck says. Keck is the president and founder of God’s Feral Felines, a non-profit organization that serves Marshall County and deals with feral cats on a […]

  • One cent sales tax increase proposal in Jackson County won’t move forward this legislative session

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — A one cent sales tax increase proposal in Jackson County won’t be moving forward in this session. Recently, the Jackson County Commission was told that an issue with the verbiage in its one cent sales tax increase proposal stopped its progress in the legislative session. Legislators say the verbiage in the bill didn’t match the verbiage in the referendum and that caused the hindrance. Now, another aspect of the bill is stopping its immediate progress altogether. There were […]

  • Guntersville

    Guntersville’s city-wide cleanup scheduled for Thursday, April 21

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The city of Guntersville is encouraging its residents to get out and help clean up their city. Let’s face it. Guntersville is already beautiful. The lake, the views,  residents there will tell you they’re lucky. Next week, the city giving its residents an opportunity to help make Guntersville even more beautiful. “Next week is Earth Week, so that is the time that we’re encouraged to do our Great American Cleanup which is an event of Keep America Beautiful. […]

  • City of Boaz awarded more than $300,000 in grant funding, will be used in part of its downtown area

    BOAZ, Ala. — The City of Boaz is moving forward with a downtown project with a newly awarded grant of more than $300,000. The grant is from the Department of Transportation. “Its a grant that we went after a few years ago and did not get funded,” Boaz Mayor Tim Walker says, “So thanks to TARCOG and some of the people who work through them and we were successful this time.” The grant will be used on part of downtown, […]

  • Courtesy: Marshall County DA

    Marshall County traffic stop leads police to 2.5 pounds of meth

    ARAB, Ala. —  A man is facing drug trafficking charges after officers found 2.5 pounds of meth in his car. Law enforcement officials arrested Hugo Contreras – Cervantes Wednesday night. Arab Police pulled him over on Highway 231. Officials say Contreras-Cervantes was arrested for giving officers false information. After officers searched the car, they found the meth and a pistol. Contreras-Cervantes is being held in the Marshall County Jail. The Marshall County Drug Task Force also helped in the investigation.

  • Albertville High School

    JROTC program to end at Albertville High School June 30

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — In what they say was a very tough decision, Albertville High School officials moved this week to cut the school’s JROTC program. School officials say the program, considered as a career tech education program, doesn’t have the enrollment that others do. “Some of those programs are growing and over the last couple of years we’ve had to turn students away from some of the other career tech programs, whereas ROTC has been having to recruit for their program,” […]


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