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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
  • The Albertville Aggie Band is looking to fundraisers, donations to get to the 2018 Rose Parade

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — In just a few months the Albertville Aggie Band will represent the southeast in the 2018 Rose Parade for the second time. The band is the largest in its area, and the goal is to have every single member make the trip. So, the nearly 300 members are working to raise enough money to do just that. Students walked across the wet practice field at Albertville High School early Tuesday morning. Even though it was still early […]

  • Albertville Police officers will teach a free self-defense class for women August 19

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Officers with the Albertville Police Department are planning a self-defense class geared toward women. “It’s an unarmed self-defense class for women, to teach women how protect themselves, be aware of their environment, just staying safe,” said Chief Jamie Smith. It’s free. The class is Saturday, August 19, at Albertville High School’s South Hall. It will run from eight to five and only females are allowed to participate. You have to be 16 or older to attend. The […]

  • DeKalb Co. Schools virtual school program is revamped for new school year

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. — As DeKalb County Schools students head back to the classroom they’ll be going there with a new opportunity to learn. “We’ve revamped our virtual school program for the 17 – 18 school year,” explained DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Jason Barnett, “During 16 – 17, this past school year, was the first year we had it and we had some challenges like you would expect with any new program.” “For the upcoming school year we’ve added a location, […]

  • Leadership DeKalb class makes improvements to Buck’s Pocket State Park, dedication this Saturday

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — State and local leaders will come together Saturday morning to dedicate improvements to Buck’s Pocket State Park. Jim Lynn Overlook at Buck’s Pocket State Park looks different these days. That’s thanks to the Leadership DeKalb Class of 2017. The group did some much-needed repairs and updates to the walkways down to the overlook. “Leadership DeKalb is an organization made up of leaders from all over the county,” explained Leadership DeKalb member Brian Baine., “Each class is […]

  • Marshall Co. deputies arrested a man for ‘violently’ beating and imprisoning a 65-year-old woman reported missing from GA

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County deputies arrested a man for “violently” beating and imprisoning a 65-year-old woman. Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls said earlier this week deputies received a report that a 65-year-old woman from Georgia hadn’t been in touch with her family for several days. Family members told law enforcement that the woman, who isn’t named, had a male companion she had known for two years, and that he lives at a house on Lavaughn Drive in Albertville. Deputies […]

  • A year later, community support still strong to ‘Back the Blue’ in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Last year an anonymous donation sparked something Albertville Police officers never thought would grow to where it is today. It started with an anonymous $1,000 donation to the Albertville Police Department, and it spread from there. The department’s administrative assistant had the idea to use the money to make shirts – blue and black, that said ‘Back the Blue’ on the back. The idea took off and now a year later it’s still going strong. “We’ve mailed […]

  • Law enforcement officers prepare for Albertville’s Main Street Music Festival

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville’s Main Street Music Festival is just about week away, and first responders are gearing up for the annual popular event. “It’s huge,” said Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith. “It’s a very big ordeal, not only for the police departments, but for the city, the public and for pretty much northeast Alabama.” During the event, the Albertville Police officers will be all hands on deck. “We’ll also have other officers from other agencies here as well,” Smith […]

  • North Marshall Utilities: The brown water issue is not hazardous, issue is fixed

    GRANT, Ala. — North Marshall Utilities customers had concerns about the safety of the brown water that was coming from their faucets. “We have iron and manganese that has gotten through the water treatment plant, and that’s what the color is in the water,” explained North Marshall Utilities general manager, Jeff Sutphin. Sutphin continued it stems from the raw water coming from the plant’s intake point in Lake Guntersville.  “We have as much as 16 times the amount in the […]

  • A fire destroyed a historic building on Blount Avenue in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Firefighters battled a blaze in the heart of Guntersville on Tuesday morning. The fire destroyed the building that housed Hollaway Law Office on Blount Avenue. Guntersville Fire and Rescue responders got the call around 9 a.m. Firefighters found the building nearly half involved in fire. Fire officials say there were two people inside the business at the time of the fire on the second floor.  One of them heard a noise and noticed smoke coming up the […]

  • Arab Police officers are using new equipment aimed to make transparency easier to achieve

    ARAB, Ala. — Some Arab Police officers are using a new piece of equipment that gives them an easier way to be transparent. The goal is to eventually use the technology department-wide. “The system is called WatchGuard, and one of the key factors that got us looking at it was if you initialize your in-car camera, you activate your blue lights, red lights, emergency lights, your body camera automatically comes on as well so it’s in sync with your car […]

  • Guntersville Police are investigating more than $1,000 worth of power stolen from a home

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville Police officers are looking for the person responsible for stealing more than $1,000 worth of power from a home. “The Arab Electric Co-Op notified us that a residence that had previously had the power shut off to it, they went out and did an inspection, and found that the meter had actually been jumped off to where the residence was receiving power illegally,” said Guntersville Police Captain John East. East says this happened at a home […]

  • Marshall Co. law enforcement is looking for two people suspected in passing $1,100 in counterfeit bills

    GRANT, Ala. — Law enforcement officials in Marshall County are looking for a woman suspected of passing more than $1,000 in counterfeit money in Grant. They’re also looking for the man who was with her. “About seven o’clock Monday night two individuals went into a local store,” said Grant Police Chief Mike Burgess. The department was able to pull surveillance video from the store, which was a Dollar General. “The female walked up to the counter and presented 22  50 […]