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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
  • Investigation into deadly Jackson County house fire continues, officials believe it to be accidental

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala.  (WHNT) –The investigation continues into what started a fire that killed five people, including two little girls. County Road 296 in Bryant held a devastating sight Saturday morning that can’t be described adequately in words. A home engulfed in flames, five people inside. Carolyn Quarles, Kimberly Alexander, and Tony Alexander passed away, as did eight-year-old Brianne Alexander and six-year-old Emily Alexander. Monday the investigation continues to find out what happened that started the blaze. The Jackson County Sheriff’s […]

  • Clark Walker (Photo: Marshall County Sheriff's Office)

    1 arrested in meth lab bust near Union Grove, 2 children removed from home

    UNION GROVE, Ala. (WHNT) – Law enforcement officials say they arrested one man in a home that had a meth lab on Cedar Ridge Drive in Union Grove.  The bust took place Thursday. The Marshall County Drug Task Force Unit, Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, and Morgan County Sheriff’s Office say Clark Kelly Walker, 31, is charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance. He lived in the home. Sheriff Scott Walls said two minor children were found inside. They are […]

  • DeKalb County Schools looks at possible bus reroutes because of flood damaged roads

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — With a number of roads still shut down across the Tennessee Valley school systems are working to determine if any bus routes need to be rerouted before school starts next week. Damaged roads are scattered throughout DeKalb County. The Christmas Day flooding took its toll, caving in roads, washing away others, and sweeping through bridges. EMA director Anthony Clifton is working with other county officials monitoring the status of those roads each day. “We’ve got […]

  • DeKalb County officials assess damage left by flooding, fear some roads can’t be fixed for some time

    FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) — Crews across north Alabama are still assessing the damage left by flooding. In DeKalb County, multiple roads remain closed and county leaders are responding, looking at the situation now and a plan for the future. DeKalb County EMA Director Anthony Clifton is working with officials across the county to monitor the roads. “We have 22 roads which have sustained significant damage,” Clifton explains, “Twenty-two roads that are still closed right now, and will be for […]

  • Alabama State Parks

    Proposed park entrance fee postponed at Lake Guntersville State Park, no word yet on potential fees for other state parks

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) —  The Alabama State Park system will postpone the proposed park entrance fee at Lake Guntersville State Park. Lake Guntersville State Park released a statement regarding the postponement Wednesday: “The staff here at Lake Guntersville State Park would like to say thank you to our patrons and the public for your continued support of our Alabama State Parks. Your voices do matter and they are not only communicated but are welcomed. The following statement has been made […]

  • After a river of flood water flowed into Cathedral Caverns State Park, park open for visitors

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Crews are working to clean up the remaining footprint of the Christmas Day flooding that created a river that flowed directly into Cathedral Caverns State Park. The park manager and his family were inside the unique destination that day, and captured video that shows just how powerful mere water is. The light inside Cathedral Caverns State Park is dim. Right now though, you don’t have to see to know parts of it were underwater. You […]

  • Vehicle in a Jackson County creek Courtesy: Patrick Allen

    Vehicle runs into a Jackson County creek early Tuesday morning

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (WHNT) — A car ran off a Jackson County road and into a creek early Tuesday morning. Hollywood and Scottsboro fire departments responded to the call around 5:30 Tuesday morning. Responders say the driver of a van ran off of County Road 33 and into a creek. The driver was standing on the roof of the vehicle as responders worked the scene, and eventually was brought to safety. The rescue squad was also called in to assist. Responders […]

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    TVA keeping a close watch on water levels up and down the Tennessee River

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is working around the clock to monitor the rain event Monday and manage the Tennessee River system as best as it can. “1.8 million gallons per second coming over and pulling through the turbines,” Kristine Cooper with TVA Public Relations says. The TVA is keeping a close watch on the Tennessee River and making changes as needed to manage potential flooding. “We work with federal, state, and local authorities in keeping them […]

  • Water was high and flowing rapidly at the Guntersville Dam on Monday, Dec. 28. (Photo: Laura Christmas/WHNT News 19)

    TVA cautions boaters, asks fishermen to stay off Tennessee River for now — it’s not safe

    NORTH ALABAMA – The water in the Tennessee River is moving at a high rate and it’s not safe.  The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking residents to stay clear of it for the time being. People enjoy fishing at the Guntersville Dam, but right now that water is dangerous.   Up and downstream the water is moving quickly too, and officials say if you get caught up in it, it could lead to a dangerous situation. “Try not to do shoreline fishing […]

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    Jackson County Commission looks to resume plans to renovate the county park in 2016

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) — Jackson County is looking to the new year in terms of dollar signs that can move the county forward. The county is working on budget issues that have plagued it for so long, but also creating projects to enhance what the county has to offer. For years the Jackson County Commission has been dealing with a substantial budget deficit. The commission has done considerable work to remedy the situation, and work still has to be done […]

  • Armed with holiday spirit – Guntersville Police hand out hams to families across the city

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Tuesday morning Guntersville Police officers patrolled the streets and talked with residents, but nothing was under investigation and no one was under arrest; it was a call response that fits the holiday. Tuesday morning, Guntersville Police officers left the department and hit the streets armed to the teeth. They were in uniform, but they carried crinkly plastic bags. Truckloads of them, in fact. They made their way up sidewalks and headed to homes, armed with a […]

  • David Houston Ferguson, Jr.

    UPDATE: Missing Albertville teen has been found

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – The teen reported missing in Albertville earlier this afternoon has been found. That’s according to Albertville Police. David Houston Ferguson, Jr. had been reported missing after being seen walking away from Assembly of God Church yesterday. Thank you to everyone who helped to get the word out in an effort to find Ferguson.  


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