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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
  • Gifting a BB or Airsoft gun for Christmas? They can look realistic, and officers encourage parents to teach kids responsibility

    ARAB, Ala. — Thinking of putting a BB or Airsoft gun on your Christmas gift list? Law enforcement officers say that’s fine, but they are also encouraging parents to educate their kids because some of those toy guns look very real at first glance. “Some of them are realistic down to the minor details to where you really have to pick the gun up and look at it to make sure it’s not real,” Arab Police Assistant Chief Shane Washburn […]

  • 300+ Marshall County votes not counted in August election because of error

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A little more than 300 votes were not counted in Marshall County after the August U.S. Senate primary election. The chairperson of the Marshall County Alabama Democratic Party notified county officials about the discrepancy in October. Probate Judge Tim Mitchell says nearly 300 Republican votes and around 30 Democrat votes from Boaz weren’t counted. Boaz has one polling location. There are both paper and electronic records of the votes from the machines. There was an issue with […]

  • Marshall Co. warming centers will be available during stretches of low temperatures

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — We’ve had some chilly temperatures lately but true cold weather will be headed our way soon. When that happens warming centers open in Marshall County to give people a place to go if they need it. Warming centers started in larger cities as a way to help the homeless population during the cold months. In Marshall County, the Emergency Management Agency coordinates them on a lower scale. “They’re basically a place where you can go in and […]

  • The town of Douglas needs volunteers to help add some Christmas cheer to the town

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — The town of Douglas needs volunteers with some Christmas spirit to help make the town a little brighter for Christmases to come. Things have been looking merry and bright during Christmas in the town for the last few years, ever since the city of Orange Beach surplused Christmas street lights to the town. The city even went as far as bringing the lights all the way up to Marshall County, and a local electric company put them […]

  • Working the holidays: first responders say community support means a lot when duty calls

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — First responders don’t always get to spend the Thanksgiving holiday eating turkey with their families, but they’ll tell you they have their own reason to be thankful. Lieutenant Brandon Creel works for Guntersville Fire and Rescue. “I’ve been in the fire service for 18 years,” he said. Twelve of those he spent working for Guntersville. “It’s a lot of holidays worked. You think you’re going to get used to it with family and all, but you never […]

  • EMA officials advise you to stay weather aware since storms can change in an instant

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The Valley saw multiple instances of quick, spin-up tornadoes in the last few weeks. In some instances, emergency management officials don’t have warning and can’t open the tornado shelters in time. That is why it’s so important that you stay aware. In Marshall County, the Emergency Management Agency works closely with the National Weather Service to see what the threat and risk factors are going to be when storm conditions build up. “Then make sure that we […]

  • Douglas Police Department gets much-needed new building with room to grow

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — For decades the Douglas Police Department operated out of a room smaller than most bedrooms. For a while, it worked, but now the department is in a space officers and town leaders say leaves room to grow. “Thirty-one years. Since 1986,” said Douglas Police Chief Eric Speight. That’s how long the Douglas Police Department operated out of a room at Douglas Town Hall. It worked back then and for the years after that, but things have changed. […]

  • Marshall Co. judge sentenced Ryan Fitch in his friend’s 2015 accidental shooting death

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A case that was in the spotlight in Marshall County came to a close Monday morning. A judge sentenced Ryan Fitch in the accidental shooting death of his friend, 15-year-old Jason Richards. There were tears in a Marshall County courtroom from both Ryan Fitch and Jason Richards’ families during Fitch’s sentencing hearing. The state and the defense didn’t call witnesses. But, Richards’ parents spoke to the court saying they “went through hell” and that pain hasn’t gone […]

  • Planning to deep-fry that turkey? Here’s what you need to know

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Folks are getting ready to cook up a storm for the holidays and deep-frying is a popular way to get that turkey cooked for the big day. That crispy deliciousness comes with a few hazards that fire officials want you to think about if you’re planning to cook your turkey this way. First of all, and we can’t stress this enough, thaw the turkey! “Make sure your turkey is completely thawed,” said Albertville Assistant Fire Chief Jason Beam. […]

  • Four cases of counterfeit traveler’s checks showed up in Albertville stores

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Not one, but four cases of counterfeit traveler’s checks showed up in Albertville recently, and investigators want to know where they came from and who is making them. Albertville Police investigators say it all started at a Family Dollar in Albertville, when a customer came in and made a small purchase. “But used a $100 dollar traveler’s check, which was taken. Of course, they were given change in currency,” Chief Jamie Smith said. Then it happened again […]

  • New details emerge in Arab officer involved shooting

    ARAB, Ala. — There are new details out about an officer involved shooting in Arab that happened over the weekend. When Arab Police officers got to 5th Avenue NW late Friday evening, called there for a domestic disturbance, someone told them a man was inside a home with a gun threatening his family. “Officers, when they arrived, were able to get everyone out of the home safely,” said Assistant Chief Shane Washburn, “At that point we were trying to set […]

  • “It’s the least we can do” – Douglas High School students, alumni, put on 25th Veterans Day ceremony

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — Douglas High School’s gym was standing room only on Thursday morning. “We’re having a Veterans Day program,” explained senior Kyle Glenn Daniel, “This is our 25th Veterans Day program. We’re bringing back some of the Douglas alumni for this.” Veterans from every branch and their families crowded the room sitting alongside a different generation. “The entire school is involved,” Daniel said. The students, alumni and staff put together a ceremony to honor our veterans and to remember […]