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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, and 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 and the other hidden gems northeast Alabama has to offer. She enjoys reading, particularly historical novels and works on the Supreme Court. Laura and her husband welcomed a son in 2018. They live with their two dogs and two cats named Jace, Jax, Jedi, and Leia.

She is thrilled and blessed to be able to find and share stories that matter in northeast Alabama and to be a part of the WHNT News 19 team.

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Recent Articles
  • Detectives warn of fake training money circulating around Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville Police Department detectives are seeing an increase in fake training money circulating around the city. With just a quick glance, it’s hard to tell the difference between the fake money detectives have seen crop up over the last few weeks, and the real stuff. “It’s printed for banking training purposes in Asia,” Detective John Thompson explained. At a closer glance though, you can differentiate. The fake bills feel different from regular currency. They’re also marked in […]

  • Community meeting set to discuss future of former Paint Rock Valley School campus

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Jackson County commissioners set a date for a community meeting to discuss the future of the former Paint Rock Valley School buildings. Jackson County Schools officials voted to close the school last year. At the time, 74 students went to the K-12 school. School officials said then the long-term potential repairs and the funding for them factored into the decision to close. Since it’s been empty, both school officials and Jackson County commissioners have been working to […]

  • Deputies: Truck thief caught driving the stolen truck by the victim in Marshall County

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office said a man stole a truck only to be seen driving it later on by its owner. A man reported his Dodge Ram stolen to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say later that same day, he saw John Blake Creamer driving his stolen truck on Merrill Mountain Road. The victim turned around and saw Creamer run from the truck into some woods. Deputies responded and found him not long after […]

  • TVA is releasing millions of gallons of water a second through its dams ahead of a very wet week

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The Tennessee Valley Authority is releasing millions of gallons of water a second through dams in North Alabama in preparation for a potentially heavy rain event through the rest of this week. Tuesday morning, the Guntersville Dam was spilling at 1.2 million gallons of water per second. That’s almost two Olympic-size swimming pools per second. TVA posted the dam would be spilling until further notice. That’s typical right now, across the Tennessee Valley. “TVA has a series […]

  • Man charged with attempted murder for shooting at Albertville police officer

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – A man is charged with attempted murder for shooting at an Albertville police officer after a traffic stop. Albertville Police Chief Jamie Smith said Sunday morning around 2:00 a.m. an officer stopped a vehicle at Rose Road and Lexington Avenue. The vehicle had been reported to dispatch as a possible drunk driver. Smith said when the driver, identified as Marc Shadrick Alcime, stopped, he got out and began to walk away. The officer gave him commands to […]

  • Officers warn of a possible driveway paving scam in Hollywood

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — Law enforcement officers in Hollywood are warning of a person who went door-to-door trying to sell paving jobs, but in the end, tried to charge about ten times more than he quoted. A woman called the Hollywood Police Department and told an officer a man showed up at her door saying he was doing a paving project down the road, had some extra asphalt left, and asked if she wanted her driveway paved. The woman described the […]

  • Albertville Elementary students get a lesson in kindness with Light It Up

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Students at Albertville Elementary School are getting a unique lesson every week in character building, and it got started by a group of their teachers. A group of fourth graders at Albertville Elementary School sat inside a classroom light up by colored lights. They donned bright colors and glow sticks strung into necklaces. “Light it up, come on, light it up!” They chanted in unison, as four of their teachers stood in front of the classroom leading […]

  • Commissioners approve equipment and vehicle purchases for the Marshall Co. Sheriff’s Office, discuss jail expansion and improvements

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The Marshall County Commission approved what is expected to be roughly $300,000 worth of vehicle and equipment purchases for the sheriff’s office, and the sheriff and commissioners talked about a jail expansion and improvements. At Wednesday’s meeting, Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims asked the commissioners to approve the purchase of six vehicles to replace old units with high mileage. He also asked them to approve equipment packages for the new vehicles, and for five units the old […]

  • Marshall County Jail staff intercepted contraband ‘ropes’ heading inside the jail

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – On Tuesday, Marshall County Sheriff Phil Sims announced contraband was found outside the jail. Sheriff  Sims said a “slick little group” of people on the outside were wrapping batches of contraband in electrical tape to make ropes of sorts and smuggling them in through new entry points. They’re getting creative. “What’s happened is when we shook the jail down and we put all of these other things in place, these measures to try to keep the contraband […]

  • Despite fire, Room in the Inn, Marshall County is moving forward

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Despite a fire that destroyed its headquarters, Room in the Inn, Marshall County is moving forward to help the county’s homeless, with some help from the communities it serves. Room in the Inn, Marshall County used to be operated out of LifePoint Church in Albertville. A fire Thursday evening destroyed the building where the nonprofit organization had its day program and daily registration. “Anything to do with the day program for Room in the Inn, we lost […]

  • Fire officials investigate what started the fire that destroyed part of Lifepoint Church in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – Fire officials are investigating what started the blaze that destroyed part of LifePoint Church in Albertville. The fire was in the children’s facility, part of which was used by Room in the Inn, a county-wide ministry that gives people who need it a place to stay out of the cold during the winter months. The church was home to the organization’s day program, where people can learn life skills and have a safe place to stay out […]

  • Marshall County leaders say road sign thefts are countywide, want them to stop

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Road signs are going missing left and right in Marshall County and county leaders want it to stop, saying the thefts are dangerous for drivers and they cost money. “Countywide this is an ongoing thing. We have four districts and a lot of signs go down and currently, we’ve only got one employee that handles the signs,” said District 1 Commissioner Ronny Shumate. It costs roughly $100 to replace each sign, including labor.  Fourteen signs went […]

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