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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.

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
  • Missouri boat accident draws comparisons to the Tennessee River’s SCItanic tragedy

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Missouri boat accident has several similarities with a boat disaster that happened here in the Tennessee Valley as a result of severe weather. Back in 1984, the SCItanic capsized on the Tennessee River killing 11 people. The National Weather Service later determined a microburst, which is an intense storm downdraft was the cause of what happened. Only four passengers and three crew members survived the accident. As soon as the call came on the radio emergency […]

  • A Timeline of Events: DA’s office releases more information on triple murder in Guntersville

    Warning: Some of the details in this story could be considered extreme by some audiences. Please continue reading with caution. GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Jimmy Spencer remains in the Marshall County Jail, accused of killing three people in Guntersville last week. Friday, the chief investigator with the Marshall County District Attorney’s Office, John Young, released a timeline of events. Young tells us they have determined the motive for the murders as robbery. Marie Martin, her seven-year-old great-grandson Colton Lee, and her […]

  • Funerals held for two Guntersville triple homicide victims, Mulberry Street back open to traffic

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The family of two of the victims in the triple homicide in Guntersville laid them to rest Thursday. Police opened Mulberry Street to the public after nearly a week of investigation. Marie Martin and her great-grandson Colton Lee’s funerals were held in Guntersville Thursday. They were found dead at her home on Mulberry Street on Friday. Martin was looking after seven-year-old Colton when police say a man named Jimmy Spencer came into her house and killed them. […]

  • Marshall County DA breaks down charges on Guntersville triple homicide suspect

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  — Jimmy Spencer is in the Marshall County Jail charged with four counts of capital murder on three separate victims, and Marshall County District Attorney Everette Johnson said those charges came about because of the nature of the situation. Marie Martin, her seven-year-old great-grandson Colton Lee, and her neighbor Martha Reliford are the victims in a triple homicide investigation that started on Friday on Mulberry Street in Guntersville. Police have not released a motive or the cause […]

  • Guntersville police charge man with four counts of Capital Murder in connection with homicide investigation, third victim added

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson announced an arrest in what is now a triple homicide investigation. Marie Martin, 74, and her great-grandson, Colton Lee, 7, were found dead at a home on Mulberry Street on Friday. Police say Martin was looking after Colton when it seems someone came into her home and killed them. During the initial investigation, authorities performed a welfare check on Martha Dell Reliford, and she was also found dead in her home on […]

  • Stranded motorist arrested in Albertville, Detective says he tried to steal his vehicle

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville Police Department arrested a possible stranded motorist on July 13 . Investigators say the man tried to steal the detective’s vehicle while he and another person pushed the disabled truck out of the way. APD charged Octavio Lopez Altamirano, 24, on Friday morning with First-degree Theft of Property. Chief of Police Jamie Smith says the incident happened on Highway 75. He says the detective lost sight of Altamirano on South Broad Street and found him in the […]

  • Arab investigators working to find out who vandalized a nonprofit dedicated to helping needy families

    ARAB, Ala. — Arab Police investigators are looking for the person who vandalized a nonprofit organization in Arab that’s dedicated to helping needy families in Marshall County. Works of genuine caring go on inside Temporary Emergency Services of Arab, or TESA. “TESA is part of Marshall County Christian Services, and we have another store in Albertville, which is Second Chance,” explained store manager Crystal Scott, “We have food pantries that we help with food. When we have the funds we […]

  • Tips to beat the heat and your electric bill this summer

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The heat might have you running for the indoors, but keeping the inside cool could bring about a hefty electric bill. There are tips to help beat that heat and your bill. There’s no doubt about it: it’s summer in Alabama. Ninety-degree mornings, humidity, the whole nine yards. That heat could skyrocket your electric bill, but there are ways to help keep it manageable. “We try to encourage people to pick a cooler hour of the day […]

  • Man faces attempted robbery charges in Boaz, multiple vehicle thefts in two counties

    BOAZ, Ala. — Boaz police say a man admitted to an attempted gas station robbery and to stealing two vehicles. Boaz Police Chief Josh Gaskin said Aaron Joe Champion attempted to rob a Minit Man gas station. Officers say he went into the store with a shirt wrapped around his face and another shirt wrapped around his hand. Gaskin said Champion told the store clerk he had a gun, and to give him all of the money. The clerk refused […]

  • Investigators say former jailer gave Marshall County inmate cellphone

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office reports a former employee was arrested on July 9. They say he gave an inmate an electronic device in the county jail. Jonathan Mark Foster, 34 of Horton, faces a Third-degree Promoting Prison Contraband charge. The Office says deputies arrested the former jailer Monday after an investigation found him responsible of a cell phone found inside the Marshall County Jail. An investigation was conducted after staff members found an inmate with […]

  • A Jackson County man died when his experimental aircraft crashed near Section

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. — A Jackson County man died Monday evening while he was flying a small experimental aircraft around County Road 411 in the Macedonia area, near Section. It happened around seven o’clock near 845 County Road 411. On Tuesday morning caution tape surrounded the aircraft, which is situated on some property between two homes. “Fifty-four year-old Rodney Cagle was killed. From what I understand he had just purchased the aircraft and was practicing touch and go landings,” said Jackson […]

  • UPDATE: A truck crashed into a gas pump, burst into flames in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. —  Guntersville police officers say it appears the driver involved in the fiery gas station crash over the weekend fell asleep at the wheel. The truck the man was driving left the highway, collided with a gas pump, and caught fire at Lakeview Tackle and Grocery in Guntersville. Guntersville police officers say the 2011 Ford F-150 crashed just after midnight Saturday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 431 and AL Highway 79 South. It damaged another vehicle in […]