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
  • Organizers announce music lineup for Albertville’s Main Street Music Festival

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville’s popular Main Street Music Festival is celebrating its 10th year. Organizers announced the music lineup for the free two-day event Wednesday morning. “We’ve done it for a decade. It’s hard to believe,” said Albertville Economic Development Director Mike Price, who helps organize the event.  “Friday night at six o’clock we open up with Whiskey Myers, which is a Texas country band that has really got a great following, has a lot of accomplishments. They’re opening for […]

  • Dedication for first responders memorial set for May 18 in Rainsville

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. — The public is invited to a dedication for a first responders memorial, currently under construction in Rainsville, in May. The memorial is in Rainsville City Park. It will soon be completed, and organizer and WVSM radio station owner Kayron Guffey hopes it will be something for the community to enjoy. “I think that it’s time that we recognize our first responders,” she said, “They’re often overlooked. That was my whole reason when we started this. I used […]

  • Guntersville triple murder suspect Jimmy Spencer appears in court

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A man accused of murdering three people in Guntersville was in court Monday morning. Jimmy Spencer is facing seven counts of capital murder in connection to a case that shook the city of Guntersville in July, 2018. The families of the three victims sat inside the courtroom at the Marshall County Courthouse well before the ten o’clock hearing was expected to start. Deputies walked Jimmy Spencer across Blount Avenue and into the courthouse, where he took his […]

  • What you need to know about measles

    Health officials report the U.S. measles outbreak hit the highest mark in 25 years. Children younger than five and adults older than 20 are most likely to suffer from measles complications. New York City health officials on Wednesday reported 61 new cases since late last week, pushing this year’s nationwide tally past the 667 cases reported for all of 2014. That would make 2019 the worst year for measles since 1994. The Alabama Department of Public Health said an infected […]

  • ‘We’re working every day’ – Scottsboro brush pit fire still smoldering

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – A brush pit fire in Scottsboro has been burning for days. Fire crews were alerted to the fire at the Scottsboro city brush pit off of Highway 35 more than a week ago. It more than likely started by spontaneous combustion. “It’s burning underneath,” said Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus, “We can’t get water to all of it. There’s no way to do that with the amount of water it would take.” The fire is contained to […]

  • Marshall County mom organized a free sensory fair for families

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — A Marshall County mom is organizing a free sensory-friendly fair for families that include a child with special needs. Patricia Moore started the Facebook page Spencer’s Friends a few years ago, and since then it’s reached dozens of families across Marshall County. That’s what it was meant to do. “It was really important to me to find a way to make things out in the community available,” Moore said. Available, to families like hers. Her son Spencer […]

  • Arab Musical Theatre will represent the southeast at the International Thespian Festival, but needs help to get there

    ARAB, Ala. – The group of high school students that make up Arab Musical Theatre can boast they’re the only group from the southeast selected to perform on the main stage at the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska, but they need some help to get there. When the Arab Musical Theatre group from Arab High School is all together, they make something great, something that got noticed on a national scale. “We are headed to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the International […]

  • Arab neighborhood wants to see something done about speeders

    ARAB, Ala. — There’s only one speed limit sign on the road to Arab Junior High and the people who live down there want to see more. Kimberley Hickok and her family live off of Highway 69 on Old Cullman Road Southwest, and when people drive past their house, she says it’s like they never got off the highway. “We have excessive speeding day, middle day, and evening for about as long as I’ve lived here,” Hickok explained. Her kids […]

  • A train hit and killed a person in Woodville Wednesday

    WOODVILLE, Ala. — A train hit and killed a person Wednesday in Woodville. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said it happened near Highway 35 and County Road 183. The person, whose name isn’t released, wasn’t near a crossing. Alabama State Troopers are investigating.

  • Marshall County Sheriff’s Office deputies are on the road with all new gear

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County Sheriff’s Office deputies are on patrol with new equipment to replace outdated, mismatched gear that they previously carried. “You’re looking at $100,000 worth of equipment here,” Sheriff Phil Sims said, while his deputies organized new sets of gear at the sheriff’s office training room. Previously, some of the guns deputies carried were about 20 years old. Other equipment was so outdated it wasn’t even made anymore. Across the board, the gear was mismatched. “We had […]

  • City Council passes sales tax increase in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The Guntersville City Council passed a one-cent sales tax increase Monday night. The tax will increase from eight to nine percent and will go into effect on July 1. The money will be split equally between the city and the city schools system. Guntersville is the last of Marshall County’s four larger cities to pass an increase. Albertville, Arab, and Boaz City Councils passed a similar increase in recent years.

  • A Madison man died in an apparent accident while at a Jackson County cave

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. — A man died in an apparent accident while visiting a cave in Jackson County. Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips identified the man’s body rescue crews found at Stephens Gap Cave as Juan Gerardo Cruces. Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said the Madison Police Department notified the sheriff’s office about a missing person Friday afternoon.  Deputies responded to the cave and located Cruces’ vehicle in the parking lot. “The Scottsboro Jackson County Rescue Squad came out and assisted, […]

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