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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
  • Historic ‘free home’ moves from Guntersville to Huntsville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — It’s been a few years since the Guntersville First Baptist Church got the word out that anyone could have a historic home it owned next to the church for free if they’d haul it off, and Thursday morning, a company did just that. Old homes have chapters. A 1930s era home in Guntersville has a few. Now it has a new one. A few years ago, the Guntersville First Baptist Church bought the house. It sits right […]

  • A DeKalb County woman is fundraising to buy first aid kits for police officers

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — A DeKalb County mom is working to raise money to buy individual first aid kits for all of the police officers in her county, and she needs help. Officers never know what they’re walking into when they show up on a call. Jerika Brumbeloe is working to get officers something that will help when calls turn serious. “I’m organizing a fundraiser to help provide medic bags for the officers in our county,” she explained, “It was […]

  • Guntersville church offers free historic home if someone would haul it away, and someone is doing just that

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A church in Guntersville has a historic home that anyone could have for free, only if they would haul it off the property.  It’s been a few years since we told you about that, and finally, someone took the church up on the offer. A 1930s era house in Guntersville is beautiful: brick with white trim, surrounded by trees, overlooking Gunter Avenue. The Guntersville First Baptist Church owns it. Families rented it for a while but the […]

  • Case dismissed against former Boaz teacher charged with sexual contact with a student

    BOAZ, Ala. – The Marshall County District Attorney’s office has dropped its case against a former Boaz Middle School teacher who was charged with sexual contact with a student. The DA’s office said William Justin Beam’s teaching certificate was revoked and he agreed not to contest its revocation. Prosecutors said that was their main goal in the case, so they agreed to dismiss the charges. “On behalf of Justin and his family, we are extremely pleased this matter is finally […]

  • Residents voice concerns about conditions at Marshall Memorial Gardens

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – We’ve received numerous phone calls, emails, and Facebook messages from people concerned about the condition of Marshall Memorial Gardens cemetery. “I’ve been seeing some issues down here,” said Harold Thrasher, as he pointed down the path at Marshall Memorial Gardens.  He has several family members buried in the cemetery. Thrasher pointed out muddy tire tracks that trekked over markers, deep gouges in the dirt over graves, and an area marred by deep tire track ruts. “It […]

  • Crossville man charged with murder after fatal stabbing

    CROSSVILLE, Ala. – Deputies responded to a home on Highway 68 right in the middle of Crossville Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m. There had been several people at the home at the time of the stabbing. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris confirmed to WHNT News 19 it was a domestic situation, but was unable to provide additional information. “It’s really still under investigation on exactly what happened,” he stated. “There were three or four people at the residence.” Harris stated Austin […]

  • Substitute teachers will get a raise in 2019 in Albertville City Schools

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Substitute teachers in the Albertville City School System will be getting a pay increase in the new year. It’s about two weeks and counting until Albertville’s students are out for Christmas break until 2019. For substitute teachers like Payne Pirando, the new year comes with new pay. Substitute teachers serving the system will be receiving a 10-20% pay increase. “I was very surprised and excited at the same time,” Pirando said, “I think it’s great.” The system […]

  • Albertville firefighters responded to a fire caused by improper use of a space heater

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville firefighters responded to a house fire that they determined was started by a space heater left on with furniture too close to it. Chief Brad Hix says they  usually respond to several fires a season that are caused by using a space heater improperly. “Space heaters are safe if they’re used properly,” Hix said. He said don’t use one on the carpet or rug, and keep combustible material at least three feet away. That includes furniture, […]

  • Town of Douglas bought a new fire truck, equipment, with help from fire fee funding

    DOUGLAS, Ala. — Funding from a fire district fee measure passed by some Marshall County voters in 2016 is providing new fire department equipment, a tanker, and opportunities for the community in the town of Douglas. “We just purchased a new tanker that we ordered brand new,” explained Mayor Corey Hill. “It’s a $240,000 purchase.” They’ve only gotten a new truck once, with a FEMA grant. The new tanker replaced one from 1978. Running a fire department isn’t cheap. That’s […]

  • Rainsville police officers are collecting coats for kids

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. – Rainsville police officers are collecting coats for kids. Chief Kevin Smith has a lot to do each day at the Rainsville Police Department, but there’s something on his to-do list he feels especially strongly about. “We can’t stand the thought of these kids not having coats out here,” Smith explained. Unfortunately, that is something the officers see. So, the department put out an all-call for coats for kids. “We need coats for infants, all the way to […]

  • Murder-suicide investigation under way in Jackson County

    BRYANT, Ala. – Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips says his agency is investigating a murder-suicide in the town of Bryant. The shooting happened at the victim’s home on County Road 131 on Saturday. Phillips said Joey Wayne Hollis, from Talladega, shot and killed Kathryn Nichols, then Hollis killed himself. The two were reportedly in a relationship. “Probably some alcohol involved, and just got into a fight of some sort,” Phillips said. “There were actually some witnesses that were there.” Phillips […]

  • Room in the Inn, a cold weather shelter program for the homeless, starts Monday in Marshall Co.

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Room in the Inn, a nonprofit organization that’s available to the county’s homeless during the cold winter months, will start a new season Monday, November 26. “Room in the Inn is a cold weather shelter program for our neighbors without homes here in Marshall County,” explained Marshall County Homeless Ministries executive director Shirley Chupp. “It provides shelter 24/7 once we begin November 26th. We have a day program that’s housed at Lifepoint Church in Albertville, and […]