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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
  • Some parents weren’t notified of school lockdowns during search for inmates because of communications glitch

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Some parents and guardians were not notified of the lockdown The Schools of Guntersville were on during the search for escaped inmates, due to a glitch in the district’s communication system. System leaders say it has been fixed. Tuesday morning, five inmates escaped from the Marshall County Jail. By Tuesday afternoon, all five were back in jail facing new charges and new $40,000 bonds. The Guntersville Police Department informed Superintendent Brett Stanton of the escape. That’s when […]

  • Arab High School’s fight song ‘Dixie’ will no longer be played at football games

    ARAB, Ala. — Arab High School will be coming up with a new fight song, because the current song, Dixie, will no longer be played at football games. Arab City Schools Superintendent John Mullins said discussions regarding the possibility of discontinuing the use of Dixie as the fight song began months ago, with key leaders in the system and members of the Board of Education. “I take full responsibility for the decision,” Mullins said, “It certainly wasn’t the new band director’s […]

  • Marshall County jail escapees recaptured

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Authorities in Marshall County said all five inmates they say escaped from the county jail early Tuesday morning are back in custody. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office says Brian Eugene White, Baldemar Davila, Benjamin Cameron, Adam Dean and Damon Dempsey escaped between 5:30 – 5:45 a.m. Dean and Dempsey were caught before 7 a.m. in Guntersville, according to the sheriff’s office. Davilla and White were captured at a home in Altoona Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Cameron was caught […]

  • Police K9 teams undergo field trials in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Police  K9 teams from three states are going through field trials in Albertville this week. Practice fields at some of Albertville’s schools were used on Monday morning in a way that was out of the norm. Curious onlookers stood by to watch, out of the way of course. It’s something you don’t see every day. “This is the USPCA Region 22 mini-trial,” explained Officer Corey Morgan, who is part of the K9 team from the Albertville Police […]

  • Albertville’s free Main Street Music Festival kicks off this weekend

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Albertville’s free Main Street Music Festival is underway this weekend, starting Friday evening. The gates open at 4:00 p.m. Friday, and again Saturday at 9:00 a.m. The two-day event features vendors, food and drink vendors, a kids’ inflatable water park, family activities, and of course, music. Friday night’s lineup will be High Valley and Clay Walker. “High Valley’s an up-and-coming country duo group that right now, has had over 100 million downloads and streams of their music […]

  • Boaz officer flipped vehicle during pursuit, search for driver underway near Turnpike Road

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – A law enforcement officer flipped his service vehicle during a pursuit on Thursday. Authorities confirm that a person attempted a burglary in Albertville in a stolen van earlier in the day. They took off when the homeowner shot at them. A Boaz Police officer recognized the van and attempted to pull it over, but the driver didn’t stop. Police say during the pursuit, the driver tried to hit the officer on Highway 205 at Butler Ave. When […]

  • Boaz police chase suspect arrested in Albertville

    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Police say they have caught a burglary suspect who led officers on a chase that injured a Boaz police officer. Albertville police said they responded to a burglary call on Turnpike Road just after 8 a.m. Friday and found Jeremy Sonny Lee Kimbrell, 38, asleep in a lake house near a private lake. Police Chief Jamie Smith said officers took Kimbrell into custody without incident. Kimbrell led Boaz police on a chase in a stolen vehicle Thursday […]

  • Boaz Police officers greet elementary students at the door for their first days back

    BOAZ, Ala. — Boaz Police officers were part of an operation Thursday morning that didn’t involve arrests or crime, but it did involve some of the smallest people in their community. Boaz Police officers waited outside Corley Elementary School on Thursday. Slowly, cars started to inch their way through the line. One by one, the smallest of the people the officers swore to protect and serve made their way to the doors for the first week of school. On the […]

  • Marshall County schools undergo upgrades for student safety

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – Students in Marshall County schools headed back to class this week. They were met with a new set of safety measures from technology, to peer helpers, to bulletproof glass. The school system got a safety analysis over the summer.  The DAR campus was first up for safety changes. “We connected two buildings with a breezeway and we’re also putting more bulletproof glass in and an extra barrier in the entrances of the schools,” said Superintendent Cindy […]

  • A remedied oversight at the Arab Electric Cooperative means more than $200,000 will come back

    ARAB, Ala. — The Arab Electric Cooperative fixed a bookkeeping oversight, so that means hundreds of thousands of dollars are coming back. General Manager Scott Spence says the oversight deals with excessive taxes paid to the state of Alabama. Arab Electric is required to pay utility taxes to the state. Those taxes are calculated using the total electric sales reported by the cooperative and remitted to the state. In 1997, the state was challenged regarding the collection of those taxes. […]

  • ‘Capital Murder While Under a Life Sentence:’ Man charged in Guntersville triple murder faces 3 new counts

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – A grand jury indicted Jimmy O’Neal Spencer on seven counts of of Capital Murder, adding three to the original four counts officials arrested Spencer on several weeks ago. Spencer is accused of killing three people in Guntersville. Investigators say Spencer killed Marie Martin, her seven-year-old great-grandson Colton Lee, and her neighbor Martha Reliford. He was originally arrested Spencer on four charges of Capital Murder. Those charges included two counts of Capital Murder During a Robbery, and one count […]

  • After amputation, a boy who loves playing sports needs help getting a prosthetic foot

    BOAZ, Ala. —  A young boy who lives outside Boaz is used to curveballs, but life threw him a big one. Ever since 12-year-old Kainan was little, playing sports has been life. “Baseball is our life right now, and he’s good at it,” said his mom, Erin Gorham. But he didn’t just have to get through the challenges of the game. Life also threw him a curveball. “He was born with a club foot,” Gorham said, “Two, he had his […]