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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
  • Fire, gas leak closes Pilgrim’s Pride in Guntersville, homeowners nearby asked to stay inside

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The Pilgrim’s Pride manufacturing plant in Guntersville caught fire Thursday morning. A small leak prompted emergency crews to ask people in nearby homes to stay inside and close their windows and doors. Fire officials said Thursday evening the leak at Pilgrim’s appears to be fixed and they’re monitoring the situation. Friday afternoon, fire officials turned the plant back over and said all readings were at good, safe measures. Thursday morning the Guntersville Police Department asked that the public […]

  • Coming soon: A school resource officer at each campus in the DeKalb County Schools system

    RAINSVILLE, Ala. —  With two new hires, there will be a school resource officer at each campus in the DeKalb County Schools system. Superintendent Jason Barnett made the announcement Thursday. In a joint effort between the DeKalb County Commission and the school board, they’re hiring two new school resource officers. “Which would put one at every campus we have,” Barnett said. That totals more than a dozen across the county. “There are a lot of folks who are to be […]

  • UPDATE: Bridgeport woman’s body sent for autopsy, investigators still working the case as a homicide

    BRIDGEPORT, Ala. — Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigators are working the case into a Bridgeport woman’s death as a homicide. Thursday morning, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen said Samantha Frison’s body was sent for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Sheriff Chuck Phillips said the call came in around 10:00 Tuesday night about a woman cut in Bridgeport. He said it started at Normandy Apartments. The initial information was that a woman was badly cut […]

  • DeKalb County Schools add 2 resource officers to protect schools

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – The Board of Education for the DeKalb County Schools System wants a School Resource Officer at each of their campuses. The board voted to make this happen Thursday morning at their meeting. Two resource officers will be added to the lineup, making the total number 13. The new SROs will be assigned to the tech school and to Crossville Elementary School.

  • Guntersville city, school system leaders talk about potential joint effort to find solutions to needs in the city schools system

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The Guntersville City Council, the mayor, the superintendent of The Schools of Guntersville, and school leaders met Wednesday afternoon in what could be the start of a joint effort to find solutions to millions of dollars worth of needs in the city schools system. Guntersville High School has seen decades worth of students. “We’re at a point where the high school is almost 50 years old. It’s outdated,” said Superintendent Brett Stanton. There has been talk of […]

  • Volunteers needed to create a board to oversee Paint Rock Valley School’s use in the community

    JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. — There’s an effort to make Paint Rock Valley School available for the community to use, but county leaders say they need people to step up to the plate. Jackson County Schools officials voted to close the school earlier this 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. The buildings are sitting empty. The grounds […]

  • Former resident donated 12 acres to the city of Arab

    ARAB, Ala. — A former resident donated 12 acres of property to the city with one stipulation: that the city not sell the stretch. The property is off of 12th Avenue in Arab. “A lady who was originally from Arab, her name was Sandra Putnam, her married last name is Kaye, she stays in touch with what’s going on in Arab by the newspaper, the television, and friends that she contacts,” explained Mayor Bob Joslin. She donated the property. “She […]

  • Thirty dogs need to be adopted in Marshall County; their days are numbered

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Marshall County Animal Control has 30 dogs that need to be adopted as soon as possible because their days are numbered. “Some of those are spayed and neutered, and some of them are not yet,” said Friends of Marshall County Animals volunteer Mary Harris. Harris and Animal Control Officer Kevin Hooks work every day to find new homes for the strays picked up in Marshall County. “The facilities where we house the dogs are full and so […]

  • Traffic study on Highway 431 in Marshall County is finished

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — A traffic study on U.S. Highway 431 from Guntersville to Boaz in Marshall County is finished and officials say some of the recommended changes in it will start as money becomes available, and in terms of priority. “ALDOT will review these recommendations, prioritize these recommendations, and then as funds are available, implement some of these recommendations,” explained Marshall County Economic Development Council President Matt Arnold. Some of those changes are things like removing or rerouting intersections, […]

  • Boaz police officers are cracking down on speeding, traffic violations, in an effort to decrease accidents

    BOAZ, Ala. — Boaz police officers are cracking down on drivers who aren’t abiding by the rules, and that includes speeding. “We are paying more attention to careless drivers and most of the time that does involve speed issues,” explained Deputy Chief Rusty Rowan. On Tuesday officers worked Alabama Highway 205. Wednesday, the focus was U.S. Highway 431. “We’re asking our patrol officers to spend more time in a concentrated area focusing on speed issues and traffic related violations,” Rowan […]

  • Jackson County officials to approve two new school resource officers for Jackson County Schools

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Jackson County officials are set to approve an agreement Tuesday afternoon that would add two more school resource officers to work in the county schools system. “Two more officers have had funding for them, and we have a contract that is signed between the Jackson County Commission, the Board of Education, and the Sheriff’s Department,” explained Jackson County Commission Chair Mike Ashburn. If approved, it would add those two new deputies to the work in the system’s […]

  • Jackson County leaders are discussing a change to courthouse security

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Jackson County leaders are discussing the possibility of changing the Jackson County Courthouse security from deputies to a private company. It’s a move county leaders say would save money, but the sheriff says the deputies are invaluable to him where they are. Three armed deputies are stationed at the two main entrances at the Jackson County Courthouse full-time. County leaders are discussing a change to that: a move to a private company. “With Jackson County’s funding going […]