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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
  • Caught on video – Guntersville Police search for a man they believe stole $300 from a woman at a gas station

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Guntersville Police investigators are looking for a man they believe took $300 cash while in plain sight from a woman at a gas station. It was all caught on camera. Investigator Mike Turner said it happened at a Guntersville gas station. Surveillance video shows a woman standing at the counter. A man was waiting in line behind her. “She pulled her debit card out and the cash fell to the floor, her debit card fell to the […]

  • TVA gives educators a chance to get hands-on with history

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving teachers an opportunity to get hands-on experience to take back to their classrooms. Teachers from across Alabama stepped out of the classroom and into history Thursday morning. “We are taking a group of educators out to Painted Bluff,” explained Project Archeology Master Teacher Jen Knutson. That site is in Marshall County on the Tennessee River. There are more than 100 rock art images on the bluff itself. “It is pre-contact, 600 […]

  • Traffic blocked on Highway 69 in Guntersville while TVA crews repair poles damaged from Monday’s storm

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The storm Monday evening blew down three poles on Highway 69 in Guntersville, and the Tennessee Valley Authority is bringing in extra crews to get them fixed as quickly as possible. In the meantime, traffic is shut down on one lane of the highway. On Tuesday morning, cars backed down Highway 69 as TVA police officers pointed them in the right direction. Straight line winds from Monday evening’s storms brought down three poles on the causeway. Tuesday […]

  • A judge dismissed dozens of cases from Marshall County Sheriff’s Office drug roundup

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — A judge dismissed dozens of drug cases that stem from a major drug roundup by the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office that happened back in May. The judge dismissed 67 total cases involving 55 people. Marshall County District Attorney Everette Johnson says the majority of the problem involved insufficient video evidence. His office worked long hours to evaluate the evidence for all of the cases as procedure stipulates. In the end, Johnson says there wasn’t enough to move […]

  • Town of Grant to hold first amnesty court on August 16

    GRANT, Ala. — Anyone who has unpaid fines to the Marshall County town of Grant can stop by and take care of them without repercussions during the town’s first amnesty court on August 16. If you owe the town of Grant on unpaid fines then you most likely have an outstanding warrant for your arrest. So, for one day, Grant is holding amnesty court to give people a chance to make it right. “They won’t be arrested and they will […]

  • The Gathering Place at Lake Guntersville State Park marks rebuilding from the April 2011 tornadoes

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — State and local leaders and volunteers are celebrating the grand opening of a new events venue at Lake Guntersville State Park. But the celebration goes deeper than a ribbon cutting: it’s part of rebuilding from the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. The snip of scissors on a bright red ribbon, held by state and local officials, volunteers, and Lake Guntersville State Park staff, was a celebration in itself. “We’re celebrating the completion of this building,” said Alabama State […]

  • Mom, 6 children taken to hospital after wreck outside Albertville

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. – A single-vehicle crash near Albertville sent a mom and six children to the hospital late Friday morning. Responders took two of the children, who were in critical condition, to Birmingham in helicopters for treatment. The others were sent to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injures. The crash happened on Old McVille road. Multiple agencies responded to the single-vehicle wreck. State Troopers are investigating.  

  • Total Dental Care’s Free Dental Day is set for June 29th in Guntersville

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Total Dental Care’s 8th Annual Free Dental Day and Canned Food Drive is set for June 29th. Chris and Carol Harper started Total Dental Care in Guntersville back in 2010. “Even though we’re not from Guntersville, I feel like the people here, the community, they treated us just like we’re local. We love it here. There’s nowhere we’d rather be,” Harper said. Right off the bat, they knew they wanted to give back. “That was one of […]

  • Arab dad facing drug, child endangerment charges after officers find 3-year-old wandering alone at night

    ARAB, Ala. — A phone call to the Arab Police Department started a response that stuck with the responding officers and ended with a dad facing drug and child endangerment charges. “Around nine o’clock we received a call about a 3-year-old child who was walking around the apartment complex,” Assistant Chief Shane Washburn said, “Officers arrived on scene and found the male child.” The young boy was alone. Officers started knocking on doors around the complex to find out if […]

  • Albertville police officer found not guilty of reckless endangerment charge

    ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. – An Albertville Police officer has been cleared of charges connected to a January arrest.  Sgt. David Atwell turned himself in to the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office in January in connection to a domestic violence warrant. According to court records dated June 4, Atwell was found not guilty of a reckless endangerment charge following a bench trial. He will return to work at the Albertville Police Department on Monday.

  • Missing Douglas teen found Thursday morning

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — The search for a Marshall County teenager is over, according to a Facebook post from his father. Justin Coppett says law enforcement officials found Devan Coppett around 3:00 a.m Thursday. He had been missing since May 27. Douglas Police posted a Facebook search ad for the 16-year-old on Sunday, June 3

  • Phil Sims unseats longtime Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala —  Unofficial results show Phil Sims beat longtime sheriff Scott Walls. Walls has held the position for 12 years. Sims says he is humbled by the outcome. “I’m overwhelmed, I’m excited, it hasn’t set in yet. I’m more humbled than anything, that the people of Marshall County would vote for change and vote for me.” As sheriff, he wants to tackle multiple issues with the community at the core of his goals. “I want the Sheriff’s Office […]