Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, killed in a helicopter crash in California

Laura joined WHNT News 19 in November 2011. In Fall 2012, she started working as a producer for WHNT News 19 This Morning.

Laura earned a B.A. in Journalism from Auburn University in 2011. During her time in Auburn, she worked as Editor, Managing Editor and Assistant News Editor at the campus newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman. She was awarded First Place for Web Special Project by the Alabama Press Association for work she did during her internship with the Madison County Record newspaper.

In her free time, Laura enjoys cooking, watching Auburn football and spending time with her husband and two dogs, Mila and Martini.

Recent Articles
  • Car Flips, Leaves Man Seriously Injured

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama State Troopers are investigating a wreck that sent one man to the hospital. They say Thomas Carr of Athens lost control of his vehicle at about 12:30 a.m. Friday. Law enforcement officers responded to a call of an overturned vehicle. It happened on Reid Road in Limestone County, west of Athens near Highway 72. According to officials, it appears the vehicle went off the road. It then hit a culvert, causing the vehicle to […]

  • Museum Opens Exhibit Honoring Bear Bryant

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) – Today marks what would have been Coach Bear Bryant’s 100th birthday. The Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa has a new exhibit in his honor. The exhibit covers his life from his childhood in Arkansas, his navy career during World War II and his 25 years as head coach at the University of Alabama. The exhibit also features artifacts of Bryant’s that are being brought out of the museum’s vaults for the first time. The entire […]

  • The Tennessee Valley Honors Those Lost in 9/11

    (WHNT) – Twelve years ago, terrorists attacked the twin towers in New York City. Nearly 3,000 people were killed, and numerous families were affected. The attacks deeply affected the entire nation. Today, people across the Tennessee Valley are honoring the lives lost. One notable remembrance has already taken place. Madison Fire and Rescue finished a 100-floor stair climb in Nashville. The crew made a vow never to forget the attacks on the World Trade Center, and this is how they […]

  • School Bus Involved in Wreck, No Students On Board

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There was a wreck involving a school bus on Winchester Road at Bell Factory Road in Huntsville. It happened at about 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. No children were on board. Two people in the other vehicle were injured. We’re told one is a serious injury, the other is minor. Rescue crews are on the scene. The northbound lane of Winchester Road is closed at Bell Factory Road. WHNT News 19 has a crew at the scene. We’ll […]

  • Cedar Plant Catches Fire

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County volunteer firefighters were called out to a business fire. The fire broke out just after 1:00 a.m. Tuesday at Giles and Kendall Cedar Plant in the 3400-block of Maysville Road. Employees say crews were welding in one of the buildings Monday. That may have caused a small, smouldering fire. The chip building was filled with smoke by the time crews got there. Firefighters had to wait for management to cut power to the […]

  • Football Game Features Military Appreciation Night

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s Football Friday. Week two features a match-up between the Bob Jones Patriots and the James Clemens Jets in the so-called Madison Bowl. There’s a lot more planned for the big game besides football. It’s also Military Appreciation Night. An estimated 7,000 fans from both schools are expected for tonight’s game. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Madison Stadium. This will be the second year Bob Jones and James Clemens will square off on the […]

  • Hospice Family Care Merging with Huntsville Hospital

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a significant merger in the medical world in Huntsville. Huntsville Hospital is taking over Hospice Family Care. The hospital is not buying the program, but rather taking responsibility for it. Hospital officials say the program has touched thousands of families with services and support during the toughest of times since 1979. The merger will move the community closer to having an in-patient hospice unit at Huntsville Hospital. Hospice Family Care’s board of directors will continue […]

  • Huntsville Int’l Airport Simulates Plane Crash for Disaster Drill

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A full-scale disaster drill is currently underway at Huntsville International Airport. It’s a federal requirement to hold these types of drills for practice in case of a real emergency. The drill began at 9 a.m.  The airport and its 29 mutual aid partners escorted media to a simulated plane crash site earlier this morning.  WHNT News 19’s Beth Jett is there, and reports 108 people were on board the plane, including 102 passengers and a six-person crew.  The […]

  • Update: Missing Teens Found in Vinemont Area, Safe

    CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office said three teens reported missing late Monday night have been found. All three are safe and unharmed.  They were found shortly after 8 a.m. in Vinemont, near Vinemont School. The teens are identified as 13-year-old John Runkel, 14-year-old Meagan and 13-year-old Zac.  No last names were given for Meagan and Zac. Before this morning, they were previously seen Monday evening about 7 p.m. on County Road 1303 near Lake George.   […]

  • Pedestrian Struck, Killed in Limestone County

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama State Troopers are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian. The incident happened about at 9:30 p.m. Monday in Limestone County. State Troopers say someone called the Limestone County Sheriff’s office about a woman walking along Highway 251, east of Athens. Before officers could get there, another call came in about a pedestrian being hit by a car at McKee and Davis Cut Roads. The victim has been identified as 47-year-old Wanda McKelzey. She […]

  • Update: Brewer QB Seriously Hurt in Single-Vehicle Wreck

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama State Troopers are investigating a wreck that sent a Morgan County teenager to the hospital. It happened just after 10:00 p.m. Sunday on Berry Road in Morgan County. According to police, a driver sped past a Priceville police officer. Before the officer could turn around to stop the driver, the driver ran off the road and went more than 300 feet through a ditch before striking a tree and flipping his car on its […]

  • UPDATE: Obama Considering “Wide Range of Options” to Deal with Syrian Chemical Attacks

    (CNN) –  President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. military and his security team were looking at a “wide range of options” on how to respond to the chemical weapons attack in Syria, but he added that any U.S. action would not involve sending troops or waging a long-term campaign. Shocking video from  Warning to viewers, the video at this link is graphic and disturbing. Going it alone against the Syrian government is not what President Barack Obama wants, […]

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