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Greg Screws co-anchors WHNT News 19 at 5:00 p.m. and WHNT News 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Greg is very much in demand as a public speaker. His life experience of covering news, sports, personalities and overcoming life's difficulties makes for great after dinner and public speaking.

If there is a topic that requires an opinion, Greg will give you one. His favorite saying is "Right or wrong, I am rarely in doubt."

Greg also brings you a weekly Taking Action feature, Deal or Dud. In "Deal or Dud," Greg will test various products to see if they live up to their promises. Do you know of a product you'd like Greg to test? Maybe a company promises their product will give you better gas mileage, or their fertilizer will help your flowers grow more than you've ever seen. Email Greg about a particular product on our Deal or Dud page on WHNT.com. You can see these stories each Wednesday on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 p.m.

Growing up in Hartselle, Greg had an unspectacular basketball career which led him to become a little league parent as his daughter played hoops. Despite having Greg give her tips on how to play basketball, Emily became a very good player who played on a team that finished second in the AAU nationals and won the state sports festival three years in a row.

After leaving Hartselle and realizing higher education was a challenge in addition to being a goal, Greg went to the University of Alabama. His "brush with greatness moment" at the University of Alabama was seeing Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant in a Shoney's Restaurant. Greg majored in Communications at Alabama and worked at WCFT television before moving to WVTM in Birmingham. Greg's stop in Birmingham television sparked his love of NASCAR and is also where he realized weathermen rarely pick up the check at lunch.

From there, Greg traveled to Richmond, Virginia for a stop at WRIC television. There Greg worked with Chip Tarkenton, the nephew of NFL great Fran Tarkenton. His friendship with Chip ended when Fran and Greg got into a heated discussion at Thanksgiving over the NFL Greats' lack of success in Super Bowls. From Richmond, Greg moved back to Huntsville where he did sports and morning television for eight years. After 25 years in television, Greg had the itch to take a sabbatical and worked for 15 months with United Way of Madison County.

"Working at United Way of Madison County was a remarkably rewarding experience," Screws said. "Thanks to the United Way of Madison County I realized how much I didn't know about my own community, and am resolved to place community service as a priority in my life."

But it took the call from a friend to make Greg start thinking television news once again. "Denise Vickers is one of the best news directors in the country," said Greg. "I was flattered when she called and wanted me immediately to be on WHNT's team of sharp and focused managers who take their work and craft very seriously."

Greg's daughter Emily works at the University of Alabama. Once Greg asked if she wanted to work in television and Emily said "you have to be kidding me." Emily is very patient when her father calls her at least three times a day.

Recent Articles
  • Tinsel Trail a home for remembrance for family of Constance Jones

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Christmas trees and lights are very vibrant symbols of the season. They bring a warmth and feeling that just makes us feel good. That is very evident at Huntsville’s Tinsel Trail. The trail is home for one tree in particular that shines bright in memory of a loved one lost. “We wanted to do something for her to remember her by so everyone down here would see it,” said Roxann Jones. Jones is proud of the […]

  • Worst Duds of 2014 include Pumpkin Carver, Bacon Griller, Bacon Wave

    The worst five of the Deal or Dud world came together fairly easy. We begin with the “Pumpkin Carver.” We purchased this thing just before Halloween. It cost $9.99 and that was $9.99 to much. We took it to an expert at Tate Farm. (Thank you Tate Farm!)   When the pro at Tate Farm tried to carve the pumpkin, the blade broke almost immediately.   The Pumpkin Carver didn’t work at all. There are many products that claim to do a […]

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    Top Five Deals of 2014 include Chop Magic, BaconWave, Mighty Mug

    Number five is “The Veggetti.” The Veggetti is a product that allows you to do veggie pasta lightning fast. Maybe the best description is that it’s a “spiral vegetable slicer.” It’s relatively inexpensive. The Veggetti only cost us $9.99. We turned a large of amount of veggies into huge piles of veggie spaghetti in less than a minute. Number four is the Chop Magic. The Chop Magic is one of the best vegetable choppers we’ve tested. It may take a […]

  • Deal or Dud: A stroll through 2014’s product tests

    (WHNT) – The best part of the Deal or Dud road is meeting people like M`Lissa Mazzeo. After being in her home for 10 minutes, we realized we wanted to know more about her than the product we asked her to test. M`Lissa decided the DashMasha 2X was a “Deal.” It mashes potatoes. But M`Lissa reminded us perseverance and courage are qualities that define us every single day. Using food for comfort most of her life, she eventually found it, […]

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    Chopper a Deal

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Some things I’m thankful for…. 1.)Grandkids 2.)Key Lime Pie 3.)Springsteen music. 4.)Calm people. 5.)Jerry Hayes. He’s cool. But I digress. On this Deal or Dud, we’re testing the Prepworks Progressive Nut Chopper. It cost $12.99. The chopper has an arm you turn on the outside that turns the blades that chop the nuts. The arm works like the arm on a Jack-In-The-Box. (Kids, ask your parents what a Jack-In-The Box is.) We put Brazil nuts and pecans […]

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    Greg Screws writes tribute to Adrian Gibson

    Adrian Gibson, a longtime news and weather person in Huntsville, died November 23.  He was well known in the Tennessee Valley, bringing people news and weather updates for more than 30 years.  Greg Screws worked with him for several years and wrote this tribute to his friend. ********************** On September 17, 2001, six days after 9/11, we needed a laugh. “Hey, guess what today is?” Adrian asked. The producer keyed the all-call button to talk to give time cues. “60 […]

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    The Black Series Digital Counting Money Jar Revisted. It’s a Deal.

    We’re revisiting The Black Series Digital Counting Money Jar. We have a history with this product. A few weeks back, we tested the product and it had some problems. The Digital Counting Jar has a counter on top that powered by two batteries.   It has a LED counter which then totals the money you put it. The Digital Counting Jar totals the money as you put it in. The first one we bought added about half the pennies we put […]

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    Tour highlights challenge of having Alzheimer’s disease

    November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. A local group whose mission is making the public aware of the challenges of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease is rolling out new equipment to educate people. It’s called the Virtual Dementia Tour. Brandi Medina, with the Mid-South Alzheimer’s Association, says the tour “helps you understand why you see some of the behaviors that you see with those diagnosed.” Bill Talley is aware of the challenges. He works with The Regency Retirement Village. He welcomes the […]

  • Dash Masha 2X a Deal

    The best part of this job is when you meet really great people. We love for viewers to test Deal or Dud products. The stories are always better than when I test them. I got some email about the “Dash Masha 2X” kitchen tool. It’s a product that claims to do great mashed potatoes. It was also one of those products, which frankly, I suspected worked fairly well. I did an “all call” on my Facebook page for someone to […]

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    Tuff Glove a Deal

    The Tuff Glove is a hot surface protector for your hands. It’s designed to keep you safer while cooking or working up the barbeque. The packaging says its safety rated to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Tuff Glove cost $9.99. You get two. (Remembering from my anatomy and physiology days …  that would be one for each hand.) The Tuff Glove works fine with dry heat. The directions say very clearly the Tuff Glove does not protect you from steam or use […]

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    Pumpkin Carver Stops in Deal or Dud Test

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Pumpkin Master Power Saw is a tool that claims to cut quickly turn pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns,. It costs $8.99.  That was $8.99 more than it was worth in our test. It uses four AA batteries.      We went to Tate Farms and recruited a pro to make a Jack-o-Lantern. The battery compartment has to be opened with a tiny phillips head screwdriver. The Pumpkin Master has multiple blades that screw into place for cutting the pumpkin. […]

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    Bagel Guillotine a Deal

    It’s one of the more bizarre items we’ve tested for Deal or Dud. A viewer emailed us about the Bagel Guillotine. Charlene sent this note to us. (Thank you Charlene!)   “I saw this thing called the Bagel Guillotine and it looked like a great item. But it costs $19.99. I go through a lot of bagels and was wondering if it was cheap and flimsy or a sturdy item. What about a “Deal or Dud” on the Bagel Guillotine?” […]


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