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I'm from Greensboro, North Carolina. In fact, my mom, dad and brother are all natives of the Tarheel state.

We moved to Huntsville when I was in the third grade, because my father got a job with the Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal.

I grew up during the heyday of the work developing America's first missiles, and the Saturn 5 program at Marshall Space Flight Center.

One of my best memories is the way the whole town shook when they tested the Saturn 5's main engines in the mid-60's.

I graduated from Huntsville High School and then went to Auburn, where I majored in Journalism, with minors in speech, English, and history. After graduation, I started work in Anniston at a small TV station that no longer exists, WHMA.

In May of 1977, my family moved back to the Rocket City, and I took a job as Sports Director at what was then called Action News 19.

In late 1999 I started making the transition from sports to news at WHNT News 19. I've been Senior Reporter, and Special Assignment Reporter, and now I'm the co-anchor of our week day morning news. I still report, and you can see my weekly "Driving You Crazy" stories on Tuesday nights at 10:00. In fact, if you have a road or traffic problem that concerns you, please send me an e-mail.

Among other things I also do our "Leadership Perspectives" interviews that are posted on WHNT.Com every Friday, and can also seen on our Sunday morning news.

My wife Sue is the Office Manager for Retina Services of North Alabama. I have two married sons, one of whom, Chris, works at Huntsville Hospital. My other son, Wes, is married with one son. His family lives in Spring Hill, Tennessee and he works at Caterpillar-Financial in Nashville.

You may see me from time to time, riding my bike on the the streets, and roads of north Alabama.

I collect first edition books, and my wife and I are modest collectors of art...especially by local artists. I'm honored to be the Vice President of the Huntsville Arts Council.

I may be from North Carolina, and my wife from Atlanta, but we both consider Huntsville our home town.


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    Annual Missile Defense Agency Small Business Programs Conference set for Aug. 13-14

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Annual Missile Defense Agency Small Business Programs Conference begins is set for Thursday and Friday, August 13th and 14th at the Von Braun Center South Hall.  It’s co-sponsored by the Missile Defense Agency and the National Defense Industrial Association. The conference is intended to educate small business owners into how to get involved in the defense industry.  That’s on both the industrial side and working directly for the U.S. Government. There will also be a chance […]

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    Defending America with Nanosats

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Ask any soldier from any war and they’ll tell you, communication is vital.  The enemies of modern radios are distance and terrain, and the solution to those shortcomings can be found in outer space. “The fact that we can get low-level signals because we’re very close to the earth compared to the other satellites,” says Tom Webber the Program Director for Space and Strategic Systems for the Space and Missile Defense Command. Webber is talking about […]

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    AMC Defends America, one intern at a time

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – The Army Materiel Command is always busy. After all, AMC provides everything soldiers need to do their jobs.  AMC touches all 50 states, and 147 countries.  It’s a big job that needs a committed work force. “We want to make sure that we’re reaching out and giving an open opportunity to the best and the brightest out there,” said Steve Latour, AMC Deputy Director for Civilian Personnel. To get the best and the brightest, AMC has […]

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    O.P.M. data breach affects thousands of workers in north Alabama

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – On any given weekday, some 40,000 people go to work at Redstone Arsenal. It’s a safe bet that most of them have had their personal information stolen. The same goes for contractors, and even families. “It’s scary,”  says Luereen Phillips. Luereen is an Internet Technology Specialist at Redstone’s Aviation and Missile Command. It’s her job to answer the questions from fellow workers, and to even reassure them.  But Luereen has her own questions, too. “What happened? […]

  • Our 'Data Breach' report airs Wednesday, July 22 on WHNT News at 10:00 p.m.

    Federal workers watching finances, credit closely after recent government data breach

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – On any given weekday, some 40,000 people go to work at Redstone Arsenal. It’s a safe bet that most of them have had their personal information stolen. The same goes for contractors, and even families. “It’s scary,”  says Luereen Phillips. Luereen is an Internet Technology Specialist at Redstone’s Aviation and Missile Command. It’s her job to answer the questions from fellow workers, and to even reassure them.  But Luereen has her own questions, too. “What happened? […]

  • Taking Action On An Unmarked Huntsville Road Hazard

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Zierdt Road is a busy two lane road.  We’ve taken action several times over the years to make Zierdt safer and smoother.  Recently we took action and got results on a deep rut next to the road that had caused damage to at least one vehicle.  Now, we’re taking action on a stretch of Zierdt that could do a lot more than just damage a car. It’s the section of the road just north of Beadle […]

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    Taking Action To Fix A Blind Spot For Madison County Drivers

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) The intersection where New Market Road meet’s Butler Road is fairly busy as Madison County intersections go.  Traffic on Butler is supposed to be going 45-miles an hour, but often travels much faster than that.  It makes the problem for drives on New Market Road even tougher.  When they want to turn left on to Butler they have to be very careful. “Completely zero visibility,” says Shannon Johnson.  She’s complaining about the stand of large bushes […]

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    Getting Results On A Dangerous Huntsville Road Problem

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – “A car started to come over some, around the curve a little too fast. So I eased over to the side there,” said Tim Baker, as he describes his accident on Huntsville’s Zierdt Road.  Tim went off the edge of Zierdt just south of Beadle Lane.  The problem was a deep rut right next to the crumbled edge of Zierdt Road. That rut caused problems for Tim, and had to stop. “I might have blown a […]

  • Taking Action On A Terrible Huntsville Road

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Driving down Huntsville’s Oakwood Avenue these days is an unpleasant experience. “It’s in terrible shape,” says Larry Wood. Wood is particularly upset about the stretch of Oakwood just to the east of Memorial Parkway. “There’s about a block and a half of road that’s just almost un-driveable,” says Wood. The large rough patches that dot Oakwood Avenue from Memorial Parkway to Andrew Jackson Way are the result of work to repair, and replace gas and sewer lines under […]

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    Getting results on Green Mountain Road, which can be dangerous

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Driving Green Mountain Road in Huntsville is an adventure.  Going up, you need plenty of power.  Coming down the one mile stretch of steep, twisting road you need great brakes.  Green Mountain Road doesn’t need anything to make it more dangerous. “It can be a nightmare,” says Green Mountain resident Atha Williams. Atha was concerned about water standing on Green Mountain Road during times of hard rain.  “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come around a […]

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    Old Whitesburg School demolished as new school nears completion

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Demolition is noisy work, and it’s also much quicker than construction.  It’s also sadder, too. Crews started work Wednesday morning to tear down Whitesburg Middle and Whitesburg Elementary Schools.  A small crowd gathered to watch. “We have lots of good memories from the old school building,” said Andrew Allen, a student. The old Whitesburg School opened in 1959, and contains memories for thousands of students. “It was just a great place,” said David Couch, an alumnus.  “The […]

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    WHNT News 19’s Steve Johnson shares his memories from Whitesburg School

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The old Whitesburg School in Huntsville is coming down.  If the demolition isn’t finished as I write this, it will be soon.  Even for me, who attended Whitesburg decades ago, it’s a bit sad. The school opened in 1959 and I started attending as a 3rd grader in 1960.  My family had moved to Huntsville from Panama City, Florida, when my father took a job with the Army Ballistic Missile Agency.  We lived three blocks from the […]

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