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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.


Recent Articles
  • AMCOM 101

    Army aviators learn valuable lessons at AMCOM 101

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – There’s an important lesson every Army aviator needs to learn.  During the up tempo war years, there was no shortage of both cash and contractors in the field to fix whatever needed fixing, but those days are coming to an end. “This is a school,” says Major General Jim Richardson, Commander of the Army’s Aviation and Missile Command.  He was talking about the gathering of hundreds of aviators at AMCOM 101.  It’s a school to make […]

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    Army Materiel Band members prove they’re soldiers too

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Most any day you can find members of the Army Materiel Band either rehearsing, or out on assignment performing.  It’s what they do as part of the Military Occupational Specialty.  For musicians that MOS is 42 Romeo. “It’s a great job. You impact a lot of people. Being a musician is one of those jobs, whether you are an athlete or a musician, you’re dong something that you really love to do,” says Staff Sergeant Jeremy Baharloui, […]

  • LSINC

    Defending America not just a man’s job

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There are those who think the defense industry is a man’s world.  Certainly anyone who wandered through the recent SMD Symposium at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center would have been excused for believing it. There were plenty of ladies on hand, but most of the attendees were guys.  However, that wasn’t the case at the booth for LSINC. The company was founded by women. “It started with five women around my dining room table,” said CEO Alicia Ryan. […]

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    SMD Symposium on the cutting edge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – At the Space and Missile Defense Symposium, there’s a lot to see and hear.  Tuesday, for instance you could have listened to a discussion by experts on next generation missile defense.  There was also plenty of talk about  missile defense in an uncertain world. “All you have to do is look around the world and see how the threat is growing in nations around the world that are a potential threat to our nation,” said Bob Phillips, […]

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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 GMD

    Ground Based Mid-Course Defense, GMD for short.  It’s a complicated name for a complex system that helps protect Americans. “The mission is to keep that long-range ballistic missile from impacting our nation,” says Norm Tew, the GMD Program Director for Boeing, the program’s prime contractor. No matter where in the world an enemy missile might launch, GMD interceptors based either at Fort Greeley, Alaska, or Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are expected to kill it.  “We don’t want it […]

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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 […]

  • OPM

    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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