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.

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.

I also do our “Defending America” reports that highlight the work in the north Alabama aerospace and defense community as well as what happens on Redstone Arsenal both in defense and at Marshall Space Flight Center.

My wife Sue is the Office Manager for Retina Services of North Alabama. I have two sons. Chris works at Huntsville Hospital. My other son, Wes, is married with two sons. 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 may be from North Carolina, and my wife from Atlanta, but we both consider Huntsville our home town.

Recent Articles
  • Getting ready for the world’s next weapons threat, Hypersonics

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — “Speed kills”is a phrase commonly used when talking about safe driving.  These days it’s connected with the next wave of weapons that has defense planners in the United States concerned. Hypersonic weapons will travel at least five times the speed of sound, referred to as Mach 5.  That’s far faster than a speeding bullet, and be the kind of speed to cover the distance between Decatur and Huntsville in 26 seconds or less. Russia’s Vladimir Putin was […]

  • Saving lives with 3D printing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala — The Systems Management and Production Center at UAH, called SMAP,  is always involved in multiple projects and has been for a long time. Some 15 years ago, SMAP did some serious early research on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.  Refining UAV’s and looking for new ways to use them for security and in the defense industry is an ongoing project. To save money, SMAP began 3D printing parts for its UAV’s. It turns out those plastic sprockets and struts […]

  • Saving Soldier’s lives in North Alabama

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –It is well-known that all sorts of companies, commands, and agencies at Redstone Arsenal and across North Alabama work every day to defend the nation.  That eventually, and maybe initially is about keeping the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces safe. There are plenty of examples of how it happens.  A good one is the Space and Missile Defense Command at Redstone Arsenal.  Right now SMDC has a small satellite, Kestrel Eye in space and undergoing […]

  • “Smart” people do great things for the Space and Missile Defense Command

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — Sometime early next year a Space-X Falcon 9 rocket will launch.  Hitching a ride will be a small satellite. The loaf-of-bread sized small satellite is called ACES RED. It will eventually be attached to the International Space Station as a test unit for future Space and Missile Defense Command small Sats. It’s what you might call a “bang-for-the-buck” project. “That’s actually a big part of this experiment. We’re trying to determine whether or not we can get the […]

  • Making it cold and snowy to keep America’s war fighters safe

    Redstone Arsenal, AL–Most everyone knows what hard rain looks like and the problems it can cause.  The same could be said about high wind, especially when you add it to rain.  Dust causes its own brand of problems, and mechanical systems don’t like it. The complications created by natural environments are something that has to be taken into account for soldiers in the field.  It’s why their equipment, or at least the sensitive components on that equipment, are tested in […]

  • One Huntsville company has two main tasks, protect soldiers and help put Americans in space

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala — When you consider NASA’s next rocket to carry humans, the powerful Space Launch System, and when you think about work to keep American soldiers safe. Give some thanks to Huntsville’s Kord Technologies. The company was founded nine and a half years ago by Tom who’s a lawyer, and his wife Allen who was a magazine writer.  “Tom and I had talked time and again. We could either work for somebody else or we could create something new,” […]

  • War Vets say Defending America is the job

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — On June 6, 1944, Allied troops invaded Europe. The day they hit the beaches at Normandy was one of the World War II’s crucial battles. “Right here,” said 93-year-old Harold McMurran as he pointed to a map of Normandy Beach and talked about being an Army soldier landing at Utah Beach. Harold was visiting the Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville, and thinking once again about what it means to be a veteran of any war. “Tells you […]

  • A Commander at Redstone Arsenal only wants skilled workers with a passion to serve

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — It’s well documented that there are dozens of commands, agencies, and activities at Redstone Arsenal. Some like NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center or the Army Materiel Command are well-known. Others fly a bit under the public radar. One of the latter would be the Second Medical Recruiting Battalion. “As Battalion Commander, I manage about a 100 recruiters that are out there across the southeast and our job is to find health care professionals and Chaplains for the […]

  • A growing Huntsville company achieves success one award at a time

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala — NASA has big plans for it almost ready-to-fly Space Launch System. Major contractors like Boeing will be in the middle of the expected success, and so will other companies, like Huntsville’s nLogic, which supports Boeing’s efforts. Boeing, in fact, honored nLogic as one of its top suppliers. Tim Thornton, the employee owned company’s founder, CEO and President, accepted the award in Portland, Oregon. “It’s not uncommon for me to go on location and run into an employee […]

  • Mentor-Protege program pays off in defending the nation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Department of Defense has made it official.  A prestigious Nunn-Perry Award goes to Northrop Grumman and Huntsville’s QTEC Aerospace. The award for, “Outstanding achievement in the Mentor-Protege program.” “To watch a small company like QTEC grow and adapt some of what we’ve learned through the Mentor-Protege program has been just a wonderful experience,” said Northrop Grumman’s Steve Cook. Cook managed the special relationship between the two companies.   In this case, Northrop Grumman got a reliable […]

  • Cool and fun things make a Huntsville company an aerospace-defense power

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala –It was in the late 1980s that one Huntsville company got its start. CFD Research Corporation helped NASA return to flight after the Challenger disaster.  That wasn’t the last project that involved the shuttle program, and it certainly wasn’t the only kind of work for this company of more than 125 employees. “So, here at CFDRC we really take pride in developing new and innovative technologies, really cool things,” said Sameer Singhal, President and CEO of CFDRC. The Bio-Battery […]

  • One Army Command that is always about the future

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  – Major General Cedric T. Wins is the commander of the U.S. Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command, RDECOM.  He’ll quickly tell you what happens at his commands; six centers around the country. “The work that we do is all about looking at the future and also solving problems in the near term,” said Wins. The General was on hand for this weeks AUSA Global Force Symposium and Exposition. Like everyone else, he heard a lot about the […]