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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
  • L to R: Steve Johnson, Beth Wilder and Richard Buchanan on August 20, 2014. (WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interviews with candidates for Huntsville Board of Education District 2

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you live in Huntsville, mark it on your calendar to vote Tuesday, August 26.  Polls will be open in Districts 2, 3 and 4. Here is our interview with Beth Wilder and Richard Buchanan, who are running for Huntsville Board of Education District 2. Related: Watch interviews with other Huntsville city candidates.      

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    Drivers Frustrated By What’s Missing At Huntsville Intersection

    Capshaw Road is busy, and that’s the case most of the time.  It’s especially troublesome at the intersection with Balch Road in Huntsville.  The intersection comes well stocked with traffic lights, including a green turn arrow that functions when traffic backs up, as it does most mornings.  The light meant to make the intersection safer and help drivers, but they don’t care for it.  “If I were caught in that arrow, probably not. Because you have to wait in line till […]

  • L to R: Steve Johnson, Jennie Robinson, Walt Hennessee and Rosemary Schexnayder (WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interviews with candidates for City Council District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Voters in District 3, south Huntsville, will see three candidates for the city council race on the ballot August 26. Jennie Robinson, Walt Hennessee and Rosemary Schexnayder would like your vote.  They sat down with WHNT News 19’s Steve Johnson on August 18 to talk about their plans for Huntsville’s future. Related: Watch WHNT News 19’s interviews with candidates for Huntsville Board of Education District 3.          

  • L to R: Steve Johnson, Jackie Reed and Bill Kling. Reed and Kling are running for the District 4 seat on the Huntsville City Council. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interview with Bill Kling and Jackie Reed, candidates for City Council District 4

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Bill Kling and Jackie Reed are running for City Council District 4.  Kling is the incumbent and going for his 7th consecutive term.  Reed is well known as one of Huntsville’s city watchdogs. They joined WHNT News 19’s Steve Johnson on August 13 for this Leadership Perspectives interview.  Learn more about the candidates by watching the videos below.        

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    Madison County Drivers Want A New Traffic Light

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Kevin Fears has a definite idea about the intersection of County Lake Road and busy Winchester Road. “It’s terrible,” says Kevin.  He uses the intersection every day. “It’s terrible, it really is. You have to wait forever.” Kevin is talking about the intersection at rush hour. That’s when school traffic causes a significant back-up on County Lake Road.  The problem at all hours is the fact that Winchester is busy, and traffic moving at 55-miles […]

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    WATCH: Interviews with candidates for Huntsville School Board District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville’s municipal election is Tuesday, August 26.  On that day, voters will elect new representatives for the city council and city school board in Districts 2, 3 and 4. Here are our interviews with the five candidates for Huntsville Board of Education District 3.  We asked each candidate the same nine questions, and provided these ahead of time. Please share the link to this story with fellow voters so they will have more information on each […]

  • Kathie Rooker, candidate for Huntsville Board of Education District 3 (WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interview with Kathie Rooker, candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Here is our interview with Kathie Rooker, a candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3. Rooker has posted more information about her campaign at Rooker4schoolboard.com. Watch our interviews with the other four candidates: Pat Sanders Anson Knowles Elisa Ferrell Dr. Ellen Brusick

  • Dr. Ellen Brusick, candidate for Huntsville Board of Education District 3 (WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interview with Dr. Ellen Brusick, candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Here is our interview with Dr. Ellen Brusick, a candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3.

  • Elisa Ferrell, candidate for Huntsville Board of Education District 3 (WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interview with Elisa Ferrell, candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Here is our interview with Elisa Ferrell, a candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3.

  • Anson Knowles, candidate for Huntsville Board of Education District 3 (WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interview with Anson Knowles, candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Here is our interview with Anson Knowles, a candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3.

  • Pat Sanders, candidate for Huntsville Board of Education District 3 (WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interview with Pat Sanders, candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Here is our interview with Pat Sanders, candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3.

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    Taking Action And Fixing Madison County Road Problems

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County’s Moores Mill Road is busy, and at one particular intersection it was a bit scary. “Dangerous intersection,” said Ron Rudd.  He was describing the situation where Baltimore Hill Road tees into Moores Mill as it makes a hard curve to the right.  For drivers wanting to turn left on to Baltimore Hill there was a turn lane, and an obvious understanding that they had to yield to oncoming traffic. The complication came from a stop sign on the […]

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