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
  • Veteran counselor addresses Opioid drug epidemic in Leadership Perspectives

    People are dying all over the county from drug overdoses, and that includes communities right here in north Alabama. The question is: “Just who gets addicted to the drugs, and why?” Jessica Penot, a veteran licensed counselor who deals with drug issues nearly everyday joined us on set for Leadership Perspectives. “That is a very difficult question because there’s not a typical stereo typical addict. But there are two broad categories of them. The first category are people who have […]

  • One Scientist does three jobs that affect lives

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s a typical day at Daniel Adamek’s Huntsville home. He’s in his office working on his computer. It’s how he spends about half his work week. “I’m doing the same thing everywhere I am, and that’s identifying and solving problems,” said Daniel. He works for two defense-related companies, and also runs a charity. It’s an interesting combination. “It is, it’s fun, it’s rewarding, it’s stressful,” said Daniel.  To be clear, Daniel really likes what he does. He […]

  • A soldier says don’t forget the families on Veterans Day

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -The memories are a year old, but still are fresh. “I feel very fortunate. When I look at the scene and I examine the photos they’ve taken. It’s nothing short of a miracle that I’m still here,” said Col. Christopher Colavita, the Executive Officer to the Executive Deputy to the Commanding General at Army Materiel Command Headquarters. The photos Colonel Colavita is talking about aren’t available for casual viewing. They show the death and destruction following a […]

  • A new satellite in orbit has the attention of Redstone Arsenal

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. –There’s hitching a ride, and there’s HITCHING A RIDE.  The Kestrel Eye satellite did the latter. A few weeks ago the “Small Sat” as it’s called caught a ride on the SpaceX mission to re-supply the International Space Station. Kestrel Eye is an observation satellite developed by the Space and Missile Defense Command at Redstone Arsenal.  They were excited when astronauts aboard the station released the satellite into orbit last October. Now the satellite is cruising about […]

  • Passing on the knowledge at Redstone Arsenal

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — From the wars of history to the wars of modern times, somebody has to make sure the people who fight get the supplies they need to do their job. It’s called logistics support. “50-years ago we were using pencils and now we’re using computers,” said Al Fisher who has been in the logistics business for more than 50 years. Many of Fisher’s colleagues at LOGSA, the Army’s Logistics Support Activity, have been on the job for […]

  • Logistics Support at Redstone means connection to the world

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala — If you’re a soldier, your work is often dirty and dangerous. There are some things it should never be. “We don’t ever want that soldier to be worried about the condition of the equipment that the Army has given that soldier to do his job,” said Col. John Kuenzli, the Commander of the Logistics Support Activity, LOGSA, at Redstone Arsenal. You can make the equipment Col. Kuenzli is talking about, “all” the equipment a soldier uses. […]

  • Software engineers make America safer

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — When the North Koreans make noises about hitting a U.S. territory like Guam, the people who live there understand they have protection from enemy missiles. THAAD is the program’s name. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense against short, medium and intermediate-range missiles. “It’s very humbling to think about the situation that the work we do on a daily basis could have such a positive impact as to be able to save people living in a city that […]

  • Working on Cyber Security is a full time job

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — There are threats to the United States and our allies that are obvious.  North Korea for instance. The reaction from those charged with America’s missile defense is pretty straight forward. “I am very confident that the current ballistic missile system can defend the nation against the current threats,” said Lt. General Samuel Greaves, Director of the Missile Defense Agency. The threat from cyber criminals may be a little tougher to stop. It never goes away, and it […]

  • Defending against the unmanned aircraft threat

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Anyone looking for a symbol of our brave new world could easily pick a drone. The remote craft, also referred to as unmanned aircraft systems got their start with work like that done at UAH some 15 years ago. The first unmanned aircraft there was called the BASSETT. It was a large, noisy, gas-powered model helicopter. “We got into it after 9-11 because everyone was looking at security and how to protect infrastructure throughout the nation, and […]

  • North Alabama man ready to receive the Medal Of Honor

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — In many ways the Vietnam War was like every other war in modern times. There were dozens of battles, thousands of fire fights and countless acts of bravery by men and women like Huntsville’s Mike Rose. As a youngster he lived in California. He would finish high school and two years of college before enlisting in the Army. As a young soldier there was no way Mike could have any premonition of his ultimate military destiny. He […]

  • Leaving a legacy for future generations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — On July 8th, 2011, NASA launched the last Space Shuttle. Dave Christensen joined Greg Screws in the WHNT News 19 studio as part of our extensive coverage. “Go USA, there you go, go NASA! It was great and the whole space shuttle team did a great job and they stuck to the very end, and I’m very impressed,” said Dave Christensen. That was high praise from a man who would know a great job when he saw […]

  • Remembering Vietnam Veterans is a passion for an Editor at the Redstone Rocket

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala — The Vietnam War has been over for some 42 years.  For the millions of Americans who served in Vietnam the war might be in the history books, but in their minds it’s definitely their history. “These veterans are telling me things they haven’t shared in 30,40,50 years,” said Skip Vaughn. Sharing what the veterans have told him has become Vaughn’s passion. He’s a long time writer and editor for the Redstone Rocket, which is Redstone Arsenal’s […]