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
  • One on One with Governor Siegelman

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It was a homecoming befitting a returning hero. On February 8th, 2017, former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman descended the escalator at the Birmingham airport to the cheers and hugs of family and friends.  More than one person shouted a “welcome home” to Siegelman. He was hugged multiple times. That wasn’t however, a victory homecoming.  Don Siegelman came home to Alabama after 6 years in a federal prison. He was there because of a conviction on corruption charges. […]

  • Happy workers rule at the Space and Missile Defense Command

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala — On most work days some 40,000 people work at Redstone Arsenal. You can assume most of them like their jobs. You can figure many of them have great work environments. “It’s very important because we want our employees to be engaged in their job,” said James Johnson, the Deputy to the Commander at the Space and Missile Defense Command. It would be hard to find a place where workers are more engaged than the SMDC. “Our […]

  • Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman talks about prison, his life, his future…and his new passion

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –A little more than a year ago Former Governor Don Siegelman came home to Alabama. He came home after serving 6 years in a Federal prison on corruption charges. Siegelman is the only man to be elected as Alabama’s Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lt. Governor and Governor. Now he’s a convicted felon, and that means he can’t vote, own a gun or practice law.  “I’ve been spending my time productively. So I have not, I don’t really […]

  • Predictable funding is the need for the U.S. military

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. — It should be obvious. Everything that soldiers need from uniforms to food to spare parts for equipment has to be bought and paid for. Shipping costs have to be met. Contracts for everything have to be finalized. The problem is, Congress hasn’t passed an annual budget in years. There have been regular continuing resolutions to keep the government going and from time to time there have been government shutdowns.  Everything seems to be on a short-term […]

  • Missile Defense technologies are Defending America

    It’s hard not to be worried; rogue nations like North Korea keep talks of “offensive” missiles. That’s the reason why a successful test of America’s GMD, the ground-based mid course missile system, was so important. That test was in last May. “What we did last year in that test have never been done before by mankind,” said Col. Kevin Kick, the Commander of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade. “Shooting down an ICBM in outer space. Hitting a bullet with a bullet.” […]

  • Explorer One started the space race at Redstone Arsenal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – You can mark it down. What we once called the space race began on January 31st 1958. That’s the day America launched its first satellite into orbit. It was called Explorer One, and it was the answer to the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik on October 4th, 1957. Sputnik was a surprise. Newspaper headlines worried about the propaganda victory, and the U.S. falling behind our cold war enemies.  Sputnik also meant that a satellite was orbiting over the […]

  • AMC Band leaves a legacy in more ways than one

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. — They are definitely soldiers first, but when you think of the 389th Army Materiel Command Band you think of all the entertaining performances on Redstone Arsenal and around north Alabama. You could also think of the solemn ceremonies with an AMC Army Musician playing taps at a veteran’s funeral. Sad to say, after some 74 years as a unit, the 389th will be deactivated before the end of this year. “The Army has to get their people […]

  • At Redstone Arsenal the taxpayer counts

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala – Right this moment there are thousands of American soldiers deployed around the world. It takes a lot of support for those soldiers to be able to do their jobs. Obviously it’s expensive, and just as obvious is the fact that everything has to be purchased which means there is always a contract. Certainly there is enthusiasm for supporting the war fighters, but there’s something else that’s a priority. “Making sure that the oversight is there, making […]

  • For the Army Materiel Command practice makes perfect

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. — Ask any expert and they’ll likely tell you the American Army is the best in the world.  It achieves that lofty status because of training, and also because of rehearsal which is usually called an exercise.  While an exercise isn’t the same thing as an actual conflict, it isn’t taken lightly. “Oh there’s a lot of pressure because we’re all about readiness. So we have to be ready to fight across multiple domains, so therefore there’s […]

  • Redstone Arsenal engineer gets recognition for being a Multiplier

    Redstone Arsenal, AL–Eric Sholes is a busy guy.  He’s the lead, the manager if you will, for a team of 50 doing computer simulation and modeling for the Missile Defense Agency.  The lab is at the Army Aviation And Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC).  Eric Sholes is good enough at what he does to be named a finalist for the Wiseman Group’s Multiplier of the Year Award in the Government category. “They’re looking for people who amplify others, […]

  • 2017 helps defend the nation in 2018

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. –In one way, you could say it was only a test. On May 30th of 2017, the Missile Defense Agency put the Ground Based Mid Course Missile Defense System, GMD, through its paces. It was a multi-million dollar success. The target missile was launched and thousands of miles away the interceptor responded. The “Kill Vehicle” destroyed the target. “This was a big deal. It was the first time we used the operational system to engage an intercontinental […]

  • National Guard General takes a big job

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala – National Guard Major General Allen Harrell has been on the job at Redstone Arsenal for just a few weeks.  He is the new Assistant Deputy Commanding General For National Guard Affairs at the Army Materiel Command. His job is pretty straightforward. “To build readiness, to build readiness in the United States Army Reserves and Army National Guard units in particular…materiel readiness,” said General Harrell. General Harrell’s work touches every soldier in the Army, which of course […]