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
  • Fearless! Why the President of a Huntsville Defense Contractor says that is the word to remember

    Back in 2002 Dynetics, and two other Huntsville companies combine forces and started a separate company. The job of the new business was to go after the support contract for the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command. The new company won that contract.  Bill Best would eventually become President of the  company, and in 2009 borrowed money to buy it. The company became, INTREPID. “Intrepid means fearless and brave, and when we founded this company back in 2009, the country […]

  • Former Redstone Arsenal Garrison Commanders are valuable resources

    If you ask just retired Army veteran Bill Marks what he misses about being in uniform, he only comes up with one thing. “Waking up at four in the morning,” said the retired Colonel.  He jokes he never really liked that. Marks served in the Army at multiple bases for 27 years. His most recent post, and job, was Garrison Commander of Redstone Arsenal, which is essentially the Mayor of the base. Now, Bill Marks is Vice President of Aerospace […]

  • Just a Smile! One Huntsville woman works to bring that to deployed troops

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Right now there are American troops deployed to dangerous places. Places like Afghanistan. The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines have a tough job, and it’s complicated by the fact they’re far from home. “That’s a big sacrifice they’re making for us, and I think people forget that sometimes,” says Kiley Kinzer-Henry. Kiley “doesn’t” forget.  Her thoughts became action in 2008 when her husband was deployed, and she sent him an abundance of goodies. “And he said, I’m […]

  • Wellness At Work. Why That’s Good For Soldiers In The Field.

    Right now there are people inside Army Materiel Headquarters at Redstone Arsenal working to make sure that every soldier around the world has what they need to do their job.  On most any workday you can certainly find people at their desks, but you can also find them walking, or running, or working out. It’s all part of a concerted effort for AMC workers to achieve wellness. “Well, people are our most important asset, and without our people we can’t […]

  • Why the Army wants to replace its helicopter fleet

    Helicopters were crucial to how the Army fought in Vietnam. Those tried and true Huey helicopters have been replaced by the much more powerful Black Hawk helicopter. That’s called an evolution of an aircraft from an older model to a more modern version. What the Army wants now is a “revolution.” “We’ve reached the limit, the physical limit of what the current configurations can do. From a speed perspective, from an endurance perspective, from an efficiency perspective…we’ve squeezed all we […]

  • Did you see smoke coming from the Arsenal? Here’s one of the tests that causes it

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In the past month, people living or driving near Redstone Arsenal wondered what was going on. There was a large plume of black smoke rising from the base. Something was obviously on fire. “We take a missile component, something like a rocket motor or a missile warhead and we’ll place it out here in this pan, and light a fire underneath it to see what kind of reaction we get,” said Justin Merritt, an engineer with the […]

  • North Alabama works in many ways to keep Americans safe

    On the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Americans can remember the vulnerable feeling caused by what happened on that horrible day.  There is some solace to be found in north Alabama by the fact that men and women across the region work every day to defend America. For instance, in one small area of Redstone Arsenal, there’s an office of the Army Materiel Command that produces PS Magazine; the Preventive Maintenance Monthly.  The graphic magazine, which helps soldiers […]

  • Defending America The Sentar Way

    In 1990 Peter Kiss and his wife started an engineering company in Huntsville, Sentar. At the time there were just three workers.  “When we started back in 1990, Cybersecurity wasn’t something people talked about. Even when we got into it, which was around 2001, not too many people talked about it. Now everyone does,” says Kiss. Cybersecurity is an issue that everyone talks about, and that includes the average American to government workers on the most sensitive, secure programs.  Sentar […]

  • Defending America With Virtual Reality

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A recent engine test for NASA’s SLS is impressive. Lots of flame, smoke and noise.  The only way to make sure a rocket engine works is to fire it up, but of course you can’t do that when you want to learn how to work on the engine. In fact, it would be tough to find a model you could take apart to learn how it goes together. With virtual reality, you don’t need to be around […]

  • Defending America with rugged computers

    Soldiers in the field depend on a few basic things. One of them in the modern Army is computers — rugged, portable computers. “We developed and manufacture high performance work stations  for the war fighter,” said Tim Kavanagh from Rugged Portable Computers, the Madison company that has been in the business for more than two decades. Computers aren’t weapons, at least on the battlefield, nor are they body armor. But in the 21st century, you can’t do without them. “No, not these […]

  • Huntsville’s 2016 SMD Symposium is this week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The 19th annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium is coming to the Von Braun Center August 16-18th. The theme for this year's event is Space and Missile Defense in a complex world.

  • Defending America The Op Sec Way

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – The head of Operations Security, Op Sec for the Army Aviation and Missile Command is Paul Quintel.  It’s his work, what he does every single day. “The protecting of sensitive,  but unclassified information,” says Paul It’s the sort of thing that almost all the thousands of people working at Redstone Arsenal see every day. The goal, get them to understand something. “Not to post things on social media. Not to post things on Twitter, Snap Chat, […]