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
  • The Army making its own crash test mannequin

    Right now there are American war fighters driving vehicles in dangerous places. Places where an enemy could shoot at them, or place a bomb or mine where they could explode and damage the vehicle. Those sort of blasts injure soldiers. “We’ve seen a proliferation of under body blasts, where you can actually have mines and bombs going off underneath vehicles, that are causing a lot of substantial injuries to soldiers inside the vehicles,” says Frederick Hughes, the Director of the […]

  • Contract actions for helicopters and missiles lead to readiness

    There are hundreds of helicopters in the Army’s fleet. There are multiple types, with multiple missions. That said, there is something everyone should know about every Army helicopter they see. “They should think that there is a contract behind every single, probably three or four contracts behind every single helicopter flying,” says Becky Weirick, the Executive Director of Army Contracting Command Redstone. Weirick and her staff at Contracting Command Redstone are responsible for all contract actions involving Army aviation and missiles. “It’s […]

  • For the Army Facebook can be fun, and a threat too

    Redstone Arsenal, AL-Security is a big deal at Redstone Arsenal. For one thing, it takes proper credentials to even get on base. In some buildings, like Army Materiel Command Headquarters, you can’t use your cell phone. Keeping America’s secrets, secret is always job one. “If you stay on top of the threat, and you understand the threats and how they’re being utilized. It’s a very real threat that we are tracking every day,” said Dawn Dunkerley, the Chief of the […]

  • Marching to remember Veterans

    Retired Army Major, Jeff Hilt, and one time Army Chaplain’s assistant, Shirley Zange didn’t serve together. They do however have one major thing in common. They care about their fellow soldiers, the veterans out there seeking care from the Veterans Administration, and appreciation from the country for which they sacrificed. “I think it’s time for us as Americans to stand up and fight for our veterans,” says Shirley. She and Jeff are both part of the organization behind the Alabama […]

  • An Army field manual for the 21st century

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – These days boots on the ground, no matter how well-trained the soldiers are, isn’t enough. Technology can’t stop with the latest missile or aircraft. The Army has to be ready to fight in another realm, and that’s the cyber world. FM 3-12, the Army Field Manual for Cyberspace and Electronic Warfare Operations, is necessary reading in this modern world. “Soldiers, civilians, contractors, anyone who is using the Department of Defense network,” said Dr. Dawn Dunkerley, the […]

  • Huntsville company wants to detect enemy aircraft and cancer.

    Huntsville, Ala. – Living in this part of the country means you almost certainly have seen weather radar pictures tracking storms. That’s one kind of radar image, another would be what engineers see when they work with complex missile systems, or even unmanned aerial vehicles. For all of those, radar detection is a big deal, because it is difficult. “But that’s what we enjoy doing. We’re trying to solve really hard problems,” said Stephanie Cunningham, the Vice President of Huntsville’s […]

  • An invitation to support science: Our city’s history is based on this

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It’s a famous photo. It shows the German Rocket Team that came to north Alabama, the team that made so much history in Huntsville and at Redstone Arsenal. “I don’t think Huntsville would be here without science. Really, when the rocket team came, that was the beginning of Huntsville being really special in the state of Alabama,” said Judy Franz, one of the organizers of the upcoming March For Science. Huntsville and north Alabama have actually become […]

  • Making sure Soldiers have ammo – it’s a vital part of the mission

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – American Soldiers in the field couldn’t do their job without the Army Materiel Command. The truth of the statement that AMC provides everything Soldiers use is why the workers at Redstone Arsenal’s AMC headquarters are always busy. One of the most basic items soldiers must have is ammunition for their weapons. “So, if Soldiers are deployed down range to do whatever our nation asks them to do, they make sure they have the right ammunition, on time, […]

  • The Army goes off road with its vehicles, and Polaris plays a role

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – It was hard to miss the Polaris booth at the recent AUSA Global Force Symposium at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center.  As you’d expect, the booth was dominated by vehicles that resemble the gear Polaris sells to farmers and hunters. Then again, the vehicles at the VBC, with their desert-style pain jobs were obviously military. “Actually, we’ve been providing vehicles for over 15 years now of militarized versions of our products,” said Mark McCormick, Business Development Director for […]

  • For The Business Council Of Alabama the job is always about education

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The long time President and CEO of the Business Council of Alabama is William “Billy” Canary. He says BCA, working with the state’s Chambers of Commerce, has a big job. The task is not only to bring new businesses to Alabama, but to make sure the state provides an environment that helps the businesses that are already here. According to Billy Canary the BCA’s efforts are always about education. That includes making sure Alabama’s school students are ready […]

  • Technology is great, but soldiers have to remember the old ways too

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – American soldiers in the field have the best gear the Army can provide. In this modern age that includes lap tops, iPads and portable GPS units. That last item is a hand-held unit called DAGR, Defense Advanced GPS Receiver. “This relies on the GPS satellite systems to work properly. I take this $250.00 foreign produced jammer and I can affect the entire squad or platoon’s ability to navigate with their DAGR, because now I’m jamming their signal,” […]

  • The AUSA Global Symposium works on multiple missions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Early Monday morning the Concert Hall at the Von Braun Center was full. Soldiers, civilian defense workers, members of the Association of the US Army on hand for the beginning of this year’s Global Force Symposium and Exposition. There are multiple missions for this year’s event, but certainly Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle boiled them down to just one sentence in his welcome address. “We are here to serve the war fighter, and make sure that war fighter […]