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
  • A Huntsville company stays busy protecting and analyzing

    Huntsville, Ala. — Memphis in May is a festival that attracts thousands of visitors. America’s missile defense systems protect millions of people.  Huntsville’s Paragon Research has something to do with both things. “We do a lot for a company our size,” says Kelly Falter, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist for Paragon. Falter isn’t exaggerating. The 20 employees at Paragon Research could be working on upgrading the cyber network for the Tennessee Valley Authority, or they might be working on […]

  • Why UAH can claim credit for today’s unmanned aircraft systems.

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  We’ve all seen them buzzing overhead.  We’re certainly admired the great aerial video they make possible. Some of us own them. We call them drones, while the military has a fancier name, Unmanned Aircraft Systems. All of them owe a debt to the flying Bassett, a prototype unmanned aircraft developed more than 15 years ago. “We got into it after 9/11, because everyone was looking at security and how to protect infrastructure throughout the nation, and  our […]

  • It’s the soldier’s gear and they should take care of it.

    Redstone Arsenal, Al–You could say it’s something out of the Army’s past. Soldiers are taking care of their own gear. “We’re going back to soldiers maintaining equipment because it is the right thing to do. In today’s environment it is absolutely necessary that soldiers are able to perform that task,” said CW5 Darren Cook, the Command Sergeant Major for the Army Materiel Command. Soldiers got away from repairing and maintaining their own gear because of long years of being on […]

  • An international defense story finds its roots in north Alabama

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. – On May 30th, the Missile Defense Agency put its Ground Based Mid Course Defense system to the test. It worked as intended. The interceptor kill vehicle destroyed a test enemy warhead in space. “this was a big deal. It was the first time we used the operational system to engage an intercontinental ballistic missile class target, which is what the system was designed to so,” said Col. Chad Skaggs, the Director Air and Missile Defense Integration […]

  • You’re invited to the first ever Hope Gala!

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — You want a deal? Here’s a real deal! You can have fun, eat some tasty food, hear some great music, and help do something vital for your community.  That’s a deal you shouldn’t pass up! It’s the first Hope Gala. The Gala is set for July 22nd at the Jackson Center. It will benefit the Manna House and the Enrichment Center. Both are 501(c)3 not for profit charities. The Manna House provides food assistance to those in […]

  • Small Business Conference saves taxpayer cash and serves War Fighters.

    Redstone Arsenal, Al–At the Missile Defense Agency it’s easy to find people who smile about the recent Ground Based Mid Course Defense System test. GMD did what it was supposed to on a test that covered thousands of miles. The interceptor successfully destroyed the target. The test, and the system itself, not cheap. “It’s a very expensive business, no doubt about it,” said Lee Rosenberg the Director of the Missile Defense Agency Office of Small Business Programs. The expense of […]

  • Augmented Reality to help soldiers

    The Army has thousands of helicopters in its fleet. With deployments possible nearly anywhere in the world. The question becomes, how do you learn to maintain a particular helicopter, and for that matter, how would you check the performance of new parts on that specific chopper?  Currently, you would have to be whether that helicopter is. In the future, you could use Augmented Reality. “What it does is it adds a hologram in front of you, something that you can […]

  • At Redstone Arsenal a soldiers helper goes digital only.

    Redstone Arsenal, Ala. – There’s a storeroom at Redstone Arsenal with the complete issue run of PS Magazine, The Army’s Preventive Maintenance Monthly. “It’s a working library. It’s a museum. It’s a history of the information that soldiers have used to keep their equipment working,” said John Pierce, the Editor of PS Magazine. The magazine came into existence during the Korean War, after it became clear that soldiers needed help maintaining their equipment. From June 1951 til June of 2017, […]

  • 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 […]