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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. I still report, and you can see my weekly "Driving You Crazy" stories on Tuesday nights at 10:00. In fact, if you have a road or traffic problem that concerns you, please send me an e-mail.

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.

My wife Sue is the Office Manager for Retina Services of North Alabama. I have two married sons, one of whom, Chris, works at Huntsville Hospital. My other son, Wes, is married with one son. 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'm honored to be the Vice President of the Huntsville Arts Council.

I may be from North Carolina, and my wife from Atlanta, but we both consider Huntsville our home town.


Recent Articles
  • Trulock: Madison’s Growth Calls for Continued Road Improvements

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Roads are busy in Madison, and that’s not about to change. However, there’s relief on the way in the form of 15 road or bridge projects currently underway. Madison Mayor Troy Trulock was our guest on Leadership Perspectives recently.  This is WHNT News 19′s weekly segment where we talk with newsmakers in the Tennessee Valley. “The good news is, we’re under construction. The bad news is, we’re under construction,” Trulock said. He likened the problem to […]

  • Crumbling Bank Worries Madison County Drivers

    You can find it along Highway 72 East as you leave Huntsville and Head to Scottsboro.  On the east bound side of 72, just before you get to Ryland Pike there’s stretch of  the road’s shoulder that essentially doesn’t exist. What drivers would find if they went off the road, is a shoulder…an enbankment…that appears to be made of crumbling asphalt. In some places in this stretch of the highway, the road’s surface is several inches above the loose asphalt.  “I think the state […]

  • Huntsville Driver Says Intersection Causes Dangerous Uncertainty

    The Intersection of Lowe Avenue and Madison Street is between the downtown area and Huntsville Hospital. Madison appears to be slightly busier than Lowe, while Lowe has the designated left hand turn lanes, and Madison doesn’t. On Madison all four lanes are for straight ahead traffic, while the left lanes also allow left hand turns.  There are painted arrows on the road to let drivers know they’re allowed to do both, and that’s the problem.  “People going straight don’t know if somebody is turning,” says […]

  • Huntsville Councilmen Talk Roads, City Hall Improvements

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville changes by the day, and these two men see it from a different perspective than many of us. Bill Kling and Will Culver both serve on the Huntsville City Council. Kling represents District 4, and has been on the council for 26 years.  Culver is much newer to city government, having been elected as District 5′s representative in 2008. They said one of the biggest projects Huntsville has at the moment is road work.  the […]

  • Super Guppy Brings Important NASA Cargo To Marshall

    In most cases, the Super Guppy airplane is its own attraction.  The odd-looking cargo carrier operated by NASA out of El Paso, Texas to deliver bulky cargo.  On this trip the plane flew from Tukwila, Washington to the Redstone Arsenal Airfield. On board, a 28-thousand gallon, cryogenic fuel tank. The tank will be tested by Marshall Space Flight Center.  If the tests that put the tank under the same stresses as a rocket launch are successful, NASA rocket builders will be ecstatic. […]

  • Huntsville Drivers Question “Exit” Sign

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Travelling south on Huntsville’s Memorial Parkway, you pass clearly marked exits for Governors Drive, Bob Wallace Avenue and Drake Avenue. Just as you crest the overpass at Drake you pass an exit that is marked with only an “Exit” sign. That exit takes drivers down the parkway south bound access road, and gives them the opportunity to use a lane under the overpass next to Grace Lutheran Church to turn back north.  The access roads in both […]

  • Forgotten Construction Signs Worry Huntsville Drivers

    Huntsville’s Memorial Parkway is the busiest city street in north Alabama.  This past summer drivers had to endure delays because of re-surfacing. These days they have to put up with construction work signs that were left behind. “Well, if they’re through with the construction, they need to move them,” says Donald Davis. The signs, and sign frames are on the Parkway just north of University Drive.  They’re on top of the median barrier.  While that would seem to put them out-of-the-way, it doesn’t […]

  • Crumbling Decatur Road Upsets Neighbors

    The neighborhood of brick homes is like many in Decatur, except for one unhappy feature.  At the intersection of Addie Drive and Margarete Drive a drainage pipe collapsed, and that led to the road being in terrible shape. “The road’s surface has deteriorated terribly. It gets worse every year,” says neighbor Roy Franks. It’s obvious from the crumbling asphalt and old-looking dips in the road that this situation isn’t new. For those using the intersection it has become frustrating. “It’s pretty […]

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    Huntsville Superintendent Discusses DOJ’s Opposition to School Rezoning

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's a new day in Huntsville's battle to get out from under a decades-old federal desegregation order.

  • Huntsville Superintendent Wardynski on Zone Lines, Struggle with DOJ & Expectations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s safe to say Dr. Casey Wardynski has a lot on his plate.  As Huntsville’s Superintendent of Education, he oversees a system with more than three dozen schools serving 23,000 children. The system is also in the midst of a battle to gain unitary status.  Huntsville City Schools have been under a federal desegregation order since the 1970s. The legal battle is coming to a head again as Huntsville draws new zone lines and attracts new […]

  • Speeders Worry Huntsville Neighbors

    The hill on Wells Avenue in Huntsville is steep, but you can drive it at the prescribed 30-mile an hour speed limit.  The problem is, a lot of drivers don’t “The speed limit is 30-miles an hour, but they’re doing at least 50 or 60. It’s a neighborhood! We’re not 565,” says neighbor Jonathan Fowler. Jonathan lives in the middle of the Wells Avenue Hill, and worries a lot about how people drive it.  “There’s a three-way stop sign. They’ll just […]

  • Madison’s Superintendent Talks About School Growth, Common Core

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison City Schools are constantly growing – and that presents challenges, says Superintendent Dee Fowler. Dr. Fowler joined us February 27 for Leadership Perspectives, WHNT News 19′s weekly interview segment hosted by Steve Johnson featuring newsmakers and issues in the Tennessee Valley. Madison City Schools gain about 300 students every year, Fowler said.  He says he can’t remember a time when the system hasn’t been building a new school or renovating an existing one to accommodate […]