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
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    Redstone’s future requires schools, entertainment and nightlife

    "We are competing, whether we like or not, with communities across this country, and around the world for critical skills and talents. And we must work every aspect of life from social to professional and everything having to do with our children and raising families," says Joe Fitzgerald, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for north Alabama.

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    Improving infrastructure the bottom line for Redstone’s future

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - More than 40,000 people enter the gates of Redstone Arsenal every workday. Twenty years from now, that number might be much larger. However, those big numbers are the stuff of nightmares for anyone who has recently been stuck in glacially slow traffic outside Redstone's main gate.

  • Taking Action On A Rough Huntsville Road

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -Parkwood Drive isn’t in one of Huntsville’s historic neighborhoods, but it is one of the city’s older streets.  It’s also showing it’s age with cracked and broken pavement. Potholes are deep and wide.  J.T. Jones says he’s lived on the street for 31-years and the last time it was repaved was nearly that long. I asked him if it had been too long between paving jobs. “Yes, I think we have, because right now it feels like […]

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    Agencies, commands on Redstone help shape base’s bright future

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - Looking at video of Huntsville in the 1950s, you see the normal bustle of a small city's downtown. Everyone knew work was underway at Redstone Arsenal on America's missile program, but that was certainly no predictor of what the base would become.

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    The present is a great setup for “The Future of Redstone”

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – When you look at the Redstone Arsenal of today you see 40,000 people going to work every day. You also see a base that’s more than just a place to work. “Redstone is absolutely critical to the defense of our nation, and to the Army and to the Department of Defense,” says Joe Fitzgerald, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army from north Alabama. Fitzgerald calls Redstone crucial, and one small way that happens […]


    Taking Action On A Dangerous Madison County Hill

    MADISON COUNTY,  Ala. (WHNT) – 81-year-old Wilma Neal has lived on Naugher Road in Madison County since 1962.  These days the scariest thing in her life is going to get her mail. “I’m scared something is going to come flying over that hill,” says Wilma. She’s talking about the hill that crests just feet away from her mailbox, which is on the other side of the road from her home. For most of Naugher Road mailboxes line both sides of […]

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    Taking Action On Rough And Busy Huntsville Road

    Huntsville is like every city. It has plenty of roads that need paving.  One of the busiest roads has a stretch that’s needed paving for a long time. “It’s pretty rough. It hasn’t had work in a while,” says Mirandi Bennett.  She’s been driving on the road in question, Pratt Avenue, for more than seven years . The section that is getting all the attention is about 30-yards long, and it’s just east of the intersection with Meridian Street. It’s […]

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    Getting Results, And Taking Action A Second Time On A Madison County Road

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) Steger Road in Madison County is almost typical. It’s a two lane that’s often busy.  It serves growing neighborhoods, and is the main way to get to a school. It also had a problem.  For Drivers travelling east from Highway 231-431, there was no speed limit sign.  Drivers would travel some three miles before they found an official sign for how fast they should travel.  With our radar gun we determined that few if any drivers […]


    Taking Action For Worried Madison County Drivers

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- The neighborhood served by Latigo Loop in Madison County is a nice one.  The homes are comfortable, brick and fairly new.  The driving problem for the neighbors is not new.  It began when they moved in. “There is really no safety in not being able to see, and the blind spot where cars are coming up,” says Ronald Nobles. He’s talking about the hill on Indian Creek Road just before it passes by Latigo Loop, the […]

  • Taking Action Again On A Dangerous North Alabama Highway

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) Highway 72 East is a busy four lane.  Drivers heading east are travelling 65-miles per hour or faster.  When those drivers crest the hill just to the west of the intersection with Old Gurley Road, they are in danger says a local business owner. “Yes sir, a lot of wrecks and a lot of near misses,”says Barbara Thomas. Barbara is particularly upset about a recent wreck in which the driver died. It appears the east bound […]

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    Working to ease congestion on Huntsville’s busy Airport Road

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Airport Road in Huntsville is always busy.  For one thing, it’s lined with businesses, and it’s also a conduit for drivers wanting to travel between Airport Road and Memorial Parkway.   And while it’s busy all the time, at peak traffic hours it’s jammed. “I think it’s terrible. It’s just all backed up,” said Rhoda Johnson. Johnson is particularly bothered by the situation for westbound drivers wanting to turn right to go north on the Memorial Parkway […]


    Taking Action On Dangerous Madison County Intersections

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The intersection of Carter Grove Road and Opp Reynolds Road in Madison County looks different right now.  There are painted markings on the road, and debris next to the road that indicate a wreck investigation.  The recent collision at the intersection not the first there, but it was a bad one.  “Somebody made a mistake,” says Sam Lemons who lives near the intersection. The intersection doesn’t appear to be out of the ordinary.  There are […]


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