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 Arsenal is on the job in Europe

    Since World War II, American military equipment has been a regular feature on many European highways.  There are U.S. bases and U.S. troops stationed across the continent.  Now there’s something new, pre-positioned stocks. It’s equipment for an Army Brigade Combat team — 12,000 pieces of equipment waiting on soldiers.  “From weapons to radios to computers to trucks, trailers, generators, communication equipment, it runs the gamut from A to Z,” says Corey Horn, a Senior Logistician with the Army Materiel Command. These […]

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    Huntsville company saves millions for taxpayers with process of repairing damaged helicopter blades

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Your average Black Hawk helicopter costs about $16 million.  One rotor blade carries a price tag of $220,000. Obviously, if you can repair a damaged blade rather than replace it, you can save big money.  That’s where shot peening comes in. First used on automobiles back in the 1940s to increase the strength of valve springs, it’s actually pretty simple.  The surface of a metal part is hammered, or impacted to compress the surface layer.  It makes […]

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    Huntsville’s ASRC on the cutting edge with additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing

    One thing you can be sure of, when America fields a missile system the work to make it better never stops.  Developing prototype parts, and testing their performance is a regular and repetitive process.  It can be time-consuming, but the quicker you can make the parts, the quicker you can test them, and re-test them. “I can fabricate my parts a lot faster. I can go through that design, build and test cycle much more rapidly using additive manufacturing, than […]


    Ethical hackers in Huntsville help defend America

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Make no mistake, the world leader in military technology is the United States. That’s one thing both the military and the average American can count on. The problem is, there are people trying to steal the work that gives us the edge. “All our adversaries are doing, and all they really have to do is wait until we come up with that innovative solution and then mine if off our network,” says Jonathan Hard the CEO of […]

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    Huntsville Ballet Company hires first professional dancers

    Huntsville is the Rocket City, but it’s also a city with a thriving arts community.  That community got a lot stronger Thursday, when the Huntsville Ballet Company hired its first pro dancers. Artistic Director Phillip Otto says it’s time. “Really, my vision that I had once I came here, and spent a year was to develop a pro company right here in Huntsville. You know, just like there is in Nashville, and Birmingham and all around the country,” said Otto. […]

  • space launch

    Keeping on the cutting edge to defend America

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. You can blame the Soviets. After successful launches by their space program in the late 1950s, America got worried.  Wernher Von Braun was called to testify before Congress. “Consider the control of space around the earth very much like the great maritime powers thought of control of the seas in the 16th through the 18th centuries, and they say if we want to control this planet, we have to control the space around it,” said Von Braun when […]

  • AMCOM 101

    Army aviators learn valuable lessons at AMCOM 101

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – There’s an important lesson every Army aviator needs to learn.  During the up tempo war years, there was no shortage of both cash and contractors in the field to fix whatever needed fixing, but those days are coming to an end. “This is a school,” says Major General Jim Richardson, Commander of the Army’s Aviation and Missile Command.  He was talking about the gathering of hundreds of aviators at AMCOM 101.  It’s a school to make […]

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    Army Materiel Band members prove they’re soldiers too

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Most any day you can find members of the Army Materiel Band either rehearsing, or out on assignment performing.  It’s what they do as part of the Military Occupational Specialty.  For musicians that MOS is 42 Romeo. “It’s a great job. You impact a lot of people. Being a musician is one of those jobs, whether you are an athlete or a musician, you’re dong something that you really love to do,” says Staff Sergeant Jeremy Baharloui, […]


    Defending America not just a man’s job

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There are those who think the defense industry is a man’s world.  Certainly anyone who wandered through the recent SMD Symposium at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center would have been excused for believing it. There were plenty of ladies on hand, but most of the attendees were guys.  However, that wasn’t the case at the booth for LSINC. The company was founded by women. “It started with five women around my dining room table,” said CEO Alicia Ryan. […]

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    SMD Symposium on the cutting edge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – At the Space and Missile Defense Symposium, there’s a lot to see and hear.  Tuesday, for instance you could have listened to a discussion by experts on next generation missile defense.  There was also plenty of talk about  missile defense in an uncertain world. “All you have to do is look around the world and see how the threat is growing in nations around the world that are a potential threat to our nation,” said Bob Phillips, […]

  • Annual Missile Defense Agency Small Business Programs Conference set for Aug. 13-14

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Annual Missile Defense Agency Small Business Programs Conference begins is set for Thursday and Friday, August 13th and 14th at the Von Braun Center South Hall.  It’s co-sponsored by the Missile Defense Agency and the National Defense Industrial Association. The conference is intended to educate small business owners into how to get involved in the defense industry.  That’s on both the industrial side and working directly for the U.S. Government. There will also be a chance […]

  • defendingamerica

    Defending America with GMD

    Ground Based Mid-Course Defense, GMD for short.  It’s a complicated name for a complex system that helps protect Americans. “The mission is to keep that long-range ballistic missile from impacting our nation,” says Norm Tew, the GMD Program Director for Boeing, the program’s prime contractor. No matter where in the world an enemy missile might launch, GMD interceptors based either at Fort Greeley, Alaska, or Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are expected to kill it.  “We don’t want it […]


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