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.

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    Defending America With Science

    It has been four years since the final Space Shuttle flight.  Among other things in the 30-years of the shuttle program it made possible the construction of the International Space Station.  At this very moment the station has a full crew, is orbiting the earth some 250-miles out,  and is carrying for dozens of active scientific experiments. For some 15 years, workers in the Payload Operations Center at Marshall Space Flight Center have been instrumental in making the science on the […]

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    Aviation is fun, and maybe a career too

    “The bottom line is excite and inspire them so that they could pursue and aviation career,” says Russ Lewey.  This 26-year Air Force Veteran is the chief instructor at Huntsville’s FlyQuest.  Among other aircraft, Lewey has flown B-52’s. It definitely gives him the expertise and the reputation to make students appreciate aviation. “Let’s face it, I’ve never met anyone that wasn’t fascinated by flying, and all we have to do is awaken that interest,” says Lewey. FlyQuest was formed in 2013 […]

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    Defending America By Being GroundAware

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    Defending America by being quick, smart and economical

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    Redstone Defends America one accurate measurement at a time

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – The U.S. Army needs accuracy in the fuel gauge on an Apache helicopter. The same could be said for the force exerted by a torque wrench, or even the weight of a howitzer shell.  Men and women at Redstone Arsenal make sure all those measurements, and thousands of others are exact. ” We can assure you that yes, when it’s an inch it’s an inch,” says Myra Gray, the Director of the Army’s Test, Measurement and […]

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    Defending America at the UAH Rotorcraft Center

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Sometime in January, a Falcon rocket will transport at new Lightning Imaging System to the International Space Station.   The Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center at UAH helped develop this new piece of weather hardware. “We’re doing two things. One is we’re giving the best value for the Department of Defense and NASA and we’re building the capabilities that we built here, but at the same time, we’re educating the next generation of engineers that are going to […]

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    Redstone Arsenal’s Best Warriors play a winning tune

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Call it a busy summer for Specialist Adam Walton and Staff Sgt. Jeremy Baharloui. Both soldiers went to school and earned their Air Assault badges. They also competed and won the Best Warrior competition for the entire Army Materiel Command. Walton was named Best Soldier, while Baharloui was named top NCO.  Both soldiers also did their usual duty as percussionists with the AMC band. The two Army musicians from Redstone Arsenal will join a third musician from […]

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    Redstone Arsenal is on the job in Europe

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

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

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    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

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