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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
  • Madison driver needs help at a dangerous intersection

    Two things to note. Capshaw Road in Madison County is heavily traveled, Lynch Road isn’t.  But for the drivers who do use Lynch the experience of turning off their road on to Capshaw isn’t one they like. “You can’t see to the right. You can see to the left. You can’t see to the right,” says Jessie White. The problem, says Jessie, is a tree that’s growing right next to Capshaw. For drivers trying to pull out of Lynch, the […]

  • WHNT News 19's Steve Johnson, left, talks about school board issues with Elisa Ferrell, center, and Anson Knowles, right. (September 11, 2014)

    Ferrell, Knowles discuss why they’re running for Huntsville School Board District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – On Monday, September 29, WHNT will host a candidate forum in partnership with the Grissom High School PTSA and Huntsville ETV.  The forum will be held at 7 p.m. at Grissom, and the public is encouraged to attend. We will stream the event live on WHNT.com. The forum will feature Elisa Ferrell and Anson Knowles, the candidates for District 3 Board of Education, and Walt Hennessee and Jennie Robinson, who are running for City Council.  These two […]


    Huntsville Woman Says A Nearby Intersection Makes Her Yard Dangerous

    At mid-morning on an average weekday, the intersection of 9th Avenue and 14th Street in Huntsville doesn’t appear to be anything special. However, when traffic is heavy, the intersection becomes something different.  One neighbor gives it a danger rating. “I’d say a ten, that’s how scary this intersection is,” says Barbara Tate. Barbara says there have been multiple wrecks at the intersection, and many of them have ended up with vehicles in her front yard.  She’s quick to share photos […]

  • L to R: Steve Johnson, Aladin Beshir (WHNT News 19)

    Local Muslim talks about experience working, living in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Aladin Beshir is a systems engineer in Huntsville.  A native of Egypt, he has been a U.S. citizen since 1985. Beshir is active with the Huntsville International Society, the city’s Human Rights Commission and is a former president of the Interfaith Mission Service. Beshir is a practicing Muslim, and we asked him to talk about his experience living in Huntsville, as part of the local faith community.  

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    Keel Mountain Road in Madison County is treacherous

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Keel Mountain Road is how drivers from Gurley access the mountain’s many homes and neighborhoods. It’s one of the steeper mountain roads in Madison County, too. For a quick indication of how hard it is to drive, just check out any of the guard rails.  To put it bluntly, they are bent and torn in multiple places. “It’s rather treacherous,” says Joel Beasley about using this steep and winding two lane. The problems for Keel […]

  • L to R: Steve Johnson, Beth Wilder and Richard Buchanan on August 20, 2014. (WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interviews with candidates for Huntsville Board of Education District 2

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – If you live in Huntsville, mark it on your calendar to vote Tuesday, August 26.  Polls will be open in Districts 2, 3 and 4. Here is our interview with Beth Wilder and Richard Buchanan, who are running for Huntsville Board of Education District 2. Related: Watch interviews with other Huntsville city candidates.      

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    Drivers Frustrated By What’s Missing At Huntsville Intersection

    Capshaw Road is busy, and that’s the case most of the time.  It’s especially troublesome at the intersection with Balch Road in Huntsville.  The intersection comes well stocked with traffic lights, including a green turn arrow that functions when traffic backs up, as it does most mornings.  The light meant to make the intersection safer and help drivers, but they don’t care for it.  “If I were caught in that arrow, probably not. Because you have to wait in line till […]

  • L to R: Steve Johnson, Jennie Robinson, Walt Hennessee and Rosemary Schexnayder (WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interviews with candidates for City Council District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Voters in District 3, south Huntsville, will see three candidates for the city council race on the ballot August 26. Jennie Robinson, Walt Hennessee and Rosemary Schexnayder would like your vote.  They sat down with WHNT News 19’s Steve Johnson on August 18 to talk about their plans for Huntsville’s future. Related: Watch WHNT News 19’s interviews with candidates for Huntsville Board of Education District 3.          

  • L to R: Steve Johnson, Jackie Reed and Bill Kling. Reed and Kling are running for the District 4 seat on the Huntsville City Council. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interview with Bill Kling and Jackie Reed, candidates for City Council District 4

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Bill Kling and Jackie Reed are running for City Council District 4.  Kling is the incumbent and going for his 7th consecutive term.  Reed is well known as one of Huntsville’s city watchdogs. They joined WHNT News 19’s Steve Johnson on August 13 for this Leadership Perspectives interview.  Learn more about the candidates by watching the videos below.        

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    Madison County Drivers Want A New Traffic Light

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Kevin Fears has a definite idea about the intersection of County Lake Road and busy Winchester Road. “It’s terrible,” says Kevin.  He uses the intersection every day. “It’s terrible, it really is. You have to wait forever.” Kevin is talking about the intersection at rush hour. That’s when school traffic causes a significant back-up on County Lake Road.  The problem at all hours is the fact that Winchester is busy, and traffic moving at 55-miles […]

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    WATCH: Interviews with candidates for Huntsville School Board District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville’s municipal election is Tuesday, August 26.  On that day, voters will elect new representatives for the city council and city school board in Districts 2, 3 and 4. Here are our interviews with the five candidates for Huntsville Board of Education District 3.  We asked each candidate the same nine questions, and provided these ahead of time. Please share the link to this story with fellow voters so they will have more information on each […]

  • Kathie Rooker, candidate for Huntsville Board of Education District 3 (WHNT News 19)

    WATCH: Interview with Kathie Rooker, candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Here is our interview with Kathie Rooker, a candidate for Huntsville School Board District 3. Rooker has posted more information about her campaign at Rooker4schoolboard.com. Watch our interviews with the other four candidates: Pat Sanders Anson Knowles Elisa Ferrell Dr. Ellen Brusick


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