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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    Taking Action To Help Drivers On A Busy Madison Road

    MADISON, Ala. – Shelton Road in Madison is nearly always busy.  Drivers need to be very careful because a construction project has made one part of the road a bit dangerous. “It’s a serious drop off,” says Joe Howell.  And Joe is right about that.  In an effort by engineers to change the road to make it safer for drivers as they move through the corners, one edge of the road is now several fee above the shoulder. “Somebody could […]

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    Taking Action On Pothole Problems In Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s that time of year, and I’m not talking about winter. I’m talking about pothole season.  You add copious amounts of rain water to freezing temperatures, and the pavement we drive on starts having problems. Potholes form, and Invariably your car wheels will find one to hit. “It wasn’t a complete surprise and I tried to dodge, but there was a truck right beside me so I went right through them,” says Roger Hooper about a […]

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    Veteran Lawrence County educator ‘Coach Couch’ wins Tools For Teachers award

    Alan Couch has been coaching and teaching in Lawrence County schools since 1979.  And no, there hasn’t been any burnout. “It’s just exciting to see their faces when they learn something new. It’s exciting to teach middle schoolers and see them go on and graduate and see what they do,” says the guy most people call ‘Coach Couch.’ The excitement gets better when you can put a few more tools at your students’ fingertips.  Coach Couch is the winner of […]

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    Getting Results On Roads That Drive You Crazy

    There are hundreds of thousands of miles of road in North Alabama, and just about that many road problems driving viewers crazy.  In 2014 we took action and got results of a multitude of roads that were Driving You Crazy. For example…on Hastings Road in south Huntsville an old manhole cover was several inches below the grade of the road’s surface. Usually it would be more of an irritant than a hazard. In this case the hole in the road […]

  • Taking Action On Dangerous Crossroads In Limestone County

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – At mid-morning, the intersection of Pepper Road and McCulley  Mill Road in the East Limestone County isn’t busy. Traffic is sparse, but ask a driver who uses the intersection regularly, and she’ll tell you the intersection is always risky. “Terrible…very dangerous,” says Marilyn Phillips. At rush hours, both morning and evening, traffic is a lot heavier at the intersection. Drivers on McCulley Road have stops signs. Drivers on Pepper Road don’t. Drivers on both roads […]

  • Drivers express concerns about bumps on California Street in Huntsville.

    Taking Action On A Bumpy Huntsville Road

    Huntsville’s California Street is always busy.  One big reason why any road problem has the potential to upset a lot of drivers. For example, some sort of repair has left to asphalt patches in the road.  Not a big deal, except the patches are both raised. “Like a speed bump that you don’t know about,” says driver Cynthia Bryce. For drivers who use California daily the bumps have quickly become old hat, but that doesn’t make them welcome. “I figured […]

  • Taking Action On Driver Confusion In Huntsville

    The problem according to viewer Norma Harris is on Highway 431 near Hampton Cove.  Between the base of Monte Sano and the turnoff to Hampton Cove there are multiple construction projects. At each work zone drivers are asked to slow down from 55 to 45, and then quickly to 35.  Harris doesn’t like the speed limit signs being so close together. “In my mind it’s difficult and could be dangerous. You could get rear ended,” Harris said. There’s another problem as […]

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    Drivers take opposite sides on new speed humps in south Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Lily Flagg Road in south Huntsville has been a busy east-west connector for decades.  Just a few weeks ago a big change was made on Lily Flagg. The road got two sets of speed humps. They’re intended to slow down drivers. “They’re annoying and they’re hard on your car,” says Vaughn Yost, who has been using Lily Flagg for some 30 years.  He also says Lily Flagg Road isn’t supposed to have the traffic calming devices. […]

  • Taking Action And Getting Results On A Madison County Intersection

    Yes there have been delays because of construction on a portion of Highway 72 East in Madison County, but the new smooth pavement worth the wait. Part of the improvement  on 72 has also been work on the highway’s intersection with Old Gurley Pike.  The intersection is getting a much-needed face-lift because we took action. When we visited the intersection a few months ago, we found a crumbling shoulder, an inadequate turn ramp, and drivers who could not tell where […]

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    Taking Action To Fix A Dangerous Morgan County Intersection

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The intersection where Mt. Tabor Road comes into Highway 36 just a few miles east of Hartselle is where a grain truck collided with an SUV a little more than a week ago. That wreck might have involved two vehicles, but neighbors say the main cause of the wreck is the intersection itself. “They’re saying the same thing as me. It isn’t wide enough,” says Betty McLemore. Betty has lived on Mt. Tabor Road, for […]

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    Athens State President discusses low teacher morale on campus

    (WHNT) – Dr. Bob Glenn has been the president of Athens State University since 2008.  At no time has he dealt with pressure like he’s dealing with right now. The faculty at Athens State is unhappy.  Teacher morale is low, the lowest in a long time, says one veteran professor. Dr. Glenn joined us for Leadership Perspectives on October 2.  This is our weekly in-depth segment about various issues in the Tennessee Valley, with local newsmakers. We talked with Dr. […]

  • 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 […]


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