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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
  • Scottsboro Teacher Earns Tools For Teachers Award

    The students at Scottsboro’s Brownwood Elementary school all gathered in the cafeteria.  The assembly had just one purpose and that was to surprise first grade teacher Vickie McLaughlin.  Vickie the WHNT News 19 “Tools For Teachers” winner. The realization that it was happening came as Brownwood Principal, Gary Speers, counted out the $319.  “I’m shocked, disbelief.  Honestly, I don’t know why someone chose me. I don’t feel like I’m worthy of it,” says Vickie. Friends and family certainly disagreed with […]

  • L to R: Steve Johnson, Sonnie Hereford IV (WHNT News 19)

    Sonnie Hereford IV gives his take on mediation between Huntsville City Schools, DOJ

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Sonnie Hereford IV is our guest on this week’s edition of Leadership Perspectives. Hereford is the first black student to integrate into Alabama public schools. Hereford discussed several things, including his take on the mediation underway now between Huntsville City Schools and the Department of Justice in regards the school rezoning plan.    


    Stop Sign Doesn’t Work At Huntsville Intersection

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Moores Mill Road in Huntsville and Madison County is busy. For much of its length it’s a narrow, hilly, two lane road.  It also has a particularly dicey intersection.  Where Baltimore Hill Road tees in to Moore’s Mill, there’s a problem. “It’s a dangerous intersection…people speeding, running the stop sign…blind corner,” says Ron Rudd. Like many people who live in the area around the intersection, Ron says it’s a wreck magnet. “Constantly, especially people who are […]

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    A Dangerous Median Crossing In Huntsville Gets Fixed

    For drivers travelling north on Highway 431 in the Hampton Cove area, the left turn on to Plainview Drive is a tough one. “It is terrible. We’ve got to have something done be because there’s going to be a death,” said Linda Moore two years ago.  She was worried because so many drivers were turning on to Plainview to access a Credit Union, Bank and the neighborhood that the median crossing was overwhelmed. Vehicles ended up stopping in the middle of […]


    Special Report: What’s Hidden Beneath Redstone Arsenal?

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – Thousands of north Alabamians work at Redstone Arsenal.  It’s the modern home for multiple Army Commands, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. That’s a great legacy, but it’s not the only one. “This site in the entire area, and this portion of Redstone was involved in the post World War II years in the production of rockets,” says Barry Hodges, the Industrial Waste Site Manager.  He’s talking to me as we stand beside a large hole in […]

  • Chemical munitions assembly line during World War 2 (Courtesy: Redstone Arsenal Archives)

    Tonight at 10pm: Redstone Arsenal’s past causes problems now

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – It was an Alabama headline maker in 1941. The Army was putting a $40 million chemical war plant in Madison County.  Nothing but smiles about that, or the county’s contribution to winning World War II. But what happened in those days left a mark. “You know, we’ve got control of the groundwater. We don’t let people drink the groundwater here. We don’t let people come in contact with it, ” says Terry Delapaz, the Chief […]

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    Manholes Make Huntsville Streets Rough

    You can find them on streets across Huntsville. A manhole cover is paved over, and when city workers clean the asphalt off the top to gain access, they leave a deep hole. Some of the recessed manhole covers are four inches deep or more. “When you are driving and hit one of these, it jerks your steering column pretty good,” says Huntsville driver Ken Hovanes. He’s talking about the effect the uncovered manholes he describes as street divots, have on small […]

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    Tennessee River Bridge Worries Drivers

    Highway 231 between Huntsville and Morgan County is busy.  That of course means plenty of traffic for the bridges that cross the Tennessee River.  For drivers travelling north toward Huntsville there’s a problem. “It’s the dip there as you merge on to the bridge. Where it goes from asphalt to concrete,” says James Thomas. He’s talking about the road where it connects to the bridge. The road actually dips right before it connects with the bridge, and forms your basic ski jump.  […]

  • L to R: Steve Johnson talks with Dr. Kathy Hawk, a political science professor at UAH, about the situation in the Mideast. (June 25, 2014/WHNT News 19)

    UAH professor gives thoughts on situation in the Mideast

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Dr. Kathy Hawk is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UAH.  Her specialty is International Relations, U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security Policy. Hawk was deployed as a Naval Officer to Iraq in 2007, with intelligence-related duties, and recently visited Egypt.  She has quite a perspective on what’s happening in the Mideast, and visited Egypt just a few weeks ago. “It’s a very complex situation. There’s not an easy answer. At this point, we’re looking […]

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    Blocked Stop Sign Causes Worries In Huntsville

    5th Street runs off Governors Drive in Huntsville. It’s certainly not the busiest street in town, but at different times of the day it can be busy.  When 5th gets to 8th Avenue there’s a problem at the stop sign. “They don’t pay no attention to it. I think because the stop sign is in the blur…because of the trees,” says James Anderson. You can see the stop sign on 5th, but a hackberry tree has definitely partially blocked it. Neighbors say that drivers coming from Governors, […]

  • Mosquito Magnets

    Are you a mosquito magnet? Yes, you are

    (WHNT) — Yes indeed, you are a mosquito magnet. “Mosquitoes are looking for a good meal, and it’s for their offspring, for their children to so speak. Humans are a prime opportunity for them to get what they need,” says Alabama A&M Entomologist Ken Ward. It turns out mosquitoes have to have blood to complete the life cycle of their eggs, and female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite. We’re obviously great sources for mosquito food, and we even do […]

  • L to R: Steve Johnson, Joe Ritch (WHNT News 19)

    Joe Ritch, chairman of TVA & BRAC, talks about his dual role

    Huntsville attorney Joe Ritch is a busy man. He’s the longtime chair of the Tennessee Valley BRAC Committee.  He’s also the chairman of the board for TVA — the first Alabamian to have that job. President Barack Obama nominated Ritch for the position in September 2012. The U.S. Senate approved Ritch’s nomination in January 2014. Ritch began the interview by explaining the difference in how the TVA operates now as opposed to the past. “Well, starting about ten years ago […]


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