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.

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.

I also do our “Defending America” reports that highlight the work in the north Alabama aerospace and defense community as well as what happens on Redstone Arsenal both in defense and at Marshall Space Flight Center.

My wife Sue is the Office Manager for Retina Services of North Alabama. I have two sons. Chris works at Huntsville Hospital. My other son, Wes, is married with two sons. 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 may be from North Carolina, and my wife from Atlanta, but we both consider Huntsville our home town.

Recent Articles
  • Defending America The Unmanned Way

    The Army is all in with unmanned aircraft. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), is what they’re called. “Well, the anticipated outcome from the industry is very, very large. The main reason is because if you can think it, a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) can probably do it,”says Taylor Abingdon one of four members of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems unit at Huntsville’s Avion Solutions. Taylor is talking about why four ex-helicopter guys are now work every day with small unmanned aircraft. The […]

  • Boeing’s Heritage Of Defending America

    This is the centennial year for Boeing.  For a hundred years, the company has been involved in aviation and other pursuits in war and peace. Boeing  became a major part of the aerospace scene in Huntsville in 1962.   By the end of the 60’s some 4,500 people were working at Boeing, and most of them were working on the Saturn 5 moon rocket, or other aspects of the lunar mission.  When astronauts drove the Lunar Rover on the moon, […]

  • Defending America: Let nLogic Count The Ways

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The headquarters for Huntsville’s nLogic is deceiving.  The company has some 250 employees, but just 10 work in the building. “They might go to work in about 12 to 13 places. I have lost count, but you are absolutely right. It’s not uncommon for me to go on location and run into an employee, and I had no idea that’s where they worked,” said Tim Thornton, the company founder and President. He’s actually talking about where nLogic employees […]

  • Defending America With Hellfire

    There’s one thing every American soldier, every war fighter on the ground, appreciates. It’s the fact that the weapons used to protect them, work. The Hellfire missile for example. Development on it began way back in 1974. It became operational in 1984.  “”It is absolutely the most lethal and most versatile weapon in its class in the world,” says Col. James Romero, the Joint Attack Munitions Systems Project Manager. The Hellfire is an air to ground missile, and has what […]

  • Huntsville businessman John Meredith to challenge Will Culver for City Council District 5 seat

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville businessman John Meredith tells WHNT News 19 that he is running for the District 5 City Council Seat currently held by incumbent Will Culver. “I’m running because I feel that the representation the current councilman is providing in the 5th District is not good. It’s not solid. It’s not righteous if you will, and the quality of life for the constituents in the fifth district needs to be a whole lot better, and I hope to […]

  • Defending America For 75 Years At Redstone Arsenal

    When it became a military base in 1941, Redstone Arsenal was actually two arsenals, Huntsville and Redstone. The Main job was making chemical munitions. The real excitement didn’t happen till 1950 when Wernher Von Brown and the German rocket team arrived at what we now know as Redstone Arsenal. Von Braun and his team led thousands of other workers as they began the process of building America’s ballistic missile program. Their first success, the Redstone Missile. “The foundation of what […]

  • Dr. Von Braun helped put Huntsville on the map, but few of us pronounce his name correctly

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As we’ve marked the 75th birthday of Redstone Arsenal this week, we’ve taken a look at the base’s incredible history. In some cases we’ve touched on obvious highlights.  We’ve also remembered some of the great moments you might have forgotten.  One thing we know about history, even one as spectacular as that of Redstone Arsenal, it’s easy to forget. Dr. Wernher Von Braun was the first Marshall Space Flight Center Director. He was the leader of the German […]

  • Marshall Space Flight Center & Shuttle program a huge part of Redstone Arsenal’s history

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Working to win World War II and making the missile that ended the Cold War.  That’s enough history for most any place.  At Redstone Arsenal, you can add putting men on the moon, and designing the most complex machine ever built. The old timers will tell you, a Saturn V launch was something to see.  The huge rocket would slowly head to space, as it took Apollo astronauts to the moon. “And when you think about the number […]

  • Redstone Historian: Berlin Wall fell because of the success of the Pershing II

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There’s history, and then there’s history, and Redstone Arsenal has a lot of both.  The Saturn V moon rocket certainly changed the world, but then again, so did the Pershing missile. The Pershing II missile system was a bit of a monster.  It could fly 1,800 miles to a target and get very, very close to it. “Ten yards, maybe better,” said Col. (Ret.) Tom Brown, former Pershing Program Manager at Redstone. The Pershing was the natural […]

  • Looking back: President Kennedy gave workers at Marshall Space Flight Center a world-changing mission

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Redstone Arsenal will celebrate its 75th birthday in the next few days.  In the beginning, it was 60 square miles of cotton fields.  Now, it’s a hub of military and space expertise that really isn’t matched anywhere in the world. This week, we continue our look back at moments in the base’s history.  One of the most important ones actually happened in Texas. It’s strange if you think about it.  At one moment, thousands of men and […]

  • The Redstone Test Stand helped Huntsville make history

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – Seventy-five years is a long time.  In the case of Redstone Arsenal it’s not really the years, but rather the important things that have happened on the base in those three-quarters of a century. As part of WHNT News 19’s celebration of Redstone’s 75th anniversary, we look back on the namesake missile. The Redstone test stand is on one of the quieter roads at Redstone Arsenal.  It really doesn’t look like much, but it’s one of […]

  • Defending America By Keeping Track Of Everything

    Every major industry, from autos to airplanes uses computer software to keep track of parts, processes and work. “We use that same capability to manage the overhaul and repair of military equipment,” says Josh Call the Army Materiel Command Chief of Business Process Development. AMC manages 17 repair and manufacturing shops.  The work for the facilities is more complicated than on the civilian assembly line. “In one building they can be building and repairing five different kinds of combat vehicles […]