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
  • Taking Action On An Unmarked Huntsville Road Hazard

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Zierdt Road is a busy two lane road.  We’ve taken action several times over the years to make Zierdt safer and smoother.  Recently we took action and got results on a deep rut next to the road that had caused damage to at least one vehicle.  Now, we’re taking action on a stretch of Zierdt that could do a lot more than just damage a car. It’s the section of the road just north of Beadle […]

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    Taking Action To Fix A Blind Spot For Madison County Drivers

    MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) The intersection where New Market Road meet’s Butler Road is fairly busy as Madison County intersections go.  Traffic on Butler is supposed to be going 45-miles an hour, but often travels much faster than that.  It makes the problem for drives on New Market Road even tougher.  When they want to turn left on to Butler they have to be very careful. “Completely zero visibility,” says Shannon Johnson.  She’s complaining about the stand of large bushes […]

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    Getting Results On A Dangerous Huntsville Road Problem

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – “A car started to come over some, around the curve a little too fast. So I eased over to the side there,” said Tim Baker, as he describes his accident on Huntsville’s Zierdt Road.  Tim went off the edge of Zierdt just south of Beadle Lane.  The problem was a deep rut right next to the crumbled edge of Zierdt Road. That rut caused problems for Tim, and had to stop. “I might have blown a […]

  • Taking Action On A Terrible Huntsville Road

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Driving down Huntsville’s Oakwood Avenue these days is an unpleasant experience. “It’s in terrible shape,” says Larry Wood. Wood is particularly upset about the stretch of Oakwood just to the east of Memorial Parkway. “There’s about a block and a half of road that’s just almost un-driveable,” says Wood. The large rough patches that dot Oakwood Avenue from Memorial Parkway to Andrew Jackson Way are the result of work to repair, and replace gas and sewer lines under […]

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    Getting results on Green Mountain Road, which can be dangerous

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Driving Green Mountain Road in Huntsville is an adventure.  Going up, you need plenty of power.  Coming down the one mile stretch of steep, twisting road you need great brakes.  Green Mountain Road doesn’t need anything to make it more dangerous. “It can be a nightmare,” says Green Mountain resident Atha Williams. Atha was concerned about water standing on Green Mountain Road during times of hard rain.  “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come around a […]

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    Old Whitesburg School demolished as new school nears completion

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Demolition is noisy work, and it’s also much quicker than construction.  It’s also sadder, too. Crews started work Wednesday morning to tear down Whitesburg Middle and Whitesburg Elementary Schools.  A small crowd gathered to watch. “We have lots of good memories from the old school building,” said Andrew Allen, a student. The old Whitesburg School opened in 1959, and contains memories for thousands of students. “It was just a great place,” said David Couch, an alumnus.  “The […]

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    WHNT News 19’s Steve Johnson shares his memories from Whitesburg School

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The old Whitesburg School in Huntsville is coming down.  If the demolition isn’t finished as I write this, it will be soon.  Even for me, who attended Whitesburg decades ago, it’s a bit sad. The school opened in 1959 and I started attending as a 3rd grader in 1960.  My family had moved to Huntsville from Panama City, Florida, when my father took a job with the Army Ballistic Missile Agency.  We lived three blocks from the […]

  • Longtime Huntsville attorney talks about state funding, leadership

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The current session of the Alabama Legislature is winding down.   The budget isn’t final yet, but legislators probably feel they’ve helped one issue, and that’s prison overcrowding. Huntsville attorney Julian Butler says the state’s probable solution doesn’t do counties any favors. “Those people would serve their time in the county jail, not the state prison system, without providing any additional funding for county jails,” said Butler. “So, unfortunately, classic Alabama. We just shift the burden […]

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    Redstone’s future requires schools, entertainment and nightlife

    "We are competing, whether we like or not, with communities across this country, and around the world for critical skills and talents. And we must work every aspect of life from social to professional and everything having to do with our children and raising families," says Joe Fitzgerald, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for north Alabama.

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    Improving infrastructure the bottom line for Redstone’s future

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - More than 40,000 people enter the gates of Redstone Arsenal every workday. Twenty years from now, that number might be much larger. However, those big numbers are the stuff of nightmares for anyone who has recently been stuck in glacially slow traffic outside Redstone's main gate.

  • Taking Action On A Rough Huntsville Road

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -Parkwood Drive isn’t in one of Huntsville’s historic neighborhoods, but it is one of the city’s older streets.  It’s also showing it’s age with cracked and broken pavement. Potholes are deep and wide.  J.T. Jones says he’s lived on the street for 31-years and the last time it was repaved was nearly that long. I asked him if it had been too long between paving jobs. “Yes, I think we have, because right now it feels like […]

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    Agencies, commands on Redstone help shape base’s bright future

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - Looking at video of Huntsville in the 1950s, you see the normal bustle of a small city's downtown. Everyone knew work was underway at Redstone Arsenal on America's missile program, but that was certainly no predictor of what the base would become.


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