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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
  • 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 […]

  • Huntsville Police Chief Discusses School Safety, Officer Training & More

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The second largest police force in Alabama belongs to Huntsville, and the responsibility for leading the more than 200 officers belongs to Chief Lewis Morris. He joined us for this week’s edition of Leadership Perspectives, our in-depth interview segment with local community leaders. Morris has been with the Huntsville Police Department for 38 years, working his way up through the ranks.  He is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and Huntsville High School. We talked with […]

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    Madison County Driver Says High Weeds Are Dangerous

    Highway 53 going through Madison County is busy. And that’s after much of it was widened from two lanes to four. Kelly Springs Road intersects with 53, and that intersection is also busy. “It worries me a lot. there’s always a lot of wrecks on 53,” says driver Ann Yelle.  She uses the Kelly Springs intersection every day. Now, drivers do have a traffic light at Kelly Springs and 53, and they certainly use that. But drivers who miss the […]

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    Bass Pro Shop Is Coming: How Excited Should We Be?

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – The deal is out there, Bass Pro Shop will be locating one of its mega-stores near the intersection of Highway 20 and Interstate 65.  Business leaders in Decatur are excited, and for that matter, so are hunters and fishermen from across north Alabama. Bass Pro Shop is an all needs store, and almost a tourist attraction. “You can buy hooks and bullets in a lot of places, but none of them look like a store like Bass […]

  • Political analyst Jess Brown discusses primary election fallout

    (WHNT) – The Alabama primary elections are in the books. Athens State professor and WHNT News 19’s political analyst Jess Brown has had a few days to think about what happened and what it means. He’s joining us for this week’s Leadership Perspectives interview. The question on many people’s minds–will the governor’s race between Republican Robert Bentley and Democrat Parker Griffith be competitive? “Oh yeah, it can be a fight, there can be a fight. It’s just that Parker Griffith […]

  • Dr. Parker Griffith prepares to vote on June 3 at First Baptist Church in Huntsville. (WHNT News 19)

    Griffith Hopeful About Chances of Winning Democratic Nomination for Governor

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Governor Robert Bentley could face off against a familiar face here in the Tennessee Valley. Former Congressman Parker Griffith headlines the Democratic gubernatorial ticket, taking on Kevin Bass. Dr. Griffith got his voting out of the way early Tuesday at Huntsville’s First Baptist Church.  He walked in with his wife Virginia and took time to shake a hand or two, but the candidate’s voting went about like everyone else’s. There were certainly no crowds when he showed […]

  • Madison County Young Republicans Chair Discusses the Importance of the Primary Election

    (WHNT) – The Alabama primary elections are coming up in a little more than a week, and the chair of the Madison County Young Republicans can’t wait. Brent Beal says there are races in this primary that are particularly interesting. This week in our Leadership Perspectives interview, Beal stresses the importance of voting in the June 3 primary.   Those votes can decide offices. Beal shared with us why this election is different than many that have come before. “A […]

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    Pick Your Problem, A Limestone County Road Has It

    Batrumville Road is in Limestone County. It runs between Harvest Road and East Limestone Road.  Ask neighbors, and they’ll tell you it makes up for its short length with its multiple problems. “When they turn that corner they gas it till they get right down yonder. Same thing from down there,” says Danny West. He’s one of a group of neighbors who met us to talk about their troubled road.  Speeding is one of the problems, but not the major […]

  • Hampton Cove Intersection In Huntsville Needs A Speed Change

    If you drive the intersection where Audubon Lane comes into Old 431 in Huntsville’s Hampton Cove area, you understand just how busy it is.  The intersection allows traffic to access a neighborhood, two schools and a pre-school. Needless to say, during peak school traffic hours the intersection is jammed. The congestion does seem to do one good thing. There are so many drivers trying to go in so many directions that no one can go too fast.  It actually makes […]

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    Decatur Teacher Is Special, And Earns Tools For Teachers Award

    DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Vicki Hawkins has been teaching special needs students for 16 years.  She’s spent the past three at Chestnut Grove Elementary School. Hawkins is famous for going above and beyond what’s required. “She’s the teacher I have to run out of the building, because she is not going to leave until it’s done,” said Chestnut Grove Principal Karissa Lang. “She’s the teacher that texts me at ten o’clock at night, and says ‘I have an idea — what […]

  • Taking Action Gets Results On Dangerous Huntsville Intersection

    Every day hundreds of drivers use the intersection where Randolph Avenue meets California Street. For a long while there was a problem.  Drivers who stopped at the white-painted stop line on the road, couldn’t see oncoming traffic from their left. “Well, it’s difficult. You can’t see first of all. You have to pull into the intersection, into oncoming traffic in order to see if there are cars coming north on California,” says driver Lori Harris. Watching the intersection in action, you could […]

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    Madison Teacher Gets The Job Done

    MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Chassity Smith is a fixture at Madison’s Horizon Elementary School. This is her ninth year on the job. After eight years teaching sixth grade, she’s teaching fifth graders this year. Her teaching goals haven’t changed at all. “I try to just make a lot of things real life. I also try to love them like they’re my own children,” says Ms Smith. Her efforts with all her students have been noticed. Mrs. Holly Troup nominated Chassity for this week’s […]


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