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 Sentar Way

    In 1990 Peter Kiss and his wife started an engineering company in Huntsville, Sentar. At the time there were just three workers.  “When we started back in 1990, Cybersecurity wasn’t something people talked about. Even when we got into it, which was around 2001, not too many people talked about it. Now everyone does,” says Kiss. Cybersecurity is an issue that everyone talks about, and that includes the average American to government workers on the most sensitive, secure programs.  Sentar […]

  • Defending America With Virtual Reality

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A recent engine test for NASA’s SLS is impressive. Lots of flame, smoke and noise.  The only way to make sure a rocket engine works is to fire it up, but of course you can’t do that when you want to learn how to work on the engine. In fact, it would be tough to find a model you could take apart to learn how it goes together. With virtual reality, you don’t need to be around […]

  • Defending America with rugged computers

    Soldiers in the field depend on a few basic things. One of them in the modern Army is computers — rugged, portable computers. “We developed and manufacture high performance work stations  for the war fighter,” said Tim Kavanagh from Rugged Portable Computers, the Madison company that has been in the business for more than two decades. Computers aren’t weapons, at least on the battlefield, nor are they body armor. But in the 21st century, you can’t do without them. “No, not these […]

  • Huntsville’s 2016 SMD Symposium is this week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The 19th annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium is coming to the Von Braun Center August 16-18th. The theme for this year's event is Space and Missile Defense in a complex world.

  • Defending America The Op Sec Way

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – The head of Operations Security, Op Sec for the Army Aviation and Missile Command is Paul Quintel.  It’s his work, what he does every single day. “The protecting of sensitive,  but unclassified information,” says Paul It’s the sort of thing that almost all the thousands of people working at Redstone Arsenal see every day. The goal, get them to understand something. “Not to post things on social media. Not to post things on Twitter, Snap Chat, […]

  • 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 […]