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
  • If you need something for space or for defense, one Huntsville company says to call them

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The International Space Station was still growing, and the space shuttle had missions left to fly when three Marshall Space Flight Center veterans decided it was time to start their own company. Marc Verhage, Sr. Vice President for Defense Systems at Huntsville’s Trivector Services, knew the time was right. “Our wives were bought in, everybody was bought in, and we thought if we’re going to do it, now’s the time to do it and let’s go for […]

  • Situational awareness for war fighters at a reasonable cost

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – For war fighters in the field, having what they need from basic equipment to food and water is crucial. It’s safe to say that when things get dangerous, having information might be the “most” important thing.  That would be the biggest reason the Army loves the Shadow Unmanned Aerial System. It provides great reconnaissance, but there is the chance that an enemy could know the Shadow was on the job. Chip Hardy, Manger of the Space […]

  • Sustaining Army Aviation is job one at the Aviation Symposium

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Army Aviation Sustainment Symposium at the Von Braun Center is a big deal. 70-exhibiting companies think so. So do the 700-attendees. So do Army aviators everywhere. “Everybody that’s here is in the support business for Army aviation. That brings young men and women home,” said Retired Brigadier General Stephen Mundt, the President of the Army Aviation Association of America. A company like Huntsville’s Yulista likes the sound of that. The company is a major presence at […]

  • Huntsville’s Plasma Processes is a leader in the hottest of industries

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Right this moment there are 1,100 satellites orbiting the earth. A dozen of them carry parts made by one Huntsville Company, Plasma Processes. These aren’t just any parts. “It’s a whole revolution in the way satellites are being made and flown now,” said Tim McKechnie, the President of Plasma Processes. The revolution Tim is talking about actually grew out of work on the Space Shuttle. It’s all about using something called plasma. “Plasma is hot ionized gas.  So […]

  • The Army goes for Predictive Maintenance

    REDSTONE ARSENAL — If you drive a car you know that periodically you have to change the oil. It’s called preventive maintenance, and manufacturers have recommendations on when it should be done. It’s all about keeping the vehicle running. The Army has the same sore of recommendations for their vehicles and systems. Now though, there’s a new idea for better maintenance. “Predictive maintenance allows us to get ahead of equipment failures,” said Col. John Kuenzli at the Army Materiel Command.  […]

  • Defense contractors learning to defend themselves in a cyber war

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — When you see an Army helicopter flying overhead, you can be sure that local defense contractors large and small support that system. In fact, you could know the same thing for missiles or most any other defense program. Defense contractors do defend America, but they also need to defend themselves from cyber-warfare.  We asked if there are examples of defense contractors who have been hacked? “Yeah, there’s been, I mean just recently you’ve heard of the Naval […]

  • Small Huntsville company solves problems

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — We first visited Huntsville’s Cintel Incorporated in 2017.  The 5-year-old company started life with the name Collaborate Intel, but as we found out in 2017, that name was a problem. “The word intel is apparently owned by Intel, and so we received a nice letter in the mail and we had the opportunity to change our company name,” said a laughing Cintel CEO, Dale Jobes. Our first interview with Dale in 2017.  We paid the company a […]

  • Marshall Space Flight Center veteran talks about the mission, and the First Man on the Moon

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A dozen Americans have stepped on the Moon, but none as famously as Neil Armstrong. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” said Armstrong on July 21st, 1969.  The Apollo 11 astronaut and crewmate Buzz Aldrin became the first men on the Moon.  It was the culmination of a decade of work at Marshall Space Flight Center. Brooks Moore was in charge of the guidance instrument package on the Saturn 5, the Moon Rocket.  […]

  • How the Army uses Value Engineering

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — When you get down to basics Army helicopters have a lot in common with Army ground vehicles. Some things are obvious, but one that might not be is the fact that both high-tech systems get the attention of “Value” engineers. “We look at ways to improve the readiness of things the soldiers use, which means reliability, safety, cost. We’re very focused on cost, reducing costs,” said the Army Value Engineering Manager, Todd Hutto. What value engineering […]

  • An Army Astronaut remembers a great career

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — It’s pretty straightforward, the career for retired Brigadier General Robert Stewart began when he flew gunships in Vietnam. “Because I always wanted to be a soldier. My Daddy was a soldier in World War 2.  My uncles were soldiers. I wanted to be a soldier too,” said Robert Stewart. He also wanted to fly, and Stewart said Army Aviation was the perfect opportunity.  Flying helicopters in Vietnam led him to be a test pilot. He was one […]

  • Why some American cities need to Meet Your Army

    Redstone Arsenal — Everyday some 40,000 people go to work on Redstone Arsenal. Many of them work for Army commands and programs.  There is a reason the Association of the US Army comes to Huntsville on an annual basis: this is Army country. It is not the target for the “Meet Your Army” program. “It’s designed  to connect the American people to their Army.  That’s the bottom line with the program,” said Col. Richard Spiegel, the Director of Public and […]

  • Picking Bama’s best wines

    Yes indeed, Alabama has a “best” wine, but…you can’t find out what it is. Not yet. More on that in a moment. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2018 AWARD WINNERS The fourth Annual Alabama Commercial Wine competition was held this past Saturday at 1892 East Restaurant & Tavern in Huntsville. Judges, including WHNT News 19’s Steve Johnson, spent the day checking the taste, the aroma, the color, the consistency and more of some great wines.  The goal, of course, find the […]