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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.

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
  • Planning for the future of America’s defense

    Huntsville, AL– For three days, August 7,8, and 9, Huntsville’s Von Braun Center was a very busy place. The 21st annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium brought in thousands of members, of industry, the military and the government. “It’s the only symposium in the world that focuses exclusively on space and missile defense,” said Bob McCaleb from Northrop Grumman in Huntsville. He wasn’t wrong about the symposium. It certainly was focused, but not on what’s happening right now, except as […]

  • 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. 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 true essence of dozens of wines from the […]

  • Symposium thoughts

    The 21st annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium is in the books.  The government, industry and military attendees say the results of what happens at the symposium lasts for weeks, months, maybe years afterward.  Part of that is the fact that the people at the meeting because of their jobs, have something in common. “There’s not a lot of eye-opening for the people who come to this symposium, they know the existential nature of what they work on,” said Mike […]

  • In the game to stay

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — There are more than 200 companies with exhibits at this years Space and Missile Defense Symposium.  The big legacy companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman are on hand, but so are many other companies of all sizes.  Some of them are companies with long histories, some of them are brand new. One of them, Cummings Aerospace has a booth at the symposium for the first time. “It was a huge deal for the company. Obviously, […]

  • The Space and Missile Defense Symposium answering future questions

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Space and Missile Defense Symposium is all about the future.  That’s a fair statement, and so is this, “It’s the only symposium in the world that focuses exclusively on space and missile defense,” said Bob McCaleb, the Lead Executive at Northrop Grumman in Huntsville. The SMD Symposium has been bringing government, military, and industry together for 21 years. “And what excites me is we’ve got small, medium and large companies here to actually get together. Customers […]

  • Global ties for Alabama make the world safer

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – In 1965, Huntsville was a bustling and growing city.  Not only was work well underway on the promise to put Americans on the moon, but the Saturn 5 engine test that year shook north Alabama.  Less intrusive but certainly important was the creation of what is now called Global Ties Alabama.  Thomas Pickens Gates came up with the idea because he believed someone needed to greet all the international visitors come to Huntsville. “ “We promote […]

  • U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Symposium begins at the VBC in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Space and Missile Defense Symposium begins this morning in the South Hall of the Von Braun Center. The three-day symposium is considered the leading educational, professional development and networking event of the space and missile defense community. The theme this year: “Space and Missile Defense…Sharpening the Military’s Competitive Edge” The exhibit floor is open and free to the public, but be sure to take a photo ID. You have to register to go inside.

  • Riding the lightning at the Redstone Test Center

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — You’ve probably seen the photos.  Lightning seen from space appears to be nothing more than an artistic light show. Up close, lightning is no fun. People struck by lightning are badly injured or killed. Buildings hit by lightning are damaged, or destroyed by the resultant fire. “The reason why you want to do lightning, it is a natural event that the equipment in the field is going to experience,” said Redstone Test Center Engineer, Jeff Craven. […]

  • At the Redstone Test Center time is definitely money

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. –If you were watching the television version of this story, you’d hear the sound of a Javelin Missile being launched.  The Javelin has an unusual system, one ignition powers the shoulder-fired missile out of its launch tube. The second ignition sends it on its way toward the intended target which is likely to be a tank or a fortification. The Javelin works, and that’s why there are thousands in the U.S. inventory, and most of those are […]

  • One soldier is sad to leave Redstone Arsenal, but excited to make great music for NATO

    The final performance is history for the 389th Army Materiel Command Band. The Army disbanded the musical unit.  A few soldier musicians are still knocking around the band’s building, but the band itself is no more. For the last Director of the band, Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Bettencourt, it’s a sad time, but there is something to look forward to. “This move is exciting. It’s overseas,” said CW4 Bettencourt. The Chief is moving to Mons, Belgium as the new […]

  • At Redstone Arsenal one Command supports allies around the world

    REDSTONE FEDERAL, Ala. – When you walk into the building that houses the Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal you could turn right, and head into another slightly smaller building that houses the United States Army Security Assistance Command.  It’s referred to as USASAC, which sounds like “yoose-a-sack.”  Whatever you call it, the mission is straightforward. “Our mission is to strengthen partners and build alliances,” said Col. Jason Crowe who deals with the 18 U.S. partners and allies in the […]

  • Zombies make America’s defensive missiles better

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — Most of us have seen a Zombie movie.  Crazed creatures who are the living dead and trying to make everyone else just like them.  Turns out the Space and Missile Defense Command at Redstone Arsenal has its own Zombies. They’re target missiles and they’re referred to as Zombies for a particular reason. “Because we’re taking excess missile motors from the Army that were nearing the end of their service life. They were essentially dead motors, and […]