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
  • Not space, but the Russians

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala — When the Saturn 5 launched on July 16, 1969, it was the answer to a question. That question was which country, which “system” would lead the world? Would it be Russia and the Soviet Union, or would it be America and the free world? “Oh yes, I don’t think there’s any doubt. You know it’s amazing we have to be prodded by our mortal enemy to do anything like this, but this is a prime example,” said […]

  • “Rocket City Liftoff, the Apollo 11 Moonshot”

    The Challenge In 1969 the Apollo 11 mission put two Americans on the moon. That’s just one sentence that encompasses the end of a world war, men and women moving across the country, uncounted thousands of hours of work, failures, triumphs and yes, blood and tears.  There were actually several beginnings to this story, and almost all of them lead directly to north Alabama. The Leader Think about this for a moment. When America decided to go to the moon […]

  • How did Huntsville become the Rocket City?

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There are plenty of questions to ask in this time of celebration of the Apollo 11 moon mission. How did Huntsville become the Rocket City? When did work begin at Redstone Arsenal on rockets?  What about missiles?  When did the German rocket scientists get here?  What made Wernher von Braun so important? How did America get its first satellite in space?  When did Marshall Space Flight Center join NASA and, for that matter, who worked there?  What […]

  • Remembering the Space Race: How the Rocket City earned its nickname

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – We are finally here. Coming up in just a few days is the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that put two Americans on the moon. How we got to that mission is a complex story. In 1957, Huntsville was a growing city. The sleepy cotton days were ending, and the cars that jammed the downtown area were driven mostly by men and women whose lives revolved around missile work at Redstone Arsenal. That changed in the […]

  • Making sure U.S. allies and partners have what they need

    The Patriot Missile Defense System has been part of America’s arsenal for decades, and improvements are made on a regular basis. It’s a system we and many allies and partners depend on. Switzerland is also considering buying Patriot, both missiles and radar. It’s a package deal that includes some sophisticated aircraft systems. There is however something that makes this deal highly unusual. “The Swiss population will have a referendum and vote on whether or not they wish to spend the […]

  • Small business celebrates its Apollo heritage

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — We know the story. Americans landed on the moon in 1969. It was the answer to a promise by President John Kennedy. It was the culmination of a decade of work by tens of thousands of dedicated people. “The work they did was very inspiring. It was based on a lot of teamwork, a lot of passion, a lot of dedication to make it right,” said Ken Smith, the CEO of Analytical Mechanics Associates, AMA. The work […]

  • Looking back at how the U.S. answered the Soviet Union and gets in the space race

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -January 31st, 1958, that’s when America launched Explorer and got in the space race. It was our successful response to the Soviet Union’s surprise launch of Sputnik on October 4th, 1957. “I was not mad. I just said it could be ours. The satellite could be ours here, and now it’s theirs,” recalled Ernst Stuhlinger, a member of the German Rocket Team that was leading the Army’s effort to develop ballistic missiles. Stuhlinger, who would later move […]

  • Why the Army says location, location, location

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala — We’re all familiar with GPS. Most of us have it in our car and certainly use it on our phones. The Global Positioning System is how we know where we are. But, what would we do if the system quit working? Old fashioned paper maps used to be enough. They provided directions and even location. But in the 21st century, it’s GPS we count on, or what they also call the Global Navigation Satellite Systems, GNSS. “This […]

  • At Redstone Arsenal they make standards “standard”

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — A gallon of gas is the same gallon for everyone. The altitude that’s supposed to be ten thousand feet is the same for every aircraft. It’s pretty basic stuff but getting it right consistently, that’s another story. The average driver never thinks about it. If the speed limit is 70 miles per hour, and their speedometer says they’re going 70, they assume that’s how fast they’re going. Anything else would be chaos. No one knows that […]

  • Detection and communication for soldiers in harms way

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Soldiers on the job might be on board an Army helicopter. They might be working in a ground vehicle in a combat zone, or they might be on foot. Wherever they’re deployed, they absolutely have to have the ability to know where the enemy is. “It will pinpoint their location on a map and they’re able to go back to their command and tell them this is where these people, these bad guys, are,” said John Gibson […]

  • A Huntsville company getting ready for the big “Sense Off”

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Patriot surface to air defense missile system earned its early fame in the Gulf War. The latest and best version of the Patriot is the PAC-3, and it is a life saver. It does, however, need a great radar to sense the incoming targets that it will shoot down. That radar is about to get a major upgrade. “There’s going to be a Sense Off,” said Bob Kelly, Raytheon’s director for integrated air and missile defense […]

  • Filling the Army’s request for more missiles

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Soldiers in the field need every bit of their equipment to do their job. Being well equipped makes them effective, and it helps keep them safe. The mission of doing that now and in the future was a main topic of the recent AUSA Global Force Symposium. It’s not just about equipment for today, it’s also about having what you need in the future. “I think what the Army is doing right now is making sure they […]

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