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
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    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 […]

  • New paint helps protect war fighters

    HUNTSVILLE, AL — You’ve probably seen plenty of Army vehicles on the road.  They might be standard olive drab, or possibly a desert camouflage pattern. However they’re painted, the basic material for the coating is called CARC, Chemical Agent Resistant Coating. “Our NATO customers, our allies, they are all using this. This paint is in theater,” said Pam Clark from Huntsville’s CFI Military Solutions. She is not talking about CARC. Pam is talking about “Intermat Stealth, Anti-Thermal Spraying Coating”. It’s […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]