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Bob always knew he was meant to live in North Carolina, it just took him a while to get here. He was born and raised in Chicago and went to the University of Missouri for Journalism school. After working in the "real world" for a year, he went back for his graduate degree in broadcast journalism and two days after graduating, found himself driving to North Carolina for a job as a sportscaster in Greenville. From there, he went to Washington State to be a sportscaster for a couple of years, before finding his way back to the Piedmont and making the switch to covering news.

You can see most of Bob's work on the FOX8 10:00 News, and sometimes on our other newscasts. You'll also see Bob filling in as an anchor occasionally. Politics, philosophy and literature are among his favorite subjects to read and discuss, when he's not playing soccer or spending time with his wife, Jean-Marie, and their 4 children.

Recent Articles
  • Life Expectancy tracts with zip codes

    How your life expectancy correlates with your zip code

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — So, how long do you think you’ll live? The answer might be on the front of your mail. It turns out, your life expectancy correlates quite closely with what zip code you are born into. And, in some counties – Guilford, for example – your life expectancy can change by almost two decades, just by being born into a zip code that is no more than a dozen miles, as the crow flies, from another. There […]

  • Guilford parents fight for school dedicated to teaching children who have autism

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The number of special needs kids has exploded over the last few decades.  Autism diagnoses, alone, have gone from 1 in 10,00 to 1 in 68. That has put a strain on school staffs and budgets, leaving many families feeling their children aren’t getting what they need. So a group of families in Guilford County decided to do it, themselves — create a school, from scratch, dedicated to teaching children who have autism.  And, in this […]

  • An inside look at the life of a hurricane hunter

    With the start of hurricane season just days away, FOX8’s Bob Buckley talks one-on-one with the pilots know as the hurricane hunters. “A typical mission is 10 or 11 hours, with six hours inside a developed hurricane,” said pilot Ivan Deroche. Buckley also looks at the latest technology being used to track the storms. Plus, why being prepared for a hurricane is especially important here in the Piedmont.  

  • #IDidItForMyMom to make every day Mother’s Day

    Remember how big the Ice Bucket Challenge was? Imagine a similar phenomenon for everyone who has a mother. Now you’re really talking big. Michael Levy is trying to do just that. In 2004, he decided to grow a beard — not the wildest of ideas — but that beard turned into a symbol of something so much bigger and, now, Michael is trying to use that to create a new culture that we can all be part of, concerning our […]

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    Trouble with truffles in Stokes County

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — There is a trifle of trouble with the truffles. Every industry in North Carolina had pioneers that helped it get started. Textiles had the Cone family, wine had the Sheltons and now truffles have a couple of dozen farmers, including Jane Morgan Smith. But truffles are a difficult project — you can work for five or 10 years before the trees fruit. Jane did her work, had some of the most famous people in the kitchen […]

  • Are regulations threatening the future of farming?

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — My, what a difference a century can make. In 1915, there were 6.5 million farms and nearly one in three Americans worked on them. Today, there are just a little more than 2 million farms and less than 3 percent of the population works them. Part of that, of course, is due to better technology and part of it is due to the allure of the, “big city.” But, increasingly, part of it is from the […]

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    Piedmont surrogate mom has children for same-sex couples

    How far would you be willing to go to give someone the gift of life? For many people, having children is their most important legacy. But if you can’t create children in the traditional way — as millions of Americans can’t — what do you do? Since the first in vitro fertilization baby, Louise Brown, was born in 1978, the number of surrogate births has exploded to nearly 60,000 per year. As society changes regarding the structure of families, this […]

  • Buckley Report looks at pictures, films before the selfie

    How many pictures do you have of your parents, when they were young? How about your great grandparents? If you were lucky enough to have your family live in one of the towns H. Lee Waters wandered into, late in the Depression Era, you might be able to seem them not just in motion, but in living color. Waters was a portrait taker but – like so many people during the depression – he looked for other ways to make […]

  • Buckley Report checks in with Piedmont family that moved to Colo. for medical marijuana

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — No one is keeping an official count of how many families have moved to Colorado since it first legalized using medicines made with marijuana back in 2000, bust estimates are the number is in the thousands, including a family from the Piedmont. Bob Buckley has been following one family since they began considering a move in March 2013. They know that these treatments — many, still experimental — can be long shots but, as you’ll see […]

  • ‘Impossible father’ paying child support for son that can’t be his

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — What was news to a courtroom in Alamance County was well known to Randall Smith. That he is in court over child support payments the county says he owes is not unusual. How he got here, certainly is. In 1999, Smith got sick and had some work done in the hospital. Soon afterward, he met a woman and got married. “She came up pregnant and told me about it,” he said. “I didn’t speak to her and […]

  • Buckley Report looks at GMOs

    There are few things more controversial when it comes to the food we eat than genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. And there may be few things that are more misunderstood, according to the scientists involved in the work. If you Google the term, you’ll get thousands of hits linking you to blogs — most of which will tell part of the story. This edition of the Buckley Report looks at what GMOs really are and what concerns we should have about […]

  • Is the most fundamental freedom in America under attack?

    What a difference a few decades can make. Twenty years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union worked to help pass not just the federal, “Religious Freedom Restoration Law,” but many of the ones states began to pass as well. The original ones started from Native Americans wanting to use what is otherwise an illegal substance – peyote – in their religious ceremonies. But as society quickly changed on other issues, the laws served as either a defense against being compelled […]


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