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
  • Group works to preserve land around Alamance Battleground State Historic Site

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Some things, once lost, can never be brought back. A seemingly ordinary plot of land in Alamance County is a good example. It’s not that land itself that is so important. It’s what happened in the space next to it. That site, along N.C. 62, is where Gov. William Tryon and a thousand of his Royal Militia met 2,000 “Regulators” – mostly farmers – and, when the day was over, 200 of them were dead or […]

  • Couple leaves pharmaceutical business to practice sustainable farming in Randolph County

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — For Mike Hansen and his wife, Sue Meyer, sustainable farming wasn’t just a choice, it was a necessity. For Mike and Sue Hansen, sustainable farming wasn’t just a choice, it was a necessity. They left good jobs in pharmaceuticals in Durham to begin farming in Randolph County. “Sustainability for us means, number one, improving our soil,” Mike said. “Number two, focusing on breeds that are adapted to our area and the Pineywoods cattle is a good […]

  • Recipe for survival for brick and mortar stores

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — How many of your favorites have disappeared? “Toys R Us, The Limited and Payless and Radio Shack — those types of big brands actually filed bankruptcy,” notes UNCGreensboro professor, Jiyoung Hwang. “And, last year, 8,600 stores closed. And, this year so far, 3,000 stores are closing.” You don’t have to convince David Farris. “Just in the last three to five years, it has changed, drastically,” says Farris, who was part owner of the store Party Chick and […]

  • ‘I Am A Queen’ organization empowers young women

    It’s not the message you’d expect to hear out of someone who has been through what Alana Allen has. “Forgive and be you. Just forgive and be free. Because when you forgive someone, it feels like cool water,” she says. That sentiment – and realizing that “teen girls need an outlet, teen girls need something to do, teen girls need to be active and engaged in their communities.” Who better to do that than Alana. But her quest to create […]

  • TEARS Foundation works to lift financial burden from families who have lost a child

    When you meet them, they don’t seem much different than other young mothers, showing off pictures of their children. But Dominique Comer, Leslie Ward and Rebecca Holtdorf are members of a club they never wanted to be in: women who had stillborn babies or babies that died shortly after birth. “I had a regular pregnancy, no issues, no problems.”  Ward said. Until she did – and the most heartbreaking kind. “I was there when they took her off the machines and […]

  • High Point woman adopted after birth may be unlikely princess

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — What most people take for granted – who they are, who their parents were – has been more of a struggle for Shirene Gentry. She’ll tell you in an instant that her parents were Dan and Diane Hritzko. Dan was a high-ranking officer in the US Army in the early 1960s, when Shirene was born in Iran – that part has never been in dispute. How it all happened and who her parents were is not […]

  • Winston-Salem State physical therapy students work with man paralyzed in accident

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In our parents’ day, they called it “bedside manner.” Today, they call it an essential part of the curriculum. Winston-Salem State’s doctoral students in physical therapy are learning new ways to relate to patients like Blake Johnson, who was paralyzed when he fell trying to climb over a fence in the Bahamas in 2015. The school is emphasizing going well beyond the techniques of therapy to truly understand what it’s like to be in their patient’s position. […]

  • Travel experts see increase in ‘ego travel’

    The young professionals of today may have taken their historical vacations to Gettysburg or the Washington in their youth. But, as adults, it’s all about how spectacular their vacation pictures look on Facebook and Instagram. Call it “ego travel.” “I do think it’s a thing,” said Chuck Joyce, the president of A Way to Go Travel Agency in Greensboro. “We do 700 honeymoons a year, so that’s kind of our specialty. You definitely can tell when people want to do […]

  • Rockingham County NC Senate candidate back on ballot after successful appeal of residency ruling

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Jennifer Mangrum just won the battle of her political life. Mangrum is the Democratic nominee for state Senate in district 30 – the same district in which Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger will be running for a 10th term in November. Many consider Berger the most powerful politician in the state. Mangrum’s issue is that the Board of Elections in the district ruled that she was ineligible to run, because it believes she rented a home […]

  • Piedmont woman discusses the other side of the opioid debate

    Sometimes, it can be very difficult to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Shenise Wilson learned that quite literally in a painful way, a few years ago. “I started having symptoms probably just a little bit before my 18th birthday which is in the middle of February,” remembers Shenise. “I don’t know what I thought it was, I kind of blew it off. I would take some ibuprofen, go to school, go to work. But then I would notice, I […]

  • Woman donates kidney to Piedmont woman

    Barbara Lester was living a great life, until her father butted in – okay, not her father, per se, but his genetics … specifically, a gene that gave Barbara polycystic kidney disease. She’d lived with it most of her adult life until one of the cysts burst, in 2015 and it became clear she’d need a new kidney, soon. Barbara’s wife of twenty years, Pam Stanley, had a plan for that moment. “I always held out hope that I would […]

  • UNC researcher works to help people who may become addicted to opioid medicines

    It’s not so much a Brave New World of medicine as it is a scary one. “Certainly, when I was trained in medicine which was in the late ’70s, early ’80s, we generally did not give opioids for sort of routine pain control,” says UNC researcher, Bryan Roth. Roth is very familiar with how effective opioid medicines can be. “The problem is that about 10 percent of people who take opioids have a problem with them,” says Roth. “In my […]