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.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — She is now simply case 22752. An old, brown folder, with some typed pages and the description of how Helen Dalton simply disappeared. Helen was 52 years old on April 3 of 1963. It was a different time in America – much more innocent. John F. Kennedy was still our president, few Americans knew where Vietnam was and it was sunny and warm when Helen and her 14-year-old daughter, Bonnie, got in the car, that day. “She […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Authority figures have always underestimated Adam Paul. “They’ve always kind of told me that I couldn’t and wouldn’t and I’ve always had the attitude that I would and could,” he says of his youth. His father was a surgeon in Greensboro and Paul’s grandfather, Harry Coover, not only invented Super Glue but has more than 400 other patents. Quite an accomplishment but it didn’t mean there was a big inheritance waiting for Paul. “We only have the […]
It’s funny where life may lead you, especially if you’re a person who feels called to faith. Cheri Thompson and her husband, Rick, were in Kenya in 1992 when they saw 10 boys being beaten by police for the “crime” of begging for food. One boy was only 3. They knew they had to do something. By 2001, they’d purchased a farm near the Kipsongo Slum just outside of Kitale, Kenya, and by 2003 they’d taken in their first 10 […]
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Robin Britt has had a positive relationship with Guilford County children. Britt grew up near Asheville and lost both of his parents by the time he was four; his mother to cancer, his father to tuberculosis. But that didn’t stop him. His older sister raised him and his brother. Britt worked hard and won not just a Morehead Scholarship to UNC Chapel Hill but a ROTC scholarship as well. He served in the Navy and Naval […]
Sometimes, it’s the little things in life that make a big difference. “We appreciate K&W giving out great Danishes, serving us on china and real silverware,” jokes Vernon Robinson, a graduate of the Air Force Academy and an Air Force veteran. Robinson proudly wears a Tuskegee Airmen logo on his leather jacket on this Wednesday. His father was one of the famed African-American pilots during World War II. Robinson didn’t appreciate that as much as a young person. He does […]
LEXINGTON, N.C. — Landon Grant travels the world making videos and films, but he found his most fascinating story right here at home. A friend told him about a man from Lexington named David Hedgecock and all he’d been through. Landon met with David to hear his story and, “I pushed record on my recorder, and we heard his story for the first time and that night I was blown away.” So much so that he decided to tell Hedgecock’s […]
Wouldn’t you love to have a crystal ball? If you have enough good data, you have the next best thing. In 2004, we did a Buckley Report about “The job you’ll want to have in 15 years.” Well, here we are 15 years later. The idea was to see what fields experts thought would see a lot of job growth and pay well. Back then, we anticipated that computers and data would be a big field. At the time, we […]
RURAL HALL, N.C. — Larry Williams leads an unlikely political life. He grew up in Gastonia and went to NC State in the Vietnam era. He used his engineering degree from NC State to land a job with the North Carolina Department of Transportation which is what took him and his wife, Billie, to the Winston-Salem area in the late 1960s. After looking all around the area, they settled in the small town of Rural Hall north of the city. […]
Up until 7:48 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, it was hard to imagine what was about to happen in what looked like paradise. “I’d finished breakfast, I went to the office on the second deck,” said Tom Shook, about his routine aboard the USS Phoenix, a light cruiser stationed at Pearl Harbor. “I was reading the paper and I heard the gunfire, I thought, ‘That’s unusual in the harbor.’ And then came the big explosions on the battleships.” The attack […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — It wasn’t mean to be a business. “When we were in middle school, my younger brother Jack needed a way to fund a field trip,” said Maddie Brown, who is now a freshman at Hofstra University in New York. “My parents said, ‘OK, you have to pay 50% of the field trip.’ And he didn’t have any money so we kind of thought of a very Christmasy idea for him to make money and for him to […]
DURHAM, N.C. — Madagascar is more than just a funny animated film starring the voices of Ben Stiller and Chris Rock. It’s a real place – and island off the east coast of Africa – with very real and interesting species calling it home, including lemurs. There are about a hundred different types of lemurs and if you’re interested in seeing them, you don’t need to go far. They’re just up the road in Durham and the Duke Lemur Center. […]
DURHAM, N.C. — When we think of ancient things, we tend to think they’re all in Europe, the Middle East or maybe Asia. But what if you learned there are things that old just down the road? In the Black River basin, there are trees that are at least 2,624 years old and, likely, much closer to 2,800 years old. “The Bald Cypress is the 5th oldest species of tree in the world,” said Hervey McIver, who works for the […]