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. — Some things seem inevitable, in retrospect. The Civil Rights Movement and the Abolition movement are certainly two of them – how could anyone be against them, it seems from today’s perspective. But nearly every civilization in history has had some form of slavery and social hierarchy and if you lived in the American South, 200 years ago, opposing slavery was a monumental task. “It was very hard to convince those who were privileged economically by slavery to […]
Hundreds of people gathered at a hotel in the Piedmont Triad and there was nothing more important than the dozens who weren’t there. It was a meeting that the Department of Defense does each month for families who are missing one of their own, either killed in action and not recovered, or simply missing during battle in one of America’s wars. Ray and Alan McPherson’s brother, Everett, was shot down on March 18, 1966, near the border of Laos and […]
It was a different time. “Very different time from now,” says Joyce Johnson, reflectively. “Yet, there are some painful similarities.” She was born Joyce Hobson, in the capital of the old Confederacy, back when segregation was still in full force. But the real threat to Joyce’s life was that she was born prematurely. “December of 1946,” she notes. “My grandmother would not allow them to take my mom to the hospital because she feared that, ‘White folk would kill my baby.’ She felt that […]
Dale Folwell puts it very bluntly. “No one in North Carolina consumes health care, it consumes them,” he says. Folwell is the state treasurer in North Carolina, which makes him responsible for paying for the health care for the 730,000 or so state employees – something that eats up more than $3 billion, which Folwell says is more than the state spends on its entire, 17-campus university system each year. “We are unsustainable, currently, as a state health plan if […]
There is often nothing so fascinating to people than other people. That’s been true for Temi Moffitt all her life. “My parents did missionary work and traveled to a lot of different countries and they were also very keen on traveling,” Temi remembers. “My dad joined the army so he could go overseas and I was born in Germany as a result, and my parents traveled all around. So, traveling was something I knew I wanted to do. My mom […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dennis McCoy was a hard-working man who just wanted to live the good life he felt he’d earned. And then something very serious came calling. “I developed what I thought was a cold, because bleach sometimes makes you have symptoms like you catching a cold,” McCoy said. “What happened was I was chemically being poisoned, the bleach that was in the ratio mix and it caused a complete internal shutdown.” The bleach and mold were occupational hazards […]
RALEIGH, N.C. – It seems like some sort of social science experiment – and, after all, it is in the middle of a college town. But Maggie Tate’s restaurant, at 300 W. Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh, is very much a business. It’s just that the prices on the menu are all, “suggested.” You pay what you can. “We say we need 80 percent of people paying the suggested price or more, 20 percent of people paying less or volunteering […]
Adam Horne didn’t see his dream die, he just saw it get diverted. Horne wanted to play football at NC State but State had other players in mind. So, Horne went to the Naval Academy, played football, got a great education paid for by fellow taxpayers and has repaid them many times over with years of service in the Marine Corps. “The Marine Corps, for me, was appealing,” Horne said. “I think it’s especially appealing for many of the athletes […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Talk about being late to the party … it seems people have been brewing beer in some form for 8,000 years. “Back in ancient Egypt they made a fermented beer out of ancient grain,” said Stephen Monaghan, who knows a thing or two about beer. Some of it was by accident – leaving barley loaves out in the rain that had things like honey or dates in them that could ferment, making the bread … “drunk.” But […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Kelly Magner is a junior at UNC-Greensboro and sees how the sedentary lifestyle most of her classmates lead can get them in trouble. “They’re more focused on what you’re paying for and so they put exercise and things like that on the back burner, I think, for the four years they’re in school,” Magner said. She saw it in her friend Taylor Bogdahn. “I danced, three to four days a week,” Bogdahn said. “I’d go in for […]
Some stories insist on being told. Noelle Aguiar was an unusual gift from God – early, but so strong and determined to be everything she could be. Noelle was born at 27 weeks but, because of a condition during Jill’s pregnancy, Noelle was, developmentally, a 19-week fetus, weighing less than a pound. Those rarely survive but, as we said, Noelle is … rare. “I think the pressure at the beginning was just to get to breathe, you wanted her to […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The next time you go out at night to walk the dog, look up in the sky and see if you can see Mars. Humans already have stuff there – and we might be there in person some day fairly soon if Dr. John Kiss has his way. Kiss is a biologist at UNC-Greensboro and his team is studying how to grow plants on places like Mars. That takes a lot more than a few seeds and […]