Dixon Hayes

Dixon Hayes has covered Anniston, Gadsden, Talladega and surrounding areas of East Alabama since 1988, and has done so exclusively for WBRC FOX6 News since June 1999. Staying in that one area so long basically keeps him near his hometown, his lifelong friends, and his family. Born in Talladega, Dixon grew up Glencoe, where he loved to read and ride his bicycle. Even in childhood he was a loyal Channel 6 viewer, watching "The Bozo Show" and ABC's "The Brady Bunch" on the station. Dixon went to Gadsden State Community College, where he was often heard on the campus radio station, WEXP-FM, as a DJ and news anchor. During that time he even got his first tour inside the WBRC studios, where he first met legendary anchors Bill Bolen and Tom York in 1983. By the time he graduated from the University of Alabama in the late 1980s, he'd also worked for a year at WAAX-AM in Gadsden, first as a country music DJ and later as a reporter and news anchor alongside legendary radio newsman Dave Fitz. For eight years Dixon worked at WJSU-TV, Channel 40, the longtime CBS affiliate in Anniston, where he anchored the morning news and even did movie reviews, in addition to his field reporting. (He also worked alongside future FOX6 personality Mickey Ferguson.) It was here where Dixon gained experience working both sides of the camera. Among the stories he covered: the Blizzard of 1993 and Judge Roy Moore's first battles over his Ten Commandments plaque in his courtroom. Dixon later worked for three years at WBMA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Birmingham, again covering East Alabama. "There are few things I've done in my life that are more intimidating than showing up at the white columns with a resume and a tape," recalls Dixon, about showing up for a job interview at the colonial building that has been home to WBRC since 1954. (Dixon had grown up seeing that building in station ID slides and the opening credits to "Tom York's Morning Show.") Since being hired for the WBRC Anniston Newsroom in 1999, Dixon has covered (and shot) the PCBs pollution lawsuit and cleanup in Anniston, a number of criminal trials, the deadly April 2011 tornadoes in Calhoun County, even the fire that destroyed his own office in Anniston's Amsouth Building in 2003. Dixon's never far from a camera even when he's off the clock. One of his passions is photography, and he loves taking pictures of Rock City barns, drive-in theaters, neon signs and other roadside attractions. It's not unusual for him to jump into his personal car, nicknamed "Maggie," on the spur of the moment to find more subjects for his photos. Dixon also loves walking, classic movies, history, and spending time with family.

Recent Articles by Dixon

  JSU holds ceremony to remember the tornado that rocked the campus

Jacksonville neighborhoods, families recover from tornado

  JSU president says university 'substantially recovered’ from March 2018 tornado

Gadsden council, Etowah Commission approve new contract to house Gadsden city inmates

Amnesty Day allows half-off back fines, pulled warrants in Gadsden Municipal Court

  Missing woman still being sought in Etowah County

  White pelicans become a more common sight in Central AL

  Gadsden State hopes to help Anniston reduce its unemployment rate

  Calhoun County deputy credited with rescuing couple from burning home

  Etowah Co. Sheriff: Pistol permits pay for SROs

  10-year-old heart patient joins JSU Tennis team

  Gadsden railroad crossing to be repaired when weather allows

  Oxford voters may soon decide Sunday alcohol question

Gadsden production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” not affected by legal threat

Production for Netflix movie underway in Anniston

  Calhoun Co. commission plans to install roundabout at Saks intersection

  Cherokee Co. sets up mobile command center to house owned pets displaced by flooding

  Agency to hold opioid forum in Oxford

Calhoun County Commission prepares to take over animal shelter

  Construction delayed by rain on Etowah Co. MegaSports Complex