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

  Veoride bikeshare program kicks off in Calhoun County

Broad Street closing temporarily in Gadsden for bridge inspections

Alabama Power volunteers build sensory room at Etowah County elementary school

OB-GYN, RMC, LifeSouth honored for saving child’s life

Government shutdown affects private contractors at Anniston Homeland Security facility

Protesters in Calhoun County demand end to government shutdown

Lincoln city council works on ‘world class’ fishing tournament facility

Union president concerned for unpaid TSA workers

JSU employees, workers keep Little River Canyon Center open during government shutdown

Man shot in Attalla triple shooting charged, claims he acted in self defense

Ashville family appeals for help in finding missing teenage daughter

Man remembered for role in Gadsden hiking trails

Goat Yoga coming to downtown Gadsden

Stolen church van found in Abbeville, stripped of its engine and transmission

Etowah County man warns residents about fake Publisher’s Clearing House checks

Calhoun County jailer arrested for smuggling tobacco to an inmate

Anniston councilor opposes Lee statue coming to Calhoun County

Calhoun County Commissioner requests Robert E. Lee statue removed from New Orleans

Jacksonville City Council votes to apply for Chief Ladiga Trail grant

Oxford City Council considers lodging tax increase