Two days after graduating from college, Morgan Hightower began her journalism career in Montgomery, Alabama. Nearly a decade and a few other jobs later, she is proud to be back in Alabama.
Morgan joined WBRC FOX6 News “On Your Side Investigators” in September 2019.
While in Montgomery, Morgan was part of a team that built the newsroom at the ABC affiliate. She was involved in all areas of the newscast, from shooting, writing and editing all her stories, to producing and hosting. Being part of a small team meant that Morgan had the opportunity to cover several big stories, including a federal corruption trial, the State House and most memorably, the deadly tornado outbreak in April 2011. She shared the stories of countless people rebuilding their lives, followed recovery efforts and tracked down lost FEMA payments.
From Montgomery, Morgan moved to Greensboro, North Carolina and worked at the CBS affiliate for five years as a reporter, later promoted to an anchor. While proud of the investigative work she did tracking taxpayer money and holding the powerful accountable, she will never forget the chance she had to cover the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Bedford, Virginia. Morgan rode a bus with dozens of World War II veterans, sharing the stories of how they saved the world. Her station earned an EMMY for its coverage of that memorable day.
Most recently, Morgan has worked as an anchor and reporter in Nashville, Tennessee. She covered crime, corruption and politics. The stories that will have a lasting impact are the heartbreaking mass shootings at a church and Waffle House in Antioch. She anchored for several hours on the days of the tragedies and followed both stories for months, covering the criminal investigations and court cases.
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Morgan is a graduate of the University of Florida, but she appreciates the Auburn/Alabama rivalry! She and her husband feel truly blessed to be back in Alabama, the place they met, got married and will now raise their family. They have a young son.
If you have any story ideas for Morgan, please feel free to email her at email@example.com.
For 100,000 N95 masks and exhalation valve and 75,000 surgical masks, the city agreed to pay Metron Marketing and Distribution more than $400,000. State law and city code requires a bidding process for a purchase of this expense, but a city spokesman said this was considered an “emergency purchase.”
The surgical masks were delivered to the city on April 18 and are as ordered, according to Carmen Jones, Purchasing Agent, City of Birmingham. The second shipment came 10 days later but instead of providing N95 masks, Jones said Metron Marketing and Distribution sent KN95 masks.
Dr. Wilson said when one case of COVID-19 is found in a nursing home, everyone living and working in the home is tested. He said roughly 20-30-percent of the positive cases in Jefferson County over the last few weeks have been nursing home related.
ADPH is refusing to release the names of the facilities where deaths and infections are occurring, citing privacy concerns, but a federal requirement to report this information will make this information public record.
The Chilton County 911 Board is working with RPS to fill the gap when Care Ambulance ends service. The deal has not been finalized, but the interim director says there will be a plan in place soon to make sure service is not impacted.
Urgent Care for Children has tested hundreds of people 21 and younger for COVID-19 over the last several weeks. Those patients were required to be screened and meet certain criteria before they could be tested.
New projections released by The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimates 2,308 people will die from this virus by August. Last month, it predicted 294 deaths over the same period in Alabama.
ADOL launched the online “claim tracker” tool a few weeks ago to allow people to check their claims without calling the inquiry line. After recognizing many people were calling to change their PIN, ADOL upgraded the tracker to where that can be changed online, too.
Most of the people who have died from COVID-19 in Jefferson County are white, accounting for 58% of deaths. Forty percent of the people who have died are black and the race was unspecified in 2% of deaths, according to Dr. Wilso
Other advances in the fight to understand and treat this virus are happening at UAB. Patients have been part of clinical trials and research is ongoing to develop antibody testing and different types of treatments.
Attorney General Marshall was not available for an interview on Wednesday and when asked if the statement was in response to Birmingham’s ordinance, AG Marshall’s spokesman said, “The attorney general’s statement was in response to a number of municipal actions across the state including the City of