Dixon Hayes

Dixon Hayes

Reporter

East Alabama

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

Columbiana neighbors clean up after Thursday’s storms

Hundreds gather at Linn Park for vigil, after violence against Asian-Americans

  Etiquette Class held for young men

  Opioid forum to be held online in Calhoun County

“Cat cafe” hopes to do well with weekend schedule

Etowah Co. man receives 8 life sentences for shooting at law enforcement officers

  Calhoun County hosts COVID-19 testing clinic, prepares for vaccines

  Protesters, businessman bring rendering plant opposition to Gadsden City Council

  RMC Health System restricting all visitation

  Representative of Pilgrim’s Pride explains rendering plant proposed for Gadsden

Hundreds turn out for community meeting on proposed animal rendering facility in Gadsden

  Anniston receives new fire chief

  Anniston using hotel rooms for warming centers

  Man will attend his 61st Iron Bowl

Gadsden entertainment complex to open Saturday

Proposed rendering plant brings out angry residents in Gadsden

  Anniston Christmas Parade cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19

Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive works around COVID-19

Cherokee County opens new veterans affairs office

  Jacksonville State drops ACT, SAT testing requirements for incoming freshmen

  City of Anniston acquires more land for Chief Ladiga bicycle trail

Hokes Bluff schools transition to online learning until after Thanksgiving break

Governor breaks ground on Highway 411 widening project

  ‘Be thankful’: World War II veteran has message as he celebrates his 100th birthday

  Historic Gadsden cemetery erects new headstones for veterans

  Gadsden Black Lives Matter activist loses business in fire; fire chief suspects arson

  Alexandria boy gets treehouse from Make-A-Wish of Alabama

  Anniston man named Patriot of the Year by statewide veterans group, given a car

  Early learning classrooms to open in January at UA Gadsden Center

  Etowah County sets new COVID-19 record