Dixon Hayes

Dixon Hayes


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

  Piedmont businessman installs free food pantry behind shop

  Community rallies together as Hokes Bluff teen recovers from ATV accident

  Dre Kirkpatrick helps Gadsden children with back to school shopping

  Marine Police: Boating accidents and fatalities up this year

  St. Clair County students learn about distracted driving

  Auto supplier bringing 90-100 jobs to Gadsden area

  Etowah County Sheriff says new jail annex will hopefully curb contraband

Birmingham man arrested for Anniston homicide

  Etowah Co. man back in jail for violating bond in child sex charges

Talladega Superspeedway “Fan Experience”

  Kayaking rental and launch opens at Oxford’s Choccolocco Park

Anniston’s Knox Concert Series to end after 2019-2020 season

  Talladega police street crimes unit off to successful start

  Gadsden police warn of counterfeit money

  Anniston civil rights leader calls AMBER alert a ‘misunderstanding’, says he’s sorry

Kwon Alexander comes home to Hobson City for football camp

Calhoun County EMA conducting survey on weather information

City ordinance means downtown Anniston, bicycle artwork, must come down

Alabama’s only NICA cycling trail dedicated in Anniston

Gadsden surgeon invents orthopedic device

  Cheaha State Park unveils Amendment 2 improvements

  Merrill Hall demolition at JSU set to begin July 22

  Calhoun County man dies after “electricity jumping”

  Four people jump into Noccalula Falls, climb out uninjured

  Student Leadership Academy wraps up at Etowah County Sheriff’s Office

  Oxford Police to give away one Ring doorbell camera

  Bronze sculptures of students coming to Cultural Arts Center

Gadsden orthopedic clinic to begin using 3D printed plastic casts

Anniston council approves swap between city hall, federal courthouse property

  Attalla homeowner gets $4,500 water bill