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

  Fishermen hope to bring fly-fishing to Noccalula Falls Park

  Etowah County Jail scanner can detect contraband in 4 minutes

  Etowah County family gets closure from discovery of WWII submarine

  Center for Domestic Preparedness hosts training exercises

  Anniston Army Depot holds Veterans Day ceremony

  Gadsden church giving out bows in honor of Aniah Blanchard

Etowah County hires new Chief Administrative Officer

  Patriots’ Day celebrated in Gadsden with luncheon, parade

  DesignAlabama plans event for Gadsden

  Talladega swears in first black mayor

  City attorney says dispute has held up work on Gadsden community center

  Chicago Mike’s Hot Dogs nominated for Small Business of the Year in Pell City

  Rural Calhoun County voters to decide on Sunday alcohol sales

  Mixed use development coming to downtown Oxford

The man accused of killing a St. Clair Co. librarian enters plea agreement

  Rain moves Gadsden City High School homecoming parade indoors

  Gadsden State Community College, City of Gadsden announce new sports park

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to accept vaping devices and accessories

East Alabama school shuns homework, but grades are up

Last railroad crossing removed from Gadsden rail line being converted to bike trails

  Etowah County to take part in National Drug Takeback Day

  Students help light up one of Etowah County’s oldest Christmas displays

  East Alabama law enforcement agencies receive federal grants

  Anniston councilman signs warrant against man who threatened him on Facebook

  Fans don’t give up after waiting an extra day for Talladega race

  New developments in disappearance of Etowah County man

  Jacksonville Library to host haunted walking tour

  Senator Doug Jones holds forum in Gadsden on Goodyear’s future

Talladega elects its first black mayor in close runoff

  Active shooter drill held at Etowah High School in Attalla