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

  Gadsden Council approves zoning change in Green Pastures neighborhood

  Principal: Faculty at John Jones Elementary worked hard for National Blue Ribbon honor

  Memorial to Confederate war hero John Pelham removed from Anniston

  Gadsden city workers head out to Baldwin County to assist in hurricane cleanup

  Gadsden students return to campus for in-person instruction

  Green Pastures residents up in arms over proposed zoning change

  Absolutely Alabama wins award from North Alabama tourism group

  Oxford Police now use 3D technology to investigate wreck scenes

  Financially troubled Oxford EMS to close, be replaced by new ambulance service

  Gadsden Human Relations Committee holds first meeting

  Jacksonville HS football game canceled Friday over COVID-19 case

  Noccalula Falls drawing crowds amid COVID-19

  Iron Mountain Road in Anniston to be finished soon

  8th graders in Anniston sent home for 10 days after student shows symptoms of COVID-19

  Anniston council votes to move Confederate monument out of city

Made in Alabama ‘The Devil All the Time’ premieres on Netflix

  City councilors urge Gadsden residents to wear masks

  COVID-19 cancels Anniston’s annual Veterans Day parade

  Downtown Gadsden’s First Friday canceled until sometime in 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns

  Five more miles added to McClellan bike trails in Anniston

  Large yellow ribbon in Glencoe raises childhood cancer awareness

  Gadsden City Schools to offer in-person instruction as an option

  Gadsden Human Relations Committee to hold its first meeting in two weeks

  Anniston schools return for in-person instruction

  Motocross park opening in Piedmont aims to bring community together

  Alabama’s Elementary Teacher of the Year receives check

  Anniston firm experimenting with possible COVID-19 treatment

  Gadsden Etowah EMA Director: Numbers down, but don’t get your hopes up yet

  Oxford forms medical authority

Planning for a tornado in the age of COVID-19