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

  Etowah County man charged with murder, ordered to be evaluated

  Downtown Anniston historic buildings have new plaques on them

  Calhoun County has first female chief deputy

Young but determined Glencoe cancer fighter, Rozlyn Greene, dies

  Etowah County district attorney catches jail escapee

  Gadsden superintendent says there may be some teacher layoffs after budget cut

  FedEx driver attacked in East Alabama

  Anniston ceremony remembers 9/11, attended by Governor Ivey

  Man faces multiple charges in Calhoun Co. officer-involved shooting that included deputy run over

Etowah County’s Economic Alliance will stop meeting

  Two starving dogs dumped at Piedmont police department

  The Church of the Highlands to build new campus in Gadsden

  Residents seek traffic light for Highway 411 intersection in Etowah Co.

Oxford police crack down on motorists passing stopped school buses

Appropriation means Anniston Army Depot project will be “delayed,” say officials

  ‘Battling Extinction’ exhibit displayed at Anniston Museum of Natural History

  Woman helps Glencoe ‘go gold’ for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

  Botanical gardens being rebuilt at Gadsden’s Noccalula Falls

Gadsden now allows food trucks on city property year-round

  Weaver mayor proposes community bicycle garage at city park

  Workforce workshop held in Lincoln to find automotive workers in Alabama

  Man found guilty of Capital Murder for death of Calhoun County school teacher

Cancer survivor gets big send-off for Disney wish

  Etowah County Sheriff adding ‘In God We Trust’ to patrol cars

  Gadsden resident has plan to prevent “trickle weeks” at Noccalula Falls

  Dozens baptized during revival at East Alabama jail

  Immigration advocates protest in Gadsden against labor leader arrest

  Volunteers plan cleanup day for Calhoun Theater in Anniston

  Anniston council formally opposes move to de-annex entire council district

  Testimony begins in final trial over 2011 murder of Wellborn school teacher