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

  Etowah County McDonald’s collecting gear in fight against COVID-19

Gadsden City Schools begin handing out lunches to children homebound due to COVID-19

  Etowah County children pick up week’s worth of meals from county schools

  Downtown Gadsden absorbs the blow after Gov. Ivey’s latest order

  Etowah County superintendent says his school system will rise to COVID-19 challenges

Anniston council votes down proposed change in operating hours over COVID-19 concerns

Anniston soup kitchen gets uptick in business during COVID-19 emergency

  East Alabama libraries offering curbside service during pandemic

MasterBrands Cabinets in Talladega closes after employee makes contact with COVID-19 patient

  Cherokee Co. deputies to make food and prescription runs for elderly

  Three East Alabama doctor’s offices test for COVID-19 using ‘curbside waiting room’

  Lunch special at Etowah County restaurant designed to ‘give back’ to the community

Social distancing is the key as a drive-ins continue to show movies during COVID-19 emergency

  Facebook page touts curbside service at locally owned Calhoun Co. restaurants

  RMC in Anniston sets up drive-thru COVID-19 clinic

  Calhoun County businesses express COVID-19 related anxieties

  Anniston City Council votes to give mayor extra powers during COVID-19 crisis

  First responders train for COVID-19 in Anniston

  Oxford council holds emergency meeting to grant power to mayor

  Anniston’s Center for Domestic Preparedness to stop onsite training in wake of COVID-19 concerns

  Anniston bike races and festival postponed over COVID-19 concerns

  Calhoun Chamber hosts COVID-19 session for business owners

East Alabama business leaders to get advice on dealing with COVID-19

JSU discourages non-essential domestic travel due to COVID-19

  ’Worlds of Work’ event postponed in Oxford due to COVID-19 concerns

  “Operation Full House” rounds up dozens on drug charges in Etowah County

  Retired NFL player wants to build hotel in downtown Anniston

  Florida elderly woman still missing from Glencoe after a year

  Voters approve Sunday alcohol sales in rural, unincorporated Calhoun County

  Etowah County voters choose to allocate 100% of leftover inmate food funds to county SRO program