Two days after graduating from college, Morgan Hightower began her journalism career in Montgomery, Alabama. Nearly a decade and a few other jobs later, she is proud to be back in Alabama.
Morgan joined WBRC FOX6 News "On Your Side Investigators" in September 2019.
While in Montgomery, Morgan was part of a team that built the newsroom at the ABC affiliate. She was involved in all areas of the newscast, from shooting, writing and editing all her stories, to producing and hosting. Being part of a small team meant that Morgan had the opportunity to cover several big stories, including a federal corruption trial, the State House and most memorably, the deadly tornado outbreak in April 2011. She shared the stories of countless people rebuilding their lives, followed recovery efforts and tracked down lost FEMA payments.
From Montgomery, Morgan moved to Greensboro, North Carolina and worked at the CBS affiliate for five years as a reporter, later promoted to an anchor. While proud of the investigative work she did tracking taxpayer money and holding the powerful accountable, she will never forget the chance she had to cover the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Bedford, Virginia. Morgan rode a bus with dozens of World War II veterans, sharing the stories of how they saved the world. Her station earned an EMMY for its coverage of that memorable day.
Most recently, Morgan has worked as an anchor and reporter in Nashville, Tennessee. She covered crime, corruption and politics. The stories that will have a lasting impact are the heartbreaking mass shootings at a church and Waffle House in Antioch. She anchored for several hours on the days of the tragedies and followed both stories for months, covering the criminal investigations and court cases.
Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Morgan is a graduate of the University of Florida, but she appreciates the Auburn/Alabama rivalry! She and her husband feel truly blessed to be back in Alabama, the place they met, got married and will now raise their family. They have a young son.
If you have any story ideas for Morgan, please feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free and while providers are not expected to work for free, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says providers must administer the vaccine with no out-of-pocket cost to the recipient.
“When we identified the UK variant, we estimated that incidence based on what we had sequenced about 2 percent. Now, well about a couple weeks ago, it was 40 percent. Based on our most recent sequencing run, it’s probably more like 60 percent of the UK variant in the state,” said Dr. Leal.
Trimble said UAB has been pulling six doses of vaccine from the five-dose vials since December by using low dead space syringes. “Dead space” is the area between the syringe hub and the needle where vaccine gets trapped. It’s usually only a few drops, but in this case, enough to make a difference.
Dr. Gonsoulin said after it was decided a lawsuit wasn’t feasible, the district “pivoted” to come up with a plan to get parents the money they’re owed, including the possibility of the district reimbursing the cost of the trip.
The week of January 18, Alabama was allocated 121,650 first and second doses of both vaccines, according to CDC data. That increased to 205,380 first and second doses of both vaccines for the week of March 1.
WBRC did hear from several other school districts in Alabama and Georgia that said they too were promised a refund after their trip was canceled, but have not gotten any money from Musical Destinations.
Cahaba Medical Care (CMC) and Quality of Life Health Services are the two Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHCs) in Alabama selected to be part of the Health Center COVID-19 Vaccine Program.
Alabama’s plan closely follows recommendations given by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), but last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said states need to begin vaccinating people 65 and older.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Black and Hispanic people are at least three times as likely as white people to be hospitalized with the virus, however, there are eight times as many white people than Black in Pfizer’s trial.
A recent study by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found “low risk” of SARS-COV-2 transmission on planes because of “high-performing ventilation systems” and mandatory use of face masks.
An analysis of data provided by JCS and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) shows schools with a predominately Black population had more students learning remotely than schools that are majority white.
Every state was required to submit a vaccination plan to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by mid-October, and the CDC has told states to be ready to put their plans in place by November 1.
Scientists with Australia’s national science agency, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), put a droplet of fluid containing SARS-CoV-2 on high-contact surfaces and tracked how long the virus survived at different temperatures.