Jason rejoined the WTVM staff in August 2007 and now anchors News Leader 9 at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00. He has 15 years of experience in the TV news business, most of that time in Columbus and East Alabama. Jason graduated from Elon College in N.C. in 1998 and immediately started his first job as reporter and anchor at WDTV in Bridgeport, W.V. Jason became WTVM's East Alabama Bureau Chief in 1999, working out of our Opelika newsroom. He then moved to Columbus, working with the station as the senior police, courts & military reporter until 2004. From there, Jason moved to Birmingham, AL and worked for 3 years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WBRC Fox 6, which is now part of our Raycom team. Married since 2000, Jason's wife Shana is a home health physical therapist in Columbus. They now live in Midland with their two wonderful children - Olivia and Zachary. Jason's interests include going to church, running, playing sports like tennis, golf and basketball, along with traveling and watching movies. The most important thing in Jason's life is his faith in God. Jason was born in Galveston, Texas in 1976 and grew up mainly in the mountains of western North Carolina, near Asheville, where Jason's parents and sister still live.
Recently, President Trump outlined a national plan to address the 6,000 suicides every year by U.S. military veterans. To help with this crisis, groups partnered for an event in East Alabama to help vets fight their problems.
On the heels of nationwide protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy is reportedly open to renaming military bases named after Confederate generals, which includes Fort Benning.
“The intent is to modify the culture in the Army and to really try to create warrior athletes who have that physical strength, agility to perform any number of tasks, some combat related, some not combat related."
Next week, a potentially large group will gather at Fort Benning to protest the former School of the Americas, on the 30th anniversary of an event that prompted the annual rallies: the Central American University massacre.
Soldiers with the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade on Fort Benning is preparing for intense combat situations that could arise as they advise our foreign partners. We had the chance recently to go behind the scenes during their training.
In the past two decades, the local House of Heroes has had more than 17,000 volunteers, honoring more than 900 military veterans and/or their spouses with home repairs and improvements, but for the first time ever, a team of Fort Benning drill sergeants are working with the non-profit, showing a sof