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

Man will attend his 61st Iron Bowl

  ‘Be thankful’: World War II veteran has message as he celebrates his 100th birthday

Alexandria boy gets treehouse from Make-A-Wish of Alabama

Fans enjoy socially distanced Yellawood 500 at Talladega

  Anniston council votes to move Confederate monument out of city

ADPH: Please don’t retest multiple times for COVID-19

  Anniston mayor wants council to discuss possible removal of Confederate monument

Prominent Gadsden doctor dies of COVID-19 after treating patients with the disease

SEC Filing: Goodyear plans to close 91 year old Gadsden plant

Honda makes, donates plexiglass face shield for area hospitals

Talladega Superspeedway entrance hosts COVID-19 testing clinic

  Head of Alabama’s police chiefs association speaks out on shooting of Birmingham officer

  “I didn’t want to die”: woman recalls being pinned under tree, brick wall during Calhoun Co. storms

Gadsden church giving out bows in honor of Aniah Blanchard

Talladega swears in first black mayor

East Alabama school shuns homework, but grades are up

Talladega elects its first black mayor in close runoff

No plans currently to issue ‘no burn’ order for bonfires at Talladega Superspeedway

JSU statutory rape cases bound over to grand jury

Attalla warehouse fire idles up to 30 workers

  Oxford PD: No criminal intent found in investigation in baby’s hot car death

Cancer survivor gets big send-off for Disney wish

Goodyear Gadsden lays off 175; Union president blames NAFTA

Five people arrested for leaving crop circles in Etowah County cornfield

Standoff in east Alabama ends with man’s death

Honda employees will be tested for TB after contractor tests positive

Cedar Bluff teacher arrested at school on drug charges

Texas man considered missing after Greyhound skips his stop in east AL

Twice-vandalized Coosa County church damaged when pickup crashes into it

Photo of three young men joining elderly woman for dinner goes viral