It's not too often you get to be on the front lines of history. Over the years, WBRC FOX6 News reporter Josh Gauntt has found himself on a few of those front lines telling stories of survival, heartache, and affecting change with government.
Josh joined the WBRC FOX6 News team in July 2013 as a reporter covering Tuscaloosa and other parts of West Alabama. Now, Josh serves the community as an On Your Side Investigator. He hopes to be able to continue telling stories that make a difference.
Prior to joining WBRC, Josh was a reporter with Bay News 9, the 24-hour non-stop breaking news cable channel in Tampa, Florida. Most recently, he covered the Seffner sinkhole that swallowed and killed a man while he slept, a story that made national and international headlines.
Josh started his one-man-banding career with WJHG, the NBC affiliate in beautiful Panama City Beach, Florida. The most bizarre story he says he covered there was a man who chained himself to his outside power box to help save his daughter's life.
As an Alabama native, Josh grew up in the small city of Valley, Alabama. He graduated with a Broadcast Journalism degree from Troy University in 2007 and worked at the on campus station "TrojanVision News".
Over the years, Josh's work has been recognized by the Florida Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, and also a portion of his work received an Emmy nomination as part of a team effort.
Josh is an avid sports fan. One of his first jobs was shooting video of players for a minor league baseball team in Columbus, Georgia. He is an old school music fan (anything Motown) and is learning to speak Spanish.
"If you're around me for any given time, you'll hear me laugh a lot," Josh says about himself. "An older gentleman once told me, ‘Son, laughter just makes your soul feel good!'"
The Governor's office tells us the program that allows administrators that don't have a school resource officer on campus to have a weapon to defend themselves and their students is now active throughout the state.
This year for the first time the FBI is tracking when officers have to use deadly force in its national use of force data collection program. The program analyzes more than a dozen different factors about the officer and the person involved.
The Walker County sheriffs office says two county inmates were planning to blow up the county courthouse, sheriffs office and other targets including sheriffs office personnel. Investigators say Terry Hammond and Bryant Williams gave themselves the code names "Pinky and the Brain".
Research shows that Alabama tornadoes are the deadliest in the nation. The state averages 14 tornado deaths a year. From 1950 to 2016, over 630 people have died in tornadoes in Alabama compared to over 550 in Texas. A leading researcher gives us his opinion on why tornadoes are occurring more often.
A federal court ruling could strike down parts of Alabama’s sex offender law. A recent federal ruling says convicted sex offenders may not have to give internet provider information, instant messages or email addresses to law enforcement.
From time to time in Alabama, the public gets a glimpse into what police body cameras capture. The reason we don't see them all the time is because Alabama doesn't have any state laws governing when or how policy body camera footage should be released. Representative Givan is working to change that.