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WCOV News at 9

Meet the WCOV News at Nine Team:

 

Glenn Halbrooks - WCOV News at Nine Anchor

 Native Alabamian Glenn Halbrooks has 26 years of experience in television news.

Glenn was born in Huntsville. His family roots go back nearly 200 years to rural Morgan County, Alabama.

 Glenn is a graduate of The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He began reporting at WMAZ-TV in Macon while still in college.

 In 1990, Glenn moved to Montgomery and anchored the noon news at WSFA for nearly two years. He went on to anchor jobs in Birmingham and Chattanooga. He then spent several years behind the camera in management and producing positions.

 Glenn is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and is Vice President of the Montgomery Rotary Club. He's involved with several community groups including the Hugh O'Brian Youth leadership organization, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Alabama State University Dept. of Communications.

 Glenn and his wife are members of Montgomery's Young Meadows Presbyterian Church where they have taught children's Sunday School. They spend their free time chasing around their beagle.


Stefanie Hicks - WCOV News at Nine Anchor

 Stefanie is a native of Enterprise, Alabama. She is a graduate of Troy University, and began her television career as a reporter at WTVY-TV in Dothan, Alabama. She then took over as the anchor of the morning newscast, WTVY News 4 This Morning.

 Stefanie co-hosts the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon every Labor Day, and is a former co-host of the Children's Miracle Network Telethon. In 2004, Stefanie was a top 5 finalist in QVC's "America's Host Search". She is an annual speaker at the Hugh O'Brian Youth leadership seminar, and recently volunteered in the "Mentoring Matters" year-long program at Seth Johnson Elementary School. Stefanie is also involved with Emerge Montgomery, as a member of the Torchbearer's Leadership Class.

 When Stefanie is not working, she enjoys watching movies, reading, scrap-booking, and any activities on the water! She has two four-legged "children" - a Wheaten Terrier mix, Rupert, and a border collie mix, Mac, who were both adopted from local animal shelters. Stefanie is married to Jeff Sanders, the anchor of CBS 8 News at Noon and 5:00 p.m.

 Stefanie was also awarded the 2009 Alabama Associated Press Award for Best News Anchor.

 Mo Carter - WCOV News at Nine Lead Sports Anchor

 Mo Carter became the sports director for WCOV on October of 2013.

Mo was born and raised along the bayous of South Louisiana in the town of Napoleonville.

During his prep years, Mo earned all-district, regional and honorable mention all-state honors in both football and track. His high school teammates included current NFL players Brandon Jacobs (New York Giants) and Tramon Williams (Green Bay Packers).

After high school, Mo attended Nicholls State University and played football on the team that captured 2005 Southland Conference Championship. After two years, he transferred to Southern University and played for the Jaguars under legendary head coach Pete Richardson. During college, Mo worked as a Sports Anchor/Reporter for Southern University's Channel 75.

Mo served as the President of NAACP, the National Association of Black Journalists and RTNDA. During his last semester, he appeared in the national spotlight twice: being a student VJ for SU on BET's Black College Tour commercials and sideline reporting for ESPN's Campus Connection Week.

These opportunities gave way for Mo to earn an internship at WAFB in Baton Rouge, and he was put to work quickly. His second day of the internship was national signing day! Following the internship, WAFB hired Mo as a sports producer, videographer and reporter. After a year and a half, Mo went to KALB in Alexandria, Louisiana, as a sports anchor/reporter and was later named sports director.

Mo has covered countless high school championship games, the 2011 SEC Football Championship, the 2012 BCS Championship Game, the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four, the Sugar Bowl, Independence Bowl, Bayou Classic, the 2013 Southland Conference Softball Championships and the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

He was in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on the night at Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

Mo is a huge fan of Louisiana sports teams --Saints, Southern Jags and the New Orleans Pelicans. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and working out.


Kirk Nawrotzky - Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter

Originally from Northern Virginia, Kirk graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA with a B.S. in Communications. While attending ODU he covered and reported on sports for their athletics website, ODUSports.com. He was also the Assistant Video Coordinator for the schools football program.

After beginning his television studies during high school, Kirk has interned with the Washington Redskins and has been thankful to cover big events such as the NCAA Tournament in Washington D.C. He has also been given the opportunity to interview people such as Justin Verlander, Baseball Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers and Andre Dawson, as well as ESPN Anchor Jay Harris. Kirk resides in Montgomery with his dog Bella and during his downtime likes to enjoy sports, especially baseball. He and his father, Nick, completed the MLB Stadium tour in May 2011 after 13 years. His baseball passion comes from years of playing as a kid and even collegiately at Roanoke College.

Since moving to Montgomery, Kirk is happy to experience his first full taste of the south. He enjoys the passion local citizens have for sports and is motivated every day by the great athletes who occupy the River Region.

 

Ashley McDonald - WCOV News at Nine Chief Meteorologist

 Ashley has recently made the move back to Montgomery from Atlanta, where she was a meteorologist for 11Alive News.

 As an Auburn graduate in aerospace engineering, Ashley is happy to be back in "Tiger Country". Ashley also received her Master in Geo Sciences with an emphasis on meteorology from Mississippi State University.

 In addition, Ashley has worked at WTOK in Meridian, Miss., KLKN in Lincoln, Neb., and WSAV in Savannah. Ga.

 Ashley is dedicated to bringing you a dependable and reliable forecast and sever weather coverage.

 Aside from work you will most likely find Ashley at Church, making memories with her family, or hanging out with friends. Ashley also enjoys the sunshine of spring, the excitement of college football, and a really good shoe sale.

 Terran Kirksey - Weekend Meteorologist

Terran Kirksey joined CBS 8 in September of 2012. He is excited to be working in his home state of Alabama!

Terran was born in Tuscaloosa and lived in Greene County during the first several years of his life. He and his family moved to Huntsville when he was 6. His parents and most of his extended family still reside there. He also has connections to the River Region. His sister-in-law is from Greenville.

Every since Terran was a little child he had a passion for meteorology. That passion led him to attend the University of Oklahoma (OU), which is considered one of the top severe weather research institutions in the country. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics from OU. While in Oklahoma, he spent years storm chasing across the Southern Plains where he developed his storm chasing skills.

After graduating from OU, he attended Mississippi State University via distance education where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Geosciences with a Concentration in Applied Meteorology.

His first job in television was at the Fox affiliate in Beaumont, TX. He worked there for two years before joining Alabama News Network.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, watching his Oklahoma Sooners play football, traveling, technology, and of course keeping up with the weather!

 Brittany Bivins - Weekend News Anchor/Reporter

WCOV weekend anchor Brittany Bivins is a Chilton County native. Before moving to the anchor desk in 2013, she reported from our Troy Newsroom.

Brittany came to us from Shreveport, Louisiana, where she spent a year at the Fox affiliate.

Before that, she was an on-air intern for WOIL in Sylacauga, where she reported for the daily morning show. While in college, she also interned with ABC 33/40 in Birmingham and Alabama Public Television.

She is a graduate of the University of Montevallo, where she was a member of the Chi Omega Fraternity. She received a double major in Mass Communication and Theatre, with a minor in Spanish. One of the most exciting experiences of Brittany's college career was spending part of the summer studying in Spain, where she learned to speak conversational Spanish fluently.

In Brittany's spare time, she loves traveling, reading great books, cheering on the Crimson Tide, and spending time with her family, friends and very spoiled mini-dachshund. She is excited to be covering Troy and telling the stories that matter to you. Brittany loves meeting new people, so please feel free to contact her with your story ideas or just to say hello!