Ken Curtis first began work at WDHN in 1989 and, as they say, the rest is history. During that time, he has done it all including anchoring news broadcasts, delivering weather to the station's viewers, award-winning reporting, and serving as the station's director of news operations for the better part of 25 years. He has spent more time in that position than any television news director in Alabama or surrounding states.
Ken's broadcasting career began as a radio announcer in 1969, about the time man first set foot on the moon. He spent two decades behind the microphone, first as a disc jockey and, later, as news director of several stations including WOOF-FM in Dothan.
Over the years, Ken has covered major stories for WDHN. Among them, several high profile murder cases, coverage of significant political issues, and investigative reporting. During his career, Ken has exposed public corruption, investigated crimes from a journalistic perspective, and covered governmental issues that directly impacted viewers. He was the station's main anchor several years and still fills-in occasionally.
He has appeared on several national broadcasts, including Anderson Cooper 360 during which he provided insight regarding the Geneva County shooting spree that left 11 people dead in 2010. He also appeared on nationally-aired broadcasts during the floods of 1990, 1994, and 1998. Ken often tells the story about having to get videotape across Elba when the city was flooded and, to accomplish that, he recruited the help of a fishing boat which took him to the other side. More recently, Ken anchored coverage of the Dale County bunker standoff that drew national media coverage.
He has also moderated many political forums including those featuring candidates seeking election at both the local and state level. Among them, a debate between former congressman Terry Everett and rival George Wallace, Junior during their campaign in 1992, all Republican candidates for governor during the 2010 campaign, and a congressional forum during Representative Martha Roby's first campaign and many others.
Additionally, Ken has moderated several mayoral forums including one in 1989 during the first campaign of two term mayor Alfred Saliba, now deceased. Mayor Saliba was so impressed by the performance he asked Ken to serve as master of ceremonies for his first inauguration. Ken often comments that is one of his favorite memories because of his respect for Mr. Saliba as a businessman and community leader.
During his time at WDHN, Ken has given over 100 aspiring journalists their first job. Many of them moved on to some of the most prestigious television news jobs in the country. Ken often comments the lifeblood of television news journalism lies in the smaller stations that jump start careers.
Ken has been a member of several civic and charitable organizations over the years. At the age of 61, he now leaves much of that work to younger people but stays very involved in community affairs. He is an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where he serves as a greeter and usher. Ken also enjoys riding his motorcycle.
Ken said he has no plans to slow down soon. He promises to remain at WDHN as long as the station will have him as part of its staff. He often comments, "WDHN has been my life for a very long time and leaving here would be like leaving family."
There is no doubt, after all these years, Ken Curtis is the "Dean" of Dothan news.
You can contact Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org