Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa News Director and Tuscaloosa native Don Hartley has two lengthy careers under his belt. 22 years in radio and television news and sports journalism and 23 years as a county and state emergency manager. Don also worked as a press aide to former Alabama Governor Guy Hunt and U.S. Senator Jeremiah Denton. Don marched four years in the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band and did the stadium announcing for the band for 16 years. His attachment to UA also extended to being the radio play-by-play announcer for Crimson Tide Baseball and Women’s Basketball. He also served as public address announcer for Bama Gymnastics. For several years, Don did radio and television play-by-play for high school football and basketball, including Central’s 2007 4-A AHSAA Championship Game at Legion Field in Birmingham. In February, Don earned the Alabama Broadcasters Association ABBY as "Best Midsize Market News Reporter". He has also won multiple Associated Press recognition for both quality news and sports broadcasting. Don is married with two adult children and two grandchildren.
Investing in Under-served Communities Key to Economic Success
Addressing the systemic and social injustices and needs of the past starts with investment.
57 Years Ago Two Black Youth Challenged George Wallace and Won
As voices raise and people march for racial justice a watershed moment in civil rights is being marked by the University of Alabama today.
Tuscaloosa City Council Public Safety Committee to Revisit Ban on Funeral Escorts
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Absentee Voting Could be Highest Ever in Runoff Election
"We think it might be a record," Secretary of State John Merrill told Townsquare Media News Tuscaloosa this morning about potential absentee runoff voting.
Pandemic Then and Now – Spanish Flu versus COVID-19
Had it not been for statewide lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, social distancing, travel restrictions, mandated mask wearing; COVID-19 might well have surpassed the Spanish Flu as the worst pandemic.
ADPH Says COVID-19 Dashboard Issues Resolved
The system overload that resulted in incomplete and inaccurate COVID-19 data being reflected on the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) virus dashboard have apparently been resolved.
Have We Had the Memorial Day Weekend COVID-19 Spike?
The timing of the jump fits with the 14-day incubation period for the coronavirus but there are other factors to consider.
Former Auburn Football Coach Pat Dye Dead at 80
One of Auburn's most popular and successful head football coaches has died. Pat Dye has passed away in Atlanta at the age of 80.
Tuscaloosa County on CDC Nationwide Watch List
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West Alabama Unemployment Rate Continues to Climb
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