WBRC FOX6 News Call For Action

About OYS Investigators

On Your Side Investigators

To hold our government agencies and officials accountable, journalists need courageous people to share information. Stories need to be told about failures, corruption, and wrongdoing. But we need people who have knowledge of such things to be our guide.

To help those who have stories for us, and to help you provide the information discreetly, we have put together this short guide on who to contact in our newsroom and the best way to reach them.  We also provide tips for the most secure ways to transmit the information.

If you’re in a hurry and don’t want to sort through names and specialties, you have two options:

Email us at newstip@wbrc.com or include as many details as possible using the form below. 

Share Your Story Idea

Many of the stories on WBRC FOX6 News start as suggestions from our viewers. If you have a pitch for a story for our broadcast or website share it with us by completing the form below.

Please note, we get hundreds of submissions, so keep your idea brief and be sure to include the names and contact information that are important for the story.

While we cannot guarantee a response, we look forward to reading your idea and hopefully including it in our coverage.

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Jenn Horton

Jennifer Horton
Investigator

Jennifer is the newest member of the WBRC Investigative Team but is not new to the area. She worked as an Investigative Reporter for our station in Montgomery, WSFA, for 12 years. Her reporting there focused on issues involving criminal justice, specifically crime, government corruption, and the state and federal court system. You can reach her via email at jennifer.horton@wbrc.com or her office number. It is 205-583-4337.

Jonathan Hardison

Jonathan Hardison
Anchor and Investigative Reporter

Jonathan reports on a variety of subjects, including problems with local utilities, our poor open records law, and tracking government spending on things like Coronavirus, education and more. Right now, he is working to answer your questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine. His email is jonathan.hardison@wbrc.com. His office number is 205-583-4323.

Morgan Hightower

Morgan Hightower
Anchor and Investigative Reporter

Morgan can be reached via email at morgan.hightower@wbrc.com. Her office number is 205-583-4389. Morgan’s focus right now is covering the coronavirus pandemic. She’s also investigating racial disparities in Alabama, and focuses on stories protecting children, helping the elderly, and exposing scams.

Josh Gauntt

Josh Gauntt
Investigative Reporter

Josh specializes in consumer issues and accountability. He has been seeking records on Birmingham’s Shotspotter system for years. He has also covered cemetery issues for many years and the lawmakers responsible for regulating them. You can reach Josh via email at joshua.gauntt@wbrc.com. His office number is 205-327-5852.

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Contacting the Investigators

If you want to contact us anonymously

There are dos and don’ts for whistleblowing. Here are some general guidelines to follow and ways to contact us.

  • Don’t visit our website at work.
  • Don’t email us from a work account or computer.
  • Don’t subscribe to our newsletter with your work email account.
  • Don’t tell anyone about your plans, and don’t use your work phone or email to contact us.

Protect your messages

Our Investigative Reporter Team uses an app called Signal to encrypt text message. This can prevent an outside observer from reading what you write to us. Download the Signal app here. You can message the team via Signal at 205-719-2136. Or, send us your Signal number through snail mail or via a friend. One of us will contact you discreetly.

If you really want to be anonymous when you contact us, the U.S. mail is a good way to go. A warrant would be needed to intercept and open it in transit.

Don’t use your company or agency mailroom to send something to us. Mail your package or envelope from a sidewalk box instead of going to a post office. You can mail us paper materials or digital files on, for example, a thumb drive.”

Our mailing address is:

WBRC News
1720 Valley View Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209

One thing to remember if you want us to pursue your story is that we will need to be able to contact you to verify what you’ve sent us. If you send us something in the mail, please include (inside the envelope) the manner in which you’d like us to reach you.