Michael Brauner | Senior Sports Analyst, Contributing Writer
A New Jersey native, Michael graduated from the University of Alabama in May of 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in News Media with a concentration in sports. He produces “The Opening Kickoff” every weekday morning from 6 to 9 am on 105.5 WNSP Sports Radio in Mobile, a role he switched into after a year of producing and co-hosting the afternoon drive on WNSP.
Scott Chambers | News Director, Yellowhammer News Network
Born in Colorado, raised in Alabama, Scott is rooted in the deep south. He leads the Yellowhammer News Network team as they broadcast hourly news update across the state. Scott brings years of broadcast and voice acting to millions each day. “I’m truly blessed by the opportunities I’ve been given in life,” says Scott. “I’m a full time voice actor and currently serve as the commercial and promo voice for several national brands. From wireless providers to soft drinks, I’ve voiced it. I’m one of the guys that you hear, but never see on TV.”
Elisabeth Chramer | News Anchor, Yellowhammer News Network
A proud Alabama native, Elisabeth Chramer is passionate about bringing the state breaking news it can trust. Chramer is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a double major in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism, with a minor in Digital Community Studies. While at UAB, she was awarded the Byron St. Dizier Endowed Journalism Award and the Alabama Broadcasting Association Scholarship. Chramer has previously worked for Alabamians via print and broadcasting networks covering politics, Alabama culture, sports, and local news. She is also passionate about local communities, with over 12 years of public speaking, philanthropic service organization, and advocacy across Alabama and the southeast. You can follow Elisabeth Chramer on Instagram and Twitter here: @echramer.
Courtney Ellis | Director of Business Development
Courtney Ellis comes to Yellowhammer as the Business Development Specialist. Her serve first mentality is a huge asset in building relationships with our partners and using Yellowhammers platform to take their business to the next level. Originally from Florida, now resides in Birmingham AL.
Grayson Everett | State & Political Editor
Grayson Everett has contributed to Yellowhammer’s portfolio of publications since 2022, putting his business and political background to work in service of Alabama storytelling. A Huntsville native, Grayson studied at The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences. He was the Capitol Reporter for YHN during the 2023 legislative session and continues to cover politics, government and the people who shape Alabama.
Ray Garner | Contributing Writer
Ray Garner is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News. He is the retired chief of staff to the president at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and also served as director of public affairs for the university. Prior to his UAH career, he was business editor of The Huntsville Times for 10 years and also served as news editor of The TimesDaily in Florence. Ray was elected as a member of the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002 and also worked as associate director of government relations for the University of Alabama System.
Julia Sayers Gokhale | Lifestyle Editor
Julia Sayers Gokhale is a writer and editor who has been working in the lifestyle journalism industry since 2012. She was Editor in Chief of Birmingham Magazine for five years and is now leading Yellowhammer News’ lifestyle content. Find her on Instagram at @juliasayers.
Courtney Hancock | Director of Creative Services
Courtney Hancock began her career in marketing & communications after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English from Samford University in 2014. Returning to her first love of writing in 2019, she entered the media industry to help brands creatively tell their stories. Courtney joined Yellowhammer Multimedia as Creative Services Director in June 2021 to assist the business development side in producing innovative messaging and content strategies for advertising partners. She and her husband Joel have a son and reside in Birmingham, AL.
J. Holland | News Anchor, Yellowhammer News Network
Veteran newsman J. Holland began his radio career in 1973 in Dalton, Georgia at WTTI-AM and came to Alabama in 1974. He was part of the pioneering WQEN-FM (Q-104) in Gadsden in 1976. He learned the news business under the guidance of the late Dave Fitz, the legendary WAAX-AM newsman who also wrote for many state newspapers. A veteran talk show host in Alabama for over 20 years, J. has an extensive political background and often host political events and broadcast programs. His newscast can be heard daily on radio stations across the state.
Dale Jackson | Contributing Writer
Dale Jackson is a 14 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Gainesville at the University of Florida. He is currently an award-winning, top rated radio host of the “The Dale Jackson Show” on WVNN in Huntsville, AL, where he also hosts a weekly television program on WAAY31, “Guerilla Politics”, which debuted in February 2016. Dale remains a controversial, yet straightforward source of news and information for the Tennessee Valley, and has been featured in national articles and television programs, such as Breitbart, the Washington Post, MSNBC, HLN, CNN, and The Seth Meyers Show.
Bud McLaughlin | Editor
A New Jersey native and a journalism graduate of Auburn University. Worked in all aspects of journalism – newspaper, magazine, TV, online – for 45 years. At age 24, was hired as sports editor of the Huntsville News and was the nation’s youngest sports editor at a daily newspaper. Married with three sons and six grandchildren.
Walker Miller | Art Director
Walker is in charge of graphic design needs for Yellowhammer Multimedia including images for the site, media proposals, ad creation, and logo design. Originally from Montgomery, Walker now lives in Birmingham.
Paul Shashy | Owner
Paul also founded SR Communications, where he most recently was Katie Britt’s campaign manager for the United States Senate. Before Senator Britt’s campaign, he served as the campaign manager for Senator Tommy Tuberville.
His experiences include some of the most impactful political campaigns and public affairs projects of the last decade in Alabama. He previously served as a public affairs specialist for BIG Communications and has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama.
Zack Shaw | Sports Contributor
Zack Shaw is a contributing writer for Yellowhammer News and former walk-on for the Auburn Tigers. You can contact him on Twitter @z_m_shaw
Austen Shipley | Staff Writer
Austen is a native of Madison, Alabama. He graduated cum laude from Athens State in 2017 with a degree in history and a minor in secondary education. Prior to being a writer and field reporter for Yellowhammer News and 256 Today, he was an American and World History teacher and also a head coach. Austen covers a wide variety of subjects including politics, business, sports, entertainment, and outdoors. He and his wife Haley currently reside in Huntsville.
Ellis Terry | President of YHN Media Group, LLC.
Alabama native Ellis Terry serves as President of YHN Media Group, LLC. Ellis has a Real Estate and Social Media Marketing/Branding background. He founded SoulGrown in 2013 while studying at The University of Alabama with a desire to showcase the style and beauty found throughout his home state. Through its unique perspective on Southern culture, today SoulGrown shares the personality of Alabama with people across the world. Ellis, his wife, Emily, and son reside in Birmingham, Alabama.
Walt Williams | Affiliate Relations & Legal
Walt is leads affiliate relations for the YHN News team as well as legal affairs for the business segment.
Michael Yaffee | Contributing Writer
Growing up in Orlando Florida, Yaffee got his start in radio by graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Radio-TV. With a dream of getting into talk radio, he became the Executive producer of “Good Morning Orlando” on Newsradio WFLA Orlando in 2010. In 2020 he and his wife moved to the great city of Huntsville in Alabama to host “The Yaffee Program” on WVNN!