Darwin, a beloved figure in the television news industry, celebrated an impressive milestone in 2023—his 43rd year of anchoring or reporting television news.
He is a familiar face on the Gulf Coast, waking up viewers as the co-anchor of NBC15 Today alongside his longtime friend and co-anchor, Kelly Foster. Darwin’s on-screen presence and insightful reporting have made him an integral part of the Mobile/Pensacola television community since he first joined in 1987.
Hailing from Hazard, Kentucky, in the picturesque Appalachian Mountains, Darwin’s journey in media began in his early years. Even during high school and community college, he worked in local radio, honing his communication skills. His path led him to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he continued to excel in the radio industry before making the switch to television news in 1980.
Darwin’s reporting career took off as he served as the South Kentucky Bureau reporter and later the police beat reporter for the CBS affiliate WKYT-TV in Lexington. He then found himself as the weekend anchor for the CBS affiliate WYMT-TV in his hometown of Hazard.
However, the allure of warmer climates called to Darwin, prompting him to head south to the Gulf Coast in 1987, where he joined the local CBS affiliate in Mobile. Embracing the region’s charm and beauty, Darwin settled in and became a prominent feature reporter, captivating viewers with his popular “Here’s Darwin!” segments. In 2014, he made a seamless transition to the anchor desk for the morning news, further solidifying his connection with his dedicated audience.
Reflecting on his decision to move to Mobile, Darwin fondly remembers his initial intention to stay only a couple of years before moving on. However, the overwhelming support and love he received from the community changed his course, making Mobile his cherished home for three decades. Witnessing the progress and growth of the city and region fills him with pride, and he is thrilled to be a part of Mobile’s journey.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Darwin is deeply rooted in Mobile, owning a century-old home in the charming Midtown area, nestled within the Old Dauphin Way Historic District. He is an enthusiastic supporter of Mobile’s vibrant downtown scene, contributing to the city’s energy and vitality. Darwin’s passion for Carnival has even earned him the well-deserved nickname of “Mobile’s Mr. Mardi Gras” among locals.
As he continues to grace the screens with his warm presence and engaging reporting, Darwin’s dedication to his viewers remains unwavering. The Gulf Coast community has embraced him with open arms, making him an indelible part of their lives.
His infectious enthusiasm for the city and region, combined with his dedication to delivering quality news, makes Darwin a treasured figure in the hearts of many. Mobile is fortunate to have such a committed and celebrated news anchor and reporter as part of its media landscape, and as he often says, “it’s a great time to be in Mobile!”