Whether it's a story about prayer in public schools, workplace
restrictions on Christians, or battles for biblical truth within
our denominations, the American Family News Network (AFN) is here
to tell you what the newsmakers are saying.
AFN is a Christian news service - with more than 1,200
broadcast, print, and online affiliates in 45 states and 11 foreign
countries - that exists to present the day's stories from a
biblical perspective. We not only feature the latest breaking
stories from across the United States and around the world, but
also news of the challenges facing Christians in today's
At OneNewsNow.com, you will get your news from reporters you can
trust to give the latest news without the liberal bias that
characterizes so much of the "mainstream" media.
For a refreshing and informative change in where you get your
news, log on to OneNewsNow.com.
From time to time, you may have seen
labels that say "Product of Canada." It happens to suit me also. I
was born and raised on a farm on the east coast... and did the
things that most Canadian boys do while growing up.... including,
of course, playing hockey and falling through the ice while playing
After graduating from high school, I
followed a lot of different paths. Four years at university gave me
a degree in Biology and Chemistry. Then a stint in the Canadian
Armed Forces taught me how to fly airplanes. After that, came my
In between all of this, the Lord led
me to Baptist Bible college in Springfield, Missouri, for a year of
study. He also had other plans. I met my wife, Suzy, there. We've
been married since 1980 and have two lovely daughters.
After nearly 20 years in broadcasting in Canada, God once again
stirred my heart about taking what I had learned in secular news
operations and applying it to Christian broadcasting. A meeting
with Dr. Don Wildmon at American Family Radio in October 1996 led
me to my present position ... News Director at AFR. God has been so
good to me in so many ways over the years. I praise him for giving
me the privilege to serve him.
Proverbs 3:5 and 6 have always been among my favorite Bible
verses -- and now I am old enough to say with assurance that God's
way is always the best way!
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It was a long and circuitous -- but
God-directed -- route that Jody traveled to get to AFN. After 20
years as a technical writer and editor for research groups in New
Mexico and California, he encountered an open door that led him
back to his first professional love: writing and reporting the
news. Jody now finds himself in what (for him, at least) is the
perfect situation for a self-described "news junkie" who loves to
write, and who has been saved by God's grace: Generating news from
a Christian worldview.
After six-and-a-half years as editor of AgapePress -- an online
Christian news service that drew upwards of 1.5 million readers a
month -- Jody's horizon expanded to OneNewsNow.com, which offers
even greater opportunities to keep his fellow Christians informed
on events and issues affecting the body of Christ. Who would have
ever thought God could use a scrawny, Frisbee-throwing, 1970s-era
hippie in such an endeavor? As Jody says, "It had to be God,
because I sure didn't know where I was going back then."
Jody and his wife both hail from the small southern New Mexico
town of Alamogordo. They now live in northeast Mississippi, where
they attend Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church and serve in both music
and teaching capacities. They have four children, two terrific
sons-in-law, two beautiful daughters-in-law -- and seven of the
brightest grandchildren in the world!
Jody carries two degrees from New Mexico State University: a
B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in technical communication.
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I was born in 1943 in Nebraska, grew
up in Oklahoma, and spent most of my adult life in Texas -- which
is why, with that background, I go into a state of confusion every
football season. I mean, who do you root for? But I got to Tupelo,
MS to work for American Family News as soon as I could.
It was a long journey, considering the fact that I was an
atheist for the first 48 years of my life, actively promoting
non-belief, working as a volunteer for Madeline Murray O'Hair to
help her get on talk shows around the country...until I pulled back
from the scene and did an interesting thing: read the Bible.
Realizing there was so much truth between Genesis and Revelation, I
accepted that which couldn't be explained and made a confession of
faith, never since regretting it.
Interestingly enough, for the past 16 years working at the old
USA Radio Network and now AFN, I'm fighting vigorously against the
very things I promoted as an atheist.
I will continue to do so mainly because I ain't dead yet -- but
also because it's just the Christian thing to do. Stand up and be
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Chad came to AFN after spending more
than 20 years in the secular media and becoming frustrated with the
liberal bias that even permeates smaller market stations. Chad says
"Working for AFN has given me the opportunity to tell the
unfettered truth, without having to worry about some liberal
producer or news executive filtering the story. Most importantly,
working at AFN gives me the opportunity to serve Jesus Christ."
Chad came from a military background (his father was in an Air
Force fighter pilot who served his country in two wars) and holds a
commission in the Army Reserve. His military background is a major
reason why Chad is responsible for keeping up with national defense
issues for AFN. His other area of concentration is politics,
digging for the Christian family perspective from news makers in
In his free time Chad loves to follow his favorite baseball
team, the Cincinnati Reds, "and help my lovely wife, Christa, with
her garden." Chad and Christa are members of Harrisburg Baptist
Church in Tupelo, Mississippi.
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As a national correspondent for American Family News (AFN) and
OneNewsNow, Russ has a passion for reporting where news of the day
and faith intersect. During his tenure, he has reported on numerous
stories -- ranging from Iraqi refugees living in Jordan, to
ministries' response to natural disasters in the U.S., to the
national debate on healthcare mandate, to state and federal
Previously, Russ served as a general assignment reporter for KSNW
TV3 in Wichita, Kansas, and as owner/publisher of Christian
Press News, one of the largest Christian newspapers in the
A 25-year award-winning journalist, he has covered breaking
political stories, was on the ground just days following the tragic
2010 earthquake in Haiti and traveled extensively throughout the
Middle East. Reporting assignments has taken Jones to countries
like Cuba, Vietnam, India, Italy, Nicaragua, Honduras, Israel,
Jordan, Thailand, and Egypt.
Based in Oxford, Mississippi, he has also served as a contributing
reporter for Crosswalk.com, ReligionToday.com, the Christian
Broadcasting Network, and the Total Living Network.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Russ earned a bachelor of
educational studies degree in broadcast journalism at the
University of Missouri and a master of divinity degree from Saint
Paul School of Theology.
Believing it is truly important with whom he is surrounded by, one
of his favorite quotes is "You can't fly with the eagles when you
are walking with the turkeys."
Jones is married to Jackie, and together they have four
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Melonie is a graduate of Blue Mountain College where she
received her bachelor's degree in English with a minor in biblical
studies. Since her high school days, Melonie has held a passion for
words -- and while she knew she employed a special interest in the
English language, she was unsure of what the future held for
A love for soccer and the Lord's direction led Melonie from her
Athens, Alabama, home to play for the women's soccer team at
Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Mississippi. She became
active in the campus Baptist Student Union where she learned of the
small Bible college in nearby Blue Mountain, Mississippi. She soon
found herself in the company of students who sought her editorial
eye, and in the classroom a number of instructors encouraged her
After having several short stories published, along with a few
features and political pieces during her internship at the Southern
Sentinel in Ripley, Mississippi, American Family News welcomed her
into its family.
Melonie is married to Ray Manning of Myrtle, Mississippi, and
they have one son. They are active members of Ozark Baptist Church
where Ray serves as youth minister. The two feel called to mission
work and hope to someday serve in India and Alaska.
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Rusty began his broadcasting career in earnest after landing a
job at WSUH/WOOR in Oxford, Mississippi in 1980, while a student at
Ole Miss. With more than 30 years in broadcasting, he has worked in
every aspect of radio, including programming, sales, management,
and of course news.
Rusty handles the majority of radio anchor duties for AFN,
beginning his day at 4:00 a.m.
Rusty and wife Caroline married in 1991, and have made their
home in Tupelo since that time. They are proud parents of two boys,
and are members of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
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American Family News / OneNewsNow is the first radio and web job
for Chris. His previous work involved television news, where he
served as a news producer for top-rated morning and nightly
newscasts in the southeastern United States.
It was in that TV production role that Chris really got involved
in newswriting, story planning, and interviewing, which helped him
hit the ground running upon his arrival here in August 2010.
He also knows how people in media think, giving him insight on
mainstream coverage of today's issues.
In addition to covering business, government spending and
regulations, and environmental policy, Chris also monitors programs
on the AFR Talk network for interviews and commentaries that are
added to newscasts on the American Family Radio network and to
A born-again Christian, Chris lives with his wife and daughter
on his in-laws' cattle farm. He assumes the cows don't mind, as
they've never told him otherwise. Chris and his family attend
Lakeview Baptist Church.
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Becky has worked as a photographer and writer for several print
and online publications, including the Orange County
Register, the Daily 49er, and the Daily
Pilot. She has a love for storytelling -- whether through
words or visually through photos.
The summer of 2009 found Becky with the organization Gospel for
Asia in Dallas, Texas, where she served for one month in the
communications department -- an experience that God used to make
her sensitive to the physical and spiritual needs in the world. A
trip to Haiti in 2010 also affirmed the need of so many across the
She feels called to missions-related work and hopes to be able
to travel the world someday.
In 2009, at the invitation of news director Fred Jackson, Becky
joined the American Family News team.
Calvary Chapel Chino Hills has been her church home for several
years. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano and guitar,
spending time with family and friends, and cooking.
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