Screws gives up TV, sets sights on aiding others
Clif Knight, Hartselle Enquirer
Hartselle native Greg Screws has given up his job as morning/midday/4 p.m. news anchor with WAAY-TV to take a position with the United Way of Madison County.
Screws assumed the duties of vice president of the major donor division of UWMC July 5, ending a 25-year career in television sports and news broadcasting. In his new job, he will be working primarily with individuals who have the potential of supporting United Way agencies in a major way. He also will be involved in the organization's public relations and marketing efforts.
"This is something I've been thinking about for a long time, especially after the apartment fire my family experienced several years ago," Screws stated. "United Way offers an umbrella of assistance to the needy in a number of different ways and it constantly reviews its programs to make sure that the people who are hurting the most are getting the help they need. By working here I will be able to serve the greater needs of the community," Screws said
"I'm excited and I'm charging ahead…learning a new job language and culture and getting prepared for the next fund-raising campaign," Screws added. "The people here are great."
Screws said the parts of TV broadcasting he'll miss the most is not being able to report breaking news and losing the day-to-day contact with news sources and viewers.
Screws began his broadcasting career while enrolled in the School of Communications at The University of Alabama. He graduated in 1981 and got his first full-time job with WAAY as a news photographer. Subsequently, he worked for WCFT-TV in Tuscaloosa, WVTM-TV in Birmingham and WRIC-TV in Richmond before returning to WAAY in 1997.
Screws has a daughter, Emily, who is a sophomore at The University of Alabama. He is a graduate of the former Morgan County High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Truman Screws of Hartselle.