Stephen is originally from San Diego, California but he moved to Huntsville, Alabama at age 10, and has proudly called Alabama home ever since. He graduated from Troy University with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communications. While in college, Stephen worked for the university’s television station where he won Associated Press awards for anchoring and reporting. He was also the public address announcer for several university sports teams. He performed similar P.A. duties for the Huntsville Stars professional baseball team.
After college, Stephen took his first job as a reporter and fill-in anchor for Comcast Cable news station CNWG-TV in Rome, Georgia. Six months later, Stephen accepted a reporter/videographer position here at WIAT 42 in Birmingham in 1998. He eventually began filling in for both news and sports anchors before taking the full-time weekend sports anchoring position in April 2000. That Fall, Stephen also began anchoring weekend news, which he did for 8 years. Stephen currently anchors weekdays on Wake Up Alabama.
Stephen has covered numerous stories that have received national attention, including the deadly F-5 tornado in west Jefferson county and Birmingham in 1998, the Birmingham abortion clinic bombing and the search and capture of Eric Rudolph, the road rage murder in Shelby County, the tragic Jim Walter mine explosion that killed 13 miners, the fraud and corruption scandal at HealthSouth, the deadly April 27th tornadoes of 2011, the fatal UPS plane crash in Birmingham, and many more. Stephen has interviewed countless local and national figures and celebrities including: Charles Barkley, Tiger Woods, Jessie Jackson, Brooke Burke, Tom Selleck, L.L. Cool J, Jane Goodall, James Van Der Beek, Paula Dean, Kirk Cameron, Mandy Moore, Johnnie Cochran, Todd Bridges, baseball hall-of-famer Ozzie Smith, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, as well as numerous mayors, governors, senators and representatives. Stephen has received many professional broadcasting awards from both the Associated Press and the Alabama Broadcasters Association, including being named “Best News Anchor” in Alabama, and “Best Reporter” in Alabama, as well as awards for “Best Feature Story”, “Best Documentary”, and he co-anchored the broadcast which won for “Best Daytime Programming” in the state of Alabama.
Stephen lives in Shelby County with his wife and two children. The Haucks are very involved with their church and its numerous ministries. Since moving to Birmingham in 1998, they have volunteered countless hours to several causes, including: M-Power ministries in Birmingham, working with inner-city children and youth, visiting the elderly, and volunteering their time with dozens of local youth as mentors and a support group for them. Stephen and his wife are also very involved in international mission work with Forgotten Children Ministries in Honduras. The Hauck family sponsors Honduran children, and travels to Central America on a regular basis on mission trips which assist with FCM’s efforts of rescuing homeless street children. Stephen has also served on international mission trips in the Amazon Jungle of eastern Ecuador, South Sudan in the heart of Africa, the impoverished island nation of Haiti, the Andes Mountains of Peru in South America, and in Thailand in southeast Asia.