Special Reports

  Special Report: Cashing in on Charity

Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

  Watching Your Wallet: Student Loan Grace Period

  Prayer closet survives Lee Co. tornadoes; family rejoices

  Special Report: Fake Filters

  Special Report - Digital Rollbacks

  Special Report - Rein in Your Refund

  Special Report - Hidden Complaints

Continued Coverage

  Special Report: Tackling Your Taxes

  Special Report: Untested Waters

  Special Report - Measure of Hate

  Special Report: Sex Offenders on Facebook

  Trail Of Hope - The Struggle To Vote

  Trail Of Hope - The Struggle For Equality

  Trail Of Hope - The Journey To Equality

The journey toward civil rights for all Americans winds its way through rural courthouses and bus stations, southern schools and jail cells, and churches that organized a courageous movement that ended segregation.

  SPECIAL REPORT: Battling bullying in the Chattahoochee Valley

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and steps are being taken in the Fountain City to put an end to it.

  SPECIAL REPORT: Taking back the streets

News Leader 9 is hoping to bring attention to areas like Winston Road that struggle with crime and other issues.

  SPECIAL REPORT: The Money Pit

In a News Leader 9 investigation, we’re digging deeper into the conditions of the Columbus Government Center. With heavy repairs needed, do city officials finally think it’s time to rebuild?

  SPECIAL REPORT: Fort Benning officials react to lead exposure cases on post with town hall

  SPECIAL REPORT: Auburn Mayor Bill Ham

  SPECIAL REPORT: Ham at the Helm

  SPECIAL REPORT: A moment of transition

  Special Report: Mayor of Columbus talks final months in office

SPECIAL REPORT: The Idol Dream

  SPECIAL REPORT: Faster fires

News Leader 9's Elizabeth White takes you inside Faster Fires, Tuesday, July 19 at Six on News Leader 9. And join the discussion on social media by using #FasterFires.

  SPECIAL REPORT: Retirement from the road

Emilie Arroyo reports on  Retirement from the Road, Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 11 p.m./10 p.m. CT on WTVM News Leader 9. And join the conversation on social media by using #RoadTest.

SPECIAL REPORT: Run, hide, fight - 3 ways to survive

Emilie Arroyo shows you 3 Ways to Survive, Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. on News Leader 9. And join the conversation on social media by using #RunHideFight.

WTVM Special Report: Wrongly Accused

Emilie Arroyo investigates #WronglyAccused, airing Thursday, Feb. 11 on News Leader 9.

  2016 Military holiday greetings for the Chattahoochee Valley

The Chattahoochee Valley is in the full-swing of the holiday season - and our active duty servicemembers want to send their love from abroad.  Each day leading up to Christmas, WTVM News Leader 9 will showcase a holiday greeting from a solider in our armed forces.

  WXTX Special Report: Concussions

Fox 54's Andrew McDevitt reports on Concussions Thursday, Feb. 4 at 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST on Fox 54 News. #SportsSafety

SPECIAL REPORT: From Darkness to Hope

From Darkness to Hope Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m./5 p.m. CT on News Leader 9. And join the conversation on social media by using #RedemptionRose.

WTVM Share Your Thanks by Giving 2016

News Leader 9, Fox 54, and Feeding the Valley are teaming up for our annual Share Your Thanks by Giving food drive.

  SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the Georgia Power Storm Center

We'll travel to Atlanta and go Inside the Georgia Power Storm Center, Tuesday, Nov. 1 on News Leader 9.

  SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Auburn basketball with Coach Bruce Pearl

Inside Auburn basketball with Coach Bruce Pearl - Friday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. on News Leader 9. #AuburnHoops

  SPECIAL REPORT: The High Cost Of Slow Justice

Join Roslyn Giles for an in-depth look at how much it costs taxpayers to prosecute local inmates. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 10 p.m. ET/9p.m. CT on News Leader 9 on Fox 54.. #TheCostOfCrime

Special Report: From the bench to the gridiron

The court is now in session. The Honorable William C. Rumer presiding. Judge Rumer has been on the Superior Court bench since 2010 when he was appointed by the governor.

SPECIAL REPORT: 1-on-1 interview with Dr. Bernice King on The Dream Today

Join Barbara Gauthier for one on one exclusive interview with Dr. Bernie King.Starting Monday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. ET/5p.m. CT on News Leader 9. #TheDreamToday

  Special Report: Kids & Guns - does your child know what to do?

Kids and Guns, Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. on News Leader 9. And join the conversation on social media by using #KidsAndGuns.

  Reading labels an important step in buying dog food

The aisles of every grocery and pet store are full of products marketed specifically to the puppy market, but are foods specific to an animal's breed or stage of life really necessary?  We'll answer that question for you and examine whether or not buying the most expensive dog food on the market is really the best thing you can do for your best friend.

  WXTX Special Report: Not So Cheap Airfare

It seems as if the airlines are charging for everything! Extra bags, upgrades, pillows and even legroom!

WXTX Special Report: Hotlanta Empire

Two weeks ago we took you behind closed doors of local music studios for an up close and personal look into the music world. This time we take another look at that struggle, only this time we're taking you to Atlanta where the stakes are even higher and find out what it takes to climb to the top in "Hotlanta Empire."

  SPECIAL REPORT: Back-to-school on a budget

Back to School on a Budget, Wednesday, July 27 at 6p.m. on News Leader 9. And talk about it on social media by using #Back2SchoolDeals.

  News Leader 9 On the Road 2016!

On Fridays this summer, News Leader 9 is taking our show on the road!  Beginning on Friday, July 8 at 5 p.m., our newscast will be criss-crossing the Chattahoochee Valley to visit our community, showcasing the best that they have to offer.

  SPECIAL REPORT: Unclaimed baggage

Chuck Leonard take you treasure hunting at Unclaimed Baggage on Tuesday, July 26 at 6 p.m/ on News Leader 9. And join the conversation on social media by using #UnclaimedBaggage.

  SPECIAL REPORT: PTSD Relief

PTSD Relief - Thursday, July 21 at 10/9 central on News Leader 9 on Fox 54. And join the conversation on social media by using #PTSDRelief.

  SPECIAL REPORT: Fentanyl abuse - drug dealers selling prescription drugs

Fentanyl abuse, Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. on News Leader 9.

  SPECIAL REPORT: Home-schooled - how a personal touch leads to a child's success

Home-schooled, Thursday, J at 10/9 central, on News Leader 9 on Fox 54.  And join the conversation on social media by using #homeschooled.

  SPECIAL REPORT: What are the signs of dry drowning?

Drowning can happen hours after they've toweled off and moved on to other things. It's called dry drowning - here is what it is and what you can do to keep your child safe.

2016 Billboard Music Awards on News Leader 9

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday, May 22 at 8 p.m. on WTVM News Leader 9 - and you can stay up-to-date with the winners and the performances here!

WTVM, ABC Network's Magic of Storytelling 2016

Disney and ABC have donated 50 million books to First Book and are celebrating this milestone by inviting viewers to join the fourth annual "Magic of Storytelling" campaign between now and March 31.

WTVM Special Report: A Murder Remembered

"How is this possible? How can human beings do this?"  A grizzly crime in East Alabama that I covered as a reporter 14 years ago ending here in these woods.

  WXTX Special Report: Take the City

Imagine what could happen if hundreds of churches and organizations across the Chattahoochee Valley come together to love, serve and pray for their region. You don't have to imagine it because it's happening right here in Columbus.

  WTVM Special Report: Charleston church shooting - survivors tell their story

Watch these two women tell their powerful story in "Inside the Charleston Church Shooting" - Thursday, Feb. 4 at 11 p.m./10 p.m. CST on WTVM News Leader 9.

Jason's March To The Marathon - Jan. 18: MLK and C25K

How did I get here? That's sometimes what goes through my mind as I'm out running, and wanting to stop. We all need motivation, whether you're a beginner runner or more experienced. This week, I used motivation from the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to get me through my training.

  SPECIAL: 2016 National Championship - Crimson vs. Clemson

Before the national championship game kicks off, join Sports Leader 9's Dave Platta and Paul Stockman for an hour-long special - "Crimson vs. Clemson: Road to the Championship."

2015 Military holiday greetings for the Chattahoochee Valley

The Chattahoochee Valley is in the full-swing of the holiday season - and our active duty servicemembers want to send their love from abroad.  Each day leading up to Christmas, WTVM News Leader 9 will showcase a holiday greeting from a solider in our armed forces.

WTVM Special Report: Before the Crown

After more than six decades, the title of Miss America comes back to Georgia. Warner Robbins' own Betty Cantrell claimed the coveted crown last September, something that hadn't happened for a Miss Georgia since 1953.

WXTX Special Report: Mental Illness: Don't Look the Other Way

It's happened all over the country. Innocent lives taken by deranged gunmen. What's been done locally to help fight violence and mental illness?Mass shootings at the hands of deranged gunmen – is it becoming an epidemic in the US and abroad?

WTVM Special Report: The Next Bad Drug

As the war on drugs in the Chattahoochee Valley rages on, certain narcotics and moving up into the most abused and dangerous. We set out to investigate that list, plus how and where those illegal drugs are hitting our neighborhoods.

WTVM Share Your Thanks by Giving 2015

News Leader 9, Feeding the Valley and Action Buildings is teaming up for our annual Share Your Thanks by Giving food drive.

Mayor's Forum: Poverty Next Door - A Town Hall Meeting

Thursday night, WTVM and The Mayor's Commission on Diversity, Unity and Prosperity presented the 7th Annual Diversity Forum, live from the RiverCenter in Uptown Columbus.

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Lanett High School Shows Off School Spirit

Lanett has Chambers County's only city school system, and it's known for its award-winning ROTC program. The rivalry between Lanett and LaFayette is also steeped in tradition, and the game is one students and faculty look forward to each year.

New Football Stadium For Chattachoochee Co. HS

This football season is the first time players and cheerleaders at Chattahoochee County High School can officially come home for home games.  In previous years, the 'home' games were held at other stadiums or they would play a series of 'away' games.

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Hometown Spirit: Russell County High School: Bouncing Back From The Storm

After suffering severe damage from last year's April tornado, Russell County High is bouncing back.

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Harris County Senior Football Players Get Fired Up for the Big Game

History is not on their side, but the Harris County High School football players says they're ready for Friday night's game against Hardaway.

Harris County Students Proud of Theatre Program

Our Hometown Spirit series continues with a look at one of the crown jewels of Harris County High School. We're giving you a front row seat to the best show in town!

Opelika High Collecting Tons Of Food For Homeless Dogs

One of the biggest rivalries in east Alabama is between Opelika and Auburn. Opelika High students use the showdown as motivation to raise food and supplies for homeless dogs.

The Man They Call "Trash Man"

One man's passion becomes a community's mission to keep the city clean.

Barbeque-The Best Butts In Alabama

Once again, News Leader Nine finds the best barbecue in the town.

The Historic Windsor Hotel

The historic Windsor Hotel maitains it's Victorian decor and Southern hospitality.

AuburnBank Has Historic Ties To City

AuburnBank was founded in 1907 and has been a vital part of the city's history. It even saved the Auburn University football team from missing a season.

Opelika Boasts "Real" Haunted House

Opelika's Parks and Recreation department owns an old home with a violent past. It's believed the original owner still haunts the place more than 150 years after his murder.

Auburn High School Big On Academics, Athletics

Newsweek ranks Auburn one of its top high schools every year for its college-level programs. The Tigers are just as tough on the field as in the classroom, and they can't wait for this year's game against Opelika.

The Rylander Theatre

The old historic Rylander Theatre still takes center stage.

Pacelli High School Has Hometown Spirit

As our Hometown Spirit series continues, students at Pacelli High School are talking about what makes their school stand out.

Brookstone Star Football Players are Also Star Students

It's not always easy for teenagers to juggle sports, and other extracurricular activities, and still make good grades.  But the seniors on Brookstone's football team aren't just star athletes, they're also star students.