Jerry Carnes is a reporter at 11Alive in Atlanta, GEorgia.

After 25 years at 11Alive, Jerry Carnes took on the challenge of serving you as Commuter Dude, and is now The Why Now. He answers the questions you have!

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I have loved my years in Georgia. I was born at Emory Hospital, married an Atlanta native, bleed Bulldog red and black, and feel pretty sure that I've visited just about every nook and cranny of this big busy city. 11Alive is in my blood. I interned at the station the summer of my junior year at UGA. I was 21-years-old. That's how long 11Alive has been a part of my life.

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When the Commuter Dude job opened up, I was immediately interested. I know the importance of your commute to work and back home. I know how important it is as a reporter not just to report news, but to push for change. I feel and hope that I can make a difference, entertain you, and give you a friend to help you through your travels.

I was born in Atlanta's Emory Hospital while both my mother and father were working in the Dekalb County school system. My father was the track coach at Druid Hills High School, where he coached legendary Atlanta news anchor John Pruitt. My mother taught at S.W. Dekalb High School and at Briarcliff. We moved when I was three-years-old, and eventually wound up Gainesville, Florida, where I grew up.

I returned to Georgia to attend college in Athens where I studied journalism as a Bulldog. While at UGA, I ran cross-country as well as indoor and outdoor track.

Broadcasting has taken me on a whirl-wind tour of the South. I worked at WRBL-TV in Columbus, GA, WAAY-TV in Huntsville, AL, and WSPA-TV in Greenville, S.C., before accepting a job with WXIA.

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family. My wife Cady is an artist who started her own ceramic business several years ago, and has been quite successful. My oldest child, Robert, is Communication's Administrator at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. My daughter, Caroline, is a nurse at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. My youngest, Rachel, is a cheerleader and gymnast at Dunwoody High School.

My favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I devour anything written by Carl Hiaasen and Nelson DeMille, and love classics such as All's Quiet on the Western Front, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and George Orwell's 1984.

I am a member of Dunwoody United Methodist Church. My faith is a vital part of my life. I have been teaching youth Sunday School since 2002; the youth tend to teach me as much or more than I teach them. Every Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., you'll find me at the Hickory House in Dunwoody where I meet with a group of men from my church for a discussion about faith and the Bible.

Television reporting allows me to see and experience something new everyday, and brings me in contact with people I otherwise might not ever meet. It also provides me with a venue for telling stories, another passion of mine. My favorite stories are those about people who have overcome challenges, people who have faced the downside of life, and have emerged stronger than they were before.

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