Kyle Shelton

I was born in Anniston, Alabama and have lived in northeast or central Alabama most of my life. I graduated from Ohatchee High School in 1987 and began my journalism career in 1994 as a sports stringer for The Anniston Star and a reporter for The Birmingham Times. I was married Kathy Shelton for 14 years. She died suddenly in 2009. I recently remarried to my lovely new wife, Michelle, who is the most beautiful woman I know. She is also the best Christian and Language Arts teacher that I know. I have two step-daughters from mine and Kathy's marriage, Gillian, 30, and Whitney, 26. I also have two grandsons, Austin, 12, and Gavin, 9. Gillian is their mom. I am also the proud new step-father to three step-daughters: Taylor, 16, Sydney, 12, and Sophie, 6. I have participated in the National Writing Project and the Jacksonville State University Summer Institute. I have been published in two education journals and, of course, here on Open To Hope. Reach me at


Even mass tragedy should be personal, 26 Jul 2011

Wife’s Sudden Death Sends Man on Faith Journey, 11 Jul 2010