Q&A on the News

Q: What has happened to Ted Hall and Mike Francis on WXIA?

— Carolyn Rea, Roswell

A: Hall, who was an anchor on 11 Alive, an NBC affiliate, for seven years, has returned to Knoxville, Tenn., where he is an anchor at WVLT-TV, a CBS affiliate. Hall worked in Knoxville for 18 years before coming to Atlanta in 2006. He told Atlanta viewers in October that he would leave 11 Alive by the end of the year, and his final broadcast there was Dec. 27. He started at WVLT-TV on Jan. 27. Francis left 11 Alive early last week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. He had been the chief meteorologist at 11 Alive since the summer of 2011. The station posted this on its Facebook page: "Veteran meteorologist Chris Holcomb will be taking over the weeknight weather duties. We're currently doing a nationwide search for a world class meteorologist to join Chris, Chesley McNeil and Allison Chinchar to ensure you'll always have the weather information you need to keep you informed and safe."

Q: I heard about a young man with one arm and part of another who plays basketball. Can you tell me more about him?

— Wyatt Webster, Douglasville

A: Zach Hodskins, a senior basketball player at Milton High School, was born without a left hand and forearm. He committed last fall to play basketball at the University of Florida, which offered him a spot as a preferred walk-on next year. "He has such a drive and such a determination. It's almost like a drive that never stops," his father Bob told the AJC.

Andy Johnston wrote this column; AJC staff writer Rodney Ho contributed. Do you have a question about the news? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).