Cody Short

Local Government & Communities Reporter



Cody was born and raised in Birmingham. She graduated from Tuskegee University in 2015 and moved to Austin, Texas to work in the tech industry. But in 2018, Cody came back to Birmingham to build a career in journalism. Since then, she has worked for Bham Now, Summit Media, and ABC 33/40. Cody has a knack for smart storytelling and podcasting.

As WBHM's local government and communities reporter, she brings an enterprising approach to covering issues that matter. In her free time, Cody loves podcasts, water aerobics, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Cody wants to know what's on your mind. Let her know what questions you have about our local government and communities.

Secretary of State investigating Bessemer for potential voter fraud

While rumors of election fraud or irregularities have lingered in the city for years, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill confirmed to WBHM his office is looking into allegations of voter fraud in Bessemer this election cycle.

Birmingham’s guaranteed income program aims to help single mothers who face inequality

Sixty percent of all households with children in Birmingham are led by single mothers. That’s one factor when it comes to inequalities working women face.

Civil rights attorney Fred Gray receives the nation’s highest honor

Among the 17 honorees for the Presidential Medal of Freedom award, two of them are civil rights leaders: Fred Gray and Diane Nash.

The historic A.G. Gaston Motel comes back to life with a coffee shop and exhibit

The motel opened in 1954 and became one of the city’s main Black establishments. The motel served as a first-class lodging, entertainment and dining hall for traveling Black people who came to Jim Crow Birmingham.

Woodfin says people without homes won’t be moved from public spaces for The World Games

World Games officials clarified that anyone will be able to walk through and access public areas around venues like Railroad Park, Linn Park, Protective Stadium and the new City Walk, despite those sites being behind security parameters.

Sleeping shelters for homeless people will be built for The World Games. What happens next?

Security parameters will be put in place, restricting access to otherwise public places. People without homes who use some of these public spaces for shelter will have to find other places to be. 

Scott Thurmond named Birmingham Police Chief

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced Thurmond’s appointment as police chief Thursday. Thurmond succeeds Patrick Smith who announced his resignation as police chief in January citing personal matters.

Incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey wins GOP primary in Alabama

Up against eight Republican challengers, Gov. Kay Ivey will move forward to the general election for governor in Alabama where a Democrat hasn't been elected to the office for a quarter-century.

Alabama Republicans weigh-in on their favorite primary candidates 

Nine Republicans are for governor in Alabama and six for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Birmingham mayor proposes largest city budget ever

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin introduced a $517 million budget proposal, the largest in city history, during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Birmingham targets motels over illegal activity and blight

Since last fall, Birmingham city officials have sued or taken other measures to shut down the businesses.

The World Games will mean closed roads around Birmingham. Here’s your list

With that number of people coming to the area for the World Games, that will require security boundaries and road closures at several venues.

One year later, where is the Birmingham Civilian Review Board? 

A year ago, Mayor Randall Woodfin announced the launch of the Birmingham Civilian Review Board to offer independent accountability for police. But the board doesn't seem to be active.

The World Games were delayed for a year, but did it help with preparedness?

The World Games was originally set to come to Birmingham July 2021, but the coronavirus pandemic delayed the large event for a year.

R&B artist Anthony Hamilton brings his Southern flair back to Birmingham

Hamilton discussed touring after a pandemic break, Southern food, and his return to The Magic City. 

Birmingham mayor issues pardon for unpaid traffic fines 

The City of Birmingham pardoned all negligent traffic fines and parking violation tickets that were issued prior to January 1, 2011.

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination sparks Black Girl Magic in local judges

Jackson is the first Black woman to be nominated to the high court. But in Jefferson County, Black women already hold many judgeships in the court system.

Birmingham leaders say decision to ban Russian athletes from the World Games ‘a show of solidarity’

The World Games ban was in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine last week.

World Game medals make their debut in Birmingham, but will soon be all over the world

Medals for the World Games, which will take place in Birmingham in July, were unveiled by city leaders and games organizers Wednesday at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

New Birmingham Public Library board will decide the future of library closures 

The Birmingham Public Library Board will swear in new board members Tuesday afternoon, making a majority of the appointees first timers.   

Alabama native’s play explores Black student unity through co-ed fraternity

The play is centered on a group of Black college students at the fictitious McMillian University, a  small, mostly-White Christian college in Birmingham.

Warming stations become a hot topic as temperatures in Birmingham hit freezing

The City of Birmingham will host a warming station at the BJCC Thursday and Friday night in collaboration with One Roof, an agency dedicated to ending homelessness.

Three Birmingham families on what the Magic City means to them as the city turns 150

Birmingham's first 150 years contains powerful history. But it was also home to tens of thousands of people.

Birmingham Mayor Woodfin sworn in for a second term

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin began his second term Tuesday, continuing his tenure as the city’s 30th mayor.

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh announces $15 minimum wage for federal contractors during visit to Birmingham

An estimated 327,000 people across the country could see a pay increase under a new Department of Labor rule announced Monday in Birmingham.

An unlikely place, Lowndes County, has the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Alabama

At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, Lowndes County was one of the hardest hit places in Alabama. So when the vaccine became available, doses were rushed to Lowndes and other Black Belt counties by the federal government.

Trash is piling up around some apartments in Birmingham. It is not just about the pandemic

Some people who live in apartments or operate a business around the Birmingham area have complained about trash piling up this fall. It’s reasonable to assume the city should be picking up that garbage, but that’s not the case.

Fans of Legion Field are concerned about its future

Once revered as the “Football Capital of the South,” Legion Field has lost some of its luster in the last 15 years.

Women will hold the majority on the Birmingham City Council over the next four years

Starting this Tuesday, the makeup of the Birmingham City Council changes when it swears in three new members.

Birmingham debuts new tech hub to help solve crime in real time

Birmingham leaders officially opened the city's Real Time Crime Center Tuesday, a project intended to give the Birmingham Police Department new technological tools to help resolve crime more quickly.

Birmingham hosts the Morehouse Tuskegee Classic for the first time

The oldest football rivalry among historically black colleges has made its way to Birmingham. Tuskegee University and Morehouse College will have their first game in the Magic City.