I grew up in Southern California. My family and I moved to Huntsville in 2000. My wife teaches high school. We have two sons, my younger son is a senior at Grissom High School. I’ve worked in newspapers for the past 23 years, as a reporter and editor. I’m still new to the TV news business, but WHNT is a great place to learn, filled with smart, dedicated people. I look forward to breaking news and telling great stories that make a difference in people’s lives. If you’ve got a news tip, a comment or a suggestion on what we can do better, I can be reached at brian.lawson@whnt.com


Recent Articles
  • Stephen Marc Stone in court on Jan. 29, 2016. (Shane Hays/WHNT News 19)

    Death penalty case delayed for south Huntsville man accused in double murder

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Stephen Marc Stone will not be going to trial for capital murder on March 6 as currently scheduled, but a new date has not been set yet. Stone is facing a possible death sentence after being charged with strangling his wife, Krista Stone, and their 7-year-old son Zachary.  Both were killed in the family’s home on Chicamauga Trail in February 2013. Stone was in court Friday as Madison County Circuit Judge Donna Pate addressed a number of […]

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    Unedited comments of Councilman Devyn Keith and Mayor Tommy Battle on recent police incident

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Councilman Devyn Keith says Huntsville Police officers stopped him outside his house on Monday night, because he matched the description of an armed robbery suspect — a black male with jeans and a hoodie. Keith emphasizes the officer involved followed his training and was just doing his job. However, he wants the incident to spark more conversation about community policing in Huntsville. WHNT News 19 has promised to take action to help facilitate community conversation on the […]

  • Devyn Keith represents District 1 on the Huntsville City Council.

    Huntsville City Councilman calls for community discussion after police mistake him for a robbery suspect

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville City Councilman Devyn Keith posted a Facebook message on Tuesday night saying he’d had an encounter with the Huntsville Police Department. Keith said the encounter, where police apparently briefly questioned him as a potential robbery suspect based on his race and clothing, was resolved with “civility between myself and the officers on duty.” But, he added, it also “sheds light on an issue that happens far too often in familiar neighborhoods.” Keith, 29, was elected to […]

  • Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (Kristen Conner/WHNT News 19)

    Impeachment speculation heats up in Montgomery

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Legislature is back in session and so is speculation about Gov. Robert Bentley’s future. Two Cullman-area legislators Corey Harbison and Randall Shedd circulated a draft impeachment proposal Tuesday that faults Bentley for using campaign funds to pay former top aide and alleged mistress Rebekah Mason’s legal bills. It also says the governor should not have set a special election date for June 2018 for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Last […]

  • Gov. Bentley appoints Steve Marshall as the new Alabama Attorney General.

    New Alabama AG says he doesn’t know if his office is investigating Gov. Bentley

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Longtime Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall was sworn in Monday morning as Alabama Attorney General and vowed to recuse himself in any investigation of Gov. Robert Bentley. Bentley’s appointment of a new attorney general has raised questions around the state, since an impeachment investigation in the Alabama House was suspended at the request of then-Attorney General Luther Strange. Bentley named Strange to the U.S. Senate last week. ‘’I understand the cloud that somewhat exists, relating to why […]

  • U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville.

    U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks says he wasn’t trying to avoid Democrats at Tea Party meeting

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala — U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said Friday there was no effort to dodge constituents Thursday night at a Huntsville Tea Party meeting. Brooks, R-Huntsville, said today there was a miscommunication between the event organizers and his office. He said he thought he was going to speak at a “Washington update,” which he said he does frequently. The events are private, held on private property. “Well, there’s no confusion in our office,” Brooks said. “I was told I was going […]

  • Stephen Marc Stone with one of his attorneys. (Photo: Gregg Stone, WHNT News 19)

    Defense asks judge to toss capital murder indictment against man accused in south Huntsville murders

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Lawyers for Stephen Marc Stone are asking a Madison County judge to throw out the capital murder indictment against him and rule that Alabama’s death penalty system is unconstitutional. Stone is set to go on trial March 6. Circuit Judge Donna Pate has set a pretrial conference for Friday to address pending motions and discuss the trial schedule. Stone is charged with killing his wife Krista, and their 7-year-old son Zachary in February 2013 at their home on […]

  • Sureshbhai Patel, outside Huntsville's federal courthouse in September for Eric Parker's first trial. (WHNT News 19)

    Federal judge throws out most of Sureshbhai Patel’s lawsuit against city of Madison

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  A federal judge has dismissed most of the claims against the city of Madison in a lawsuit filed by Sureshbhai Patel. Patel was seriously injured after an encounter with Madison Police Department officer Eric Parker in February 2015. The claims against Parker were not addressed in the ruling. Parker was acquitted by a federal judge last year on excessive force charges after two trials where the juries deadlocked without reaching a verdict. The civil case is ongoing, […]

  • Tyler Ryan Blansit, left, walks in to the DeKalb County Courthouse. Sheriff Jimmy Harris walks alongside him. (Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office/June 2, 2015)

    Grand jury indicts Tyler Blansit in 2015 killing of his mother in Mentone

    MENTONE, Ala. – A DeKalb County man has been indicted for murder in the beating death of his mother in Mentone in May 2015. Tyler Ryan Blansit, 23, was indicted Feb. 2 by a DeKalb County grand jury in the killing of Sherry Blansit. Court records don’t show a trial date, but he is set for a Feb. 21 arraignment. DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris called the killing of Sherry Blansit, “one of the most brutal deaths I’ve ever seen.” The […]

  • Former Gov. Don Siegelman (file)

    Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman expected to be released from prison this week

    OAKDALE, La. – Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who has served a little more than five years in prison on bribery and related charges, is set to be granted home confinement for the final six months of his prison term, a former Siegelman aide told WHNT News 19 this afternoon. Siegelman, 70, is currently being housed at Oakdale Federal Correctional Institute in Oakdale, La.  His family lives in Birmingham. Family spokesman Chip Hill said Siegelman has been told he will […]

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    Alabama House Speaker unsure if Governor’s prison overhaul plan will pass

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama Legislature will formally open its 2017 regular session Tuesday, and Gov. Robert Bentley is again calling for an overhaul of the state’s seriously overcrowded prison system. But the measure died last year with legislators expressing concern about the proposed $800 million construction tab and the governor’s plan to award a “design and build” contract to one company for the effort. The proposal calls for building four new prisons, three for men and one for women, […]

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    Gov. Bentley lawyers say campaign payment to Rebekah Mason’s lawyers was legal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Lawyers for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told the Alabama Ethics Commission Friday that it was lawful for Bentley to use campaign funds to pay legal bills for his former top political advisor and alleged mistress Rebekah Mason. Bentley’s attorney Bill Athanas sent the ethics commission a letter arguing Mason was paid by the campaign while working as Bentley’s senior political advisor. The issue arose this week after Athanas disclosed that the Bentley campaign paid a Montgomery law […]