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
  • WHNT News 19 political analyst Jess Brown correctly predicted the U.S. Senate race result, weeks before Tuesday’s vote

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Doug Jones is the first Democrat to claim a statewide U.S. Senate seat election win in Alabama in 25 years. His performance Tuesday night made national headlines, but WHNT News 19’s political analyst Jess Brown predicted the outcome three weeks ago. Brown didn’t just pick a winner in the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate, back on Nov. 24 he spelled out to us how he thought it would happen. “I think the turnout that was going […]

  • Roy Moore does not concede, says the election ‘is not over’

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore refused to concede defeat Tuesday night in the race against Democrat Doug Jones, instead telling supporters they need to “wait on God” and let the process play out. Moore said the problem with the campaign was that it put him in an “unfavorable” and ”unfaithful light.” He told a crowd of supporters in Montgomery, he’s been “put in a hole, if you will.” He quoted part of  Psalm 40, saying he would […]

  • Alabama voter turnout far surpasses expectations reaching well over 1 million voters

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Alabama voters surged to the polls Tuesday, blowing through turnout estimates of 20 to 25 percent, to exceed well over 1 million votes cast, about 38 percent of the state’s registered voters. Turnout expectations were shaped by the fact that for most of Alabama the U.S. Senate special election between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore was the only race on the ballot. And, turnout for both the primary and runoff saw the vast majority of […]

  • Alabama NAACP president says he expects voter turnout to be higher than 25 percent

    Alabama NAACP President Benard Simelton said in a conference call Tuesday afternoon that he expects a higher voter turnout than the 25 percent estimated by the Secretary of State’s office. Simelton said turnout reports from across the state encouraged him that Alabama voters were taking part in a historic election in the state. Simelton was speaking on a conference call with  Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which oversees the Election Protection, the country’s […]

  • Alabama Supreme Court blocks order that required elections officials to preserve electronic ballots

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama Supreme Court has overruled a Montgomery judge who had ordered the Alabama Secretary of State’s office to ensure electronic ballots cast in the U.S. Senate election are preserved, rather than destroyed. The state’s high court late on Monday froze the order issued earlier in the day by a Montgomery Circuit Court. The order came in a lawsuit filed by four Alabama voters who complained state elections officials are violating the law by not preserving digital records […]

  • Three polls on eve of Alabama Senate vote find a big Jones win, a big Moore win, and a toss-up

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Two polls released on the eve of Alabama’s special election for the U.S. Senate offer strikingly different views on what voters are likely to do Tuesday. A Fox News poll released Monday morning found Democrat Doug Jones leading Republican Roy Moore by 10 points among likely voters, 50 percent to 40 percent, with 2 percent favoring a write-in and 8 percent undecided. On the other hand, an Emerson College poll released Monday found Moore with a 9 point […]

  • Large donors, out-of-state contributors taking part in Alabama Senate race

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — There’s been a lot of money donated and spent in this round of campaigning in the special election for an Alabama U.S. Senate seat. Democrat Doug Jones has raised about $10 million and Roy Moore has raised closer to $2 million, according to Federal Election Commission records. The race has drawn national attention, so that means people all over the country are donating and the vote is Tuesday, so donations from big money donors are flowing into both […]

  • Democrat Doug Jones has raised and spent far more money than Roy Moore in bid for U.S. Senate seat

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Democrat Doug Jones has raised far more money than Republican Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate special election, according to campaign finance reports the candidates filed with the Federal Election Commission. The filings cover the period between Oct. 1 and Nov. 22. The Jones campaign reported raising nearly $9.8 million, while Moore’s campaign reported $1.7 million in contributions. Moore had to survive two rounds of voting – a primary and a runoff – to face Jones in the […]

  • New Alabama-based Political Action Committee spends millions to support Doug Jones, draws fire

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  A new Alabama-based political action committee, Highway 31, is taking an active role in the Alabama special election for a U.S. Senate seat, and it’s drawn criticism for avoiding disclosure of its donors. The group was formed in early November and under federal election law won’t have to disclose its donors until Jan. 21, about five weeks after the U.S. Senate special election. Records show it has committed $2.9 million toward the race in supporting Democrat Doug […]

  • Out-of-state donors jumping into Doug Jones-Roy Moore U.S. Senate race

    HUNTSVILLE,  Ala. — Democrat Doug Jones has seen a surge in donations of $1,000 or more in the past few days, campaign finance records show, giving him an edge over Republican Roy Moore. But for the month of November, Moore received more large donations than Jones, according to Federal Election Commission records. For the month of November, records show Moore raised $92,250 from donors giving $1,000 or more and Jones raised $71,742. The records also show those large donors for Jones […]

  • Doug Jones did legal work for corrupt Birmingham politician’s foundation, disclosure form says

    WHNT News 19 has learned that Doug Jones did legal work for a corrupt democratic politician’s foundation — allegedly used as a funnel for bribes — as recently as this year. Our review of Democrat Doug Jones`s Senate ethics disclosure filings found he worked as an attorney for a foundation caught up in a still unfolding criminal investigation. Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Doug Jones has worked as a U.S. Attorney and has served as a practicing attorney in Birmingham for […]

  • IRS complaint filed against Roy Moore’s non-profit, alleges the foundation illegally promoted his campaign

    The Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a non-partisan watchdog group, has filed an IRS complaint against the Foundation for Moral Law, the non-profit founded by Moore and currently headed by his wife. The CLC says the foundation illegally promoted Moore’s campaign. The Campaign Legal Center’s Brendan Fischer explains, “We noticed the Foundation for Moral Law, a charity that he founded, that is currently led by his wife, was particularly active in promoting his candidacy. ” But Fischer said federal law bars […]