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
  • U.S. Senate candidate Mo Brooks describes strategy for shortened campaign cycle

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The U.S. Senate race in Alabama to fill the seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a shorter than usual campaign schedule and has to compete with summer vacation for many state residents. That means for candidates like Huntsville-area U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, the challenge is how best to shape their statewide profile for voters. There are 11 Republican candidates in the race, but Brooks told WHNT News 19 this week that the polls are showing […]

  • Jemison High principal mistakenly attached blank termination letter on email sent to coaches

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –  The principal of Mae Jemison High School sent out an email this week telling more than a dozen coaches the school would be going in a different direction and they`d soon receive a ‘separation form.’ The school district says it`s all a misunderstanding. WHNT News 19 learned Wednesday that the original email was sent early that morning. In addition to telling the coaches the school would be going in a different direction, it also informed the coaches they […]

  • Congressman Mo Brooks introduces bill to let Congress members carry guns across U.S.

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks introduced a bill today that would allow members of Congress to carry firearms anywhere in the U.S. other than in the presence of the President and Vice President or on the Capitol grounds. The Huntsville-area Congressman said the bill was necessary because members face a growing number of threats and are targets for extremists and terrorists. He said outside the Capitol, members currently have no way to protect themselves. Brooks said the measure doesn’t […]

  • Court records reveal terrorism charge against Huntsville man arrested last week

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  A Huntsville man arrested last week on a terrorism charge is not scheduled for his first court appearance until July 5, according to Madison County court records. Aziz Sayyed, 22, was arrested Thursday and charged with soliciting/providing support for an act of terrorism, but officials did not spell out the specific charge. In the court records released Tuesday, he is charged with second-degree soliciting/providing support for an act of terrorism. That is a Class C felony in […]

  • U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks to offer bill allowing Congressional members to carry firearms nationwide

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, who was on a target list carried by the Alexandria gunman last week, plans to introduce legislation calling for members of Congress to be armed like law enforcement personnel, nationwide, his office said Monday. Brooks plans to introduce a bill this week allowing members to carry guns, his office told WHNT News 19 Monday. Following last week’s shooting Brooks gave a harrowing account.  He described being a short distance from James Hodgkinson, when […]

  • Appeals court upholds former Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey’s contempt of court conviction

    MADISON, Ala. — A federal appeals court has upheld former Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey’s misdemeanor contempt of court conviction. The opinion, issued Thursday, denied the former chief’s appeal. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals said there was sufficient evidence to support the April 2016 conviction. The charge stemmed from Muncey’s contact with officers in his department who had testified during officer Eric Parker’s first excessive force trial in 2015. Parker was ultimately acquitted by U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala […]

  • Details, social media accounts emerging about James Hodgkinson, alleged Alexandria, Va. gunman

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Multiple sources have identified an Illinois man, James T. Hodgkinson, as the alleged gunman in the attack on a Republican congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Va. Five people were wounded in the attack, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and two Capitol police officers. President Donald Trump in an address to the nation following the assault said Hodgkinson had died, apparently after exchanging gunfire with police at the scene. The gunman is reported to have […]

  • White House taps Madison County Assistant DA Jay Town to serve as U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s Northern District

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Jay Town, currently an assistant district attorney in Madison County, is being nominated by President Donald Trump to become the new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. The White House Monday announced Trump’s intention to nominate Town. President Trump also said he would nominate Louis Franklin as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama and Richard W. Moore for the Southern District of Alabama. Town would fill the seat that was last held by […]

  • Huntsville Police Department officer was speeding before hitting pedestrian

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — WHNT News 19 has obtained the accident report from a wreck involving a Huntsville police officer that left a pedestrian dead. The report says the officer was driving above the speed limit last week when he struck and killed a pedestrian who was trying to cross Memorial Parkway near Oakwood Avenue. Huntsville Police Department spokesman Lt. Stacy Bates said the officer was headed to work in his patrol car for his 10:30 p.m. shift, when he struck […]

  • Madison man forced to vacate home after losing court fight with homeowner’s association

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Madison resident Douglas Pegues has been in his Shamrock Drive home for 11 years, but Tuesday he began living in a hotel until he sorts out a court dispute that has pushed him out of that house. A retired Boeing engineer, Pegues has been in a series of court cases with the Shamrock Homeowners Association beginning in 2012. He contends the homeowners’ association covenant that requires dues that began at $50 a month, is only valid if […]

  • Getting Results: Monte Sano resident struggled to get city’s help for ditch woes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Jim Mathison, a longtime resident living on Monte Sano, could not get help resolving a problem caused by the relocation of a sewer line near his house. “They redug the ditch, regraded the ditch so it would drain, and in the process they’ve cut it, instead of a sloping side, it has a 90 degree drop-off kind of side, and you can’t get near it with a lawn mower,” Mathison told WHNT News 19 on Tuesday. He’d been […]

  • U.S. Senate candidates Mo Brooks, Luther Strange pick up endorsements

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — In many ways, you can trace the U.S. Senate special election back to an endorsement in February 2016 — when then-U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions endorsed his first presidential candidate — Donald Trump. Now Sessions serves as the U.S. Attorney General. And his Senate seat is up for grabs. On Tuesday, candidate U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-5th District, announced the endorsement of the Alabama Patriots — a Tea Party group. They echoed many of Brooks’ campaign lines, championing his […]