No Glasses, No Problem – View the eclipse from Huntsville

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
  • Live Blog: Solar Eclipse makes its way across the United States

    This is the first time a total solar eclipse has made its way across the United States in 99 years. The last time was during World War I. The Southeastern U.S. will have a front-row seat for the eclipse’s journey, including Nashville which is directly in the path. The tens of thousands of people gathered there will be exposed to a total solar eclipse from 1:27:25 p.m. to 1:29:23, according to NASA. Here’s a good link to the eclipse schedule: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how […]

  • Madison County Sheriff’s investigator arrested on child sex charges resigned shortly after complaint

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Roland Campos, a 10-year veteran investigator with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving a juvenile, the sheriff’s office  said at a Monday morning press conference. Campos’ arrest followed a complaint made to the sheriff’s office Friday afternoon, spokesman Lt. Brian Chaffin said Monday morning. The investigation began after the call, and the Huntsville Police Department and the National Children’s Advocacy Center were brought into the case, […]

  • Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigator charged with child sex crimes

    A longtime Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigator, Roland Campos, has been arrested for sexual abuse in the first degree, a Class C felony. ​ His mugshot and charges were not listed on the Madison County Jail website as of noon Saturday, even though WHNT News 19 has learned through sources that he was arrested Friday evening. The sheriff’s office oversees the jail. The mugshot and charges did appear on the jail website after 3pm on Saturday. It notes that Campos […]

  • Former UNA professor named in student sexual assault lawsuit faced prior rape charge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — WHNT News 19 has learned more about a prior rape allegation contained in a lawsuit filed by a University of North Alabama student who alleged she was sexually assaulted by a UNA professor on a university-sponsored trip in 2015. The professor identified in the lawsuit is former UNA marketing and global business professor David Dickerson. UNA has denied the former student’s claims that the university covered up and failed to investigate the alleged assault. UNA did acknowledge the […]

  • Huntsville terrorism suspect’s request to lower bond rejected by judge following unannounced hearing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Madison County judge has rejected a Huntsville terrorism suspect’s request to lower his bond from $250,000 cash. The ruling by Madison County Circuit Judge Karen Hall followed a hearing Tuesday that included Aziaz Sayyed, his attorneys, prosecutors and the county attorney, according to the order. There was no public notice of the hearing in the court record. “After due consideration of the arguments of counsel, and all relevant and applicable law, this Court finds that the Honorable […]

  • Former UNA professor accused of sexual assault loses teaching job in Denver after allegations

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A former University of North Alabama professor identified in a lawsuit filed by a student accusing the school of covering up her sexual assault, is no longer employed at a Denver university where he’d moved on to teach international business. A spokesman for the Metropolitan State University of Denver told WHNT News 19, “I can confirm as of Tuesday, Aug. 15, Dr. David Dickerson is no longer an employee of MSU Denver.” The Denver university told WHNT News 19 […]

  • Alabama PSC President Twinkle Cavanaugh will run for Lt. Governor, not Governor

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Public Service Commission President Twinkle Cavanaugh today announced she plans to run for Lt. Governor, not Governor as had been expected. Cavanaugh, a Republican, had established a campaign committee in March to raise money for a gubernatorial bid. She and her husband had loaned that campaign $500,000. The campaign account reported she had $582,000 on hand at the end of July. But today she announced she’s seeking the Lt. Governor’s job. Alabama currently doesn’t have a Lt. […]

  • Birmingham legislator wants to repeal monuments bill, let local residents decide future of Confederate monuments

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Birmingham-area Rep. Juandalynn Givan said Thursday she has filed two bills in the Alabama Legislature aimed at repealing the so-called monuments bill that prevents removal of Confederate statues in Alabama. Givan said her proposals would repeal the monuments bill, and she is also drafting a bill that would allow local residents to vote on a local monument removal either by referendum or a vote of the relevant city council, according to a news release. The announcement comes a […]

  • Mo Brooks had too much to overcome in losing Senate bid, sets his sights back on House seat

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  Congressman Mo Brooks’ Tuesday’s loss in the GOP U.S. Senate primary follows a campaign that had to contend with both too much and not enough. The results show Brooks faced too much money and too much fire directed at him in a seemingly endless parade of ads from the campaign of U.S. Sen. Luther Strange and his allies. And, Brooks did not get enough support in North Alabama or develop enough name recognition statewide to overcome the […]

  • BLOG: Alabama’s U.S. Senate primary updates and analysis

    Democratic and Republican Party voters went to the polls today to pick a U.S. Senate candidate for the general election in December. Polls are closing at 7 p.m. and we’ll bring you results as they come in. With 10 Republicans and seven Democrats on the ballot, a runoff is likely between the top two finishers. A candidate receiving 50.1 percent of the vote would avoid a runoff and be the party’s nominee for the Dec.  12 election. This is a […]

  • Voter turnout “very, very low” in U.S. Senate race so far

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Voter turnout today for the U.S. Senate special election in Alabama has been “very, very low,” Secretary of State John Merrill said, shortly before 2 p.m. If the trend continues Merrill is projecting between 10 and 15 percent of Alabama voters will cast votes in the Republican and Democratic primaries today. There are 3.28 million registered voters in Alabama. Merrill said weather is not any issue in Montgomery or Birmingham. “This is much lower than we had anticipated,” […]

  • Prosecutors appeal ruling that calls Alabama teacher-student sex ban unconstitutional

    DECATUR, Ala. — Prosecutors said they are appealing a judge’s decision from last week that found Alabama’s law banning sex between a teacher and a student is overbroad and unconstitutional. The Morgan County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion informing the court that it’s appealing the ruling in the case of Carrie Witt, a Decatur High School teacher who was charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with a student under 19 years of age. Last week, Morgan County Circuit Judge […]