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
  • Roy Moore campaign battling reports that Moore was paid a million dollars by religious nonprofit

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore’s relationship with a Montgomery-based nonprofit has drawn national scrutiny after the Washington Post reported Wednesday Moore was paid more than $1 million from 2007 to 2012 for part-time work. The Foundation for Moral Law was started as the Roy Moore Legal Defense Fund after Moore was forced to leave the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to remove a washing machine size Ten Commandments monument in the Alabama judicial building.  The foundation […]

  • Huntsville Hospital CEO says Alabama consumers unlikely to benefit from planned insurance changes

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — President Trump today signed an executive order Tursday addressing health care changes, expected to include a move popular with many conservatives — allowing insurance companies to sell health policies across state lines. North Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks (R-5th) and GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore are among those who’ve called for the new insurance rules.  They’ve argued it will help bring costs down and make the insurance market more competitive. But Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers said Alabama consumers are […]

  • Alabama Senators silent so far on war of words between President Trump and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The harsh personal attacks between President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee have drawn national headlines, but no public comment from Alabama’s Senate delegation. Trump has said Corker lacked the guts to run for another Senate term, that Corker wanted to be Secretary of State but Trump refused, and Trump suggested Corker was tricked by the New York Times into doing a recorded interview critical of Trump. Corker, the former mayor of Chattanooga, has said […]

  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for North Alabama taking aggressive approach to crime fighting, targeting troubled neighborhoods

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week called “Project Safe Neighborhoods” the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s crime reduction strategy Jay Town, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, said the law enforcement strategy is being revitalized, and it is straightforward: combine state and federal resources to bring offenders in and charge them. “What we’re talking about are the people that are known drug dealers, known violent criminals that are living amongst us, in our […]

  • U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks wants tariffs on Chinese goods to pay for U.S. tax cuts

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said he wants to see the details of any new tax proposal from Congress or the White House before he commits to supporting a plan, and so far, details have been scarce. Brooks also told WHNT News 19 Friday that he would like to see tariffs placed on goods from China and the proceeds from those tariffs – basically import taxes – used to pay for tax cuts for lower- and middle-income Americans. President […]

  • Former security chief drops lawsuit that helped push Gov. Bentley from office

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The one-time head of former Gov. Robert Bentley’s security detail, Ray Lewis, has dropped his defamation lawsuit against Bentley, Bentley’s alleged mistress Rebekah Mason and others, just a few weeks before the case was set to go trial. Allegations contained in the lawsuit about Bentley and Mason’s relationship – and what the then-governor asked Lewis to do to further that relationship – were cited extensively in the special counsel’s impeachment report that led to Bentley’s resignation in April. […]

  • Defending the Despised: How defense attorneys justify and cope with representing some of the most reviled among us

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Two Huntsville defense attorneys, Bruce Gardner and Robert Tuten, have represented several of the most reviled defendants in Madison County over the past several years. The work doesn’t make them popular, but they both see their roles as essential to safeguarding the Constitution and the rights guaranteed to all U.S. defendants. “The public generally reviles you for thinking that those kind of people need any kind of defense, at all. Let alone a fair trial,” Gardner told WHNT […]

  • Group calls for investigation into Roy Moore because his state and federal ethics disclosures don’t match

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore started this week with a resounding win Republican runoff, but faces a new controversy as the week ends. Moore is named in an ethics complaint filed Friday by the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, which wants an investigation into whether Moore violated Senate rules or federal law concerning disclosures about his finances. In a letter addressed to the Senate Ethics Committee’s chairman and ranking member, the center wrote: “The Campaign Legal Center […]

  • Mayor Battle names Lonzo Robinson as Municipal Court Presiding Judge, bypassing longtime city judge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Mayor Tommy Battle named Lonzo Robinson as the new presiding judge for Huntsville Municipal Court, despite the senior Municipal Court Judge Sybil Cleveland’s interest in the position.  “While each of our judges have considerable expertise in the legal realm, it takes a different skill set to handle administrative and personnel duties,” Battle said in a news release. “I want to thank Judge Cleveland for her hard work in keeping the courts operating and functioning during the last […]

  • Federal indictments handed down in bribery case involving efforts to block EPA cleanup of poor Birmingham neighborhood

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The U.S. Attorney’s office in Birmingham has indicted three people in a burgeoning case involving an Alabama lawmaker and alleged efforts to stop a Superfund pollution cleanup effort in a low-income Birmingham neighborhood. Two attorneys from the powerful Balch and Bingham law firm and a representative of Drummond Company are accused of conspiring with former Alabama Rep. Oliver Robinson (D-Birmingham) in an effort to persuade residents in the North Birmingham neighborhood to oppose expanded cleanup efforts. The indictment […]

  • Madison mayor’s wife pleads guilty to DUI, avoids jail time for driving 103 mph on the interstate

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Madison Mayor Paul Finley’s wife, Julie Finley, pleaded guilty to DUI on Wednesday. She also faced a Reckless Driving charge, which was dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard confirmed details to WHNT News 19, saying Finley faced 180 days in jail as part of the plea deal, but that sentence was suspended for two years while she will be on probation. That means she will not serve jail time unless […]

  • Relive the hours after polls closed on the night Roy Moore beat Luther Strange

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The polls are closed and the results are in for the GOP runoff for a U.S. Senate seat. The race between former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore and U.S. Sen. Luther Strange was declared a win for Moore. Strange conceded the race at 8:40 p.m. Moore will face Doug Jones, the Democratic Party’s nominee, in the Dec. 12 general election.