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
  • Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin used $150,000 from prisoner food budget to invest in failed car dealership

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin will soon have to appear in federal court – but not Thursday as originally scheduled — to address claims she violated a federal court order by taking $150,000 from the jail food budget and using it to invest in a now-bankrupt car dealership. Lawyers for the Southern Center for Human Rights says Franklin needs to show why she is not in contempt of court for violating of an explicit judge’s order which […]

  • Gov. Bentley wants to toss lawsuit on delayed Senate election

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — It turns out Gov. Robert Bentley, or at least his lawyers, will not have to appear in Montgomery Circuit Court Tuesday in connection with a lawsuit filed by Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler. Zeigler filed a lawsuit against the governor, arguing Bentley is violating state law by waiting until next year’s election cycle to hold a special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. After Sessions was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in […]

  • U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt meets with President Trump, will now support health care bill

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt has changed his mind about the GOP’s health bill after a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office Friday morning. Aderholt was among a group of members of Congress who’d expressed reservations about the bill. Trump invited the delegation to a meeting Friday morning. Aderholt said he told the President he was concerned about language that could drive up health premiums for older and poorer Americans. He described the encounter in a […]

  • Alabama officials concerned about spread of avian flu virus

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  Alabama officials say they are keeping a close watch on the avian flu outbreaks that have been reported in Alabama and Tennessee. The state has been actively planning in case such an outbreak occurs, Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan told WHNT News 19. McMillan said protocols include growers “depopulating” chickens that may be exposed to the avian flu virus, and agriculture officials setting up a 6-mile quarantine zone around the property that monitors movement in and out. […]

  • Who is Tad Cummins? TBI investigates his involvement in AMBER alert disappearance

    MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. — Authorities continue their search for 15-year-old Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas. Investigators believe she is with 50-year-old Tad Cummins. Investigators with the TBI say they are trying to understand some of Cummins’ actions in the weeks leading up to the AMBER Alert. They say he secured a title loan for a personal vehicle several day before his disappearance netting $4,500 in cash. Cummins’ has no criminal history as an adult in Tennessee, law enforcement officials told WHNT […]

  • Courts holding new hearings for Alabama men sentenced to life without parole as teenagers

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The case of Evan Miller, who was charged at 14 with killing his neighbor, has been to the U.S. Supreme Court and back and has changed U.S. law. And Miller is in court this week in Lawrence County for a new sentencing hearing. Miller vs. Alabama was decided in 2012, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a defendant who was a juvenile at the time of the offense could not be automatically sentenced to life in prison […]

  • Impeachment investigation of Gov. Bentley resumes after push by committee members

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama House Judiciary Committee’s decided Wednesday to resume its investigation of whether Gov. Robert Bentley should be impeached. That decision came a day after it deadlocked on a motion that would have left the investigation suspended. Before the vote Tuesday vote, the committee was advised by its legislative counsel to proceed carefully, so as not to interfere in any ongoing criminal investigation involving the governor. The committee suspended its investigation in November, at the request of then-Attorney […]

  • U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks has no plans to host town hall meeting, citing security concerns & ‘disruptors’

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville-area U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks told WHNT News 19 he has no plans to hold an open-to-the-public town hall meeting anytime soon, citing security concerns and an unwillingness to aid “disruptors.” Area Democrats have criticized Brooks for failing to host a public forum to exchange ideas on issues before the current Congress, including the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. Brooks says he has concerns about the security environment for hosting such an […]

  • Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard remains free on bond, seeking voice-over work

    LEE COUNTY, Ala. — It does not look like former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard will be reporting to prison anytime soon, as his trial record is still being collected for his appeal, court records show. He is using part of that time, according to the website mikehubbard.com, to pursue voice-over work for commercials, narrations and presentations. Hubbard’s background is in radio and TV. He founded Auburn Network. The website features a demo of the former speaker touting Florida’s Gulf beaches […]

  • Judge rejects request to toss indictment of man charged in south Huntsville double murder

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A judge has made two major rulings in the death penalty case of Stephen Marc Stone, allowing his indictment to stand and naming a doctor to assess if Stone is competent to stand trial. Stephen Marc Stone’s lawyers had asked Madison County Circuit Judge Donna Pate to throw out his capital murder indictment on the grounds that Alabama’s system of letting a judge have the last word in death penalty cases is unconstitutional. Stone is charged with fatally […]

  • New Alabama U.S. Sen. Luther Strange visits Redstone Arsenal, says AG’s office still investigating governor’s office

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – New Alabama U.S. Sen. Luther Strange spent the day at Redstone Arsenal on Wednesday, gathering information as part of his appointment to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Strange spent the morning at Redstone Arsenal, broke for a luncheon Q and A with local political and business leaders at Rocket City Tavern at Redstone Gateway before a planned return to the Arsenal. He also addressed criticism of Gov. Robert Bentley’s decision to appoint him to the U.S. Senate […]

  • 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 […]