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
  • Dr. Michael Dick given August trial date on patient harassment charges

    DECATUR, Ala. — Decatur physician Michael Dick has been given an August trial date on criminal harassment charges related to allegations from three former patients. The allegations against Dick have led to a suspension of his medical license. Under Alabama Board of Medical Examiner rules, he faces a hearing on January 23. Wilson Hunter, general counsel for the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners, told WHNT News 19 Tuesday that investigators have filed an administrative complaint and will seek the revocation of […]

  • Veteran Judge Claude Hundley, longtime prosecutor Don Rizzardi named to Madison County judgeships

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Two courthouse veterans have been selected to fill judicial vacancies in Madison County, according to Gov. Kay Ivey’s office. Madison County District Judge Claude Hundley has been picked by Ivey to become a Circuit Judge, filling the seat of Judge Dennis O’Dell who has retired. Longtime Madison County Assistant District Attorney Don Rizzardi has been selected to replace District Judge Schuyler “Dick” Richardson, who also retired. Both men were among the nominees selected by the Madison County Judicial […]

  • U.S. Sen. Doug Jones says budget includes border security money, no reason for government shutdown

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –  A looming shutdown of a number of federal government agencies was averted Thursday, before Friday’s deadline, but lawmakers are facing another deadline in two weeks. The sticking point is funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. Sen. Doug Jones says the end of the year budget process has generally been reasonable and does include border security funding. “This current appropriations process that Senator Shelby, Senator (Patrick) Leahy have formed a very bipartisan group, has $1.6 […]

  • Political analyst: Presidential impeachment tied to public support, won’t be controlled by Mueller report

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Special Counsel Robert Mueller is spending this week outlining criminal charges against associates of President Donald Trump. With Democrats poised to take control of the U.S. House in January, talk of a presidential impeachment has been raised. WHNT News 19 political analyst Jess Brown says the real test isn’t about the Democrats but whether President Trump can keep his base of political support. “The whole business of impeachment will not be controlled by the Mueller report,” Brown said. […]

  • Group seeking to complete Bellefonte Nuclear Plant sues TVA over failed plant purchase

    HOLLYWOOD,  Ala. – TVA effectively pulled the plug Friday on a deal to sell the Bellefonte Nuclear plant in Jackson County, and the proposed buyer responded by filing a lawsuit to try and complete the deal, or get its money back. The lawsuit filed late Friday afternoon by Nuclear Development LLC seeks to have a federal judge compel TVA to complete the $111 million sale of the unfinished plant. The developers have also filed an injunction asking a court to […]

  • TVA says buyer for Bellefonte Nuclear Plant can’t meet contract deadline, sale appears off

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. – TVA says Nuclear Development LLC is unable to meet contract terms to complete $111 million sale of Bellefonte Nuclear Plant. TVA sent out the following statement: “On Nov. 30, 2018, the parties were unable to complete the sale of the Bellefonte property after Nuclear Development’s lack of progress in meeting its legal obligations related to future ownership of the site. Nuclear Development did not complete the necessary NRC license transfer prior to the closing date as required by […]

  • Deadline looming for Bellefonte nuclear plant purchase, group seeks $1 billion in Alabama incentives

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — As we reported two weeks ago, the multi-billion dollar effort to complete the long-dormant Bellefonte nuclear plant in Jackson County is facing a looming deadline. Supporters say it would mean thousands of construction jobs over several years and more than 1,000 permanent jobs. Construction on the plant in Hollywood began back in 1974. But TVA pulled the plug on the project in 1988 in the midst of cost overruns and rising debt. There have been a number of […]

  • Hoover mall shooting underlines gray area in Alabama gun law

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In the confused aftermath of the mistaken fatal shooting at the Galleria mall in Hoover on Thanksgiving, there have been questions raised about Emantic Bradford Jr.’s possession of a gun that night. A study found in 2017 there were more than 755,000 concealed carry permits in Alabama. That’s about 15 percent of the state’s population. Bradford’s father says his son was one of those legally permitted to carry a gun in Alabama. Alabama law also allows the […]

  • Sexual misconduct lawsuit against Dr. Michael Dick now includes more than 20 former patients

    DECATUR, Ala. — Dr. Michael Dick, a longtime Decatur rheumatologist, is now facing more trouble A handful of former patients filed a lawsuit in May alleging sexual misconduct by Dr. Dick against them in his office and the case continues to add plaintiffs. A new filing in the lawsuit brings the total of women bringing claims against Dr. Dick to 26. Dick has denied any wrongdoing. The amended complaint lawsuit includes a summary of what they claim the patients dealt with: “Patients […]

  • Mazda Toyota Manufacturing breaks ground on $1.6 billion auto plant in Huntsville

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant was held Friday morning at the Huntsville plant’s location in Limestone County. The plant is estimated to cost $1.6 billion and employ up to 4,000 workers. Friday’s ceremony included top company officials and elected leaders and included a focus on Huntsville’s history of rocket and technology development, which speakers noted, will continue far into the future with the new plant. Masahi Aihara, president of Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, said […]

  • Taking Action: Is the Bellefonte Nuclear plant worth finishing?

    HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — Residents in Jackson County have lived in the shadow of a promised economic boom for decades. “It’s been a little bit of a roller coaster for our community for many years, 20, 30 years,” said Rick Roden, CEO of the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce in Scottsboro. Today, Jackson County is anticipating the opening of a Google data center, the first phase of an ultra-modern project local officials hope will expand for years to come. But, there are […]

  • Madison County voting machines having problems counting ballots, workers will try again when polls close

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Moisture in the air is the cause for election day problems at a number of Madison County poll locations, Probate Judge Tommy Ragland told WHNT News 19 this afternoon. Ragland said the paper ballots swelled up due to moisture from the air overnight and as a result, the vote scanning machines can’t accept them. Ragland said he hasn’t talked to every precinct, but his office has heard from a number of locations experiencing problems today. Ragland said […]