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 facing a number of court battles during final months in office

    DECATUR, Ala. — Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin isn’t seeking reelection, but she remains the sheriff until January. The next six months may include a lot of time in court for the sheriff. Franklin lost a key court battle in April, when a judge dismissed charges against her former jail warden Leon Bradley. He’d been accused of tampering with government records. The charge alleged Bradley was taking sheriff’s office records and sharing them Glenda Lockhart, a Morgan County blogger critical of Franklin. […]

  • 5th Congressional District race: Peter Joffrion hails recent fundraising momentum, Mo Brooks has far more cash on hand

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The U.S. House District 5 race features two Huntsville-based candidates – Congressman Mo brooks, and former Huntsville city attorney Peter Joffrion. Brooks, a Republican, has represented the 5th District since 2010, winning three bids for reelection. He held off a challenge in the primary from Clayton Hinchman, a former U.S. Army officer who lost a leg in Iraq. Hinchman received outspoken support from some area retired military leaders, but Brooks prevailed. Now it`s Democrat Peter Joffrion’s turn to […]

  • GOP voters pick nominee to run for Attorney General

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Attorney General Steve Marshall won the Republican nomination for Attorney General in Tuesday’s runoff election. Marshall, 53, was appointed by then-Gov. Robert Bentley to the attorney general’s job in 2017. He succeeded Luther Strange in the office after Bentley appointed Strange to fill the U.S. Senate seat of now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. King, 49, served as attorney general from 2004 to 2010. The runoff was necessary after Marshall narrowly won the first round of voting in […]

  • Republican voters pick nominee for Lt. Governor

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Will Ainsworth has won the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor after a hard-fought and expensive runoff. The winner now faces Democrat Will Boyd in the Nov. 6 general election. The lieutenant governor’s office has been vacant since April 2017, when now-Gov. Kay Ivey replaced Robert Bentley. Bentley resigned amid allegations of an affair and cover-up. The lieutenant governor presides over the Alabama Senate, but the office doesn’t carry a lot of power. The exception to that is under […]

  • Steve Marshall has financial edge over Troy King heading into GOP runoff for Attorney General

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The GOP runoff between Attorney General Steve Marshall and former AG Troy King comes in the heat of summer, which is likely to mean voter turnout will be well below the June primary’s 26 percent. The smaller pool of likely voters makes getting the message even more critical. Marshall edged out King for the most votes in the primary. In a field of four candidates he received 154,220 votes, 28.3 percent, to King’s 151,364 votes, or 27.8 percent. […]

  • Alabama’s top elections official warns voters against ‘crossover voting’

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Alabama is holding a runoff election Tuesday and the Republican ballot is the only one with statewide races. The Alabama Secretary of State’s office is again warning voters not to crossover and vote in the runoff, if you voted in the other party’s primary. Secretary of State John Merrill predicts between 15 and 18 percent of Alabama’s 3.3 million voters will show up to vote in the runoff. Turnout for the June 5 primary was 25 percent. “We […]

  • Candidates vying for GOP Lt. Governor’s nomination have both spent $2 million on the race

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The two candidates vying for the GOP nomination for Lieutenant Governor – Will Ainsworth and Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh — have about three days left to make their case to runoff voters. The race has been marked with attacks and counter-charges, with a Cavanaugh allegation about Ainsworth receiving favorable treatment after a theft arrest in college, roiling the race. Ainsworth says the theft charge was dropped after a fine and community service. Court records show the felony theft arrest […]

  • Marshall County grand jury checked jail conditions in April, gave glowing review

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Our taking action investigation into the Marshall County Jail has revealed disturbing images of inmate behavior, apparently filmed by inmates. We’ve found that the jail is understaffed and we’ve reported on a jailer’s arrest. And now, we’ve found some puzzling information about jail oversight. In Alabama, county jails are supervised and run by their sheriffs. Alabama law also has a safeguard, it directs county grand juries to check jail conditions on a regular basis. But, the last Marshall […]

  • GOP challenger Troy King files lawsuit against Attorney General Steve Marshall days before runoff vote

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  Alabama GOP Attorney General candidate Troy King stepped up his attacks on runoff opponent, incumbent Attorney General Steve Marshall Wednesday, filing a lawsuit to block Marshall from spending campaign funds that King says are illegal. King filed a lawsuit in Montgomery Circuit Court asking a judge to block Marshall from spending any money —  around $730,000 – from his biggest donor, the Republican Attorneys General Association, RAGA. Read a copy of the King lawsuit here. That’s about […]

  • Bad Behavior: A Taking Action Investigation finds staffing shortages, high overtime at the Marshall County Jail

    GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — The problems at the Marshall County jail did not begin with Wednesday’s disturbance that led to multiple law enforcement agencies being called in to assist. A WHNT News 19 investigation, “Bad Behavior” which aired Tuesday, broke the news of fights, drug use and other bad behavior in the jail – all captured by inmate cell phone videos uploaded to social media. That investigation was spurred by multiple calls we received from concerned Marshall County residents. The Marshall County […]

  • Alabama AG Steve Marshall accused of campaign finance violations by runoff opponent Troy King

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Former Alabama Attorney General Troy King, who is bidding to unseat Attorney General Steve Marshall in the July 17 GOP runoff, has filed an ethics complaint against Marshall alleging he took improper campaign contributions. The complaint was filed Monday morning and accuses Marshall of taking money from the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) political action committee that is prohibited by Alabama law. The problem, King alleges, is the group took money from other PACs, a violation of Alabama’s […]

  • Gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox reports solid June fundraising, Gov. Kay Ivey still has money edge

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Despite a crowded primary field Republican Gov. Kay Ivey and Democrat Walt Maddox won their races without a runoff. The general election is four months away, but the primary has shown it’s going to be an expensive race and fundraising isn’t slowing down. Ivey won the primary with 56 percent of the vote, spending $4.2 million along the way. She was actually outspent by her three GOP challengers, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Mobile State Sen. Bill Hightower and […]