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
  • Meet the candidates running for Huntsville City Council in 2018

    HUNTSVILLE,  Ala. — Three Huntsville City Council seats will be on the Aug. 28 ballot for local voters. WHNT News 19 submitted a list of 5 questions for the candidates to answer. Our goal is to provide voters a closer look at each candidate, and to give voters a chance to read the candidates’ own words about what they think is important and how they would govern. Candidates are vying for seats in Huntsville City Council  Districts 2, 3 and […]

  • Meet the Huntsville City Council Candidates: District 4

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — We asked each of the candidates running in the Aug. 28 municipal elections to answer 5 questions that, we hope, will give voters greater insight into the candidates and how they will approach governing. The questions and answers are listed below, along with some links to the candidates’ own social media or web pages. The candidates and their responses are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot. Jacob Anders 1 – What in your background […]

  • Meet the Huntsville City Council Candidates: District 3

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — We asked each of the candidates running in the Aug. 28 municipal elections to answer 5 questions that, we hope, will give voters greater insight into the candidates and how they will approach governing. The questions and answers are listed below, along with some links to the candidates’ own social media or web pages. The candidates and their responses are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot. Candidate Trent Iley did not respond to […]

  • Meet the Huntsville City Council Candidates: District 2

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — We asked each of the candidates running in the Aug. 28 municipal elections to answer 5 questions that, we hope, will give voters greater insight into the candidates and how they will approach governing. The questions and answers are listed below, along with some links to the candidates’ own social media or web pages. The candidates and their responses are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot. Frances Akridge 1. What in your background qualifies […]

  • Alabama Democrats divided over leadership, but ranks of Madison County Democratic Women keep growing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones urged Alabama Democrats to elect new leadership at a party gathering Saturday, but he was rebuffed. Democrats reelected Chairwoman Nancy Worley by a 12-vote margin. Jones wasn’t impressed, telling AL.com that under the current leadership there is no party, no social media, no outreach, no get-out-the-vote effort and no organization. Jones said candidates will have to do it alone, as he did, in winning the U.S. Senate special election in December. WHNT News 19 […]

  • Former Madison County Sheriff’s investigator pleads guilty to sex abuse of minor, sentenced to 1-year probation

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Former Madison County Sheriff’s Office investigator Roland Campos pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex abuse charge Thursday and was sentenced to a year’s probation. Campos, 64, must also comply with Alabama’s Sex Offender Notification and Registration Act. The second-degree sex abuse charge is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. But, the judge suspended the jail term and ordered Campos to serve a year’s probation. Alabama law defines the second-degree sex abuse charge as […]

  • Court dates upcoming for Decatur physician accused of preying on patients

    DECATUR, Ala. — His accusers say Decatur physician Dr. Michael Dick is using his office to prey on vulnerable women. WHNT News 19 has previously aired cell phone video of a former patient of Dr. Dick’s that seems to show him groping her and pressing against her. But, in a court filing Monday, attorneys for Dr. Dick say he’s not guilty of misconduct, and that his treatment of his patients complied with regular standards of care. The two sides will be […]

  • Former Alabama legislator Ed Henry pleads not guilty to Medicare fraud charges

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Ed Henry, who retired from the Alabama Legislature this year, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court to charges stemming from an alleged kickback scheme to defraud Medicare. Henry, a Republican who represented Hartselle, was indicted on the charges at the end of May. The indictment alleges thousands of dollars of overbilling. The federal case was expanded late last month, with the indictment of two North Alabama area doctors – Dr. Nicole Scruggs of Huntsville and Dr. Punuru […]

  • Former Gov. Robert Bentley making a comeback — on social media

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Campaign season – including the race for governor – is heating up, but there’s another twist this political season. A familiar name is reemerging, touting his achievements  – former Gov. Robert Bentley. It seems to have started a few months back. Bentley’s former Facebook campaign page was updated to become “Bentley for Alabama” at the end of May. Since then, there’s been regular tweets and Facebook messages, recalling his record in office. Plus, he has a website, bentleyforalabama.org. The […]

  • Huntsville police officer charged with murder

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Huntsville Police Department officer has been indicted on a murder charge stemming from on-duty shooting in April on Deramus Avenue. Police confirmed Darby was relieved of his patrol duties immediately after the shooting. He is working in an “administrative capacity” until his day in court. William Benjamin Darby, who graduated the HPD police academy in July 2016, was indicted by a Madison County grand jury in the killing of 49-year-old Jeffery Louis Parker at Parker’s home.  […]

  • A closer look at William Darby, the Huntsville Police Department officer charged with murder

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Two pictures emerged Friday — depending on who you were listening to — of William Darby, the Huntsville police officer charged with murder stemming from an on-duty shooting in April. Darby was indicted Friday in the shooting death of Jeffery Louis Parker, and he’s looking at an October trial date. The Madison County District Attorney’s office is prosecuting him. Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray said Darby’s actions potentially saved the lives of two fellow officers and he followed […]

  • Huntsville Police officer charged with murder is looking forward to telling his story, attorney says

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Veteran defense attorney Robert Tuten, a former police officer, is representing officer William Darby. Tuten says an indictment is just a step in the legal process, not proof of anything. He spoke exclusively to WHNT News 19 investigative reporter Brian Lawson on Friday. Tuten said William Darby has been a Huntsville Police Department officer for two years, and a good one. He didn`t see an arrest coming. “Well, I think he’s obviously concerned, and probably confused over […]