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
  • Madison County grand jury will hear drug cartel-linked double-murder case that included teen’s beheading

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A man charged in the killing of a woman and the beheading of her granddaughter was in Madison County Circuit Court Friday, but his trial date could be more than a year away. Israel Palomino and co-defendant Yoni Agular are both charged with capital murder in the June 2018 killings of Oralia Mendoza and her 13-year-old granddaughter Mariah Lopez. Palomino, 35, was in Madison County Circuit Judge Ruth Ann Hall’s courtroom this morning for a case status […]

  • North Alabama law enforcement, federal prosecutors take aim at dangerous drug sales

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The opioid crisis began with a flood of prescription pills across the United States. North Alabama hasn’t been spared. “From the pill situation, doctors would prescribe, and then people started breaking them down and using them that way,” said Eddie Houk, chief deputy for the Madison County Sheriff`s Office. “And then it got to the point where it got too expensive, and so they went to heroin.” As deadly as heroin can be, it’s worse now with […]

  • The Opioid Crisis: North Alabama doctors on the drug’s rise, effects and finding better treatments

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — WHNT News 19 is taking a closer look at America’s opioid problem and the crisis it has generated. As part of that coverage we spoke to two North Alabama physician, TOC pain specialist Dr. Michael Cosgrove, and Dr. Shivani Malhotra, an assistant professor at UAB in Huntsville, about the nature of opioids, how they affect the body and brain and the rise of opioid prescriptions and how to address the problems today. Neither Dr. Cosgrove or Dr. […]

  • Governor Ivey’s cancer procedure ‘went well’ at UAB, she has returned to Montgomery

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey’s office said Friday afternoon the governor’s “procedure” at UAB went well today and she has returned to Montgomery. The announcement comes just a day after Ivey issued a statement saying doctors had found a cancerous tumor on her lung and that she would undergo the procedure — as a first step toward taking targeted radiation treatments. The governor’s office said today: “The governor’s outpatient procedure today at UAB went well and as planned. She […]

  • Huntsville woman on trial for 2016 fatal stabbing

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The trial began today, September 16 for a woman facing a capital murder charge for a 2016 stabbing. Paris Kimbrough, 36, is charged with killing Nickolas Dean at his home on Myrtlewood Drive, in April 2016. The prosecution began its case Monday and is expected to wrap up Tuesday. Investigators said the case is rooted in a domestic dispute. Kimbrough was indicted in 2017 after a grand jury decided there was enough evidence to show she went […]

  • TVA Inspector General faults executives for lavish spending on dining, travel

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A new report by TVA’s Inspector General faults TVA executives for first-class travel, four-star meals, and violations of government rules. The inspector general’s report looked at executive travel, lodging, and dining for 2016 through 2018. [Read the full report] There were some surprises, including dinners at Restaurant Daniel and Del Friscos Grille in New York. The meal at Daniel, a Michelin-starred restaurant totaled $300 – a person. Another meal in San Francisco, was at Gary Danko, which […]

  • Court rejects former sheriff Ana Franklin’s immunity claim in civil case

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected former Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin’s arguments that her investigation that led to the arrest of a former county jailer was covered under state immunity protections. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by former Morgan County Jail Warden Leon Bradley against Franklin and a number of her then-deputies. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the defendants’ claims that the behavior alleged by Bradley was covered by immunity protections […]

  • Madison County facing prosecution of 16-year-old accused of killing father, shooting brother

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — On August 24, deputies from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls over a domestic disturbance at a home on Barberry Lane in Toney. When they arrived, 16-year-old Jeffrey Wanca turned himself in, deputies said. His father Chad Wanca had been shot dead and his 12-year-old brother was badly injured from a gunshot wound.  The 12-year-old remains hospitalized, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Jeffrey Wanca was charged with murder and attempted murder. […]

  • Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely leading investigation into killings of five people, while also under indictment

    LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. — The biggest case – in a long time – in Limestone County was the arrest of longtime Sheriff Mike Blakely two weeks ago. Then Monday night a tragic shooting left five family members dead, drawing national headlines and further rocking the community. Now, Sheriff Blakely finds himself leading a high-profile murder investigation, while under indictment himself. Blakely was booked into his own jail two weeks ago, facing multiple felony ethics and theft charges. The longest serving […]

  • Limestone County teen, 14, charged with killing 5 family members could be transferred to adult court system

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Limestone County officials said Tuesday the 14-year-old boy charged with the murder of five family members, including three young children, could face murder charges as an adult. “The first and most obvious thing you look at is the nature of the charge, and really how it came about. something like that,” said Tim Gann, chief trial attorney for the Madison County District Attorney’s office. “You’ve got to look at all those factors and you really have to […]

  • TVA audit finds transmission system vulnerable to cyber attack, TVA officials take corrective action

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Tennessee Valley Authority’s transmission system is the backbone of its electricity network, but an internal review recently found gaps in TVA’s cybersecurity protections that increased their risk of a cyber attack. “So all of the power that is received throughout the seven states that TVA serves travels along those 16,000 miles of transmission lines,” TVA spokesman Jim Hopson told WHNT News 19 Tuesday. “And those transmission lines are controlled through a fairly sophisticated computer system, that […]

  • Madison County judge tosses abortion wrongful death lawsuit, plaintiffs plan appeal

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  Madison County Circuit Judge Chris Comer has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by a Huntsville man who claimed to be the father of an aborted fetus. Read the entire ruling here: Ryan Magers sued the Huntsville-based Alabama Women’s Center for Productive Alternatives, citing a 2017 abortion at the clinic. His attorney Brent Helms was successful in creating an estate for the fetus, named Baby Roe for the case, through Madison County Probate Judge Frank Barger. Helms […]

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