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1819 News is a state-wide, state-focused, full-service multimedia company for the State of Alabama

1819 News derives its namesake from the year Alabama was founded (1819) and is a proud supporter of the state's motto, "We dare Defend Our Rights." 1819 News is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Alabama Policy Institute, which has been one of the strongest voices in the state, promoting and preserving Alabama Values for 33 years. Oversight for 1819 News is provided by a separate not-for-profit board of directors.

Our Team

Bryan Dawson President & CEO

Bryan Dawson, the founder of 1819 News, began his career in media with USA Radio Networks where he repped big name News/Talk hosts such as Steve Deace and Rusty Humphries and most importantly helped transform USA Radio's 5 minute Top of the Hour news product, designed solely for AM News/Talk stations, into a shorter, well produced newscast that appealed to FM music stations. This new news offering was a hit and Bryan rapidly grew the news product's reach to several hundred stations.


Ray Melick Editor in Chief

Ray Melick has spent more than three decades working in media, earning numerous state and national awards for his work at the Birmingham Post-Herald and the Birmingham News. In addition, Melick co-hosted a long-running afternoon drive-time sports talk show on WJOX in Birmingham and was an original co-host of The Zone, a popular sports talk show.


Erica Thomas Managing editor

Erica Thomas manages the day-to-day news-gathering operation of 1819 News. After several years in television news in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Columbus, Ga., Thomas decided to turn to a career in newspaper at The Trussville Tribune. There, she worked as Managing Editor for nearly three years. During her time in newspaper, Thomas helped start the award-winning online show “Tribune Unscripted.” Thomas has been widely recognized by the Alabama Press Association for her coverage.


Lauren Walsh Investigative Reporter

Lauren Walsh is an investigative reporter working to inform readers about important issues happening in the state of Alabama. Walsh worked as a reporter for seven years at Birmingham-area station ABC 33/40. While there, she focused on state and local government, as well as looking into local organizations and businesses and their practices. A graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science, Walsh has lived in Alabama since 2014. Before working in Alabama, she reported for the NBC affiliate in Augusta, Georgia. Walsh has won numerous awards including Best Investigative Reporting by the Alabama Associated Press. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and young son.


Jeff Poor Political Editor

Jeff Poor is the host of "The Jeff Poor Show" on FM Talk 106.5 and the editor of Breitbart News’ media vertical, Breitbart TV, and a conservative opinion maker throughout the state of Alabama. Jeff grew up in Birmingham and has reported in all 67 counties in Alabama. He received his building science degree from Auburn University and a journalism degree from The University of South Alabama.


Joshua Price Marketing Director

Josh oversees the advertising and promotion of 1819 News. He also provides oversight for social media initiatives and assists with the operational side of the business. When he isn't in his office developing marketing strategies, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children, lifting weights, and reading books.


Ashley Carter Social Media & Marketing Coordinator

Ashley handles the daily social media and the coordination of the podcasts for 1819 News. Ashley has spent several years working with different businesses to build their social media followers as well as managing a political campaign. Ashley also owns a photography business and has been great at supplying us with photography that coordinates with stories we have covered. She was born and raised in the great state of Alabama and loves spending time with her family and friends.


Andrea Tice Producer & Storyteller

Andrea Tice is part of the media team as a content creator. Andrea brings her past six years of experience in radio news to the 1819 podcast and storytelling division. Andrea first joined the Birmingham radio market in 2013 at the same time she and her family moved from Pennsylvania and eagerly became honorary Southerners. She worked for iHeart media in radio news at that time, and was given the Alabama Broadcasting Association’s Best in Broadcasting award in 2015 for Large Market Reporter.


Brandon Moseley Reporter

Brandon Moseley is a native of St. Clair County, Alabama. Over the length of his career, Moseley has been published over 8,900 times, mostly on the subjects of Alabama government, politics, and current affairs. Moseley has covered Alabama legislative sessions a member of the Alabama Capitol Press Corps. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal and Dairy Science. He has a diploma from John Carroll Catholic High School.


Craig Monger Reporter

Craig Monger reports on crime, politics, and current events across Alabama. Monger spent nearly half his life overseas, growing up in Communist China with his parents, who served as missionaries. After returning to America, he spent his teens and early adulthood learning and applying various trades. He spent his years as a tradesman honing and developing research and writing skills and developing skills in the fields of technology and communications.


Sean Patrick Taylor Investigative Reporter

Sean Patrick Taylor is an investigative journalist focusing on in-depth coverage of emerging issues facing Alabama. He is a graduate of both the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is also a former Managing Editor of the Journal of Space Law, an international academic publication.


Will Blakely Reporter

Will Blakely reports on general assignments throughout Alabama including crime, politics, current events and entertainment. He grew up in LaGrange, Georgia, and studied public relations and political science at Auburn University. Blakely has been writing since the day he figured out how to hold a pen. He enjoys writing both nonfiction and fiction in his spare time and reads frequently about philosophy, economics, political theory, religion, history and personal development.