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

1819 News is a non-profit LLC that 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."

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.

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Jeff Poor Executive 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.

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Trent Baker Managing Editor

Trent Baker is the managing editor and social media director of 1819 News. The Birmingham native attended Birmingham-Southern College and served as a social media intern while studying Spanish. Prior to joining 1819 News, Baker reported on sports and politics for Breitbart. He has also worked as a managing editor and a social media director in Alabama. Baker’s interests are sports, video games, and spending time with his wife and young daughter.

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Erica Thomas Editor At Large

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.

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Steve Irvine Sports Editor

Steve Irvine is the Sports Editor of 1819 News and brings a wealth of experience to the position. A native of Huntsville, Irvine got his start in sports at the Long Beach Press Telegram, then returned to Alabama in 2001 to cover the University of Alabama athletics for the Birmingham News. He switched beats to cover UAB from 2005-2012. Since leaving The Birmingham News, Irvine has been the color analyst for UAB football. He has also written for a number of publications, including UABSports.com, SportsXchange, the Associated Press, Athlon and Lindy’s Sports Journals. He lives with his wife, Carol, and four children in north Alabama.

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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.

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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.

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Caleb Taylor Assistant Editor

Caleb Taylor is an assistant editor at 1819 News. The Arkansas native attended Henderson State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history. Prior to moving to Alabama and joining 1819 News, Taylor worked at a variety of print and online publications in Arkansas and Pennsylvania. He has also worked in public relations at an economic research center at the University of Central Arkansas. In his spare time, Taylor enjoys bowhunting, playing sports, and cooking.

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Daniel Taylor Reporter, Evening Editor

Daniel Taylor is a reporter and the evening editor at 1819 News. Hailing from the hills of east Tennessee, Taylor has covered nearly every news beat for online and print media. He got his start in journalism writing for his college newspaper at East Tennessee State University and reporting on small-town news in upstate South Carolina. Before joining 1819, Taylor served as the news editor at The Sand Mountain Reporter in north Alabama where he earned multiple awards from the Alabama Press Association. His interests include reading, movies, all things outdoors and enjoying time with his wife and daughter.

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Justin Bogie Fiscal & Budget Reporter

Justin serves as 1819 News' Fiscal & Budget reporter and has more than a decade of federal and state policy experience. Justin spent four over four years at The Heritage Foundation as Senior Policy Analyst in Fiscal Affairs. In that capacity, he helped to develop and implement federal spending and budget reforms. In 2016, Justin served as budget policy advisor to the Trump presidential campaign and was also appointed as a member of the Presidential Transition Team for the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to his work at Heritage, he spent served as a policy advisor for the majority staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget. Justin also has state fiscal policy experience, working for the Alabama Legislative Fiscal Office from 2008-2011.

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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.

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Ashley Carter Executive Assistant & Controller

Ashley is the executive assistant to the President and CEO and handles the coordination of the podcasts. Ashley has spent several years working with different businesses to help them grow in both management and assistant capacities. She was born and raised in the great state of Alabama and loves spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

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Abigail Crowe Social Media Coordinator

Abigail is apart of the administrative and social media team. Abigail grew up in the great State of Alabama. She resides in Wetumpka, with her husband and their baby boy. Abigail became involved in politics, working alongside her family managing a campaign and has since had a strong desire to make a difference. Abigail strongly feels that being a part of the team at 1819 News is one way she can be apart of a much needed change in our state.

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Allison Sinclair Host, Alabama Unfiltered

Allison Sinclair is a host of the Alabama Unfiltered podcast. She is also the founder of LOCAL Alabama, a grassroots organization partnering with area school boards, city councils, elected officials, state legislators and other community organizations to promote opportunities and solutions to restore freedom, liberty, and constitutional values in our local communities. Sinclair lives in the Birmingham area with her husband and children.

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Amie Beth Shaver Contributor and Host, Alabama Unfiltered

Amie Beth Shaver is a contributing writer for 1819 News and is co-host of Alabama Unfiltered, a podcast with Scott Beason and Allison Sinclair. Shaver served on the Alabama GOP State Executive Committee and was a run-off candidate for the Alabama State House, District 43, in 2014. Shaver gives talks across the state on subjects like abortion, education, the church, and family. She is also a former Miss Alabama and past board member of the Miss Alabama board of directors. She is married to Dr. Chris Shaver, the managing partner at Birmingham Gastroenterology Associates. They have four children.

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Scott Beason Host, Alabama Unfiltered

Scott Beason is is a host of the Alabama Unfiltered podcast. Beason is also a former member of the Alabama legislature, serving in the House from 1998-2006 and the Senate from 2006-2014. Beason also hosts a daily radio show on Birmingham's WYDE. Beason lives with his wife, Lori, in Gardendale.

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