Brian Lyman

Brian Lyman

Brian Lyman is the editor of Alabama Reflector. He has covered Alabama politics since 2006, and worked at the Montgomery Advertiser, the Press-Register and The Anniston Star. His work has won awards from the Associated Press Managing Editors, the Alabama Press Association and Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights. He lives in Auburn with his wife, Julie, and their three children.


The most dangerous idea in a library? Empathy

By: - September 26, 2023

This commentary originally appeared in the Alabama Reflector. My 9-year-old daughter recently asked me if reading really makes you smarter. Put on the spot, I garbled my answer. I was driving, and we had to get to a softball practice on time. But here’s what I wanted to say: Reading teaches you new things. But […]


Alabama’s experiment with death

By: - September 11, 2023

This commentary originally appeared in the Alabama Reflector. Alabama will soon attempt to suffocate a death row inmate. It could be several months away. Maybe longer. And it’s never been done to a human being before. But despite that — and despite Alabama’s record of incompetence in carrying out executions — it’s almost certain the […]


The biggest challenge for Alabama Democrats? Alabama demographics

By: - July 17, 2023

If you’re an Alabama Democrat, this has been a strange year. On the one hand, state party leaders are back to firing guns at their feet. The people currently helming the organization think a very small number of people should call the shots. And they don’t seem to want LGBTQ individuals, young people, Native Americans, […]

Ohio congressman urges new FBI headquarters in Alabama, not suburban D.C.

By: and - July 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan is calling on the U.S. House committee that controls government spending to bar any federal dollars from going towards a long-planned rebuild of the FBI headquarters in the Maryland or Virginia suburbs outside Washington, D.C. Jordan, instead, wants the federal law enforcement agency to look for locations outside […]


White nationalism is racism

By: - May 19, 2023

This commentary originally appeared in the Alabama Reflector. White nationalism is racism. Don’t take it from me. That’s the dictionary definition. “The belief, theory, or doctrine that white people are inherently superior to people from all other racial and ethnic groups, and that in order to preserve their white, European, and Christian cultural identities, they […]