Dedrick Russell

Hometown: Washington, DC Family: Wife, Valerie, and daughter, Deja Education: BA in English, Virginia State University Career: Started out as a one-man band for station WJWJ in Beaufort, SC. I shot and edited all my stories. I was a reporter and fill-in anchor there. Several years later I relocated back to Washington, DC. I worked for Newschannel 8, DC's only 24-hour cable news station. I started out as a photographer, then I eventually moved up to reporter. It was very exciting and intense working in DC. I reported during George W. Bush's first presidential inauguration, the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the Washington area sniper incidents, and when the serial arsonist was on the loose. After staying at Newschannel 8 for six years, it was time for a change. There was a reporter position open at WBTV I went for it and I got it. I started at WBTV in November, 2003 and have been loving the journey. I am beginning to wake and sing the song "Nothin' Could Be Finer Than to be in Carolina in the Morning." Honors: 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Award for a series entitled the "Troubled Ten." In the series, I highlighted the ten lowest-performing high schools in CMS and told viewers what each principal was going to do to boost academic achievement. Beat: Education with a focus on CMS Hobbies: Playing violin, learning ways to better myself and spending time with family Favorite Food: Seafood

Recent Articles by Dedrick

  First responders open up about need for more diversity in the workplace

West Charlotte HS basketball team gets special dinner before heading to championship

  Businesses, city leaders want to keep events coming to Charlotte

  More CMS students need help with reading

  Year Up program coming to Charlotte will change lives

  CMS superintendent talks about race relations in schools

  Consultant says Ardrey Kell HS needs more cultural training

  West Charlotte HS basketball game moved because of space

  Businesses and CIAA fans react to tournament relocation

  Claflin University makes its CIAA debut

  CIAA commissioner hopes Charlotte can host tournament again

  Anthony Hamilton gives back to the community

  Enrollment numbers in for CMS’ African American Studies class

  Full-time pastors needed to lead small churches

  Tour pushing Diversity and Inclusion makes appearance at NBA All-Star

  The program Building Bridges Through Basketball comes to Charlotte

  Free phone calls for youthful offenders in Mecklenburg County jail

  Vendors blame NBA’s fencing for bad business

  Open Court All-Star Male Youth Summit making a difference

  Dave Cook still in the NBA All-Star Game cooking