Dedrick Russell

Dedrick Russell

News Reporter

Charlotte, NC

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

  What CMS is getting out of hiring a PR firm

  CMS Board hires PR firm for damage control of superintendent suspension

  Community Conversation with Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio

  CMS Board suspends Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox

  CMS Board meets again to evaluate superintendent

  No fingerprinting employees in UCPS and Cabarrus County School System

  First day of candidate filing draws political newcomers in Mecklenburg County

  Fifth Third Bank helps small businesses get a piece of the ‘billion-dollar pie’

  Charlotte Mecklenburg School District Stopped Fingerprinting for a Year

  Black Enterprise Leadership Conference inspiring entrepreneurs in Charlotte

Excelsior Club now under contract

  Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum discusses future of Eastland Mall site

  Youth Offenders in Mecklenburg County Jail Get to See Daylight

  The Excelsior Club gets referred to city’s Economic and Development Committee

  Time is running out to save Charlotte’s historic Excelsior Club

  Porch Production celebrates 10 years in Charlotte

  District 2 Councilman Justin Harlow says he will not seek re-election

  Two Pastors united by hate crime, come together to talk about race

  Charlotte gets a boost from private sector to tackle affordable housing

  Ranson IB Middle School students off to Africa for a special assignment

  ‘To Have and To Hold’ reality show spotlights Charlotte

  Could new life come to the Excelsior Club after being placed on ‘endangered’ list?

  Patrick Graham leaves Charlotte for Richmond

  Diversity and Inclusion Team now part of District Attorney’s Office

  1 in 10 children and young people have mental health problem

  WBTV Community Conversation: Reading, Writing, and Race

  Groundbreaking summit coming to Charlotte

  Churches being used to help tackle mental illness

  US Presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker talks gun violence in Charlotte

  Queen City Battle of the Bands has a new home