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

Families in need pick up Easter meals in Charlotte

  N.C. couple stranded on cruise ship say they’re ready to come home

  Charlotte city leaders tackle affordable housing, economic mobility, the future of small businesses and COVID-19

  State calls problems with filing unemployment benefits ‘unacceptable’

  Small business struggles to pay bills first of the month

  Online learning in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools exposes the digital divide

  Doctors with Tryon Medical Partners coping during pandemic

  SREE Hotel Management hands out meals to help hotel workers

  Local leaders try to help small businesses survive

  Patel Brothers grocery stores shut down for 10 days due to COVID-19

  A rise in unemployment benefits in North Carolina

  Relief for tenants living in hotel-motels during COVID-19

  CMS gets help to connect students while schools are closed

  CMS scrambles to find work for bus drivers while schools are closed

  CMS parents brace themselves for homeschooling during coronavirus pandemic

  Families cope with not seeing relatives in nursing homes due to COVID-19

  CMS bus drivers have concerns involving coronavirus

  Churches working together to deal with COVID-19

  Group claims CMS rule aids in suspension gap between black and white students

  Local health officials talk about the coronavirus and RNC 2020

  As CIAA heads to Baltimore, Charlotte city leaders wonder what will replace it

  The relaunch of My Brother’s Keeper CLT Mecklenburg

  The Relatives fill need in construction workforce

  JCSU, UNC Charlotte and Queens University team up to tackle racial healing

  Funds available to help people pay their heating bill in Meck Co.

  Charlotte’s Premier Pharmacy goes the extra mile

  Oprah surprises local pharmacist, encourages health during Charlotte visit of Vision 2020 Wellness Tour

  Brookhill Village has a new owner with a plan to revitalize the community

  Elder Response Initiative helping seniors living in Charlotte areas affected by gentrification

  Mecklenburg County DA’s Office forgives minor traffic offenders