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

  Mecklenburg County Sheriff McFadden helps sheriff in Minneapolis prepare for aftermath of Chauvin verdict

  Charlotte Fire Department wants more infill stations

  CMS students head back to more in-person instruction Monday

  Chauvin trial causes stress and emotional trauma, but there is help

  Discussion: This group has mixed feelings about the vaccine

  Charlotte pastors helping Florida pastors get vaccine for members

  No Grease Barbershop to remain at Charlotte mall days after being told by management to vacate

  Charlotte Fire Department delivers meals to the vulnerable amid pandemic

  Local Howard University grad inspired to see one of their own as US vice president

  Martin Luther King III keynote speaker at Charlotte MLK celebration

  More than 300 computers donated so far from WBTV’s Collect to Connect

James Mitchell goes from at-large city councilman to co-owner/president of Black business

  Morganton handles first snow of the year

  ‘They all must pay’; Local leaders call out what happened at U.S. Capitol

Congresswoman Alma Adams calls Jan. 6 a ‘gross violation’ and ‘sad day for democracy’

  Update on computers given last month during WBTV’s Collect To Connect

  N.C. Fraternal Order of Police president frustrated with fatal shootings of police in the state

  Little Rock AME Zion Church pastor calls $50,000 donation a ‘Miracle on 7th Street’

  Providence Day School 9th graders helping to close digital divide

  Could CMS implement Plan C and go remote learning district-wide?

  Collect to Connect brings in more than 750 computers to help students

  Collect to Connect: CMS student says he needs a computer to help fulfill his dream

  Union Co. Schools leaves new transportation center open after workers contract COVID-19, raising concerns

  Collect To Connect: WBTV partners with E2D to collect old computers to help families in need

  Colleges offering free COVID-19 tests for students before Thanksgiving break

  Lookout Shoals Lake neighbors experience flooding again

  New program is helping pay Mecklenburg County property taxes

  Revitalization coming to Charlotte’s West Corridor

  The importance of the Black Vote in Election 2020

  Lawyers and Collars team up on Election Day in Charlotte