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

  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

Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg opens first field office in Charlotte

  Fifth Third Bank Hands out $200,000 in Grants

  Van Jones comes to Charlotte to discuss Raise The Age

  ‘Brooklyn: Once a City Within a City’ Museum exhibit tells story of historic Charlotte neighborhood

  Local couple says vacation ruined - Blames travel agent

  Healthy Churches 2020 Conference on a mission in Charlotte

  CMS attorney reflects on time with district as he departs for new job

  Principal for the Day at Monroe High School

  87 year old Veteran claims he was taken advantage of - Contractor disagrees

  CMS Board Chairperson reflects on her time on the board

  UNC Charlotte will be first school in NC to offer financial technology boot camp

  Raise-The-Age legislation takes effect Dec. 1st in North Carolina

  $10K offered to person who comes up with plan to tackle economic mobility in Charlotte

  Oprah participates in WBTV’s Community Conversation: A Healthy Mind, Body, & Soul

  Community Conversation: A Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul

  Could container homes work in Charlotte?

  CMS School Board considers establishing an Office of Compliance and Transparency

  Charlotte holds first Hispanic Leadership Academy

  The Post Foundation honors WBTV veteran reporter Steve Crump

  Promising future for black-owned businesses in Charlotte

  Community helps repair home of family dealing with life challenges

  Oprah Winfrey comes to town for UNCF event

  New mobile business targets the spine

  Trade hub launch takes place at Charlotte’s R400 Summit

  US Small Business Administration comes to Johnson C. Smith University

  Man says God told him to build affordable housing