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

  Carolina Panthers team up with JCSU to tackle diversity

  Getting a meditation program inside Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

  Samaritan’s Feet giving out shoes to Lake Arbor neighbors

  Help for Lake Arbor neighbors may not be enough

New program tackling economic mobility presents first graduating class

  Special elevators to rescue people in BofA Tower during emergencies are first on the east coast

  Talking about increasing wages for city contracted workers on Labor Day

  History Making Marines In Town for Convention

  Community Matters Cafe giving people a second chance

  Citizens Review Board waiting for changes to CMPD’s use of deadly force policy

  Churches come together with bail bond company to help those in jail

  Miss North Carolina on a mission to get more African American females to go for a crown

  An organization helps working professionals afford homes in Charlotte

  New sidewalk in Indian Land helps keep students safe

  CMS Board Chair says district won’t be silent concerning racist letters

  Sandy Hook parent wants gun violence considered a public health crisis

  Career fair in Mecklenburg Co. Jail is getting the job done

  Is new coffee shop in Indian Land causing a ‘coffee war’?

  New YBLA Leaders Want to take Organization Nationwide

  CMS Board Chair responds to selection of new Superintendent and criticism

  Amateur Charlotte Tennis Tournament promotes sport and court play

  Amateur Tennis Championship/Community Conversation benefiting Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation coming to Charlotte

  Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum talks about resignation of CMS superintendent

  CEO of Urban League of Central Carolinas talks about economic mobility

  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