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

  Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association has virtual town hall meeting about race

CMS teachers respond to district’s back-to-school plan

  CMS meets with town leaders to talk about plans to reopen schools

  New standards in history coming to North Carolina classrooms

  CMS school board ready to change name of Vance High School

  Black male leaders ready to make change, hold rally at Marshall Park

  Leaders say inappropriate email sent from Men’s Shelter worker should be a wake up call

  City and county leaders ready to declare racism as a public health crisis

  Petition created to support Ardrey Kell HS principal

  Families connected through organ donor meet for first time

  Local black male leaders uniting to help change outcomes for black men

  WBTV presents Facing and Erasing Systemic Racism, a Community Conversation

  Petition calls for Ardrey Kell HS Principal to resign

  Students come together to repaint Ardrey Kell HS Rock after it was vandalized

  Johnson C. Smith holds diploma pick-up for graduates

  One black church, one white church coming together to address racial issues

  Community leaders hold politicians accountable

  Local reaction to incidents involving African-American men

  CMS parents question new, earlier start date of school

  North Carolina hotels feel left behind under Phase 2

  Family members grieving in silence during pandemic

  South Carolina entertainment venues now open for business during COVID-19 pandemic

  Super Senior: Hali Doctor

  Super Senior: Daikwon Redfearn

  Super Senior: Kennedy Rowland

  UNC Charlotte dedicating $2,500 student award in honor of CMS teacher working through cancer treatment

  Some North Carolina businesses are planning to reopen Friday

  Charlotte teacher working through cancer treatment gets shoutout from Ellen DeGeneres, surprise gift

  As South Carolina businesses reopen, customers ready to patronize trusted establishments

  JCSU graduates look forward to hear President Barack Obama at special event for HBCUs