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

  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

  Voters 65 and up share their concerns for Election 2020

  Churches partner to encourage people to take their ‘Souls to the Polls’ and vote in Charlotte

  Community leaders react to release of CMPD video of Harold Easter

  Peaceful rally to be held in Charlotte to honor Jacob Blake, Jr.

  CMS approves phased plan to bring students back to classrooms

  CMS Board expected to vote on plans to ‘phase students’ back into in-person learning, similar to Plan B style

  Race, politics and 2020 election take center stage at virtual town hall meeting

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg School teachers on special assignment to get students connected

  Charlotte’s second annual Amateur Tennis Tournament is set

  Support coming for some Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools homeless students

  CMS parent concerned about omission of Black History in language arts class

  Local reaction to National Urban League’s 2020 State of Black America

  Local pastor says Kamala Harris’ selection as VP candidate will resonate with many

  New Ardrey Kell principal has plan to tackle racial division at school

  North Carolina teachers tell leaders: ‘Our schools, our safety, our say'

  Parents have different views over Ardrey Kell High School principal’s reassignment

  New Excelsior Club owner looking for Black architects for project

  City of Charlotte hands out checks to small businesses

  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