Dedrick Russell is currently a Reporter at WBTV in Charlotte, NC. He has been at the station for nearly 12 years. He got that job by attending the NABJ Convention in 2003. He knows first-hand NABJ works.
BA English, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA 1989
Dedrick has served on the NABJ Board of Directors for the past four years. He is currently the Vice President of Broadcast. He was first elected as Region 3 Director in 2011. Under his leadership, NABJ regionals made a comeback. As Vice President of Broadcast, Dedrick has continued advocacy visits. He has talked to numerous News Directors about giving NABJ members jobs and told them why diversity matters. He also is an advocate for issues in the community. Under his leadership NABJ hosted its first Media Institute on Education – discussing ways to help Black students be successful in the classrooms.
Dedrick has received awards for his work including the Sigma Delta Chi Award for his series on The Troubled Ten. He talked to principals from the 10 lowest performing high schools in Charlotte. They told him their plans to turn the struggling schools around. He is also a leader in the WBTV newsroom and in the community. He serves on the station’s editorial board. He is also on the Board of Directors for Smart Start of Mecklenburg County. It stresses the importance of early childhood education. He was recently appointed as an ex-officio member of the RTDNA Board.
I am confident I will make a great choice for Vice President Broadcast for NABJ. I have proven to be a hard worker, a fundraiser and motivated to see NABJ succeed. I have much more work to do when it comes to making sure newsrooms are diverse, make sure stations are aware of their efforts in diversity and make sure our members are getting a chance to succeed. I believe with the board experience I have acquired and my track record, I feel I can be an asset to help take NABJ to the next level.