Ken Watts

Ken Watts is a staff writer with CrossRoadsNews covering a wide range of stories.
Before joining CRN, Ken was a veteran of 40 years in broadcast journalism including nearly 25 on the air in Atlanta as reporter and news anchor at Fox 5 and 11Alive-TV. Ken also served as a reporter-anchor at several other stations across the country and as a television and radio correspondent at ABC News.
Ken has received many awards including several Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow award and honors from the Associated Press, Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ), United Press International, the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Recent Stories

New South Security checkpoint opens at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

The South Security checkpoint is open again at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport just in time for the busy summer travel season.

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Primary election day off to a busy start in South DeKalb

Voting in the May 24 primary and special election got off to a brisk start with poll workers at South DeKalb precincts reporting voter turnout so far appears better than it's been in recent elections.

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Gang leader indicted for ordering shooting from prison

Kenneth Eric Jackson, an inmate in Autrey State Prison in Pelham, Ga., used a smuggled cellphone to allegedly order the May 2014 shooting that killed 9-month-old Kendarious Edwards Jr. and injured his mother and grandmother in Stone Mountain.

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Sacrifices of county’s fallen police officers remembered

Susan Wilson lost her husband, DeKalb Police Officer Thomas Atkisson, on Dec. 14, 1976, when his patrol car struck a utility pole while in pursuit of a motorcyclist.

New Brookhaven school a step closer to reality

Plans are shaping up for a new DeKalb elementary school in the Brookhaven area with the district’s impending purchase of an 11.2-acre site in the Skyland Park neighborhood.

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Gas station, sports bar seeking home on Wesley Chapel Road

Two separate proposals for a sports bar and a convenience store on Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur are now headed to the DeKalb Board of Commissioners, but with mixed reviews.

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White named Coach of the Year

Miller Grove High head coach Sharman White has been named Boys’ Basketball Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association.

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Family files suit over son’s beating at Stonecrest

The family of the 15-year-old Atlanta youth who was beaten by security guards last year at the Mall at Stonecrest has filed suit against the mall, the two guards who were caught on video pummelling the teen, and their employers – Securitas Security Services USA Inc.

Green defends hiring officials he worked with in Kansas

DeKalb Schools Superintendent Stephen Green is taking heat from critics for spending at least $94,000 on a national search for six new senior administrators but ending up keeping three former colleagues from Kansas City Public Schools, his old district.

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Greenhaven backers not giving up on cityhood

Organizers of the proposed city of Greenhaven that covers a wide swath of south DeKalb County are not giving up even though a two-year effort to get approval from the state Legislature died with the end of the 2016 session on March 24.

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