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.

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E-cigs sale to minors now illegal as new law takes effect

It is now against the law in Georgia to sell or distribute any electronic cigarette to a person who is under the age of 18.

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Charter schools, student achievement top voter priorities at school board forum

With time running out before the July 22 runoff election, about 50 DeKalb voters had pointed questions for school board candidates about Charter schools, student achievement and teacher pay.

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Interim District 5 appointment brings out a crowd

The number of candidates seeking the interim District 5 commissioner appointment is now down to 19 after one of the 20 applicants removed himself from consideration Thursday.

SACS: School system makes "material progress"

DeKalb’s accrediting agency says the School District has made “material progress” correcting problems pointed out by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2012 but SACS declined to restore full accreditation after it’s latest monitoring visit in May.

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Southwest DeKalb parents protest teacher transfers

Southwest DeKalb High School parents are angry over the reassignment of five teachers who they say are victims of retaliation for blowing the whistle on leadership and other issues at the Decatur school.

3,642 already cast early ballots in July 22 runoffs

Through Thursday, 3,642 voters have cast ballots in the July 22 runoff election in DeKalb County.

All six commissioners, interim CEO May face ethics complaints

With the filing of three new ethics charges against DeKalb Commissioners Jeff Rader and Kathie Gannon and interim CEO Lee May this month, all of DeKalb’s elected local government leaders are now facing ethics complaints.

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K-9 Officer Rocky remembered by partner for stellar service

Sgt. Rodger Lacy is as tough as they come. But the six-year member of the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office gets choked up when he talks about Rocky, his partner and canine friend of four years.

DeKalb Ethics Board will investigate Johnson, Barnes Sutton purchases

Ethics charges against DeKalb Commissioners Larry Johnson and Sharon Barnes Sutton and her chief of staff, Judy Brownlee, will advance, the DeKalb Ethics Board ruled this week.

DeKalb to get integrity officer

DeKalb County, which has been rocked by scandals, ethics lapses and charges over the past year, will be getting a full-time chief integrity officer to help restore trust in DeKalb government.

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