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.
In the dwindling days before the hotly contested July 26 runoff for the District 4 DeKalb Board of Commissioners seat, incumbent Sharon Barnes Sutton is charging challenger Steve Bradshaw with making false and misleading claims about his military service.
Civil rights veteran John Evans, who has led the DeKalb Branch NAACP for 16 years, has resigned his post to head Operation Lead, a separate civil rights organization that he founded in 2005.
Body cameras monitor interaction with public, upload data to cloud
DeKalb County's 600 uniformed police officers will be patrolling the county with wireless body cameras by Oct. 31. Every county police officers will be outfitted with the BodyWorn brand of cameras, which are already in use in Marietta, City of Decatur, MARTA and Georgia Department of Corrections and by police departments across the country.
Former DeKalb Deputy Chief Operating Officer Morris Williams III and a local businessman have been indicted by a DeKalb grand jury on theft and fraud charges.
Investigators are trying determine a motive in an ambush style shooting that killed three Baton Rouge, La. law officer and wounded three others on July 17.
Suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis finally had his day in the Georgia Supreme Court this week. Ellis, who was released from prison early for good behavior, is seeking to reverse his 2015 conviction for corruption and re-gain is law licence.
In the aftermath of a tragic week that saw two African-American men shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, La. and in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., and five police officers killed by a sniper in Dallas, nearly 900 people packed the House of Hope in Decatur on July 12 to discuss a “strategy for change.”
A new corps of mentors called the Community Ambassadors will help 44 South DeKalb high school and middle school students develop social skills, plan for careers and build positive relations with police this summer.
Police officers from DeKalb’s South Precinct say the key to better relations between between police and communities of color is positive interaction with children.
Atlanta artist Martin Dawe has been chosen by Gov. Nathan Deal to create the life-size statue of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. that will occupy a prominent spot outside the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta.