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.
Former Habersham County Sheriff’s Deputy Nikki Autry was indicted on July 22 on four counts of criminal civil rights violations for her role in the drug raid that severely injured 19-month-old Bounkham “Baby Bou-Bou” Phonessavah on May 28, 2014.
DeKalb County’s midyear budget grew by $6 million to $1.33 billion on July 21.
Attorney Mereda Davis Johnson took the oath of office on July 20 to become DeKalb's new District 5 commissioner. The swearing-in ceremony took place in a DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur packed with Johnson’s family and friends, fellow county commissioners and other elected officials.
Morning commuters traveling along Panola Road near I-20 in Lithonia on July 10 blinked in disbelief at the sight of a lone white man on foot carrying a backpack and a huge flag bearing the Confederate Battle emblem in predominantly black South DeKalb.
Voters in DeKalb Commission District 5 are headed to the polls on July 14 to pick a commissioner to represent them on the Board of Commissioners.
DeKalb Schools’ new superintendent, Dr. Stephen Green, took the oath of office on July 1.
Three security guards who were caught on video beating a 15-year-old at the Mall at Stonecrest on June 27 have been suspended without pay and banned from the mall.
In a fiery speech in Atlanta on June 22, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan chided relatives of nine African-Americans killed by a white gunman in the Emanuel AME Church massacre on June 17 in Charleston, S.C., for being “too quick to forgive.”
In a fiery speech in Atlanta on June 22, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan chided relatives of nine African-Americans shot and killed by a white gunman in the Emanuel AME Church massacre on June 17 in Charleston, S.C., for being “too quick to forgive.”
John Evans, president of the DeKalb NAACP, fears the massacre of nine black church members by a white gunman on June 17 at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., could be a prelude to large-scale racial violence in America.