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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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Michelle Obama promotes higher education in Atlanta visit

First lady Michelle Obama kicked off her “Reach Higher” education initiative at Atlanta’s historic Booker T. Washington High School on Sept. 8 with a rousing call to action for students.

Pastors speak out about corruption cases in DeKalb

A coalition of DeKalb’s most prominent pastors said they are fed up with the county’s negative image and will meet with DeKalb political leaders to discuss the recent spate of corruption cases against elected officials.

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First lady, Education Secretary promote higher ed in Atlanta visit

First lady Michelle Obama kicked off her “Reach Higher” education initiative at Atlanta’s historic Booker T. Washington Higher School on Sept. 8 with a rousing call to action for students.

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South DeKalb residents curious, skeptical about charter proposal

Parents, teachers and stakeholders were full of questions on Sept. 2 when the DeKalb School System held its charter district forum at Towers High School in Decatur.

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MedShare ships supplies to Ebola hot spots

On Sept. 5, South DeKalb-based nonprofit MedShare airlifted 3.5 tons of medical supplies from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for the Ebola epidemic front lines in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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Boyer will plead guilty to mail, wire fraud

U.S. Attorney Sally Yates will seek jail time for former DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer on federal mail fraud and wire fraud charges, Yates said on Aug. 26 after a bond hearing in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

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African diplomat lobbies for Ebola drug, supplies

As the Ebola virus rages on unchecked in West Africa, an Atlanta-based diplomat is urging the United States to send shipments of the experimental drug Zmapp and other emergency aid to Liberia.

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Boyer to plead guilty to federal mail, wire fraud charges

Former DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer – who abruptly resigned Aug. 25, a day before she was to appear in federal court on mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud charges alleging she bilked taxpayers of more than $90,000 – says she is going to plead guilty on Sept. 3.

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Atlantans protest police shooting of unarmed teen

The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer came to the streets of downtown Atlanta on Monday.

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Youth movement leads Atlanta protest of Ferguson shooting

A grassroots coalition of young people using the power of social media drew 1,500 demonstrators to downtown Atlanta on Aug. 18 to peacefully protest the fatal shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9.



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