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.
Kristi Castlin, a champion sprinter from Douglasville who inspired DeKalb children to reject violence, made history on Aug. 17 in the Women’s 100 meter hurdles at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The family of Troy Robinson, who died a year ago after DeKalb Police tased him, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the police officers and the police department on Aug. 8.
Two new sit-down restaurants will open soon in South DeKalb. A Denny’s is near completion at 2657 Panola Road in Lithonia, and Barnacles Bar and Grill is planned for the old Dugan’s space on Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur.
Two juveniles, three teens and an adult have been arrested in the shooting death of 15-year-old Keaira Palmer who was her way home after a trip to a near-by Decatur convenience store on Aug. 3.
Family, friends and the Southwest DeKalb High School community will say their goodbyes to head coach Michael Tanks on Aug. 13.
DeKalb’s 102,000 school children returned to the classroom for the first day of the 2016-2017 academic year on Aug. 8 as the school district unveiled a new code of student conduct.
Discord among community and police may be making news nationally, but not in DeKalb on Aug. 2. In the parking lot of the Gallery at South DeKalb, police officers and members of other law enforcement agencies like the GBI, the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office mingled with residents in a relaxed atmosphere.
U.S. Olympic hurdler Kristi Castlin is only 28, but gun violence has touched her life twice. When she was just 12 growing up in Douglasville, her father, Rodney Castlin, was shot to death on Dec. 7, 2000, during a robbery at the Wingate Inn off Barrett Parkway in Cobb County where he was a night manager. The killer got away with $300.
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.