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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Ellis may testify in his own defense

Suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis may testify in his own defense in his corruption trial, his attorneys told Judge Courtney Johnson on Sept. 30 in DeKalb Superior Court.

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Ellis ‘yes man’ sings on his former boss

Kelvin Walton, a self-described “yes man” to suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis, bared it all on the witness stand as the prosecution’s star witness against his former boss.

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Walton compares Ellis' behavior to a "murderer."

Defense lawyers in the corruption trial of suspended CEO Burrell Ellis called for a mistrial after the state's star witness compared Ellis' behavior to a murderer.

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Walton says he was a ”yes man” for Ellis donation drive

Kelvin Walton, the prosecution’s star witness witness in the corruption trial of Burrell Ellis, told the jury on Sept. 23 that he was a “yes man” for the suspended DeKalb CEO because he feared losing his job and his retirement benefits if he didn’t help Ellis.

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Former Ellis assistant invokes 5th Amendment right in testimony

Nina Hall, a former assistant to suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, answered some of prosecutors’ questions in Ellis’ corruption trial on Sept. 22 but invoked her 5th Amendment right not to incriminate herself 30 times.

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Witnesses say Ellis pressured them for contributions

The first witnesses took the stand this week in the long-awaited corruption trial of suspended CEO Burrell Ellis in DeKalb Superior Court.

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U.S. launches major initiative on Ebola epidemic

President Barack Obama came to DeKalb County on Sept. 16 to announce a major U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 2,400 people and infected thousands in West Africa.

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Prosecutor: Ellis case is about power, punishment and perjury

The trial of suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis got under way this morning with his defense team seeking to quash the testimony of Nina Hall, Ellis’ former secretary.

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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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