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.

Recent Stories

First DeKalb schools water lead testing results released

Five DeKalb schools, built between 1935 and 1955, have elevated levels of lead in the water coming from some of their pipes, and the DeKalb School District has established a "Lead-In-Water Testing" Hotline to answer parents questions.

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Five DeKalb Schools have high lead levels in their water

Five DeKalb schools, built between 1935 and 1955, have elevated levels of lead in the water coming from some of their pipes, and the DeKalb School District has established a "Lead-In-Water-Testing" Hotline to answer parents questions.

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Ex-officer to be tried in slaying of naked man

Former DeKalb Police Officer Robert Olsen, who shot and killed naked and unarmed Anthony Hill in March 2015, must stand trial. That is the ruling of DeKalb Superior Court Judge J.P. Boulee on Olsen’s motion to dismiss the charges against him.

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7th District candidates focus on public safety, economic development

A police shortage, public safety and economic development dominated a lively forum at Kelley Chapel United Methodist Church in Dectur featuring seven candidates running for an open Super District 7 seat on the DeKalb Board of Commissioners in a Nov. 8 special election.

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Warrant issued for arrest of owner of blighted Apartments

Chester Meisel failed to show up to face 228 code violations

Chester Meisel, who owns and operates the rundown Creekside Forest Apartments in Decatur, is a wanted man. DeKalb Magistrate Court Judge Matthew McCoyd issued a $338,000 bench warrant for his arrest on Sept. 27 after he failed to appear in court to answer code violation charges.

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First presidential debate energizes Clinton's supporters

A spirited group of Democrats cheered on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a watch party for the Sept. 26 debate with Republican candidate Donald Trump. After the 90-minute sparring match between Clinton, a former US first lady and US Secretary of State, and Trump, a millionaire businessman, the room of 70 people declared Clinton the winner.

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Two lawsuits challenge Georgia’s voter rules

U.S. District Court Judge William Duffey in Atlanta has ordered Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to turn over by Oct. 7 any voter registration records related to Kemp’s decision to reject, cancel or otherwise fail to add names to the state’s voter rolls.

Delinquent hotels pay up as DeKalb issues moratorium on residential water service cutoffs

Residents who are past due paying their DeKalb County water bill will get extra time to settle up under a moratorium announced by Interim CEO Lee May on Sept. 20.

Deal proposes pay hike for state police, training overhaul for all officers

More than 3,300 State of Georgia law enforcement officers would get a 20 percent pay raise and all officers in the state will get additional training.

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Hiring, production in full swing at Home Chef ’s Lithonia plant

A month after it began operations, Home Chef’s new Lithonia plant already has 107 workers and is shipping 10,000 meals per week.

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