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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Interim CEO May will not run for office

Lee May, who was appointed interim CEO of DeKalb County by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2013, announced on Feb. 5 that he will not run for election and will step down at the end of his term on Dec. 31.

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Miller Grove’s Gilbert named McDonald’s All-American

Alterique Gilbert, a senior guard at Miller Grove High in Lithonia, is the latest basketball phenom from DeKalb to be named to the McDonald’s All-American Team.

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New HVAC unit for Lucious Sanders Center

DeKalb County crews began installing a new HVAC unit at the Lucious Sanders Recreation Center on Jan. 28.

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Low pay depleting police, firefighter ranks

DeKalb Police and Fire Rescue workers are up in arms about the continued lack of cost-of-living and merit increases, including in interim CEO Lee May’s proposed 2016 budget.

GBI won’t pursue allegations raised in Bowers/Hyde report

After reviewing Mike Bowers’ and Richard Hyde’s report on corruption in DeKalb County government, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said this week that it will not pursue further allegations against interim CEO Lee May or other officials.

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Volunteers work service projects for King Day

Despite the chilly weather, hundreds of volunteers cleaned up parks in the city of Lithonia and at Panola Mountain State Park, picked up trash around the county, and repaired and painted the homes of seniors.

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Officer who killed naked man faces murder charge

DeKalb police Officer Robert Olsen will be tried for felony murder in the death of naked and unarmed Air Force veteran Anthony Hill in Tucker 10 months ago.

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230 job hunters show up for 25 employers at job fair

Admiration Lodge No. 25’s second annual Job Fair drew 232 job hunters to the Community Achievement Center in Decatur on Jan. 20, surpassing the 150 who showed up at the first fair in 2015.

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Georgia State University signs merger

Georgia State University is now officially in DeKalb County, and there are signs to prove it.

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Freedom Rider reflects on dangerous bus ride

Hank Thomas, the last of the 13 original Freedom Riders who challenged the Jim Crow laws in the early 1960s, told worshippers at the DeKalb NAACP’s Jubilee Day Celebration on Jan. 1 that the price of freedom is steep but that he did not run away.

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