As the senior investigative reporter, Dale Russell is the FOX 5 I-Team’s government watchdog. He has spent more than 30 years investigating some of Atlanta’s biggest stories. His investigations have helped shape Georgia’s political history; toppling people in power, exposing waste and corruption, sparking criminal investigations, and changing laws.
Dale’s entire journalism career has been right here in Atlanta, where he began as a freelance newspaper and magazine writer. He went on to work as a reporter for WGST News Radio and then moved into television as an investigative reporter.
Dale has broken important stories while covering some of the nation’s biggest events, including the Atlanta Child Murders, the Olympic Park bombing, and the September 11th terrorist attacks. His exposes on Georgia’s Speaker of the House, Glenn Richardson, and presidential candidate Herman Cain led to dramatic changes in the state and nation’s political landscape. His examination of racial profiling by US Customs agents at Atlanta’s airport led to a nationwide overhaul of customs searches. In 2005, he traveled to Iraq to embed with the Georgia National Guard during its historic wartime deployment.
Dale has won more than 50 journalism awards, including broadcasting's highest honor, the George Foster Peabody Award. Atlanta Magazine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing, and The Atlanta Press Club have all named him as the city’s top TV journalist. Georgia Trend Magazine selected him as one of Georgia’s 100 Most Influential People. He has been inducted into the NATAS Southeast Silver Circle, honoring the state’s top television professionals.
A former high school counselor, Dale is a board member of the First Amendment Foundation, which fights for openness in government. Dale attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Georgia State with a BS in education. The Atlanta native has two children and lives with his wife in the DeKalb County neighborhood where he was raised.
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A federal grand jury indicts former City of Atlanta Chief Financial Officer Jim Beard.
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A picture from inside a Georgia post office shows absentee ballots from last election that were never mailed to the voters.
Secretary of State and Long County Board of Elections and Registration have opened investigations of absentee ballot irregularities, including double voting by some citizens in the last election.
An Atlanta attorney wants election results for Magistrate Judge in Long County Georgia thrown out because of absentee ballot and other voting irregularities
Nottely Lake homeowners are alarmed about a landfill liquid, trucked from miles away by powerful State Senator, Steve Gooch, to a local waste water treatment plant and discharged into the Lake.
Fulton County allocated $500,000 for a program conceived by District Attorney Paul Howard to help reduce juvenile crime. A year later, staff has been hired, and hundreds of thousands have been spent, but not one single young adult has been signed up for the program. Howard blames it on COVID19.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard agreed to pay a $6500 fine for violating campaign finance laws. Howard failed to disclose he was paid at least $140,000 from a non-profit formed to combat juvenile crime. A GBI investigation of same allegations is still underway.