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.
A man convicted of rape 18 years ago is exonerated by new DNA analysis. The FOX 5 I-Team first raised questions about his conviction in 2009.
The U.S. Attorney's office accused the City of Atlanta official of not disclosing a job he had while working as the Director of Contract Compliance.
The Atlanta City Council admits city it is responsible for monitoring an unpermitted landfill from the 1960's.
A jury has found Jenna Garland, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s press secretary, guilty of violating Georgia's Open Records Act.
Nathaniel Johnson, a once prominent doctor, was sentenced to prison for the second time in six years. His lawyer vows to appeal.
Three former Insurance department employees sue Jim Beck for wrongful termination. Lawsuit says Beck blames them for providing information to federal investigators and FOX 5.
Two businessmen have filed a racketeering law suit against an American with Disabilities Act attorney, Craig Ehrlich. They claim Ehrlich's hundreds of ADA lawsuits are a criminal enterprise. Ehrlich's lawyer denied the allegations and said his client's lawsuits are legitimate and proper.
Internal environmental engineering report shows leachate and incinerator ash dumped into Baby Gun Club Landfill.
Two Atlanta council members are demanding answers from the city on how an unpermitted city owned landfill came to be and why no elected officials knew it existed. The demand came in the wake of an I-Team investigation of an unregulated dump site that first appeared in the 60's and was later covered over.
This 1972 Aerial Photograph shows the dump site that would later be called as Baby Gun Club Landfill. It is unregulated and unmarked, kept hidden from the public, nearby homeowners, and developers.