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.
Steve McKaig, a close friend of former Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck says his "diabolical" friend devastated his family.
Key campaign expense in federal appeals court ruling matches up with campaign expense in former Mayor Kasim Reed's disclosures. A Grand Jury is investigating.
Franklin County District Attorney says grand jury can solve boundary dispute involving Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed if Franklin Commissioners give the go ahead.
The FOX 5 I-Team examines a certified survey and Banks Count's own official maps. Those maps raise questions about whether Banks County Sheriff Carlton Speed lives in Banks County, as required by law.
A forensic audit of spending by a top city official under then Mayor Kasim Reed found Atlanta's spending culture akin to the "wild west" with little or no oversight. Auditors found former chief financial officer Jim Beard could easily side-step the rules when using his city credit card to purchase guns and expensive travel.
A powerful state legislator wants a criminal charged against him thrown out.
Newton County Coroner submits resignation effective this Friday. Changes her mind during an I-Team interview on Wednesday. Governor Kemp accepts resignation and former Coroner Tommy Davis will be back in office Friday the 27th.
Newton County Coroner Doretha Bailey-Butts, during an exclusive FOX 5 I-Team interview, said she had changed her mind and will be rescinding her resignation.
More alleged victims have reached out to the FOX 5 I-Team after seeing our report of an Atlanta based acting coach accused of luring actresses into sexually charged auditions for roles that did not exist.
Actresses across the country conned into making sexually charged audition tapes for a role that didn't exist by a Hollywood director and acting coach.