Executive Producer for Community Content, QC@3 Co-Host
Dedrick Russell is currently the Executive Producer for Community Content at WBTV, Co-Host of WBTV’s Lifestyle Show QC@3, Host for WBTV’s Community Conversations, and Co-Chair of WBTV’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Representing the diverse communities and voices in Charlotte is important for WBTV and Dedrick wants to ensure that goal is met. Dedrick started his career as a one-man band at WJWJ-TV in Beaufort, SC. He shot and edited all his stories. He was also a reporter and fill-in anchor there. He then took a job in his hometown of Washington, DC at Newschannel 8 and WJLA. He was the Maryland Bureau Chief. While a reporter in the Nation’s Capital, Dedrick covered George W. Bush's first Presidential Inauguration, the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, the Washington Sniper Case, and other exciting stories that took place in the DC, MD, and VA area.
In 2003, Dedrick came to WBTV as a General Assignment Reporter. He was the Education Reporter for nearly 15 years at WBTV. During that time he focused on the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District. In 2005 Dedrick won the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for a series entitled the "Troubled Ten." He highlighted the ten lowest-performing high schools in CMS and told viewers what each principal was going to do to boost academic achievement. In 2020 Dedrick and the team were nominated for an Emmy for the special Facing and Erasing Systemic Racism: A Community Conversation.
Dedrick has a BA from Virginia State University and a MS in Communications from Syracuse University School of Newhouse. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and serves on the Board of The Harvest Center of Charlotte.
Dedrick is married and has a daughter majoring in Elementary Education.