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FOX 5 senior investigative reporter

Dale Russell

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 Atlanta's Missing and Murdered children, the Olympic Park bombing, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His expose on Georgia's Speaker of the House, Glenn Richardson, and Presidential candidate, Herman Cain, lead to dramatic changes in the state and nation's political landscape. His examination of racial profiling by US Customs agents at Atlanta's airport lead 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 was recently inducted into Georgia's 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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  • FOX 5 I-Team obtains letter that sparked Atlanta Hawks racial investigation

    FOX 5 I-Team obtains letter that sparked Atlanta Hawks racial investigation

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-09-09 12:28:29 GMT
    The FOX 5 I-Team has new information in the scandal that's rocking the Atlanta Hawks. We have the letter that sparked an internal investigation that ultimately lead to Hawks owner Bruce Levenson announcing he would sell his shares of the team.
    The FOX 5 I-Team has new information in the scandal that's rocking the Atlanta Hawks. We have the letter that sparked an internal investigation that ultimately lead to Hawks owner Bruce Levenson announcing he would sell his shares of the team.
  • Defiant Attorney General says judge got it wrong

    Defiant Attorney General says judge got it wrong

    Thursday, September 4 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-09-04 22:41:01 GMT
    A defiant Attorney General Sam Olens says the judge who sanctioned his office for failing to turn over evidence during a whistleblower lawsuit got it wrong.
    A defiant Attorney General Sam Olens says the judge who sanctioned his office for failing to turn over evidence during a whistleblower lawsuit got it wrong.
  • $20,000 in sanctions issued in Georgia ethics case

    $20,000 in sanctions issued in Georgia ethics case

    Wednesday, September 3 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-09-03 21:29:02 GMT
    A judge has sided with attorneys for the former head of the Georgia ethics commission who claimed the attorney general's office and the commission's current director failed to turn over key documents in her lawsuit against the state.
    A judge has sided with attorneys for the former head of the Georgia ethics commission who claimed the attorney general's office and the commission's current director failed to turn over key documents in her lawsuit against the state.
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