Atlanta, Georgia , United States
|| December 31, 1962
|Last Modifed||McCord 2014|
Oct 19, 2008 12:42pm
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|Info||Dale Cardwell is one of the premier and most consistently honored investigative journalists in Georgia.Â His six “Emmy” awards, presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as numerous other honors such as 2005’s “Journalist of the Year,” from the Atlanta Press Club, bear testament to the positive change he has brought to the people of the “Peach” state. |
Dale’s investigations have saved taxpayers millions of dollars, and resulted in the prosecution and or resignation of numerous corrupt politicians and their appointees.
William “Dale” Cardwell was born in Greenville, Kentucky, December 31st 1962.Â His Father, Bill Cardwell is a retired coal miner and his mother Carolyn Cardwell is a homemaker.Â Dale is the second of three children.Â His older brother Bruce is the married father of two, and a graphic artist in Nashville, Tennessee.Â His sister Rebekah is a nurse, wife and mother of three in St. Augustine, Florida.
Carolyn recalls Dale was born during a particularly brutal winter, and went as far as wrapping her newborn in blankets and placing him on the opened door of the kitchen oven, in order to ward off the single digit temperatures and biting wind that pounded the mobile home in which they lived.
Bill and Carolyn are natives of Northeast Alabama, and soon after Dale’s birth, moved the family back to the Deep South when a coal mining job opened up south of Birmingham.
Dale’s early life revolved around church, family and sports.Â He became a born-again Christian at age nine when he gave his heart to Christ in a pew of Faith Baptist Church in Hueytown, Alabama.Â He attended grammar and middle school in Jefferson County Alabama, was president of his 4-H chapter, and won the club’s district-wide public speaking award in the state’s most populated county.
Dale learned first hand about harsh economic reality while watching his Dad go on strike and fight for better health care and wages as a member of the United Mine Workers of America, and later when his Dad’s mine closed down in 1976.Â Pending unemployment sent the family once again to the coal fields of Western Kentucky.Â Dale attended Ohio County High School in Hartford Kentucky, earned co-captain honors on his football team, and graduated with the distinction of student council class president in 1981.
Dale worked his way through college, spinning records and giving the news by way of several local radio stations throughout the Western Kentucky region.
He graduated cum laude from Western Kentucky University with a double major in journalism and political science in 1981, landed his first television reporting job at WKAG in Hopkinsville, and married his high school sweetheart, Angie Saint, in Beaver Dam, Kentucky on January 18, 1986.
Dale quickly demonstrated his “nose for news” when he obtained an audio tape sent from a serviceman who later died in the crash of an army-chartered jet in route to the US from Gander, Newfoundland in December of 1986, which killed all 248 aboard.Â The tape, mailed to the serviceman’s fiancÃ©’ days before the flight, told her of the service men and women’s fear of flying on what he referred to as the “rickety-old” army-chartered transportation.Â Dale’s story was aired on every national network and led to hearings in Washington and a thorough vetting of the military’s aviation transport policy.
Dale continued his investigative journalism at WBMG in Birmingham, Alabama, WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina, WSMV in Nashville, Tennessee and an eleven year stint as a consumer reporter and investigative journalist with WSB in Atlanta, the nation’s ninth largest television market.
Dale’s first three years at WSB gave him the opportunity to work closely with and produce stories for the premier radio and television consumer expert in the nation, Clark Howard.Â Clark and Dale’s investigations earned numerous awards, but more importantly, saved Georgians millions of dollars, and empowered them to “save more, spend less, become their own consumer advocate.”
Dale’s more recent investigations have led to the exposure of corruption on the part of former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, the conviction of former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, the resignation of Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett, the return of public funds by Senator Zell Miller, and the termination of Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue’s abuse of government airplanes and helicopters for private benefit.
Dale lives in DeKalb County Georgia, with his wife Angie, their son Adam and daughter Jessica.Â Dale serves as a Deacon and substitute Sunday School teacher at Dunwoody Baptist Church.Â Dale’s hobbies include sports, singing with his brother Bruce in their long time gospel group, and restoring classic cars.