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Best muckrakers: Dale Russell of Fox 5 and Richard Belcher of WSB-TV

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We like to give TV news reporters a hard time. But in the barrage of apartment fires, murders, and "tough questions" (ugh) are two seasoned pros who, week after week, still help set the agenda in metro Atlanta: Dale Russell of Fox 5 and Richard Belcher of WSB-TV. The two journos, who can often be seen chasing down the same story, have sent ripples through local and state government - need we revisit Russell's sit-down with former House Speaker Glenn Richardson's ex-wife, which spurred the once-powerful Republican's resignation. This year both were on top of concessions contracts at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the year's most complex and politically touchy stories. Belcher and Russell connected the dots and dug deep into campaign disclosures and corporate forms to shed light on the billion-dollar fortunes there were to be made selling neck pillows and fried chicken at the world's busiest airport. They didn't let up, went toe-to-toe with Mayor Kasim Reed, and helped convince us to turn on the idiot box.

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