William Dale Cardwell (born 1962 in Greenville, Kentucky) is a consumer investigator and television journalist based in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2001, Cardwell and his family were placed in the protective custody of police when Cardwell appeared on a "hit list," based on his investigative reporting of corruption in DeKalb County, Georgia.
Cardwell is the host of TrustDaleTV, a consumer problem-solving show, airing multiple times and multiple cities per week including WXIA-TV/11 Alive and WATL in Atlanta, WTSP News 10 in Tampa as well as WDEF-TV in Chattanooga. Cardwell also hosts TrustDale Radio. Off air, Cardwell owns and operates TrustDale.com, a venue where consumers can inspect and review recommendations for products and services across numerous "categories." Cardwell collects a nominal advertising pool fee from each company which pays him and his team, and allows him to make his choices known. Cardwell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Rodney Ho, “I choose the companies, they didn’t choose me.” Cardwell was previously a long-time investigative reporter for Atlanta's WSB-TV. Before that, he worked for Nashville, Tennessee's WSMV, WRAL-TV in Raleigh/Durham, and also served stints at TV stations in Birmingham, Alabama and western Kentucky.
Cardwell chose to mount a campaign for the United States Senate in 2008 "to reclaim America from the special interests that pay for and choose candidates." To be true to his position, he was the only candidate to refuse special interest "PAC" financing. He was eliminated in the July 15, 2008 General Primary,.
- Cardwell's (Atlanta-based) "Consumer Solutions" Network
- Cardwell Campaign site
- Biography at WSB-TV
- Profile at SourceWatch
- OurCampaigns.com Candidate Details
- WSB-TV: 'Dale Cardwell makes Senate Bid official today' Article
- Ledger-Enquirer: Cardwell blasts Chambliss vote against children's healthcare plan
- Says Cardwell: Chambliss is a 'borrow-and-spend pawn of the special interests'