Russ is a co-anchor of CBS 11 News This Morning and CBS 11 News at 11. He is a multiple Emmy-award winning news anchor and reporter and has been honored more than 50 times from groups including the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists.
He produced, anchored and reported an award-winning documentary covering the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. He traveled with a national guard unit on a C-17 to Europe the day NATO forces began bombing Kosovo in an effort to restore peace. He also spent time with U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona who were guarding the American border with Mexico.
But he says it’s the stories here at home that have the most impact and can bring the most change. He worked on an award-winning special about veterans not receiving the medical care they need and deserve. He has produced, anchored and reported specials on bullying and the effects of methamphetamine that prompted changes in laws. He witnessed and has reported on executions, covered ice storms, flooding and tornadoes.
Russ is a native of Dallas. He grew up in Plano, and graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. His first job in TV was in Sherman, TX at KXII. Then he worked in Oklahoma City, Charleston S.C. and Tulsa, before returning to Dallas Fort Worth. Russ is married with two kids Morgan and Connor.
In his spare time, you may find Russ on a tennis court or cycling or running. Russ was invited to play basketball for the Washington Generals against the Harlem Globetrotters. He scored five points and played five minutes.
At one time Russ was an avid triathlete. He competed in and finished Ironman Arizona (140.6 mile distance). However, the coolest things he says he has ever done, was a bike ride from London to Paris — 4 days, 325 miles (ish) not including the ferry ride across the English Channel.
Back in the 1980’s city leaders wanted to turn an underutilized parking lot into something special. In the 1990’s Pioneer Plaza began to take shape and the beginning of cattle drive bronze sculpture was put in place.
From experts to the novice, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth has something for everyone.
A photograph of a gang of bank and train robbers called the “Wild Bunch” has everything to do with how Sundance Square, in downtown Fort Worth, got its name.
For decades the museum was located at Fair Park, but a few years ago, they rolled north to Collin County and set up shop in Frisco. It’s a place with a railroad history.
Fort Worth is known as Cowtown and every day, weather permitting, you can see, hear and experience the days of the old west by watching a mini-cattle drive in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
The second longest lasting light bulb in the world resides at the Stockyards Museum in Fort Worth, and it has been burning for 107 years. The light bulb even has its own Facebook page.
The Dallas World Aquarium first opened its doors in 1992. It was relatively small back then, but that would soon change.
There’s a spotlight on yesteryear In the shadows of downtown. Dallas’ first ever city park is home to Dallas Heritage Village – a collection of buildings that tell the story of Texas around the time of statehood.
In Cedar Hill, nestled amid the trees and the trails, just 16 miles south of downtown Dallas, you’ll find the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center.
If you own a cowboy hat there is a good chance it was made at the Hatco factory in Garland. Hatco General Manager Ricky Bolin explained, “Some of the machinery dates back to the 1800’s that we use.”
With bluebonnets now in bloom, you can find families and photographers living out a Texas tradition.
The National Videogame Museum in Frisco takes you through the history of the industry. And while it is a learning experience, the creators said that visitors should come ready to play.