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.
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.
Food trucks are all the rage, and one of the tastiest in town is Dough Boy Donuts. “We are the only donut food truck in the Metroplex,” explained Melvin Roberson, who runs Dough Boy Donuts.
Before the doors open at Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum, a group of people are often gathered outside just waiting to get in. That is a sign that a legend has been born in the barbecue world.
At the corner of Travis Street and Knox Street in Dallas, you can walk into the Highland Park Soda Fountain, and it’s like stepping back in time. “It’s a piece of history and people absolutely love it,” said owner Gretchen Minyard Williams.
Almost 40 years old now, Reunion Tower is just as popular as ever, especially with those looking to get engaged.
Things are heating up at Kitchen LTO in Dallas, because it’s competition time. “We rotate a new chef and artist and they get to take the reins for six months,” said Casie Caldwell, owner of Kitchen LTO.
It’s the season of giving and there is a group in Fort Worth that does that as well as anyone. In our Welcome to Texas report, we highlight the Cowboy Santas Program that thanks to you is a non-profit that gets bigger and better ever every year.
If you are hoping to find the Christmas spirit this year, look no further than Grapevine. We visited recently and found out there is a reason it’s the “Christmas Capital of Texas.”