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.
June is National Safety Month and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) wants to keep riders safe around busses and trains.
J.P. Ashby started playing golf three years ago. Now at 39, he’s a redshirt freshman on a college golf team.
Fifth graders at the Momentous Institute in Oak Cliff wore antlers to greet a former Dallas Cowboys great Daryl Johnston today.
Eastside Blooms is this week’s “The Ones For Texas” for making part of Fort Worth beautiful one tree at a time!
This weekend a man from Waxahachie sets out on a unique quest. Scott Schlee is a pancreatic cancer survivor who is coming up on the 5-year anniversary of his diagnosis. But he’s decided to use the date as inspiration to give back.
David Clemmons is a history teacher from Keller High School, but he is about to make a little history of his own. Clemmons will make an appearance on the TV game show “Jeopardy!” this week.
Ashton Theiss has a bulletin board in her Fort Worth home that is filled with small souvenirs. But they come with big memories of her time on the CBS reality television show “The Amazing Race.”
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.
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.”
A lot of restaurants, diners and cafes serve chicken fried steak, but one local cafe has taken it to a whole new level. To find out the story behind ‘Chicken Fried Steak Day,’ we head to Oak Cliff and a Texas original — Norma’s Cafe.
People go to Joe T. Garcia’s for old-school Mexican food, and they go in droves. There can still be some pretty long lines, even after 80 years of wowing customers. Some say they have the best food and drink in town.
Six Flags Over Texas is known for its thrilling rides but, this year, the park is stepping up its fright game.
Jack Pyland’s father started at the State Fair back in 1945. That was three years before Jack was born.
Here are five things about Buc-ee’s that have elevated this store to almost rock star status.
Kunal Nayyar, star of hit CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” talks about where the show is heading this season, and his new book entitled “Yes, My Accent is Real.”
You can immerse yourself in Asian culture and never even leave downtown Dallas, or pay a dime, since The Crow Collection of Asian Art is free and open to the public.
A courthouse in its first life, Old Red is now a museum honoring all things Dallas.
Just 18 minutes from the heart of downtown Dallas, the Trinity Forest Adventure Park is unique to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Babe’s Chicken Dinner House serves up a real Texas experience that resonates with customers. It’s a piece of Texas that will have you coming back for more.
Former outfielder Rusty Greer spoke Thursday morning about his old Rangers team, their future, and a new promotion involving a Maytag washing machine at Globe Life Park.
Soccer is on a lot of minds after the U.S. women’s win at the World Cup on Sunday, and you can see some of the best men in the world play in North Texas on Tuesday night.