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.