“What I miss about Missouri the most would be the people.
You don’t really appreciate that until you’ve spent some time walking down the streets of places like New York City.
Even though I’ve been gone for quite some time now I still call Missouri home.”
There are only a handful of network anchor jobs in the country, and St. Louisan Russ Mitchell is one of a few people skilled enough to handle that position. He was a familiar face on local television stations in Columbia, Kansas City, and St. Louis before the rest of the country got to know him as a network anchor at CBS News.
THE EARLY YEARS
Russell Edward Mitchell was born at Jewish Hospital on March 25, 1960, in St. Louis and grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Rock Hill. He graduated in 1978 from Webster Groves High School, then headed off to the prestigious journalism school at the University of Missouri–Columbia.
RISE TO FAME
Russ took his first television broadcast job after college at KMBC-TV in Kansas City. He worked as a reporter at the ABC affiliate for a short time before a big career jump to Dallas, which just happened to be one of the largest media markets in the country. He was only 23 years old and working in a high-profile anchor position at WFAA-TV. He stayed in Texas from 1983 to 1985 and then returned to his roots to accomplish a career goal by taking a job in his hometown
of St. Louis.
Mitchell began working for KTVI-TV in 1985, which at the time was the ABC affiliate in St. Louis. He moved to the CBS affiliate, KMOV, in 1987 where he became a well-known public figure and award-winning broadcaster. During his time at KMOV, he picked up the 1989 award from the UPI for Best Reporter in Missouri and a pair of Emmy Awards for his on-air reporting. People at the network level were taking notice of his tremendous talent and easygoing on-air personality. After only seven years back in the Show Me State, he took the career jump of a lifetime by taking a job in New York with CBS News.
SHOW ME SUCCESS
Mitchell made the difficult transition from local news to network correspondent in 1992 and made an immediate impact. He was seen in homes from coast to coast, working on shows that included Eye to Eye, Up to the Minute, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Evening News Saturday Edition, and the CBS Early Show.
He became the anchor of The Saturday Early Show on CBS when the show debuted in 1997. While holding down that job, he also anchored the CBS Evening News Saturday Edition and was a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning. He was promoted in 2006 to news anchor and host of the CBS Early Show, where he racked up loyal fans and numerous awards. Russ left the network to become lead news anchor at WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio in January, 2012.
*2001 Sigma Delta Chi Award for spot news coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case.
*1997 Emmy Award for coverage of the crash of TWA’s Flight 800.
*1995 National Association of Black Journalists News Award.