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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
The Guy Coming To See Me Today May Not Have Been Here Yesterday

Birthplace

Born:
3/25/1960
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sushi
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
The Guy Coming To See Me Today May Not Have Been Here Yesterday

Birthplace

Born:
3/25/1960
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

CBS Newscaster Russ Mitchell was born Russell Edward Mitchell on March 25, 1960, in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1966, Mitchell’s family moved to Rock Hill, a St. Louis suburb. After a positive experience in a high school journalism class, Mitchell received the opportunity to work at St. Louis’ ABC-TV affiliate, KTVI-TV, where he remained for a year gaining experience in television news. In 1979, Mitchell began attending the University of Missouri, and was accepted into the university’s journalism school as a junior. In 1982, Mitchell graduated with his B.A. degree in journalism.

In 1982, Mitchell’s professional broadcasting career began at KMBC-TV in Kansas City, where he worked as a reporter trainee. In 1983, Mitchell moved to Dallas, Texas, where he served as the education and general assignment reporter for a morning news show called "Daybreak" at WFAA-TV. Mitchell moved back to St. Louis in 1985 where he worked as a full-time reporter for KTVI-TV; his two years at the station were spent producing an acclaimed series on the violent street gangs of neighboring East St. Louis, Illinois.

In 1987, Mitchell became a weekend anchor and daily reporter for CBS’s affiliate in St. Louis, KMOV-TV, where he would remain for five years. Mitchell was awarded the Best Reporter honor from Missouri’s United Press International in 1989, and one year later, his wife, Erica, gave birth to his first daughter. In 1992, Mitchell moved from KMOV to CBS’s news team, working as an anchor for the network’s news program "Up to the Minute", which covered stories from across the world. In 1993, Mitchell became a news correspondent for CBS’s "Eye to Eye" program, and spent time covering the United States operations in Haiti.

Mitchell became a Washington correspondent in 1995 and covered the GOP National Convention. Mitchell was the co-anchor of CBS’s "Saturday Early Show" in 1997 alongside Tracy Smith; that same year, he would receive an Emmy Award for his coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800. In 1999, Mitchell joined the "CBS Evening News Saturday Edition" team, and in 2002, he became a correspondent for CBS’s "Sunday Morning" program. In 2007, Mitchell was hired as a hard news anchor for CBS’ "Early Show".

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Russ Mitchell describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Russ Mitchell describes his mother's teaching career in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Russ Mitchell talks about Edward J. Simmons School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Russ Mitchell describes his father's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Russ Mitchell describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Russ Mitchell describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Russ Mitchell remembers his neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Russ Mitchell talks about his siblings' support for his television career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Russ Mitchell remembers his neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Russ Mitchell remembers Ashland Branch in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Russ Mitchell recalls early instances of racial discrimination, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Russ Mitchell recalls early instances of racial discrimination, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Russ Mitchell remembers African American newspapers in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Russ Mitchell describes his early reading interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Russ Mitchell remembers watching television news reports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Russ Mitchell describes his early journalism interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Russ Mitchell remembers African American journalists in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Russ Mitchell talks about his education in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Russ Mitchell describes the Urban Journalism Workshop, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Russ Mitchell remembers his editorial on the apartheid in South Africa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Russ Mitchell describes the Urban Journalism Workshop, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Russ Mitchell remembers the summer after his high school graduation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Russ Mitchell recalls his first impression of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Russ Mitchell remembers his African American professors at the University of Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Russ Mitchell remembers the University of Missouri in Columbia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Russ Mitchell describes the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Russ Mitchell describes his career prospects upon graduating from college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Russ Mitchell remembers the start of his journalism career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Russ Mitchell recalls joining WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Russ Mitchell describes his early career at WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Russ Mitchell explains the roles of television anchors and reporters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Russ Mitchell remembers anchoring WFAA-TV's 'News 8 Daybreak'