Russ Mitchell

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Russ Mitchell
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Born Russell Edward Mitchell
(1960-03-25) March 25, 1960 (age 58)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Education University of Missouri
Occupation Journalist, news anchor
Notable credit(s) The Early Show -
Saturday edition
(1997-2007, 2011-2012)
CBS Evening News Weekend
(Sundays, 2006, Weekends 2011-2012)
CBS News Sunday Morning
  • Karina Mahtani (m. 2006)
  • Erica Townsend (m. 1987; d. 2000)

Russell Edward "Russ" Mitchell (born March 25, 1960) is an American journalist best known for his career at CBS where he was anchor of The Early Show on Saturday, and weekend anchor of the CBS Evening News.

In December 2011, it was announced that he would leave CBS to join WKYC in Cleveland, Ohio, as a lead anchor, starting in January 2012.[1]


Early years

Mitchell was born in St. Louis, Missouri and was raised in Rock Hill.[2] He attended high school in Webster Groves in suburban St. Louis, and went on to graduate from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1982.[3]


Russ Mitchell's first television job came while he was still in high school, working as a part-time switchboard operator at KTVI in his native St. Louis. After graduation from Mizzou Mitchell worked as a reporter with Kansas City television station KMBC.[4] Mitchell was later an anchor for WFAA Dallas (1983–1985), reporter at KTVI St. Louis (1985–1987), and a weekend anchor and reporter for KMOV St. Louis (1987–92). He joined CBS News in 1992 as co-anchor of Up to the Minute. He was a correspondent for Eye to Eye on CBS (1993–95) and anchor of the CBS Evening News Sunday (1996–2012), and an original co-anchor on Saturday Early Show from 1997 to 2007. He also substituted for Harry Smith and Mark McEwen on CBS This Morning, the predecessor to the Early Show, from 1997 to October 1999. He later became the primary substitute for Scott Pelley on CBS Evening News.

In December 2011, it was announced that he would move to Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC, replacing Romona Robinson.[1] Said Mitchell of the change: "I've been thinking about going back to local television for a few years... It's been a great run at CBS, but I miss the pulse of a local newsroom, and, being from the Midwest, I miss being part of a community. But I wasn't going to go just anywhere. Cleveland reminds me a great deal of the city where I grew up, and I'm looking forward to bringing my family because I think we're going to have a really good life there."[4]

Personal life

Mitchell was married to Erica Townsend from 1987 to 2000. Their daughter Ashley is a college student. He married Karina Mahtani on December 2, 2006. They live in Cleveland, Ohio.[5]

Honors and awards


  1. 1.0 1.1 "CBS Network anchor Russ Mitchell joins WKYC as lead anchor", WKYC, December 21, 2011.
  2. 17.html "Shepherd's Center To Celebrate 12th Anniversary September 17: Guest of honor is CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell" Check |url= value (help). Webster-Kirkwood Times. Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc. August 27, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Russ Mitchell: Biography". CBS News. January 1, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Mitchell Named New Anchor". The Cleveland Plain Dealer via December 21, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  5. "Karina Mahtani, Russ Mitchell". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. December 3, 2006. Retrieved May 23, 2010. 
  6. "Press Club to honor Mitchell". Suburban Journals. Lee Enterprises. October 24, 2006. Retrieved December 4, 2010. 

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