- Former Associate Professor and Studio Manager of Media and Public Affairs
- [email protected]
Areas of Expertise
Broadcast news production, writing and editing
Professor Russell brings extensive television broadcasting experience to her teaching at SMPA. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, she began her career in local television as an editor and show producer before going on to become the first female field producer for NBC News. Next, at the PBS affiliate in San Francisco, she developed and produced a public affairs program on women's issues before leading the news department and expanding its work to produce news documentaries that would earn several Peabody and duPont Awards and an Edgar Award for a program on mystery writer Dashiell Hammett.
She began working at CBS News during the Reagan Presidency, starting as defense producer, and going on to produce for every show at CBS—the evening news, “Morning Show,” “60 Minutes,” ”Sunday Morning” and “48 Hours.” Her last post at CBS was senior producer for the “Weekend News” in Washington, D.C. During her time at CBS, she earned several Emmy awards.
At GW, Russell primarily teaches skills classes including broadcast studio production, field camera operation, Adobe Premiere editing, and television news writing.
M.A., Journalism, University of California-Berkeley, 1970
B.A., German, University of California-Berkeley, 1969
University of Goettingen, Germany 1967-1968
SMPA 3235: Broadcast Writing
SMPA 3236: Broadcast Field Reporting
SMPA 3239: Broadcast Studio Production