Shiba Russell, co-anchor of NBC 4 New York’s Noon and 5 p.m. weekday newscasts, is an Emmy-award-winning journalist who has covered breaking news stories across the country.
Most recently, she co-anchored the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts from Newtown, Connecticut at the scene of the Sandy Hook school massacre and reported live from the site of the devastating EF5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma for which NBC4 won a 1st place New York State Associated Press Association Award for team coverage in the Best Regularly Scheduled Local News category. She has anchored extended coverage of the killing of Osama bin Laden; the East Coast earthquake; and the destruction and on-going recovery of Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.
Russell is a seven-time New York Emmy award winner in the following categories: Children’s Programming: Nom Nom Bags; Evening Newscast: Under 35 Minutes: Terror in Boston; Breaking News Story: Hurricane Sandy; Evening Newscast: Under 35 Minutes: Empire State Shooting; Evening Newscast: Over 35 Minutes: Occupy Wall Street: Taking Back Zuccotti Park; Breaking News Story: Shooting Near the Empire State Building; and News Special: 9-11 We Remember.
Russell is actively involved in non-profit organizations that provide educational opportunities for New York City’s underserved young students and is a mentor to young girls who aspire to become journalists. She has been emcee and guest speaker for a number of high-profile events that include The New York Urban League’s Annual Frederick Douglass Award Dinner, the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) National College Decision Day, and for the past two years has participated in the New York City Rescue Mission’s Annual Mothers Day Banquet where meals are served to more than 500 homeless moms and their families.
A mom herself, Russell lends her time and talent to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan where she serves as auctioneer for its spring gala and celebrity book reader during the holidays.
Russell joined WNBC-TV in 2011 from WCVB-TV, the ABC station in Boston where she was a weekend morning anchor/weekday reporter and the station's A+ reporter, a bi-weekly segment that shines a spotlight on outstanding high school seniors who have overcome incredible odds.
Russell contributed to stories that won WCVB the prestigious Edward R. Murrow, National Headliner and New England Emmy Awards. She covered stories of national interest including the death of Senator Ted Kennedy, the accused 'Craigslist' killer and the ‘Rockefeller’ kidnapping case. Russell and two of her colleagues won a 2009 National Headliner Award in the breaking news category for their coverage of a 7-alarm fire that destroyed an entire city block in Lawrence, MA. Russell has supported Boston’s American Diabetes Association ‘Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes and the Lupus Foundation of New England’s “Walk on the Charles.”
Russell was weekend evening anchor and general assignment reporter at WTAE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh where she contributed to stories that won the Edward R. Murrow and National Headliner Awards. She participated in station events such as 'Project Bundle-Up,' which provided winter coats for needy children. Russell also served as a metropolitan board member for the YMCA of Pittsburgh.
Russell also worked as a weekend anchor/one-man-band reporter for News 12 The Bronx and was one of the first News 12 Network reporters to cover the 9-11 terrorist attacks. She reported on the police-involved shooting death of Amadou Diallo; Little League ‘age’ investigation of the Baby Bronx Bombers and the subway pushing of Edgar Rivera.
Russell got her start as a reporter, photographer and fill-in announcer for Neighborhood News 12 in Long Island where her special series on group homes for mentally disabled adults won her an award from the New York State Association for Retarded Children.
Russell graduated magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, from the College of New Rochelle. In 2014, CNR invited Russell back to serve as commencement speaker to a graduating class of approximately 1000 students; with over 4000 in attendance. She earned a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Russell lives in New York City with her daughter.