Emmy Award-winning journalist Shiba Russell is co-anchor of NBC 4 New York’s 5 p.m. & 11 p.m. weekday newscasts.
Since joining the station in 2011 as an anchor/general assignment reporter, Russell has covered a number of breaking news stories; most recently the Newtown, Conn. school massacre and the Moore, OK EF5 tornado. Russell co-anchored the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the ground in both Connecticut and Oklahoma. Russell has also anchored extended coverage of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the East Coast earthquake, and Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.
Russell is a five-time 2012 New York Emmy award winner in the following categories: Children’s Programming: Nom Nom Bags; 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 an active member of the community serving as emcee for a number of high-profile events including The NY Urban League’s Annual Frederick Douglass Award Dinner and the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) National College Decision Day. For the past two years, Russell has also participated in the New York City Rescue Mission’s Annual Mother’s Day Banquet, serving meals to more than 500 homeless moms and their families.
Russell supports organizations that help provide educational opportunities for underserved kids. She also mentors budding journalists in her free time. A mom herself, Russell is a supporter of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan where she served as auctioneer for their spring gala and celebrity book reader during the holidays. Russell is also an active supporter of her alma mater, the College of New Rochelle.
Russell joined WNBC-TV from WCVB-TV, the ABC station in Boston where she was a weekend morning anchor/weekday reporter. Besides reporting on the day’s news, Russell also served as 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 several stories of national interest including the death of Senator Ted Kennedy, accused 'Craigslist' killer and 'Rockefeller' kidnapping case. In 2009, Russell and two of her colleagues won a 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 emceed community events such as the American Diabetes Association's 'Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes' and the Lupus Foundation of New England's 'Walk on the Charles.'
Prior to joining WCVB, Russell was weekend evening anchor and general assignment reporter at WTAE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh. At WTAE, she also contributed to stories that won the Edward R. Murrow and National Headliner Awards including the rescue of nine coal miners; 'Miracle at the Mine.' She participated in station events such as 'Project Bundle-Up,' which helps provide winter coats for needy children. Russell also served as a metropolitan board member for the YMCA of Pittsburgh.
Previously, Russell worked at News 12 The Bronx as weekend evening anchor and one-man-band reporter. She was one of the first News 12 Network reporters sent to ground zero for the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Russell reported on the police-involved shooting death of Amadou Diallo, Little League age investigation of the Baby Bronx Bombers and subway-pushing victim Edgar Rivera.
She also worked as a reporter, photographer and fill-in announcer for Neighborhood News 12 in Long Island. Russell's special series on group homes for mentally disabled adults won her an award from the New York State Association for Retarded Children in 1999.
Russell began her broadcasting career as a Washington, D.C. correspondent for Medill News Service; filing stories for NY1 News and KVIA-TV.
Russell was raised in Ocean Township, New Jersey. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the College of New Rochelle and holds a Master of Science degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Russell lives in New York City with her daughter.