New York (CBS Release) - Russ Mitchell has been named news anchor of THE EARLY SHOW, it was announced by Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports. Mitchell also will file reports for the broadcast and serve as a substitute anchor. The appointment is effective Jan. 2, 2007.
He will retain his current duties as anchor of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH RUSS MITCHELL, broadcast on Sunday nights, and as one of the rotating anchors of the Saturday edition of the CBS EVENING NEWS. Mitchell will continue to serve as a correspondent for CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING.
“Russ has handled every one of his CBS News assignments with professionalism, skill and dedication,” said McManus. “This move will establish a permanent hard-news presence on THE EARLY SHOW and allow us to further define the roles of our anchors.”
Last week (Nov. 27-Dec. 1), THE EARLY SHOW enjoyed its largest total viewers figure (3.030m viewers) in nearly a year, since the week of Jan. 16, 2006 (3.069m), and best performance in households (2.4/8) and women 25-54 (1.3) since the week of March 6, 2006, when the broadcast equaled those numbers.
Mitchell has been co-anchor of the SATURDAY EARLY SHOW since its debut in August 1997 as “CBS News Saturday Morning” and has served as one of two rotating anchors of the CBS EVENING NEWS’ Saturday edition since November 1999. He was named a correspondent for SUNDAY MORNING in July 2002 and anchor of the Sunday edition of the CBS EVENING NEWS in April 2006.
Mitchell also has been a CBS News correspondent, contributing to many broadcasts, from New York and Washington, D.C. While based in Washington (1995-99), he covered the 1996 presidential race, contributing regularly to the CBS EVENING NEWS, as well as the 1996 Republican National Convention. Mitchell anchored a CBS News “Class of 2000” primetime special, as well as the late-night “CBS Sunday Night News” (1995-97).
Before that, he was a correspondent for the CBS News magazine “Eye to Eye” (1993-95), reporting from Russia, Chile, Indonesia and France, in addition to covering the 1994 U.S. military operation in Haiti. He served as the co-anchor of the Network’s overnight news broadcast, UP TO THE MINUTE, beginning in 1992, the year he joined CBS News.
Mitchell was a weekend anchor and daily reporter with KMOV-TV, the CBS affiliate in St. Louis (1987-92), and a reporter at KTVI-TV St. Louis (1985-87). He anchored at WFAA-TV Dallas (1983-85). Mitchell began his broadcasting career in 1982 at KMBC-TV Kansas City.
He has received many professional citations, including a 2005 New York Association of Black Journalists Award for best documentary for a SUNDAY MORNING report on Stax Records, a 2001 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH RUSS Mitchell’s coverage of the Elian Gonzales story, a 1997 Emmy Award for coverage of the crash of TWA’s flight 800, a 1995 National Association of Black Journalists Award, two Emmy Awards from the St. Louis chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a 1989 Best Reporter honor from the Missouri UPI.
Mitchell was born in St. Louis. He was graduated in 1982 from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in journalism. He and his wife live in New York. They have three children.