As we reported last week, there’s a new face at WNBC. Fittingly, Shiba Russell, a New Jersey native, starts as the station’s new weekend anchor (alongside David Ushery) and weekday reporter today– Valentine’s Day.
“Family and friends are very important to me, especially when you have a child,” Russell says. “Moving to a market where you don’t know anyone doesn’t sound like a happy life to me.”
Some people may remember Russell, who cut her TV news chops in New York, at Cablevision’s Neighborhood News 12 in 1998. Staying in the company, she moved to News 12 The Bronx, where she worked from 1999 to 2002. During that time, she gained invaluable experience reporting on one of the nation’s most devastating days—September 11, 2001.
“The cops just let us go through; we were amazed we got so far. We were right there, just a few blocks down,” Russell recalls. “The city was just so quiet…It was such a long day. By the time the day was over, I drove home and I cried.”