I grew up in Waverly, Iowa, with my twin sister and younger brother, pretending to be a KWWL news anchor in front of my parent's clunky home video camera. It's great to be reporting at the station I grew up watching!
After high school, I went to Central College in Pella, Iowa, for two years. I continued my education at Drake University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where I graduated with a degree in broadcast news.
In 2008, I moved to Omaha with my husband Chris and our 4-year old (extremely spoiled) dog Maggie. I spent two years as a reporter for FOX 42 News in Omaha before moving back to the Cedar Valley.
I'm most known for uncovering the corruption surrounding the unsolved murder of Juliette Geurts, a 2-year old twin beaten to death in western Nebraska. The years I spent covering her story made me realize how powerful of a job I have as a reporter. The pieces I did on Juliette's murder traveled across the country and made national headlines. More importantly, legislators have been working on new laws for child abuse, neglect and murder in Nebraska.
In my free time, you'll catch me cheering on the Green Bay Packers, walking Maggie on a nearby trail or planning my next vacation.
I'm thrilled to be back home and telling stories in the Cedar Valley for the station I grew up watching.
Shelley Russell took home 2nd place in the Large Market - General Reporting category for her piece on a flood rescue at the Iowa Broadcast News Association awards May 3, 2014.
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