The long-time WLOSer just announced it on his Facebook page: He’s Seattle bound and will be working for KOMO-TV starting next month:
I’m so excited to finally be able to share some exciting news! I’m heading to Seattle. I’ll be the new weekend co-anchor for KOMO-TV. My last day at WLOS is Feb 8th and I leave for Seattle Feb 10th! I can’t thank you all enough for being such wonderful friends and viewers. Western North Carolina and everyone who lives here will always have a special place in my heart….
Russ is a co-anchor for News 13 on My40 at 10 p.m. and reports daily for News 13. He started at WLOS as Bureau Chief of the Western Carolina News Center.
Russ broke the story to the nation about a mountain preacher who told his congregation if they voted for John Kerry they needed to “come to the altar and repent or resign.” He was also the first reporter to step inside the controversial Washington D.C. townhouse where several members of congress live.
Russ is no stranger to the Tar Heel state. He grew up in Eastern North Carolina, and came to the mountains from WCTI-TV in New Bern. Russ is an eight-time Emmy Award winner who’s won four N.C. Associated Press Awards.
He has a B.A. from UNC-Wilmington in Mass Communication, and a B.A. in Media Studies with a concentration in Journalism from UNC-Greensboro, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.
WLOS just lost its best reporter. Ashvegas wishes Bowen the very best of luck in Seattle.