Lynne Russell Biography

Lynne Russell

TV news anchor

Russell attended the University of Colorado, where she majored in nursing. In 1971 she became program director and host of an interview show at WKAT-TV in Miami. She left in 1978 to become an anchor and reporter at WTLV-TV in Jacksonville. After a year working at a TV station in Honolulu, Russell became evening news anchor at KENS-TV in San Antonio. In 1983 she joined CNN Headline News as prime-time weekday anchor, becoming the first woman to be a regular solo anchor of a daily prime-time newscast on network television. She left CNN in 2001. A licensed private investigator and bodyguard, a Fulton County deputy sheriff, and a holder of two black belts in Choi Kwang Do, Russell is the author of How to Win Friends, Kick Ass & Influence People.

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