Russ Pappas Weather Forecaster/Multimedia Journalist
I was born in Connecticut, raised in Oklahoma and I went to school in Missouri. I lived in Colorado most of my life. I met my wife in Memphis, where our son was born years later. I am a returning KTSM employee and I am excited to be back in the Sun City.
I don't know why or how, but this region has been inspiring me to begin painting. I have been mentally creating a piece of art for a few years and I am waiting for the right time to get it on a canvas.
I like to tell my news stories with sound. So my favorite news story will have lots of natural sound. To me, news reporting is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Each day I go out to collect the pieces. My mind and my desk are a collection of those puzzle pieces and somehow they get put together before deadline each afternoon. The weather stories are all my favorite because there are 365 days of them. I feel strongly that each one needs to be told with originality and enthusiasm. I think the weather stories allow me to express my personality better. My wife says I should smile more, so you will see a big smile every weekend with my weather report.
I like to spend time with my wife and son. We enjoy cooking, walking/hiking and an occasional garage sale. Recently, I started a new hobby. I began restoring my son's first chairs and tables. I hope to expand on this hobby by restoring larger pieces of furniture. I imagine the Southern Rockies will play a positive role in my family's lifestyle and I am looking forward to spending more time outdoors and at a higher elevation.