J Russell joined KTSM 9 News team as a Morning/Noon Anchor in July 2020. J is a native of the Phoenix area and is thrilled to call the Borderland home.
Prior to making his way to El Paso, he’s worked his way around the South as a sports anchor before working at the Phoenix CW as a reporter.
J worked at KMID-TV in Midland, TX, KLAF-TV in Lafayette, LA, and KBMT-TV in Beaumont, TX.
During that time he covered several major sporting events including the 2018 Western Conference Finals, Super Bowl LI in Houston, and the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.
After his time working in Phoenix as a lifestyle/entertainment reporter, J began to see a career outside of sports.
That brought him to the 915 to display his dynamic and contagious personality.
He is very active in the community speaking to the youth at school/churches about how to reach their goals, mentoring aspiring journalists, and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
J’s first name has only one letter because his dad named him after Julius Erving. (Remember Dr. J?)
In his spare time he enjoys watching movies, mountain biking, go-kart racing, photography, traveling, checking out new restaurants, playing old school board games, and could bust a move on the dance floor. J is on top of fashion always rocking a flower lapel pin in his suit jacket.
J is a friendly person and would love to meet new people. If you see him around the Borderland, feel free to say hello.