Russ McCaskey co-anchors the five, six and 10 pm news for Channel 2. From tornadoes to the Oklahoma City bombing, Russ has covered some of the biggest stories in state history. He also traveled the globe covering complex world events, showing how they relate to viewers here in Green Country.
He produced, anchored and reported an award-winning documentary covering the Palestinian/Israeli conflict following a trip to Israel and the West Bank. He also traveled with a national guard unit on a C-17 to Europe the day NATO forces began bombing Kosovo in an effort to drive out the Serbs and restore peace. He also spent time with U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona who were guarding the American border with Mexico.
Still, some of his most memorable stories happened right here in Green Country, such as the blizzard of 2011, the ice storms of 2007, the Glenpool tank fire and witnessing the execution of a convicted murderer.
Russ has been honored for his work many times. He was named "Best News Anchor" in Oklahoma by the Associated Press in 2011. He has won eight Emmy awards, and a number of Society of Professional Journalism and Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters awards. Russ volunteers his time through a number of groups and served two terms as president of the Oklahoma Associated Press of Broadcasters.
He has been working at KJRH since the fall of 2000. Before that, he worked as a news anchor and reporter for KWTV in Oklahoma City, and he also worked in Southern Oklahoma as an anchor and reporter at KXII-TV near Lake Texoma.
Viewers may remember from 2001 through 2004, Russ co-anchored the morning and midday news with his wife Deb. They have two children, Morgan and Connor.
In his spare time you may find Russ on a tennis court or cycling or running on the trails of River Parks. Russ was invited to play basketball for the Washington Generals against the Harlem Globetrotters. He scored five points and played five minutes.
At one time Russ was an avid triathlete. He competed in and finished Ironman Arizona (140.6 mile distance) and several half-Ironman triathlons (70.3 mile distance). However, the coolest things he says he has ever done, was a bike ride from London to Paris -- 4 days, 325 miles (ish).
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