Tradition Set in Stone

Today at the Black and Gold Spring Football game the 2010 Homecoming Theme and Grand Marshal were announced. This years theme will be “Tradition Set in Stone” with the Grand Marshal being CBS National News Corespondent, Russ Mitchell. Join us on October 23rd for the University of Missouri’s 99th Homecoming!

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Russ Mitchell was named the anchor of the CBS Evening News, Sunday edition in April 2006. Mitchell has been a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning since July 2002.

He served as the anchor of The Saturday Early Show since its debut as CBS News Saturday Morning (1997-07) and as one of the primary anchors of the CBS Evening News, Saturday edition since November 1999. Mitchell was a CBS News correspondent, contributing to many broadcasts, including the CBS Evening News, first from Washington, D.C. (1995-99), and then from New York. He also contributed to 48 Hours.

Mitchell reported from Florida on the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Frances in 2004. He co-anchored special coverage of the Columbia Shuttle disaster with Dan Rather. Mitchell covered the 1996 presidential race, including a regular feature he contributed to the CBS Evening News and reported on the 1996 Republican National Convention in San Diego and events at then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s headquarters in Atlanta on election night. He anchored the late-night CBS Sunday Night News (1995-97) and a CBS News primetime special for the “Class of 2000” project.

Mitchell had previously been a correspondent for the CBS Newsmagazine Eye to Eye (1993-95), reporting from Russia, Chile, Indonesia and France, in addition to covering the 1994 U.S. military operation in Haiti. He served as the co-anchor of the Network’s overnight news broadcast, Up To The Minute beginning in 1992, the year he joined CBS News.

Mitchell was a weekend anchor and daily reporter for KMOV-TV, the CBS affiliate in St. Louis (1987-92), and a reporter at KTVI-TV St. Louis (1985-87) after having anchored at WFAA-TV Dallas (1983-85). He began his broadcasting career at KMBC-TV Kansas City.

Mitchell has received numerous professional honors, including a 2001 Sigma Delta Chi Award for spot-news coverage of the Elian Gonzalez case, a 1997 Emmy Award for coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800, and a 1995 National Association of Black Journalists News Award. He also was the recipient of two Emmy Awards from the St. Louis Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a 1989 Best Reporter honor from the Missouri UPI.

Mitchell was born in St. Louis and was graduated in 1982 from the University of Missouri with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. He lives in New York.

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