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KCTV 5 Anchor Russel Kinsaul OUT?

April 13, 2004

Inside sources at KCTV 5 (CBS) say the contract for evening anchor Russel Kinsaul will not be renewed. You may remember last July his co-anchor Anne Peterson's contract was not renewed after 24 years at KCTV 5.

More info on Russel

Russell Kinsaul is a guy who just loves to know what's going on. He landed his first job at a television station when he was only 15, and by age 16 Russell was covering presidents and plane crashes. It wasn't long before "The CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite" was his favorite television program, and Russell was on his way to a career in television news reporting.
You can watch Russell anchoring KCTV5 News. Russell also contributes to other newscasts on a regular basis as a reporter.

Russell Kinsaul came to KCTV5 in February of 1994. He previously worked as anchor of the morning news at KJRH-TV in Tulsa, evening news anchor at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana and as weekend news anchor and reporter in Lawton, Oklahoma. Russell graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1983 where he attended on a McMahon Journalism Scholarship. He is a 1979 graduate of Ardmore High School in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Russell stays busy when he's not on the job. He serves on the advisory board of "Sunflower House: A Child Abuse Prevention Center". He also is a regular volunteer at Corinth Elementary School in the Shawnee Mission school district and a frequently volunteer emcee for local non-profit agencies. Russell serves on the host committee at Heartland Community Church where he and his family attend.

Some of the memorable moments from Russell's career include chasing tornadoes, covering presidents, interviewing Jane Seymour and George Bush, deep sea diving in Oklahoma and flying in the back-seat of an F-18 with the Blue Angels. Russell's always ready to cover the next news story, but his favorite assignments are those that include a plane ride.

If you like home movies and baby photos, just ask Russell about his children. Russell and his wife, Melinda, are the proud parents of a middle-school aged daughter with a flare for math and music and a kindergarten son who has an obsession with sports.