Russ Mitchell began his TV career as a senior in high school when he took a part-time job as the night switchboard operator at KTVI. He enrolled in the MU-J School the following year, graduated in 1982, and after stops in Kansas City and Dallas, returned to KTVI as a reporter. He joined KMOV in 1987 and was promoted to CBS New York after 5 years. At the network, Mitchell was a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, a contributor to 48 Hours and the CBS Evening News, as well as anchor for The Saturday Early Show and the Saturday CBS Evening News. He won numerous national awards for his work.