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Cliff Russell has been a fixture in Detroit-area media for more than 35 years as a news reporter, news anchor, talk-show host, columnist, media specialist and political analyst. Russell has worked at numerous radio and television stations in the Detroit area, and he has won several local, state and national awards for his news reporting, feature reporting and commentaries. In 1994, Cliff Russell became Detroit’s first African-American Press Secretary to the Mayor, appointed to the position by former Mayor Dennis W. Archer. Russell has also worked as a full-time lecturer at Wayne State University and as a weekly columnist for the Detroit Free Press. In December 2002, Cliff Russell was named Senior Director of Communications for the Detroit Tigers, the first African-American to hold the position in Major League Baseball history. For several years, Cliff Russell hosted “American Black Journal” on Detroit Public Television. Russell currently serves as host of “The Cliff Russell Show” on 910 AM WFDF Radio. Russell also works as an independent media consultant and political pundit.
Cliff Russell was a four-sport athlete and two-time all-state basketball player at Roeper High School before attending the University of Texas at El Paso on a full basketball scholarship and playing for Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Coach Don Haskins. Russell later transferred to Wayne State University where he starred for two seasons under Coach Vern Payne. Russell was inducted into both the Roeper High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Wayne State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
A native of Detroit, Russell graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Communications. He is married and has three sons, three daughters, two step-sons and seven grandchildren.