Kim Russell, 32

Multi-Media Journalist

Kim Russell Kim Russell is a multi-media journalist for her hometown news station WXYZ-TV, where she has worked since 2011. One of her reports earned her an award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for Best Feature Story. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for a report she gave that resulted in new legislation aimed at preventing child abuse. Her reporting has exposed flaws in the Friend of the Court system and the mistreatment of those wrongfully convicted, even after exoneration.

Kim volunteers at the station's "Brightest and Best," a program honoring the academic achievements of high school seniors. "It is my dream job because I am working at a station that values both community service and stories that make a difference." Kim's role at WXYZ has given her opportunities for community involvement including being judge at the Dearborn Firefighters Chili Cook-off.  The event raises thousands of dollars for the Great Lakes Burn Camp, a place for kids to meet, heal, grow and support other burn survivors. It has also led her to emcee events such as CRUSH Birmingham, which raises money for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

Kim worked multiple jobs and put herself through college.  She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. Along with several friends and companies, Kim annually puts together 100 care packages to help the homeless survive the cold.  She is a mentor and speaks to kids at area schools about her career, perseverance and their future.

The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2015.