Russ Spencer has anchored the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news on FOX 5 Atlanta since 1995.
Russ grew up outside Philadelphia and began his TV career in Pennsylvania. He also worked in North Carolina and Denver before making Atlanta home.
In the late 1980s, Russ took a break from television to teach school and work as a freelance journalist in Central America. He became fluent in Spanish with the intention of becoming a foreign correspondent. Instead, he met his wife in the classroom next door, and together they now have six children, four of whom attended the University of Georgia.
Russ was in Central America to report on the historic vote overthrowing the Sandinistas in Nicaragua in 1990. He has also reported from the Middle East - briefly. Russ has received 13 Regional Emmy Awards during his time in Atlanta, including seven for Best Newscast and three for Best Anchor. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English literature. Russ and his wife, Isa, live in Johns Creek.
The latest from Russ Spencer
Mongol Derby: Georgia man takes part in world's longest horse race
At 57-years-old, Bishop resident Stan Michael was the second-oldest competitor in the world's longest horse race, the Mongol Derby. The 10-day, 1,000-kilometer race is a test of endurance through the Mongolian Steppe.
Dick Williams, long-time leader of 'The Georgia Gang', passes away
Dick Williams, a fixture of Atlanta journalism and long-time leader of the Georgia Gang, passed away Thursday, FOX 5 has learned. He was 77.
Sen. Warnock delivers 'sermon' on Senate floor
Senator Raphael Warnock, who is still the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, delivered a sermon of sorts on the Senate floor on Wednesday in opposition to a wave of Republican-backed measures out of concerns of voter fraud.
Sen. Warnock: 'I swore an oath to do one thing and that is to defend the Constitution'
The pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Reverend Raphael Warnock, has just spent his first full day as Senator Warnock.
Congresswoman-Elect Nikema Williams talks Georgia's 5th Congressional District, other races
Georgia’s Democratic Party chairperson will soon have a new job. Voters elected her to serve Georgia Congressional District 5, the seat held by the late Rep. John Lewis.
Rep. John Lewis, lion of Civil Rights Movement, dies at 80
Representative John Lewis -- a lion of the Civil Rights Movement -- passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Athens nonprofit dedicated to providing meals to seniors
Masks on the face and gloves on the hands are a common sight among grocery shoppers. Stores have limited the number of shoppers at one time. And just yesterday, the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended avoiding grocery stores over the next two weeks.
'It's terrifying.' Decatur man in quarantine with mother after father dies of the coronavirus
A Georgia man who just lost his father to COVID-19 is pleading with the public to consider his family's loss and to take this virus seriously.
Atlanta's new archbishop discusses challenges of faith and hope during coronavirus pandemic
It is not the way the 1.2 million Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Atlanta expected to celebrate the installation of their new archbishop, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, Most Reverend Gregory John Hartmayer will be inducted in a private ceremony in May.
Stacey Abrams sits down with FOX 5 Atlanta
Stacey Abrams is keeping Georgia Democrats -- in fact, Democrats everywhere -- in suspense about her political future.