You might recognize Russ Pappas from his previous stay on the Western Slope as the Chief Meteorologist at a station across town. In May of 2019, the reason for his brief departure, Russ and his wife left for Mississippi to help take care of his in-laws.

Russ’s youngest child was born at St Mary’s Hospital and since he never took the “sacred dirt” from the Monument, the Mesa or Mt Garfield, he knew he and his family would return to Grand Junction.

Russ has spent the last 18 years working in newsrooms from Colorado, to Texas all the way into the Deep South. Three quarters of his broadcast career has been in the weather department, but Russ has always harbored a love for journalism. If it was filling in at the last minute as a news anchor or reporting in the field as an MMJ, Russ has always taken pride in sharing the stories of the community he calls home. Trusted, reliable and a reassuring voice, Russ is humbled to be invited into Western Slope homes each day as the Morning News Anchor for KREX 5 NEWS. If you see him out and about, tell him what you know!

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