Richard Russo

Profile Updated: August 22, 2014
Residing In: Palmetto, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Lee Ann, married May, 1992
Occupation: Journalist
Children: Three - Twins Maddie and Freddie - born 1996

Annabel - born 1998
Who referred you to this site:

Bill Bailey

Comments:

All my training at the Trojan Tribune with the likes of Mr. Gartell, Ms. Phillips, Mike Miceli, Lynnsey Hackley, Zeddie Evans, Craig Langford, Tony Fernandez and Jeannie Bellamy paid off with a career in journalism. After spending 14 years at the Orlando Sentinel, I moved to the Tampa Bay area and got into the TV news business. I work at WTVT - the top-rated Fox affiliate in Tampa. I also work part time at a radio station in st. pete - Q105. I enjoy spending time with wife and kids and i coach most of my children's sports teams.

School Story:

Working at Fairway Markets, just across the street from EHS with Bill Bailey, Beverly Baston, Tammy Wolfe, Shirley Schreiber, Laurie Ziesloft AND THE ONE AND ONLY VIKI CRUZ....et all.

Also have fond memories of the Friday night football games, hanging with friends in the Burger Chef parking lot.

Extracurricular Activities in High School:

Trojan Tribune

Did you follow the career path you had planned in high school?

I always knew I wanted to work in the media in some form; i have achieved the trifecta by making a living working for several radio stations, two newspapers and three tv stations.

It's Saturday Night: Where were you THEN?

In the parking lot of Burger Chef. Wouldn't go near it now without a bullet-proof vest.

It's Saturday Night: Where are you NOW?

Sleeping.

What kind of car did you drive in high school? Did you carpool? If so, with whom?

White Mustang.

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Nov 14, 2018 at 8:33 PM

I remember tim all the way back to Ridgewood Park ES - before the new school was built. We were in the portables - Mrs. Barnes/Ms. Pinder class - 3rd grade.

 

RIP

 

 

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Posted on: Feb 01, 2018 at 8:21 AM

Yeah, blame me!!!!

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Sep 14, 2017 at 4:39 AM

Stunned to hear of Jeanne's passing. We grew up in the same neighborhood near Meadowbrook JHS and we served on the Trojan Tribune together for two years in high school. Jeanne - i called her Dorothy from time to time just to be annoying - had a heart of gold and a smile that lit up a room. Can't watch women's tennis without thinking about her, Joleen and Lynnsey hitting the ball on the courts at MJHS or Evans. RIP my friend.

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Aug 10, 2017 at 12:33 PM

Love you like a brother, first met Rick - and brothers Billy and Scotty - at the Pine Hills Boys Club when I was 10 or so. We played baseball on the same teams and against each other over the years. I was Rolling Hills he was Pine Hills LL; played against him in High School - me Apopka, he Evans. 

Played softball together for a decade or more after graduation, I attended his wedding, he and his wife Kathy mine. Lost touch after I moved to West Coast in 2000, but we would touch base via social media. Last spoke with him in May when he was in Tampa to watch his beloved NY Yankees get pummelled by Tampa Bay!

Rick will be missed, thoughts and prayers to all whose lives he touched especially Kathy and Griffin. Here's a pic he sent me in 2015 - RIP friend. 

 

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Mar 10, 2015 at 12:33 PM

first met jeff at the pine hills boys club when we were about 11 or so. After graduating high school we played softball together in Ocoee for a few years and then we lost track of each other. Great guy, RIP Jeff.

 

Feb 21, 2015 at 9:35 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Richard ! Enjoy your special day.

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Dec 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

hey vicki, how are things? praying for you and your family.

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Aug 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Posted on: Aug 22, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Hey dan, remember the tigers?????

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Posted on: Jul 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Happy Birthday, a few days early.....

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Posted: Mar 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Playing the 'Greatest Hits of All Time,' on Tampa Bay's Q105, last summer.
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My son Fred at his most recent basketball game - he scored 22.
Posted: Mar 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
My wife of 17 years, Lee Ann - a kindergarten teacher in Manatee County.
Posted: Mar 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
My youngest Annabel, getting ready for her basketball game.
Posted: Mar 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
My daughter Maddie on Halloween, she was a cat.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:24 AM
My son's little league team walking off the field after a game. My son is the tall, skinny kid in front. I am the chubby coach in the background.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Son Freddie at a recent beach party on Anna Maria Island in Manatee County - April 2009.
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Oldest daughter Maddie, on the right, with her BFF Cooper at a beach party on Anna Maria Island in Manatee County - April 2009.