Russ McCaskey

Professional Experience

2020 to present: Anchor Wink News at 4pm, 6:30 pm and 10 pm. Previously worked at KTVT-TV CBS affiliate in Dallas, TX, 2015 to 2020; KJRH-TV NBC affiliate Tulsa, OK, 2000 to 2015.

Awards & Recognition

12-time Emmy award winner, although I can only find 11 – apparently, one got lost in a move. Earned dozens of other awards from groups including the AP and Society of Professional Journalists. I have won awards in a lot of categories including investigative reporting and was named best news anchor in Oklahoma three years in a row.

News Philosophy

It’s the journalist’s job to put a spotlight on problems in the community and let the viewer find solutions. By exposing problems, we can make our neighborhoods, cities, and state a better place to live, work and play.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement

Tennis, golf, and anything outdoors. I enjoy being out in the Southwest Florida sunshine!


Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism from Texas Christian University — Go Frogs!

Likes best about Southwest Florida

The weather, my co-workers at WINK and the people!


Dallas, TX.


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Click here to read the story by our media partner Gulfshore Business magazine. A relatively small piece of land is at the center of a...

Collier County’s CRA redeveloping Bayshore area in East Naples

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