The German/American Journalist Exchange Program is co-sponsored by the professional organization Radio Television Digital News Foundation and the RIAS Berlin Kommission, a bi-national organization established in 1992 to promote understanding between the United States and Germany in the field of broadcasting. Fellows will spend two weeks abroad, attending briefings with top-level German political, business, and media figures in Berlin, Leipzig, and Cologne, then travel to Brussels for meetings at the EU and NATO.
Professor Russell brings extensive television broadcasting experience to her role as an educator at SMPA. She served as the first female field producer for NBC News, earned several Peabody and Dupont Awards for her work with the PBS affiliate in San Francisco, and produced for every show at CBS (the Evening News, the Morning Show, 60 Minutes, Sunday Morning, 48 Hours, and the Weekend News), winning several Emmy awards. Professor Russell currently teaches broadcast studio production, field camera operation, Final Cut Pro editing, and television news writing at the School of Media and Public Affairs.