Russ Lewis is back in the Lone Star State, where his career started. Thankfully, he held on to his pair of Tony Lama’s.

Russ currently co-anchors KHOU 11 News from 4:30 to 7 a.m. with Lisa Hernandez, Meteorologist Chita Craft and Traffic Reporter Darby Douglas.

He graduated from New Mexico State University (the other Aggies) and landed in nearby El Paso.

After stops in Tucson and Sacramento, Russ spent the last 17 years in Portland, Oregon as a reporter and anchor. He covered many big stories over the years including the September 11th attacks from New York and Washington, D.C.

Russ grew-up in Southern California, not far from Disneyland. He is married with two teenage daughters. He loves to attend concerts and sporting events.

Russ emceed dozens of charity events in Oregon and looks forward to helping Houston-area non-profits.

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What is your favorite vacation spot?

SunRiver, Oregon – A beautiful spot in the high desert of Central Oregon

First car?

A beat-up 1969 VW Beetle (purchased in Houston)

Happiest day in my life?

The days my two daughters were born


Garden Grove, California

Any talents?

I can sleep just about any time, any place. Is that a talent or Narcolepsy?

Favorite social media site?



Reading, Swimming, Watching Sports

Favorite movie lately?

The Revenant

Where is your hometown?

Garden Grove, California

Do you have any pets?

I’ve had tropical fish most of my life.

What is something you wouldn't leave the house without?

In Houston? Sunglasses.

What is your favorite part of working in television news?

I always knowing what’s going on.

What are your 3 favorite films?

Godfather , Pulp Fiction, Fast Times At Ridgemont High

What are your favorite books?

Biographies, mostly political

Favorite song?

Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen

What are your favorite foods?

Chicken Fried Steak, Fried Okra & Cornbread

What is always in your refrigerator you cannot live without?

Eggs (weird, right?) but I love eggs.

Coffee or tea or neither?

Neither. Vitamin water, lemonade or soda pop for me!

Do you have any siblings?

Yes, One younger sister

What else might we like to know about you?

I’m excited to join KHOU 11 and hope everyone will check us out on the morning news.