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Q1. Who is Lynne Russell? [UPDATED]
Q2. What makes Lynne more special than other news anchors?
Q3. What Lynne resources are available on the net? [UPDATED]
Q4. What are her background and vital statistics? [UPDATED]
Q5. What are her activities and interests outside of CNN? [UPDATED]
Q6. Could Lynne kick my butt?
Q7. Does Lynne really have a tattoo?
Q8. Have there been any magazine articles about Lynne? [UPDATED]
Q9. What TV appearances has she made other than CNN?
Q10. Any Lynne pics on the net?
Q11. Are there any "Headline Nudes" in existence?
Q12. What's with the hair?
Q13. Is Lynne herself on the net? [UPDATED]
Q14. How can I contact Lynne? [UPDATED]
Q15. What are Lynne's plans for the future? [UPDATED]

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Q1. Who is Lynne Russell?

    Lynne Russell is the former weekday evening anchor for CNN's
    Headline News, on which she appeared from 1983 to May 18th,
    2001. Her time slot was 7-11 PM (Eastern).

Q2. What makes Lynne more special than other news anchors?

    There are many answers to this question. Beauty, quirkiness,
    class, sexiness, professionalism, warmth, humor, grace, spirit,
    the list goes on. As an article in the Saturday Evening Post
    said, "Her style is distinctive. Whereas others are primarily
    composed and favor a clipped, oracular delivery, Russell is
    personal, almost conversational, and has a powerful, kinetic
    presence she cannot quite contain. Whether it's a half-smile,
    an arched brow, or the toss of a shoulder, there is a restless
    physicality about her." She's not just a news reader: in an
    interview for the journal Electronic Media, she characterized
    herself as «an involved journalist and active reporter.» In any
    case, she edits her own material, and is likely to reject what
    is on the teleprompter in favor of what she has in front of her
    on paper, and anyone who would dispute her right to do so
    should refer to question #6.

Q3. What Lynne resources are available on the net?

    There are quite a few resources about Lynne available:

    + Lynne Russell's official web site debuted February 2002. The site
      includes a picture gallery (with photos never seen before
      online), message board (which Lynne will participate in from
      time to time), quotes, tips for romance and a place to buy
      autographed copies of her book.
    +, a Usenet newsgroup created in January
      1995. The newsgroup also hosts discussion about various other
      ladies of broadcasting, at least until there is a critical
      mass of support for a more generic
      newsgroup. For people without direct access to newsgroups, can be read on Google Groups at
      for text messages; Google Groups doesn't archive binaries.
      For newsreader options which include binaries, see
    + The Lynne Russell Resource, by J.A. Ollinger; bibliography
      and research sources
    + CNN's web site, Anchors & Reporters section provides a brief
      biography and career summary in
      spite of the fact that she no longer appears on CNN Headline
    + Lynne Russell: A Truly Unique Individual, a web page by Brian
    + There is a Lynne Russell Yahoo! Club at
    + The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
      file, maintained by Earl Cooley III

    If you know of more Lynne Russell resources online, please
    e-mail details to

Q4. What are her background and vital statistics?

    Lynne Russell was born in Orange, New Jersey, to John Russell
    and Carmela Pasqualina Evangelista on November 1, 1946. Her
    father was a career army officer, so her family moved
    frequently while she was growing up. She studied nursing at the
    University of Colorado, but later pursued a broadcasting career
    at a small radio station. Lynne then got a radio job in Miami,
    where she met her second husband, Jim Dunlap. They married in
    1978, and divorced a few years ago. That same year was her
    first TV news job, in Jacksonville, and over the next several
    years she did TV news in Boston, Honolulu, and San Antonio,
    until landing the job in Atlanta with the young Headline News
    in 1983. In 1993 she became the first recipient of St.
    Bonaventure University's Jandoli School of Journalism Award for
    Excellence in Responsible Journalism.

    + Lynne has a son, John, born circa 1971 from a brief first
    + Her height is 5' 9". (although one eyewitness report
      estimates 6' 1")
    + Hair: red/brown. Eyes: dark brown.
    + Her ancestry is Italian on her mother's side.
    + She's a vegetarian.
    + Her CNN salary was in the six-figure range.
    + Favorite anchor: Roger Mudd.
    + Favorite Charity: the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind,

Q5. What are her activities and interests outside of CNN?

    One of the fascinating aspects of Lynne's life is that she has
    some unusual hobbies and moonlights in some unexpected
    professions. "She has a lot of different passions," says
    coworker Chuck Roberts. She is a:

    + Deputy Sheriff: Lynne is a volunteer deputy for the Fulton
      County Sheriff's Department. She wears a full uniform,
      carries a gun, and performs such duties as providing security
      for public events, screening visitors at the county jail, and
      occasionally directing traffic.
    + Private Investigator and Bodyguard: A licensed P.I., Lynne
      works part-time for the United Security Group (unpaid, so as
      not to be a conflict of interest with CNN). For example, she
      does investigation and surveillance of fraudulent injury
      claimants and unfaithful spouses and has served as a
      bodyguard for celebrities visiting Atlanta.
    + Martial Artist: Lynne has been involved in martial arts for
      about 20 years, starting with Shotokan Karate and more
      recently studying a Korean form called Choi Kwang Do which
      emphasizes the reduction of the risk of injury during
      training. She is a CKD black belt and trains regularly. «A
      woman should be able to defend herself.»
    + Athlete: She is an open-water certified scuba diver. About
      the certification test, Lynne says, «the water temp was
      sixty-two degrees, and it was sixty feet in three feet
      visibility. It was a certification from hell.» She is also an
      ice hockey enthusiast; a few years ago, she broke her leg
      while indulging in the sport.
    + Public Speaker: Lynne has frequently put her great voice to
      good use as a public speaker. For example, she (along with
      Richard Belzer) co-emceed the Top Cops Awards® ceremonies
      from 1995 to 2000 for the National Association of Police
      Organizations. More recently, she was the keynote speaker at
      the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Professional
      Education Conference - North America which was held in
      January of 2001 in New Orleans. For booking inquires, see
    + Author: Her autobiography, How to Win Friends, Kick Ass and
      Influence People (ISBN: 0312244037, 0312267509 pbk), is
      available from St. Martin's Press. The cover blurb by George
      magazine says, "As Russell reads the news, her spunk, like an
      unruly bra strap, slips into view." Lynne also wrote an
      article for the January 1994 issue of Tae Kwon-Do Times
      magazine, called "CNN's Lynne Russell Speaks on Choi
      Kwang-Do: No Pain, Big Gains." That particular back issue is
      sold out. She is working on a second book.
    + Actor: She's been cast as an abused woman in a Canadian TV
      series, "The Ride," opposite ex-"Homicide" star Yaphett

    Lynne says, «I can't imagine doing any one thing. Why should
    you have to?»

Q6. Could Lynne kick my butt?

    Almost certainly. Lynne's extensive experience in martial arts
    would make her a formidable foe. Says her instructor, "In the
    classroom a lot of the male population, they're actually pretty
    frightened of her." Aside from that, she's licensed to carry a
    handgun; the last we knew, she packs a SIG-Sauer P230 9mm short
    semiautomatic pistol and knows how to use it. But we are
    fortunate in that Lynne uses her powers for good instead of

Q7. Does Lynne really have a tattoo?

    Yes, she has at least two, one is on the inside of her left
    forearm. It is a yellow circle containing an orange mark, a
    black figure of a dragon, and black Korean characters which
    read as "Pil Sung." Pil Sung is a motto for Choi Kwang Do and
    translates as "Certain Victory." Lynne got the tattoo to
    celebrate attaining her bodan belt in 1994. The more recent
    Jezebel picture shows a second tattoo on the outside of her
    right arm; the resolution of the picture was such that it is
    difficult to provide an accurate blazon for the new tattoo,
    except to note that it is reddish with a dark border and
    contains several symbols, one of which looks like the letter
    "C". One presumes it celebrates her first dan black belt in

Q8. Have there been any magazine articles about Lynne?

    Features on Lynne have appeared in the following magazines and

    + People Weekly, June 27, 1994. "Here Now, the Sleuth," p. 61.
    + Millenium Pop, Fall 1994. "Lynne Russell - Revision," by
      Robin Dougherty.
    + Atlanta Magazine, April 1995. "CNN's Secret Agent," p. 40.
    + The Saturday Evening Post, June 1995. "Lynne Russell: CNN's
      Straight-Shooting Anchorwoman," p. 34.
    + Lynne appeared, along with other "Ladies of CNN," in the
      August 1996 issue of Esquire magazine in the "Women We Love"
    + An article about Lynne appeared in the November 13th, 1996
      edition of the hypertrendoid webzine Suck, a self-proclaimed
      "experiment in provocation, mordant deconstructionism, and
      buzz-saw journalism." Some of it was actually about Lynne,
      but it tended to diverge into odd topics such as modern
      primitivism and posthuman psychology.
    + An article which mentioned Lynne appeared in Salon, a webzine
      owned by Borders Books & Music; in a FAQ-like discussion of
      television, Joyce Millman says of Lynne, "Her dark, manicured
      eyebrows are mobile arches of silent editorial commentary."
    + George Magazine's May 1998 issue (p. 30) featured a brief
      profile which compared and contrasted her to Daljit Dhaliwal
      of ITN. Rory Evans says Lynne is "...the business-class
      version of Sophia Loren."
    + Playboy's Body Language newsstand special featured an article
      by Lynne (excerpted from her book) in its September 1998
    + The November 1998 issue of Southwest Airlines Spirit
      in-flight magazine's cover story is called "Lynne, Live" by
      Lawrence Wells.
    + Atlanta's Jezebel magazine's 2nd anniversary issue (November
      1998) featured a two-page photo spread of Lynne; she was also
      one of the people on the cover.
    + The November 30th, 1998 issue of Electronic Media (a weekly
      newspaper that covers the programming business of television
      in broadcasting, cable and syndication, including local
      stations, broadcast and cable networks, direct broadcast
      satellite and the Web) featured an article about Lynne.
    + The July 1999 issue of Cyberteen Zeen (an e-zine for teens)
      featured an article called "The Best Person You Don't Know
      About," by Lindsey Buckner.
    + The November 1999 issue of Mirabella magazine had a one-page
      feature on Lynne with pictures. Mirabella ceased publication
      in April of 2000. Please email if you have any
      information about this article.
    + The August 21st, 2000 online issue of Salon Technology &
      Business featured an article by Sonia Chopra called "A CNN
      anchor opens up off-camera" which was reprinted from Green
      Magazine. picked up the article as well, under
      the title "This Redhead Reads Headlines and Much More"
    + The December 2000 issue of The Meeting Professional magazine
      featured a great interview with Lynne.
    + On May 18th, 2001, The Washington Post featured an article
      "Sunk in a Funk Without Anchor Lynne Russell" which described
      the reaction of the men of The Washington Post's Style
      section to Lynne's resignation from CNN Headline News. Their
      tribute to Lynne was both heartfelt and eloquent: "We love
      Lynne because her voice is an exotic instrument, a smoky,
      soothing thing that is the vessel of her conspiratorial bond
      with her viewers."
    + From The Rational Radical's Daily Diatribe column, comes an
      anti-Lynne article, which criticizes her for smiling while
      reporting disasters, called "Lynne Russell, Keep That Smile
      Off Your Face!"
    + On February 20th, 2002, The Starr Report featured an
      interview with Lynne about her new web site.

    The text of many of these articles has been posted to Usenet or
    the Web and is reposted occasionally. Thanks to Google's
    20-year Usenet archive, many of these articles are available
    once again.

Q9. What TV appearances has she made other than CNN?

    Lynne has been interviewed several times on TV.

    + Lynne appeared as a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on
      7/25/94. She caused a bit of a stir by hiking up her
      miniskirt in the middle of the interview to reveal her trusty
      9mm pistol in a thigh holster. In addition, she repeatedly
      referred to her boss Ted Turner's wife Jane Fonda as
      "Barbarella." Unfortunately, individual episodes are not
      available for sale at the NBC Store site.
    + In the spring of '95, Lynne was profiled on the entertainment
      news show EXTRA. They showed her at work at CNN, practicing
      martial arts in the gym, and patrolling the streets of
      Atlanta as a deputy sheriff.
    + In the summer of '96, Lynne made an appearance on the Crook &
      Chase show in her Fulton County deputy's uniform; she frisked
      Charlie Chase, got him down on his knees, handcuffed him and
      read him his rights: «You have the right to remain silent,
      you have the right to color tv, you have the right to sing
      the blues...»
    + Given the fact that she has published her memoirs, we hope to
      see Lynne make the talk show tour to promote her book.

Q10. Any Lynne pics on the net?

    Pictures have been scanned from the Saturday Evening Post
    article and other sources, and the jpegs are posted to and on occasion (sometimes flagged with
    an "[INFOBABE]" tag in the message subject). Four Lynne Russell
    pictures reside at the Private Pages "On The Air" web site;
    they consist of photos from the EXTRA feature and Atlanta
    magazine, with more pictures available to members. The CNN web
    site has a single medium-quality color pic of Lynne. Although
    the Lynne Live! web site is no longer active, it has a large
    associated photo gallery. Some of the online resources listed
    above have a few pictures of Lynne. The
    newsgroup itself has had many pictures posted over the years;
    participants in the newsgroup are generally tolerant of
    on-topic binary postings even though it is a discussion
    newsgroup. Pictures and discussion of other ladies in
    broadcasting who have no newsgroup of their own have appeared
    there from time to time as well; this is likely to continue
    until a more general infobabe newsgroup gets created.

Q11. Are there any "Headline Nudes" in existence?

    Rumor has it that Playboy twice offered Lynne big bucks to pose
    nude, but she declined. Since she presumably no longer has CNN
    contract restrictions to interfere, she is in negotiations with
    Playboy to make some sort of appearance. Although not nude, the
    most erotic pictures of Lynne (not counting the many fakes) are
    from Atlanta magazine, where she is clad in tight patent
    leather, wears her gun as an accessory, and shows quite a bit
    of black-stockinged, stiletto-heeled leg. The much-awaited
    Jezebel pictures were posted to the newsgroup a few years ago,
    so there appears to be a new champion in that department. Quite
    a few fake nudes of Lynne have appeared in the newsgroup, and can be expected to appear
    in as well. By the
    way, Google Groups does not archive any binary content.

Q12. What's with the hair?

    Unlike most anchorwomen, Lynne is known to change her hairstyle
    frequently. To quote Atlanta magazine, "Russell's may be the
    most carefully scrutinized television 'do' since Howard Cosell
    put on a rug. Even casual viewers note that one night Russell
    looks carefully coifed and the next as if she forgot to wear a
    shower cap -- which is what, in fact, sometimes happens.
    «Regarding my hair,» volunteers Russell, accustomed to
    comments, «I have no control over it. I'm just wearing it.» "
    Her color is primarily dark red, although even that is variable
    -- at one time during the 80's she even had a very brief stint
    as a blonde. Some have theorized that she may sometimes wear
    wigs on the air, but this has not been confirmed. Also, she
    sometimes wears (and always looks good in) glasses on-air,
    something that is seen on few other female anchors.

Q13. Is Lynne herself on the net?

    Yes. She participates in message board discussions on her new
    web site.

Q14. How can I contact Lynne?

    You can contact Lynne through her new web site at and for media and appearance

    Beyond that, you should respect Lynne's privacy. She has had
    bad experiences in the past regarding obsessed fans. Quoting
    from Atlanta magazine, "She has had men stalk her, including
    one from New England who traveled to New York and Washington
    before he realized she was in Atlanta. When he finally found
    his way here, he was arrested, convicted and sent to jail."
    Above all, don't try to interfere when she's working. One guy
    tried to get in the background of a location shot and was
    making a pest of himself. Lynne covered her mike, turned to the
    man, and said, «If you don't knock it off, you're gonna carry
    your balls out in a basket.» He left. Anyone with similar ideas
    is referred to question #6. Further, "... the network gets more
    requests for pictures of Russell than anyone. Unfortunately,
    says Russell, some «you'd want to handle with gloves. They're
    disgusting.»" So keep it nice.

Q15. What are Lynne's plans for the future?

    Lynne's last broadcast for CNN was on Friday, May 18th, 2001.
    Lynne is committed to writing and acting for now. Watch for her
    when The Ride becomes available on Canadian TV. You can also
    keep up to date on Lynne through her new web site at


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