SOJ: What originally led you to WVU?
Russell: Well, it [Morgantown] is my hometown. Actually, I had no intention of majoring in journalism. I had it in my head that I was going to be a lawyer. I intended to major in political science, but when I showed up at freshmen orientation, my name was not at the political science table—it was at the journalism table. I don’t remember who I talked to, but they said if I stayed with journalism I would learn to write, research, present myself—things along those lines. I tell people that I kind of “Forrest Gumped” my way into journalism school because I don’t know if it was anything I did, I was just there at the right time and then it happened.
When did you realize journalism was right for you?