A Mayo, Md. native, Jake Russell set his sights on becoming a sports journalist at the age of 13, keeping a keen eye on covering the Washington Redskins.
Russell was co-sports editor of his school newspaper, The Current, in his final year and a half at South River High School.
He received his associate degree in general studies from Anne Arundel Community College and attends the University of Maryland in pursuit of a bachelors in journalism. He works as a Washington Post sports aide/writer and previously worked at What’s Up? Annapolis Magazine.
His big break came in 2001 when he was approached by What’s Up? to write an article previewing 10 Redskins and Baltimore Ravens players to watch for during the upcoming season. Russell wrote another Redskins and Ravens preview a year later and previewed the Navy football experience in 2005.
In 2003, he got his first crack at his dream job when he was he was approached about an opportunity to write for TheHogs.net, a Redskins web site established just a year prior.
Without hesitation, Russell jumped at the opportunity and has written hundreds of articles and blogs since and has even had his work referenced on NFL Network, NFL.com, ESPN.com and other prominent sports web sites.
While with THN, Russell interviewed numerous Redskins, including a weekly feature with Andre Carter from 2008-2010. He also covered the Washington Capitals as part of THN on Ice, the site’s section devoted to hockey news.
At What’s Up? Magazine, Russell covered Baltimore Ravens training camp, the 2013 and 2014 Military Bowls and photographed Navy football games. He has interviewed public figures such as Jim Belushi, Cal Ripken Jr., Roger Staubach, Doug Williams, Torrey Smith, Haloti Ngata, Dewey Bunnell, the Harlem Globetrotters, Pablo Francisco and Jeff Dunham.
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