John F. Russell

Photographer, sports reporter

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John F. Russell is a sports reporter and photographer for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He writes a sports column that appears Sundays. He has worked for the newspaper since June 1990.

John has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado and worked at the Longmont Times-Call during college.

John is from Denver. His hobbies include bowling, softball, photography, pinochle and following his two lovely children around.

Recent Stories

John F. Russell: Looking back on Johnny Spillane

Looking back it's easy to see Johnny Spillane's accomplishments, but it's the road he traveled that makes his story so special.

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Johnny Spillane take his place in Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame

Johnny Spillane inducted into Colorado Ski and Snowboarding Hall of Fame after amazing career with U.S. Nordic combined team.

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Johnny Spillane, at a glance

Johnny Spillane's land mark career at a glance.

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Speaker brings wealth of experience, knowledge to Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is hoping Terry Orlick's perspective can give athletes, coaches and parents insight into excellence.

Speaker to offer perspective to coaches, athletes and parents

Speaker Terry Orlick brings his perspective to coaches, athletes and parents this week in Steamboat Springs.

John F. Russell: Steve Dodson leaves behind a love for the game of golf

This week, longtime Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Steve Dodson announced that he will not be coming back for the 2015 season. But after 11 years as the team's head coach, Dodson leaves behind a legacy of success.

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Steve Dodson plays final round as Sailors head coach

Sailors head coach Steve Dodson broke the news that he will not return as head coach of the Steamboat golf team in 2015.

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Finding strength in family after cancer: The Nerney family

Normal is no longer a word that Kathy Nerney uses to describe her life, but it’s something she hopes to achieve someday. “I’m just hoping for a normal day,” Kathy said while sitting in her living room with her husband, Kevin, earlier this week. “There is no escape. There is nowhere you can go to get away from this.”

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Finding strength in family after cancer: The Blair family

It was May 2013 when Scott Blair and a group of friends were hiking up BC Ski Way ski run for a few late season turns at Steamboat Ski Area. Scott’s wife, Connie Blair, wasn’t with him, but the events that unfolded on the mountain that day changed Scott and Connie’s lives in a matter of minutes.

Finding strength in family after cancer: Community resources

The news that someone you love has cancer can be devastating, but what happens in the hours, days or years that follow can be overwhelming. “We are lucky,” licensed clinical social worker Carol Gordon said. “We have lots of resources right here in Steamboat Spring and that’s great.”

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Recent photos

Charlie Diemer helps his dad, Mike, stack wood in front of the family’s downtown Steamboat Springs home.

Steamboat Springs resident Rodney Love looks to track down a trout on the rolling waters of the Yampa River on Tuesday afternoon.

New chief Routt County Building Department official Ben Grush is getting settled into his Steamboat Springs offices. Grush, who moved to Steamboat Springs from Pennsylvania, was working for the Cambria County Building Code Enforcement Agency. He has 25 years of experience in the field, including a period when he ran his own plumbing and heating contracting business.

A horse grazes in a field north of Steamboat Springs along Routt County Road 129.

Emerald Mountain School student Scarlet Pepin drives the ball down the third-base line during a game of kickball Monday afternoon outside the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street.

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