Shiba Russell began her TV news career in the late 1990s, which after obtaining a college degree might place her in her late 30's-40. As it turns out, her age and marital status have not been made public.
Shiba is the co-anchor of the 5 p.m. & 11 p.m. weekday newscasts for News 4 NY. Russell was raised in Ocean Township, New Jersey and currently lives in New York City with her daughter.
Shiba Russell began her broadcasting career in Washington, D.C. as a correspondent for Medill News Service. Then she moved to News 12 The Bronx as weekend evening anchor. There she won an award from the New York State Association for Retarded Children in 1999 for her special series on group homes for mentally disabled adults.
In June, WNBC/Ch. 4 announced that Shiba Russell would be taking over Sue Simmons' seat as an anchor for the 5pm & 11pm newscast. She replaced the 69 year old Simmons, whose departure was not voluntary. This move enabled the station to go younger and more economical with one of its major newscasts. Also, the move is saving the station money as Simmons salary reportedly had reached $2.5 million a year, compared to Russell's salary at around $400,000 annually.