Blake Russell

Nexstar Media Group, SVP, Station Operations

Blake Russell was appointed the company’s senior vice president of station operations in November 2008 and was promoted to executive vice president in 2018. Prior to that, he served as vice president of marketing and operations since October 2007. In 2004, Russell was vice president and general manager of Nexstar’s KNWA (NBC) and KFTA (FOX) television stations in the Fort Smith/Fayetteville, AR market. Working with Nexstar’s general managers and senior corporate staff, he is responsible for the conception, execution, and implementation of the company’s strategic and content initiatives, special projects, and capital budget. Russell’s operational oversight includes the areas of marketing, news, engineering, production, and promotion, as well as building services and construction.

During Russell’s 22 years with Nexstar, he has been instrumental in building, re-launching, and re-positioning stations throughout the company. He plays a key leadership role in the continuing evolution of the company to a multi-platform, local content and service provider, as well as Nexstar’s regional hub strategies. Altogether, Russell has 30 years of experience in the television industry.

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