Monday, June 29, 2020

Russ Lewis to retire from KHOU

KHOU's Sally Ramirez to executive produce CNBC's “The News With Shepard Smith”

KHOU 11 4pm anchor Russ Lewis to retire

As I told you that Executive News Director Sally Ramirez is leaving KHOU 11, her husband and channel 11 4pm anchor, Russ Lewis, is retiring.

The announcement was made to the station's staff in an internal memo obtained by from KHOU 11 President and General Manager Robert Springer:

After 32 years in journalism, 22 of them with TEGNA, Russ Lewis has informed me he will be retiring from broadcasting at the end of his current contract.

Russ has had an amazing career that comes full-circle here in Texas. Russ began his reporting and anchoring career in El Paso and went on to work in Tucson, Sacramento and Portland, Oregon prior to returning to Texas and joining KHOU in Houston in 2016.

At KHOU, Russ has distinguished himself as a part of the KHOU morning team and most recently as an Anchor and Producer of our 4pm newscast The 4-1-1. Working alongside Fallon Davenport, Erika Lopez, Rachel McCubbin, and Rekha Muddaraj they started with some innovative ideas and have seen our audience grow as a result. Russ shared with me that his experience starting and growing The 4-1-1 has been one of the highlights of his career.

Russ’ next move will take him back to Oregon to expand his role in the family business, developing property with his Dad.

Please join me in thanking Russ for his efforts on behalf of KHOU and congratulate him on his new adventures. Russ’ last day with KHOU will be Friday, August 28th.


Lewis arrived at KHOU a few months after Ramirez in 2016. He came from TEGNA sister-station KGW Portland where he had been a morning anchor for 15 years.

He started his TV news career at KTSM El Paso.

Later Lewis worked as a reporter/anchor for KVOA Tucson, Arizona and KTXL Sacramento, California before heading to KGW.

He is a New Mexico State University grad.

Ramirez and Lewis have two daughters who recently graduated high school.

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