Russel Postell '82, president and general manager of News10 in Sacramento, was one of five men chosen as Father of the Year by the Father's Day Council of Sacramento, Calif. The recipients were honored at a dinner on June 12. The other fathers honored by the Sacramento chapter this year were Dennis Cook, John Garamendi, Ray Johnston, and Joseph Scalia. Postell credits Dean of Hobart College Clarence Butler with giving him inspiration to succeed.
In addition to his serving as vice president and president of the Ad Club of Sacramento, Russell is a member of the Sacramento Urban League, Eureka Schools Foundation and Linking Education and Economic Development.
Postell joined KXTV in 1993 as local sales manager, then became general sales manager of the station before assuming his current position. Prior to his tenure at KXTV, he served as local sales manager for KPIX-TV in San Francisco from 1991 to 1993 and national sales manager from 1990 to 1991. He was an account executive for Group W Television, New York, from 1987 to 1990 and an account executive for WBZ-TV, Boston, from 1983 to 1987. Postell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in American history and foreign relations from Hobart College in 1982. Postell, his wife Ann, and their three children live in Granite Bay.
Postell was also profiled in the Feb. 2002 issue of Sacramento Magazine.
The Father's Day Council is a non-profit organization that annually selects and honors individuals whose achievements and values as fathers are exemplary, with chapters in several cities around the country. All proceeds from the dinners honoring dads benefit the research efforts of the American Diabetes Association.
The Father of the Year award citation from the Father’s Day Council of Sacramento is below:
Russell Postell, president and general manager of News10, has over 20 years of television experience. He moved to Sacramento with his family in 1993. Before settling down here, Russell worked at TV stations in Boston, New York and San Francisco. However as Russell will tell you, Sacramento is his family’s city of choice. They see Sacramento as a place where his family can grow and prosper. Russell will also tell you this is the greatest place he has ever lived and being the son of a career Air Force sergeant, that really means something.
Russell was named President and General manager of News10, the ABC affiliate in Sacramento, in February 2001. It was a lifetime goal of his to become a general manager by the age of 40. Two days after his 41st birthday his goal and lifelong dream was realized. Russell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart College in Geneva, New York.
Under Russell’s direction, the employees at News10 developed an approach to covering news and community events based on values, values that are distinctive to everything News 10 does; to respect and reflect the community, connect and make an impact and to be human in their approach. Known for his ability to motivate, Russell strongly believes in creating the opportunity and environment for each individual employee to achieve personal and professional success, thus, building a station that provides viewers with the best local news. Russell also believes that education is the foundation of the community and has led the efforts at News10 to become the education station. News10 developed programs like Student Scholar of the Week, Teacher of the Month and Year, What’s Cool at School and is committed to School to Career and LEED (Linking Education and Economic Development).
Russell’s commitment to education and his dedication to the broadcasting and advertising industry are evident in his civic endeavors as well. He has served as: president of Sacramento Ad Club, vice president of Sacramento Ad Club, board member and member at large of the Sacramento Ad Club, board member of Sacramento Urban League, board member of the Eureka Schools Foundation, chair person of Eurkea Schools Drive for Education, member of executive committee for LEED and currently second vice chair executive committee for LEED and member of Collective Responsibility Team for e21 Sacramento City School District.
Most importantly, Russell contributes all of his successes to the love and support of his best friend, his wife of 15 years, Ann. He believes in leading a balanced life. While he readily admits that it’s not always possible and he spends more time at work than he should, he believes that he has been truly blessed with a great partner in Ann, three amazing children, Kendra, 11, Erica, 10, and Matthew, 6, the honor of working with an outstanding staff of broadcasters at News10, a place of worship in Saint Peter and Paul in Rocklin and his good health. “There is nothing I could ask for other than long slow walks on a beach holding hands with my wife, sorry kids this time is for us.”