A Gemini Award-winning broadcaster and acclaimed author, Scott Russell will bring vast experience, passion and knowledge to his role as host of Olympic Games Primetime during CBC/Radio-Canada's coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Russell also serves as host of CBC Sports' Road To The Olympic Games, alongside co-host Andi Petrillo each weekend. Russell's unparalleled enthusiasm for amateur sport shines through in every aspect of his work for the network.
A CBC Sports veteran of more than 25 years, Russell has covered 11 previous Olympic Games including his most recent role as host of Olympic Daytime during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
. Russell also hosted CBC's primetime coverage of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games this past summer. In 2014 he was CBC's on-site host for coverage of the XX Commonwealth Games
in Glasgow, Scotland - his sixth Commonwealth Games with CBC - and also hosted the network's primetime coverage of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™
, his third FIFA event with CBC as host. Russell is also known for his past role as host and rink-side reporter for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada
. Outside of his hosting duties, Russell authors the insightful Field of Play blog at cbcsports.ca
where he discusses the world of sport from all angles.
After joining CBC Charlottetown in 1985 as a reporter, Russell turned to sports in 1986 and quickly established himself as a talent. From 1988 to 1992, he was a sports reporter and anchor for CBMT in Montreal until he moved to Toronto as a network sports commentator.
Russell has penned two books on hockey, Ice Time: A Canadian Hockey Journey and The Rink - Stories from Hockey's Home Towns, which he co-wrote with Chris Cuthbert. Russell's third book, Open House: Canada and the Magic of Curling, a grassroots look at one of this country's favourite sports.
In addition to his roles at CBC, Russell teaches a course in Canadian Sports History at Toronto's Centennial College. He is also a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee's Education Committee as well as a member of the Ambassador's Council for the Amici camping charity. Russell is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds an M.A. in Journalism. In 2014, he was honoured by Sports Media Canada with the George Gross Award for Outstanding Broadcasting. In 2013, he was presented with a CBC President's Award in the Brand Champion category for his dedication and enthusiasm for his work covering amateur athletics for the network.
An active runner, Russell completed the Boston Marathon in 2005 and in 2012, was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to sports in Canada. He currently lives in Toronto with his wife, Catherine, and their two children.