Blake Russell was appointed the senior vice president of station operations for Nexstar Broadcasting Group in November 2008. Prior to that, he served as the vice president of marketing and operations since October 2007. In 2004, he was the 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, Russell is responsible for the conception, execution, and implementation of the company’s strategic and content initiatives, special projects, and capital budget. His operational oversight includes the areas of marketing, news, engineering, information technology, production, and promotion.
During Russell’s 19 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 Nexstar's regional hub strategies, as well as the continuing evolution of the company to a multi-platform, local content and service provider. Altogether, Russell has 28 years of experience in the television industry.