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Aprylete Russell produces unique content for KTVI and KPLR’s websites, mobile apps and social media. She highlights, breaking news, viral stories on social media, and trending topics in the St. Louis area and around the country. She started at KTVI as an intern in 2014. Earlier, Aprylete served as an On-Air Talent for Radio One St. Louis, and freelance correspondent for STLTV. A graduate of UMSL, Aprylete is a native of St. Louis.

As a digital journalist Aprylete aims to push digital innovation by cultivating new forms of storytelling, through video, and creative ways to connect with the station’s online audience. You can also see her on Facebook Live, Instagram TV and streaming to our website.

She is a mental health advocate, and big believer in giving back to the community. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and volunteers her time with several local community organizations.

Do you have a story to share? Email her at aprylete.russell@tvstl.com


Recent Articles
  • Alleged kidnapping leads to multi-state police pursuit, shootout with police; 2 dead

    ST.LOUIS – An overnight police pursuit crossed state lines, went for well over an hour and ended with two people dead. According to Illinois State Police, the pursuit began just after 9:00 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 50 near Highway 47 in Jefferson City after the suspect allegedly kidnapped a woman and a  child in Jefferson City. The pursuit traveled through St. Louis County and City then traveled northbound on I-55 crossing the Poplar Street Bridge into Illinois at 9:34 p.m. The 33-year-old woman, […]

  • St. Louis police searching for hit-and-run driver

    ST. LOUIS –  Police are on the lookout for the operator of a vehicle they say hit and injured a pedestrian before fleeing the scene early Tuesday. The incident happened just before 12:30 a.m. on North Broadway near Dodd-Ridge. The victim was taken to a local hospital with only minor injuries. The incident is currently under investigation and anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact the St. Louis Police Department (314) 444-0100.

  • St. Louis Community College- Forest Park campus closed Tuesday

    ST. LOUIS –  The St. Louis Community College at Forest Park campus is closed Tuesday. According to a press release, the closure is due to a power outage. The campus is expected to reopen on Wednesday. Due to a power outage, STLCC-Forest Park will be closed today, 2-12-19. — StL. Comm. College (@STLCC) February 12, 2019

  • Love animals? St. Louis Zoo is hiring for seasonal employment

    ST. LOUIS –  If you consider yourself energetic, responsible and service-oriented the St. Louis Zoo is looking for you. It’s holding a job fair today from 9:00am until noon. Jobs include engineers and conductors for the Zoo-line railroad, catering and food service personnel and much more. The Zoo offers flexible schedules, free employee parking, and an ideal working environment. Positions start at $10 per hour. Apply here: stlzoo.org/employment

  • A giant cross washed up on a Florida beach. No one knows where it came from

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The beach next to a resort in south Florida has been blessed with an unusual sight: A giant cross, delivered by the sea. The painted wooden cross, covered in barnacles, washed up at the Ocean Manor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday. It quickly attracted a crowd of tourists and other onlookers who wondered where the 20-foot-tall cross may have come from. “People have suggested possibly Puerto Rico. Others have said the Keys,” onlooker John […]

  • Travel the world for free; Southwest Airlines seeking ‘traveling storytellers’

    ST. LOUIS – Fly for free on Southwest!  Southwest is holding a “storyteller’ contest. Southwest is looking for 10 social media influencers to explore its destinations in the U-S, Mexico, Caribbean and Central America. You’ll have to create compelling content that will inspire others to create their own travel stories. To enter submit your best travel photo with an engaging caption on Instagram. Winners will receive prizes including southwest e-passes worth approximately $4,800 valid for travel,  southwest gift cards worth $500 and 10,000 […]

  • Funeral for Demetrius Stewart set for Friday

    ST. LOUIS –  Family and friends will gather for their final farewells to the much loved and respected husband, father, and associate pastor Demetrius Stewart Friday. The 45-year old was shot and killed during a case of mistaken identity at Tropicana Lanes bowling alley the night of  February 1. Funeral services will be held at noon at West Side Missionary Baptist Church on Page. Police have arrested a suspect in the case.

  • Leaky fire hydrant spews water for days without repair

    ST. LOUIS –   A fire hydrant is leaking a steady stream of water onto a north St. Louis street Tuesday morning. FOX2 Nissan Rouge Runner is at the scene at Goodfellow at Minerva where a vehicle has mounted the curb with water gushing from its driver’s side. We are told the issue was called to Public Works on Sunday, Feb 3 when it first started. No word on when officials will get the situation under control. Fire Hydrant damaged at Goodfellow […]

  • Police warn residents of FedEX impersonator accused of stealing hefty priced cellphones

    COLUMBIA, Ill. – Police are warning people about a man who is thought to be impersonating a  FedEx driver all over Columbia. Authorities said two residents, one in the 700 block of West St. Louis Avenue and the other in the 100 block of Ritter Road, had Verizon cell phones delivered to their homes and billed to their names. Both residents said they did not order the phones and called Verizon to inform them. Verizon then gave them shipping instructions to send the phones back. […]

  • Police officer accused of fatally shooting a fellow officer out on bond, rebuked by judge

    ST. LOUIS – A judge has doubled the bond for the St. Louis police officer accused of fatally shooting a fellow officer. Nathaniel Hendren’s bond was raised from $50,000 to $100,000 during a hearing at the St. Louis Circuit courthouse. According to the judge,  Hendren can pay 10-percent of the new bond to be placed on house arrest. The judge also ruled Hendren must give up any firearms in his possession. Judge increased Ofc Nathaniel Hendren’s bond to $100,000, but is allowing him […]

  • Heavy smoke, flames as crews battle north St. Louis house fire

    ST. LOUIS – Firefighters are working to put heavy smoke following a house fire in north St. Louis. Fire crews were called to 5800 block of Wabada Avenue just before 7:00 a.m. on reports of heavy smoke and flames from a house. News 11 will update this story as new information becomes available.

  • Fiery fatal crash closes all EB lanes of I-70 in St. Charles County

    O’FALLON, Mo. –   All lanes eastbound of Interstate 70 are closed at Highway K following a  fiery crash that left one person dead Wednesday morning. A  News 11  viewer captured videos of the scene which showed the fiery aftermath of the car near a median on fire in that area. It is unknown when the lanes will be opened. KPLR 11 will update this story as more information is known. It's been a rough morning for St Charles County drivers already. We are […]

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