Scott Russell


A Gemini Award-winning broadcaster and acclaimed author, Scott Russell brings vast experience, passion and knowledge to his role as host of Road To The Olympic Games, alongside co-host Andi Petrillo. Russell's unparalleled enthusiasm for elite sport shines through in every aspect of his work for the network.

A CBC Sports veteran of more than 25 years, Russell has covered 13 Olympic Games including most recently the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games.  In 2014, Russell was also the network's on-site host for coverage of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland - his sixth Commonwealth Games with CBC as well as hosting CBC's prime time coverage of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. He has also hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Germany. In addition, Russell was a host and rink-side reporter for CBC's Hockey Night in Canada for 14 years. Outside of his hosting duties, Russell authors the insightful Field of Play blog at 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.

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