My Tribute to Russ Ewing.

Hello everyone, Today I will be writing about Russ Ewing. He passed away Tuesday at the age of 95. He was a longtime reporter for WMAQ-TV Channel 5 and WLS-TV Channel 7. The first time I saw on TV was on Channel 5 in the 1970s. He was out on the field most of the time and I do remember him at the TV studio. Either he was doing a special report or substituting someone for anchoring the news. He was famous for his involvement in negotiating with criminal suspects to surrender to the police and were successful. Thank goodness he wasn’t hurt during the negotiations. I remembered as a kind, calm gentleman. He then moved to WLS-Channel 7 in the early 1980s and retired in 1995. He also was a talented pianist, pilot, and former city firefighter, which I never knew. His obituary mentioned that he was the first one to interview John Wayne Gacy, which I totally forgot about it and I do remember watching in on TV in 1980. When I learned he passed away yesterday, I was very sad. I grew up watching him on the news all through my school years. A TV legend is gone, and we will miss him very much. Thank you. Pete Kastanes, Admin for Vanished Chicagoland Facebook Page.

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Here are Russ Ewing and Darrow Miller, who surrendered to the police, are in front of the old Chicago Police Headquarters once located at 11th & S State Streets.  The photo was taken on January 12, 1977.


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