Spring 2011

John F. Russell, Photographer/alum

John F. Russell (’90) came to Steamboat Springs 20 years ago after answering a help-wanted ad for a journalist in the Rocky Mountain News. He had just graduated and was looking for a job that would give him the skills to move to a larger paper. That he did, but Russell never moved on. Today he is the main photographer for the Steamboat Pilot & Today daily newspaper and lead photographer for its At Home Magazine. Russell also continues to cover a wide range of stories and writes a weekly column. He has won numerous state awards for both photography and writing from The Associated Press and the Colorado Press Association over the years. Steamboat Springs is the nation’s hot spot for ski jumping and Nordic combined events, and Russell has covered every Winter Olympics since the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. “Our paper was awarded a photo pass for the 2010 Games in Vancouver, which gave me the opportunity to bring he games back home to Steamboat Springs with my images,” he said. “I was able to write about several athletes from Steamboat Springs that won our country’s first Olympic medals in the sport of Nordic combined. When I graduated from college I was in a hurry to find a job at one of the larger metropolitan newspapers, but I’ve learned that opportunities can be found everywhere.”

U.S. Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Vonn rejoices after finishing a strong run en route to a gold medal in the 2008 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.

A swimmer from Team Lightning – the Steamboat Springs swim team – works on the backstroke at the Old Town Hot Springs lap pool.


A Hayden High School art student takes a self-portrait for a class assignment.















Local pilot Jack Dysart flies over the rugged mountain peaks of Northern Routt County and the Zirkel Wilderness Area. Dysart built the Lancair 360 from a kit during the past decade.

A fly fisherman casts a line in hopes of landing good-sized trout in the cool waters of the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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