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WKBW's Jeff Russo off the air while he recovers from ankle surgery

Alan Pergament

Inquiring minds want to know: Where is WKBW-TV co-anchor Jeff Russo?

He is on the injured reserve list after breaking his ankle in six places after taking a spill while ice skating with his children.

That’s the report from Channel 7 News Director Rob Heverling.

The accident occurred on Jan. 26. Heverling said Russo’s return is open-ended but he hopes to return in a couple of weeks.

“The ankle needed surgery to put it all back together,” wrote Heverling in an email. “We all talk with Jeff regularly. He is anxious to get back. We are ready for Jeff to get back, too.”

The timing isn’t great as local stations are currently in the February sweeps period. However, sweeps periods are no longer quite as important as they used to be now that Nielsen gives monthly reports.

The sweeps started on Jan. 30 and end on Feb. 26 so Russo is likely to miss the entire four-week period.


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