Russell Midori

  • President
  • Military Veterans in Journalism

Russell Midori is the president of Military Veterans in Journalism, a nonprofit professional association that creates community for veterans who work in news media. He spends his days driving a news truck around New York City - shooting and editing stories for broadcast on WPIX Channel 11 - and his nights connecting veterans with journalism mentors. He is an Overseas Press Club Foundation board member, a frequent guest lecturer at colleges and universities, and volunteers as an alumni mentor for students in the Brooklyn College Radio and Television department.

Midori has produced prime-time documentaries, features, and breaking news in Iraq, Kurdistan, Korea, India, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and all around the U.S. He has worked a cinematographer and researcher for VICE News on HBO and as a field producer for CBS news. His independent investigative documentaries in covered Haiti, Standing Rock, and New York City.

Midori used the post-9/11 GI Bill to earn a master of science degree in investigative journalism from Columbia University, and a master of arts in criminal justice from John Jay college. He is the recipient of an Emmy award, an Overseas Press Club Foundation award, and a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

He served on active-duty in the Marine Corps from 2008 - 2012, and was twice named an honor graduate of courses at the Defense Information School. During his enlistment he held the rank of sergeant and served as the NCOIC of the Parris Island Public Affairs Office. In 2014 he did a six-month tour at Marine Forces Europe and Africa as a reservist, working as the director of photography and editor for Marine Corps video content shot across both continents.