Aprylete Russell produces unique content for KTVI and KPLR’s websites, mobile apps and social media. She highlights, breaking news, viral stories on social media, and trending topics in the St. Louis area and around the country. She started at KTVI as an intern in 2014. Earlier, Aprylete served as an On-Air Talent for Radio One St. Louis, and freelance correspondent for STLTV. A graduate of UMSL, Aprylete is a native of St. Louis.

As a digital journalist Aprylete aims to push digital innovation by cultivating new forms of storytelling, through video, and creative ways to connect with the station’s online audience. You can also see her on Facebook Live, Instagram TV and streaming to our website.

She is a mental health advocate, and big believer in giving back to the community. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and volunteers her time with several local community organizations.

Do you have a story to share? Email her at aprylete.russell@tvstl.com


Recent Articles
  • Precautionary boil advisory for portion of Overland, St. Louis County

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. –   Missouri American Water announced just after 9:00 a.m. Friday that a precautionary boil water advisory was issued for a portion of St. Louis County. The area affected includes a portion of St. Louis County including parts of Overland.  The area is bordered by Midland Blvd., Ashby Rd. to the west; Page Ave. and east of Burns Ave. The boil order advisory was issued after a power interruption at our treatment plant leading to a low-pressure. […]

  • STL From Above: Stunning drone pilot becomes Instagram sensation

    ST. LOUIS – Justin Barr also know online as @StlFromAbove is a wedding photographer and drone pilot based right here in the greater St. Louis area. Back in  2017 he added aerial drone equipment to his camera kit only hoping to improve his very usual wedding photos. But little did Justin know the power behind social media. Surprisingly Justin has only been on Instagram for 2 years and yet he has quickly become one of the most respected, followed and […]

  • Off-duty St. Louis County officer among two killed in overnight crash

    ST. LOUIS – An off-duty St. Louis County Police officer died after being involved in a three-vehicle accident Thursday night. The crash happened around 11:00 p.m. on Route 159, north of Hecker, Illinois. According to the Illinois State Police Department, a Hyundai Sonata was passing a semi-truck heading northbound when it collided with a Dodge Caravan head-on. The Hyundai then reportedly spun back into the northbound lanes and was hit by the semi-truck. The off-duty officer was identified as 49-year-old […]

  • The Believe Project inspires students to fall in love with reading while increasing diversity in children’s books

    ST. LOUIS – Books have the ability to teach us, give us new perspectives, and help shape our lives. But a lack of diversity has inspired one St. Louis man to make a change. Statics show that approximately 70% of all black third-graders in the Metropolitan St. Louis area failed the state-mandated reading assessment last year. Julius Anthony the founder and president of St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature believes the Belive Project can change that number and inspire children […]

  • Blues sign Brayden Schenn to eight-year, $52M extension

    ST. LOUIS –  Big news for St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn. The St. Louis Blues announced Friday the team has signed the 28-year-old to an eight contract extension. The deal, which will run through the 2027-28 season, will carry an average annual value of $6.5 million. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was originally acquired by the Blues via trade from the Philadelphia Flyers in June of 2017. In his first season, he logged a career-high 28 goals and 70 points […]

  • Local elementary students participate in First Watch’s Healthy Helpers program

      ST. LOUIS –  Students at Adams Elementary School in Tower Grove had a tasty breakfast lesson Tuesday morning all thanks to a Healthy Helpers breakfast program sponsored by the First Watch. “First Watch has partnered with No Kid Hungry for about 10 years now…and to partner with an organization that helps try to feed the one out of six kids across the country who don’t have regular access to nutritious food is a no brainer” said Eleni Kouvatsos. The […]

  • Police say man abducted 16-year-old from St. Louis County home

    EDMUNDSON, Mo. – The Edmundson Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenage girl who is believed to be with a violent 26-year-old man. Gabrielle S. Yonko, 16, and Christopher Johnson were last seen on Monday, September 23 at the home of Gabrielle uncle in the 9800 block Treadway Lane near St. Louis Lambert International Airport, according to the police department. Authorities say Johnson took the teen in his vehicle and left the residence just […]

  • Taco Bell announces 9 items to leave the menu in September

    Taco Bell is shaking things up this fall. The fast-food company is making way for some new combos and an easy-to-navigate menu by saying goodbye to nine items on September 12: Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos Chips and Salsa Double Tostada Power Menu Burrito Beefy Mini Quesadilla XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller Double Decker Taco While change can be hard, Taco Bell said the big move is meant to declutter the menu and […]

  • Man in custody after standoff in O’Fallon Missouri

    O’ FALLON, MO –  A 21-year- old man who refused to come out of a house in O’Fallon Missouri was taken into custody Thursday morning. Just before 4:20 a.m. O’ Fallon police responded to a service call for a man firing shots from inside of a home located in the 100 block Aviston Court.  When police arrived the man, who has not yet identified, barricaded himself with a gun inside of the home, according to officials. A woman, who authorities […]

  • New ‘Midwest Mystery ‘ pizza hits Casey’s General stores Sept. 1

    ST. LOUIS –  After spending the entire month of August hinting on social media the time is finally here! Casey’s General Store announced that it’s launching a new Midwest-inspired pizza, complete with pulled pork, bacon, fire-roasted corn, and Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce. The new, yet-to-be-named mystery Midwest pizza will be available to order Sunday, September 1. “Casey’s is based in the heart of the Midwest, and we really wanted to showcase this with the ingredients on our new Midwest Mystery […]

  • Phone lines and emails down at Kirkwood Police Department

    KIRKWOOD, Mo.  – City officials say the Kirkwood Police Department phone lines and emails are down Monday morning due to a lightning strike. Officials advise any Kirkwood residents with an emergency to call 911 directly or for non-emergency situations, to call either 973-0957 or 973-131. No word on when the lines will be back up.  

  • Illinois State Trooper Nick Hopkins has life-threatening injuries after East St. Louis shooting

    Update:  Illinois state trooper killed in the line of duty EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – An Illinois State Police officer was shot while serving a search warrant near Washington Park. Bommarito Automotive SkyFOX helicopter was over 1426 North 42nd Street and Caseyville Ave just before 5:30 a.m. Friday morning. Images from the air showed several police agencies on the scene. According to our news partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 33-year-old Nick Hopkins was struck during an exchange of gunfire at […]

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