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
  • 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 […]

  • Saint Louis Zoo welcomes birth of rare Somali wild ass foal

    ST. LOUIS – There are lots to celebrate at the Saint  Louis Zoo! The zoo welcomed one of its newest residents last month—a critically endangered Somali wild ass. Tobias was born on July 30 to mother Tukia, who came to St. Louis from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2005. His father, Hirizi, was also born at the Saint Louis Zoo in 2013, according to a Saint Louis Zoo press release. He can be seen with his mother and […]

  • Target launches new healthy grocery brand Good & Gather

    ST. LOUIS – Target is now more of “one-stop-shop” with the rollout of a new line of groceries.  Target announced the introduction of Good & Gather, Target’s largest owned Food & Beverage brand that will launch in-store and on Target.com for same-day delivery beginning September 15, 2019. The food and beverage brand will initially offer 650 items including everything from organic snacks to frozen meals and salad kits.  The entire line will be made without artificial flavors and sweeteners, synthetic colors or […]

  • Thousands without power after severe storms roll through the bi-state

    ST. LOUIS – Residents on both sides of the river are waking up in the dark Tuesday morning after storms knocked the power to over 15,000 customers. Outages included areas in St Charles. O’Fallon, St Charles County,, Earth City, Maryland Heights, St Ann, Breckenridge Hills, Bellefontaine Neighbors. Northwoods, near Bellerive, University City, Ladue, Huntleigh. In the Metro East most of the outages are in  Granite City, Near Edwardsville, North of Collinsville, near Maryville. Ameren reports that crews are working to […]

  • Reese’s Cream filled doughnuts now available at Krispy Kreme

    ST. LOUIS –  Krispy Kreme has announced Wednesday that they have teamed up with Reese’s to release two peanut butter and chocolate combination doughnuts. Starting August 5, Krispy Kreme stores will begin selling the Reese’s Original Filled Chocolate Lovers Doughnut and the Reese’s Original Filled Peanut Butter Lovers Doughnut. M🍩re of what you l🍩ve. Coming 8/5. pic.twitter.com/Hni7IbAjbN — Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme) August 3, 2019 According to their website, The Chocolate Lovers flavor is a chocolate glazed doughnut filled with creamy Reese’s […]

  • Missing St. Charles County teen found

    UPDATE: Missing 16-year-old Evelyn L. Holt has been found. ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo.—The St. Charles County Police Department needs the public’s assistance in finding a missing 16-year-old. Evelyn  L. Holt was last seen on Thursday, August 1 around 3:00 p.m. at Mid Rivers Mall and has not returned home. She is described as 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, with blue hair. She was last seen wearing blue jean shorts,  black tank top, and white Van shoes, […]

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