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Sheffield Star's education reporter dies aged 58

Mike Russell  -  © private

18 November 2015

Tributes have been paid to Mike Russell, education reporter with The Star in Sheffield for more than 20 years, who has died at the age of 58.

Mike, who was born and brought up in Sheffield, returned to his home city after taking an English degree at Cambridge University and dabbled in accountancy before deciding his career lay with words rather than numbers.

He moved to The Star in 1988 after first working at the Pontefract and Castleford Express and one of his first major assignments involved covering the Hillsborough disaster the following year. He was appointed education reporter in October 1993 and continued even after he was diagnosed with cancer. However, he eventually became too ill to work and passed away in October.

Well-known in the newsroom and beyond not only for his journalistic achievements but his encyclopedic knowledge of music, his support for Sheffield Wednesday, his taste in jumpers and his daily diary-writing, his funeral was attended by many colleagues old and new, educationalists and friends.

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