Born 9 Sep 1959 – Died 27 May 2024. Russ Lindberg was a newsman for WRQ. Before the 2019 Detroit Zombie Tragedy, he was mainly a field reporter, on chopper 800 giving traffic reports. Prior to that, Russ Lindberg worked at KRW in Los Angeles along with Rod‘s late father, Ken Cambridge and Shawn Haws.
2019 Detroit Zombie Tragedy
During the zombie attack, Russ witnessed and reported the details of WRQ, including Claire’s supposed death. Due to the Air National Guard entering the area, Chopper 800 flew back to the WRQ building. After the arrival, Rod did the broadcasting while Russ handled the tip line. Eventually, zombies overran the building and both Rod and Russ escaped. The two got split up shortly after they left a WRQ building and into the chaos. Russ went north and eventually made it to a home in Ray Township, about 20 miles north of the WRQ building.
Later, a few folks and himself went to a gas station located at 32 Mile for food, however, they brought attention to some zombies nearby. One of the persons began shooting at the zombies but hit a gas tank and a massive explosion followed. Russ survives this with minor injuries and also being far from the explosion, but the other three don’t.
Shortly after, Russ gets picked up by an off-duty cop. The two travel on 32 Mile and that cop drops him off at a shelter in Richmond. While there, Russ hears Rod’s broadcast on WRQ. He later calls WHAC to confirm he is alive. After the tragedy, Russ asks to go to the midnight shift. Like Rod, he becomes an alcoholic.
Somewhere after October 2021, Russ returned to field and traffic reporting. He covered both Autonomous Car and Nuclear Plant incidents in or around the Detroit area. Both events happened within a week of each other.
On 27 May 2024, Russ Lindberg committed suicide. He died at the age of 64.
Russ Lindberg mentioned he had a career before going into journalism. But it is not known what his previous occupation was.