Lynne Russell (born November 1, 1946 in Orange, New Jersey) is an American former journalist and author. She was the first woman to solo anchor a prime time network nightly newscast, as the popular host of CNN Headline News from 1983 to 2001. While her resume includes local television and radio markets from Miami to Honolulu, she is best known for her work on CNN and on CNN Headline News.
She and her husband Chuck de Caro were on a cross-country trip from Washington, D.C. to California and were spending the night of June 30, 2015 at a Motel 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, when an armed man forced his way into their room. De Caro was shot three times; he returned fire, mortally wounding the intruder. De Caro was taken to a hospital, and is expected to recover.