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  • 6/13/08 - NBC's "meet the press" moderator Tim Russert dead

    WASHINGTON - Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” died Friday, NBC News said. He was 58.

    No further details were immediately available.

    Russert, the recipient of 48 honorary doctorates, took over the helm of “Meet the Press” in December 1991. Now in its 60th year, “Meet the Press” is the longest-running program in the history of television.

    In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

    In 2005, Russert was awarded an Emmy for his role in the coverage of the funeral of President Ronald Reagan. His “Meet the Press” interviews with George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000 won the Radio and Television Correspondents’ highest honor, the Joan S. Barone Award, and the Annenberg Center’s Walter Cronkite Award.

    Russert joined NBC News in 1984. In April 1985, he supervised the live broadcasts of NBC's "TODAY" show from Rome, negotiating and arranging an appearance by Pope John Paul II, a first for American television. In 1986 and 1987, Russert led NBC News’ weeklong broadcasts from South America, Australia and China.

    Russert was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 7, 1950. He was a graduate of Canisius High School, John Carroll University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He was a member of the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.

    Senate staffer
    Before joining NBC News, Russert was counselor in the New York governor’s office in Albany in 1983 and 1984 and a special counsel in the U.S. Senate from 1977 to 1982.

    Russert wrote two books — “Big Russ and Me” in 2004 and “Wisdom of Our Fathers” in 2006 — both of which were New York Times best-sellers.

    Russert’s March 2000 interview of Sen. John McCain shared the 2001 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television Journalism. He was also the recipient of the John Peter Zenger Award, the American Legion Journalism Award, the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Journalism Award, the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism, the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Communication and the Catholic Academy for Communication’s Gabriel Award. He was a member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

    Russert was a trustee of the Freedom Forum’s Newseum and a member of the board of directors of the Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club, and America’s Promise — Alliance for Youth.

    In 1995, the National Father’s Day Committee named him “Father of the Year,” Parents magazine honored him as “Dream Dad” in 1998, and in 2001 the National Fatherhood Initiative also recognized him as Father of the Year.

    Irish America magazine named him one of the top 100 Irish Americans in the country, and he was selected as a Fellow of the Commission of European Communities.

    Russert is survived by his wife, Maureen Orth, a writer for Vanity Fair magazine, and a son, Luke.

    Check back soon for more on this breaking story.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25145431/

  • #2
    OMG!! I loved Tim Russert! I watch Meet the Press every Sunday morning. This is so sad.

    Here's and updated part of the article:
    WASHINGTON - Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” died Friday after a sudden heart attack at the bureau, NBC News said Friday. He was 58.

    Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program when he collapsed, the network said. No details were immediately available.
    Last edited by Shawtee; 06-13-2008, 12:56 PM.

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    • #3
      crazy...cause you see him on tv everyday
      "when your hero falls from grace
      all fairy tales are uncovered
      myths exposed and pain magnified
      the greatest pain discovered"
      -2pac

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      • #4
        That's terrible! R.I.P

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        • #5
          R.I.P. Tim. Him and Anerson Cooper are a couple of my favorite people to watch on tv.


          Strictly Lyrical...

          Representin tha M-I...616

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          • #6
            Fuck Cooper, but Russert was good. That's a shame....... probably an aneurysm or some shit.

            RIP.

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            • #7
              tragic...I'll never forget how he ethered John McCain..R.I.P
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajm5J...//www.bgol.us/

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              • #8
                i didn't watch his show religiously, but enough times to know that it was a decent program...R.I.P.

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                • #9
                  Damn, I saw this on the news just a little bit ago.. it sucks... Seemed like a really good guy... RIP.
                  Boston Celtics
                  New England Patriots
                  Boston Red Sox

                  Hi haters.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Wes_Belvy View Post
                    tragic...I'll never forget how he ethered John McCain..R.I.P
                    Mccain got clowned there but he also owned obama in the first 10 seconds: "Cut off funding"

                    it's a shame obama still continues to fund the war. He likes to run on the fact he didn't vote for the war, yet he still votes to fund it. As much as I like the guy he won't be bringing the troops home anytime soon. It really doesnt matter whos elected, the troops will remain there unfortunately.

                    Ron Paul said it best: Obama has the rhetoric to appeal to the anti-war sentiment yet his voting record says different.

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                    • #11
                      ^Wtf are you talking about Obama for? smh

                      R.I.P. Tim Russert, great journalist
                      Originally posted by SteWonYou
                      sometimes you have to do what you have to do, and that might involve sucking dick
                      Originally posted by Temerity
                      understood that you don't fuck with Swizz
                      Originally posted by Nianco
                      Swizz...*Sighs*..I really hate you so much. I just want you to know that.

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                      • #12
                        can't believe it, RIP.

                        http://www.YourPS34free.com/index.ph...hp?ref=4635428

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                        • #13
                          holy shit
                          a staple in the news business for real
                          rip

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                          • #14
                            bill oreily should replace him imo
                            My other aliases:
                            The West is Back
                            Masai
                            justp1ayin
                            The Man

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                            • #15
                              damn...shit sucks...imma miss his commentary the rest of this election season

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