Tim Russert, Good Man Died of Heart Attack

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MSNBC reports that today heart attack claimed the life of the veteran reporter Tim Russert, who died at age 58 after collapsing. Tim Russert was the moderator of Meet The Press since 1991. Tom Brokow called him his "friend" and said that Tim had just returned from a family trip to Italy and his son just graduated from Boston College. He collapsed at work. Tom says Tim loved his family, his faith and his country.

In reporting this news I included the phrase "Good Man" in the title referring to Tim Russert as such without even ever having met him. However, you could say sometimes that about people such as Tim Russert by just judging him by his speaking, smile and friendliness on TV. This is how our publication remembers Tim Russert.

Let's see how others remember Tim.

New York Post writes "Tim Russert, NBC journalist and political heavyweight host of "Meet the Press," has died after collapsing at NBC's Washington news bureau, a source said. He was 58 years old....

Russert joined NBC News in 1984. In April 1985, he supervised the live broadcasts of the Today program 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."

CNN writes " Washingtonian Magazine once dubbed Russert the best and most influential journalist in Washington, describing "Meet the Press" as "the most interesting and important hour on television."

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

NBC reports writing that "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.

"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."

Survivors include Russert’s wife, Maureen Orth, a writer for Vanity Fair magazine, whom he met at the 1976 Democratic National Convention; and their son, Luke.


Submitted by Johnson (not verified) on
I am so sorry to hear about Tim Russert. I admired him and enjoyed watching Meet the Press.

Submitted by Jackson Wayo (not verified) on
Tim Russert was a devout Catholic, loved his faith, was a good father, regular church goer and was so excited to meet the pope Benedict.

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