Tim Russert, RIP

From the NY Times:

Tim Russert, the host of “Meet the Press,” and NBC’s Washington bureau chief, has died. He was 58.

Mr. Russert was a towering figure in American journalism and moderated several debates during the recent presidential primary season.

Tom Brokaw, the former anchor of NBC Nightly News, came on the air at 3:39 p.m. and reported that Mr. Russert had collapsed and died early this afternoon while at work. He had just returned from Italy with his family.

“Our beloved colleague,” a grave Mr. Brokaw called him, one of the premier journalists of our time. He said this was one of the most important years in his life, with his deep engagement in the network’s political coverage, and that he “worked to the point of exhaustion.” Mr. Brokaw said Mr. Russert was a true child of Buffalo and always stayed in touch with his blue collar roots and “the ethos of that community.”

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    • RiaD on June 14, 2008 at 12:31 am

    my heart goes to his family……..

    • lezlie on June 15, 2008 at 12:05 am

    at Tim when he was hard on one of our candidates, I relished his tough questioning of the other side. As a political junkie, I can’t imagine Sunday morning or the rest of this political cycle without him. Happy journeys, Tim…

    My heart goes out to his family and his collegues at NBC/MSNBC.

    • RUKind on June 15, 2008 at 8:21 am

    I agreed and disagreed with his points. He had an intellect that you had to respect. He may have had his biases but I don’t recall ever hearing him be disinenuous. He was always Tim. That’s a hell of a lot more than you can say about 99% of what passes for the MSM these days.

    A blessing on his journey.

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