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Written by Luke Mullins | Published on December 21, jockeyed to fill the “ Meet the Press” moderator's chair after his mentor Tim Russert. Timothy John Russert (May 7, – June 13, ) was an American television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest- serving moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. Tim Russert was the Managing Editor and Moderator of "Meet the Press" and political analyst for "NBC Nightly News" and the "TODAY".
He is a living link to his father's legacy, but also a well-respected reporter who overcame widespread complaints about nepotism. Some observers thought he would be a NBC "lifer" like his father.
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One person described him as feeling like he's on a highway, and like if he doesn't take the exit now, he might regret it. Initially Russert talked about leaving NBC "because he thought he needed a new environment," the close friend said.
But "then his thoughts became more that he needed a break, period. So I get it. His first assignment was the political conventions.
Work was a welcome opportunity at the time. His father's death came suddenly, the result of a heart attack while inside a tracking booth at NBC's Washington bureau, and some of his friends and colleagues said they're not sure Luke ever fully processed it.
Russert gradually earned the respect of colleagues and rivals.
He recently worked long hours covering a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives. What he did do, however, is put his head down and work," Heye said. In a memo on Wednesday, Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland called him "our go-to guy on the Hill" and "one of the bureau's most reliable utility players.
If I want to use anything from that conversation, then I will ask permission. Times wrote that, "Like former New York Times reporter Judith Miller, Russert was one of the high-level Washington journalists who came out of the Libby trial looking worse than shabby.
All the litigation was for the sake of image and because the journalistic conventions required it. It's our best format. I don't think the public was, at that time, particularly receptive to hearing it," Russert says. Those in favor were so dominant. We don't make up the facts.
We cover the facts as they were. Folkenflik went on to write: Russert's remarks would suggest a form of journalism that does not raise the insolent question from outside polite political discourse—so, if an administration's political foes aren't making an opposing case, it's unlikely to get made.
In the words of one of my former editors, journalists can read the polls just like anybody else. My concern was, is that there were concerns expressed by other government officials. And to this day, I wish my phone had rung, or I had access to them. In Octoberliberal commentators accused Russert of harassing Clinton over the issue of supporting drivers' licenses for illegal immigrants.
Russert held season tickets to both the Washington Nationals and the Washington Wizards  and was elected to the board of directors of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in A lifelong fan of the Buffalo Bills football team, Russert often closed Sunday broadcasts during the football season with a statement of encouragement for the franchise.
The team released a statement on the day of his death, saying that listening to Russert's "Go Bills" exhortation was part of their Sunday morning game preparation. While his son was attending Boston Collegehe often ended Meet the Press with a mention of the success of various Boston College sports teams.
Russert's father Timothy Joseph Russert, "Big Russ", was a World War II veteran who held down two jobs after the war, emphasized the importance of maintaining strong family valuesthe reverence of faithand never taking a short cut to reach a goal. Russert claimed to have received over 60, letters from people in response to the book, detailing their own experiences with their fathers.
Why Luke Russert decided to leave NBC News after eight years
Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons ina collection of some of these letters. This book also became a best-seller. Cameo television appearance[ edit ] Russert made a cameo appearance in on the critically acclaimed police dramaHomicide: