Tim Russert Dies at 58
June 13, 2008 by Kath Skerry
Today we received the sad news that Meet the Press moderator and NBC political analyst, Tim Russert, passed away this afternoon after collapsing while working in NBC Washington Bureau. Tim was 58 years old.
Colleague and former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw broke the news on the network Friday shortly after 3:40 p.m., saying Russert had just returned from a family vacation in Italy to celebrate the graduation of his son, Luke, from Boston College.
Tim was a strong voice at NBC and in the world of politics. Tim had a way of breaking down political issues so they were accessible to the masses. He wasn’t afraid to challenge belief systems and ask the tough political questions often raised by middle America.
Tim Russert was part of my morning routine as he is a frequent contributor to The Today Show, and I’ll miss his segments and his friendly interactions with Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera.
He leaves behind his wife, author Maureen Orth, and his son, Luke.
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