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RFS62
06-13-2008, 03:41 PM
NBC just reporting, he collapsed and died today.

Very sad.

Matt700wlw
06-13-2008, 03:42 PM
I just saw it. How sad!

Chip R
06-13-2008, 03:46 PM
Wow!

redsmetz
06-13-2008, 03:50 PM
Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” died Friday after collapsing in 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.

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.

Timothy John Russert Jr. 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 entering journalism
After graduating from law school, Russert went into politics as a staff operative. In 1976, he worked on the Senate campaign of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., and in 1982, he worked on Mario Cuomo’s campaign for governor of New York.

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.

Of his background as a Democratic political operative, Russert said, “My views are not important.”

“Lawrence Spivak, who founded ‘Meet the Press,’ told me before he died that the job of the host is to learn as much as you can about your guest’s positions and take the other side,” he said in a 2007 interview with Time magazine. “And to do that in a persistent and civil way. And that’s what I try to do every Sunday.”

Cuomo, Russert’s onetime boss, wrote of Russert: “Most candidates are not eager to present themselves for Tim’s incisive scrutiny, which is fed by his prodigious study and preparation. But they have little choice: appearing on ‘Meet the Press’ is today as vital to a serious candidate as being properly registered to vote.”

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.

Emmy for Reagan funeral coverage
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’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.

JaxRed
06-13-2008, 03:55 PM
He was rumored to be considering a run for Senate in 2010.

Blimpie
06-13-2008, 04:06 PM
Holy cow.....Russert was one of my absolute favorite journalists. Man, what a loss.

My sincerest prayers go out to the Russert family.

Dom Heffner
06-13-2008, 04:10 PM
Very sad- a fave of mine.

Rojo
06-13-2008, 04:15 PM
I feel bad for all the things I've said about him over the years.

RFS62
06-13-2008, 04:58 PM
He was a fantastic journalist, and seemed to be a fine man.

He will be missed.

Unassisted
06-13-2008, 05:03 PM
Lots of reminiscing happening on MSNBC now, for those who are near a TV.

Red in Chicago
06-13-2008, 05:15 PM
I always like Russert on Meet the Press or when he would go over the election results with his board.

Lately however, he didn't seem to be looking so good. Did he have ongoing health problems? Good interviewer and seemed like a really good guy. Very sad.

Spring~Fields
06-13-2008, 05:16 PM
Wow, he was a very good one and a favorite of mine too.

Chip R
06-13-2008, 06:02 PM
I always like Russert on Meet the Press or when he would go over the election results with his board.

Lately however, he didn't seem to be looking so good. Did he have ongoing health problems? Good interviewer and seemed like a really good guy. Very sad.


I could be totally wrong but I think I vaguely remember him having some health issues a few years back.

jmcclain19
06-13-2008, 06:04 PM
Meet the Press was about the only political journalism I've been able to stomach for the last several years - Russert was always even handed across the political spectrum in his smashmouth style.

He will be greatly missed. RIP Tim

HBP
06-13-2008, 06:40 PM
Will be missed. Was looking forward to his coverage in the upcoming election. He's one of the reasons I've recently become more interested in politics.

Virginia Beach Reds
06-13-2008, 08:59 PM
Loved Meet the Press and his appearances on The Today Show. You could tell he loved what he did and his excitement conveyed to the audience. Huge loss today.

WVRed
06-13-2008, 08:59 PM
This has been a pretty depressing week for journalism. First Jim McKay on Saturday and now Tim Russert.:(

RIP. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and everybody who was close to him.

RedsBaron
06-13-2008, 08:59 PM
I really hated to hear of Russert's death. He seemed to be a decent and quality person and he was a top flight journalist. He asked the tough questions of everybody, but with courtesy and good humor. He truly was "fair and balanced." He will be greatly missed.

Unassisted
06-13-2008, 09:42 PM
Here's a good article discussing Russert's ties to MLB and love of baseball on MLB.com. He was a member of the board of directors at the HOF.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080613&content_id=2907226

redsfan1966
06-13-2008, 09:47 PM
this is very sad news....in an era of yellers and muckrakers.....Russert projected professionalism and class.....RIP Mr. Russert

Yachtzee
06-13-2008, 11:13 PM
There was a time, before kids and the weekend maintenance that comes with home ownership, when my Sunday morning routine was to turn on This Week With David Brinkley (when Brinkley still ran the show) and Meet the Press. Russert could be congenial with guests, but could also grill them like a prosecutor when the situation dictated.

KoryMac5
06-13-2008, 11:33 PM
Tim Russert for me is what made politics fun. You could see his eyes light up often in the middle of an interview and that made me light up in turn. I often like watching the debates but I truly loved them if Tim was moderating. He will definitely be missed.

RedsBaron
06-14-2008, 07:58 AM
There was a time, before kids and the weekend maintenance that comes with home ownership, when my Sunday morning routine was to turn on This Week With David Brinkley (when Brinkley still ran the show) and Meet the Press. Russert could be congenial with guests, but could also grill them like a prosecutor when the situation dictated.

Russert grilled all of his guests. Jaxred mentioned a rumor that Russert had considered running for the Senate in 2010. From his background and prior employment, some of Russert's political leanings were not that hard to figure out, but those leanings generally did not affect his journalism. Russert asked hard, persistent questions of all of his guests, with no partisan agenda.

Reds4Life
06-14-2008, 01:24 PM
My dad passed away the exact same way, massive heart attack. I watched the show almost every Sunday morning, he will be missed. RIP, Tim.

RBA
06-15-2008, 04:49 PM
Just a reminder, if you want to live a long life, you need to exercise and have a proper diet. No doubt in my mind that Russert didn't take the advice of his doctors and the people around him.

kaldaniels
06-15-2008, 05:14 PM
Just a reminder, if you want to live a long life, you need to exercise and have a proper diet. No doubt in my mind that Russert didn't take the advice of his doctors and the people around him.

From his wikipedia page...

Russert's long time friend and physician, Dr. Michael Newman, said that he had asymptomatic coronary artery disease that was controlled with medication and exercise

No need to pile on with reckless speculation. Some people just have a bad heart and will live a short life.

RBA
06-15-2008, 05:19 PM
Did wiki mention he was a smoker or diabetic?, overweight? workaholic?

kaldaniels
06-15-2008, 05:24 PM
Did wiki mention he was a smoker or diabetic?, overweight? workaholic?

"Doctors do know that a previous history of heart attacks is the most important risk factor. Vice President Dick Cheney, who has suffered four heart attacks, wears a pacemaker to ward off sudden arrest. Age and gender also play roles, and as a 58-year-old male, Russert was in high-risk groups; the average age for suffering sudden cardiac death is between 58 and 62. Other factors involved in all forms of cardiovascular disease—family history, smoking, diabetes, and obesity—can come into play. Russert had some of these too; he had been previously diagnosed with diabetes and and coronary artery disease, and his autopsy on Friday showed an enlarged heart. But doctors do not know which of these factors is most important in causing a sudden heart attack, or why. They also do not know if stress plays a role at all; the data is unclear. "Most of us do not think it is terribly relevant," says Steven Nissen, chair of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic and a past president of the American College of Cardiology. After all, he notes, "many people in this world have stressful jobs," and they don't all die of of heart attacks."

http://www.newsweek.com/id/141450

Is this what is comes to??? A cheap shot (and speculative...back up your statement please) at a father and son who suddenly passed away at the young age of 58? Uncalled for. I'm done with the matter.

RBA
06-15-2008, 05:28 PM
Cheap shot? Sorry, the man simply did not take care of himself.

Sea Ray
06-15-2008, 10:20 PM
Is this what is comes to??? A cheap shot (and speculative...back up your statement please) at a father and son who suddenly passed away at the young age of 58? Uncalled for. I'm done with the matter.

I don't know what comment you're referring to but if you are 58 years old and you have coronary heart disease, diabetes and you look like Russert did (very overweight--heavy around the waist and face) then you are a prime candidate for a heart attack. I don't know if the long flight from Italy contributed to his downfall such as throwing a clot, but let me put it another way. It'd be much more unusual for a guy who looks like George Will to die at 58 of a heart attack than a guy who looks like Russert or say Rush Limbaugh.

Some of us who work in the medical field are trained to assess one's health before we treat them and these are all significant parts of a person's medical history.

KoryMac5
06-15-2008, 11:38 PM
Cheap shot? Sorry, the man simply did not take care of himself.

I think it was obvious to Tim and his family that he was not doing everything that he could be doing to live a long healthy life. We all knew he was out of shape and facing some serious health problems as a result. Nobody knew this better than Russert and I am sure he would have loved to have done something about it earlier unfortunately he made his move a few years too late. I think a lot of times these things are generational and habits are picked up because thats the only way some of us have ever lived, and that's the way we saw our parents live too. There is a lesson to be learned and I am sure we all will take inventory of it when we look in the mirror.

This thread however is about giving a good man his day in the sun and before it gets out of hand with debates about lifestyle issues lets give Tim his due. If anyone has a good Russert moment I would love to hear it. I have always heard his grilling of David Duke was classic Russert. I also liked his handling of the Obama, Clinton debate this year as well.

What a Country.

Unassisted
06-15-2008, 11:50 PM
I have listened to hours of tributes to Russert on NBC and MSNBC and in all the times people discussed time spent with him, not once did I hear anyone discuss doing a physical activity with him. In the hundreds of pictures of him I've seen, not one of them showed him on a golf course, a tennis court or playing basketball. I have heard multiple times how he was a voracious reader, attender of social gatherings and user of the telephone. I think the fact that he left his son and wife behind on a family vacation in Italy last week so that he could come back to the states and work speaks volumes about how much he enjoyed and valued his work. It's not a slam, it's just that exercise apparently wasn't part of his lifestyle.

It wasn't part of my father's lifestyle either, until he suffered a mild heart attack earlier this year. Now he exercises 5 days a week. I'm glad my dad got a warning that he could heed. It's too bad that Luke Russert's dad did not.