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Tuesday, June 17, 2008
T/R Achievers: Tim Russert
Like most people, I was deeply shocked and saddened by the premature death of Tim Russert last week. Am not much of a TV watcher, especially when it comes to political shows. However, whenever I watched "Meet the Press" and presidential debates hosted by him, I used to like them, and the way he conducted the shows. Despite his hard-hitting questions, he always maintained a professional and seemingly fun atmosphere.

A lawyer by training, Tim had a brief career in politics before becoming a TV journalist where he quickly rose to the top with the "Meet the Press" show.
"Meet the Press" beats its Sunday morning rivals on CBS, ABC, CNN and Fox in the ratings. In this peak political season, it often draws four million viewers. This is little more than half what NBC and ABC's weekday news programs garner, but the power of the position still established Mr. Russert as perhaps the most influential journalist inside the Beltway.

Politicians queued up to get airtime with him, and he earned a reputation as one who could translate complicated issues for a mass audience, exemplified by his use of a simple white-board to explain the convoluted and fast-changing details of the contested 2000 presidential election. The show also was profitable.
What I especially liked about Tim was his seemingly down-to-earth personality and his love and respect for his father.
Mr. Russert was more than an interviewer: He became a celebrity, and his story became familiar to millions because he talked and wrote about it. Amid the trappings of Washington glitz and power, he preferred to be thought of as a blue-collar Roman Catholic kid from Buffalo who worked his way up and lived by simple, traditional values. He revered his father, "Big Russ," a World War II veteran who is still alive, and cherished the Buffalo Bills football team.
Within a short span of 58 years, Tim Russert accomplished a lot - becoming a top-notch and well-respected journalist, and author of two best sellers ("Big Russ & Me" and "Wisdom of Our Fathers"). Like many other people, viewers like me will miss Tim.

For complete article, see:

WSJ.com: TV Journalist Tim Russert Dies at 58

Related article:

Forbes.com: Tim Russert: An Appreciation
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