I've known Tim Russert since I first spoke at the convention in 2004. He's somebody who, over time, I came to consider not only a journalist but a friend. There wasn't a better interviewer in TV, not aMore >>
ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement on the sudden and tragic passing of Tim Russert:
"I am very saddened by Tim Russert's sudden death. Cindy and I extend ourMore >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - His colleagues and the politicians he covered are remembering Tim Russert as a tough and thorough broadcast journalist.
Russert collapsed and died at NBC's Washington bureau. He wasMore >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - Tim Russert is best known for his aggressive questioning that helped turn "Meet the Press" into the most widely watched Sunday morning interview show in the nation.
Russert died today of an apparent heart attack at his office in Washington, at the age of 58.
He took the helm of "Meet the Press" in December of 1991.
He brought with him a Jesuit education, a law degree, and experience as an aide to the late Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York.
The native of Buffalo, New York, became known for a relentless style of questioning that made some politicians reluctant to appear.
But they were confident that they could claim extra credibility if they survived his grilling intact.
NBC colleague Tom Brokaw, speaking about Russert's passion for politics, says Russert's death came during a political campaign that "he loved."
Washingtonian magazine once dubbed him the best journalist in town, and described "Meet the Press" as "the most interesting and important hour on television."
This year, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Russert also wrote the best-selling books "Big Russ and Me," in 2004, and "Wisdom of our Fathers," in 2006.
Russert was married to Maureen Orth, a writer for Vanity Fair.