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Friday, June 13, 2008

"Meet The Press" host Tim Russert dies at 58

Sad news for political junkies and journalists everywhere.

Tim Russert, best known as the host of NBC's "Meet the Press," died today of sudden heart attack at the age of 58 in Washington D.C.

Read NBC News' update here. Former anchor Tom Brokaw announced the news of the death of their colleague on NBC, saying "This news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice."

As someone who grew up watching "Meet the Press" on Sundays, Russert was a far cry from the blowhards that dominate cable television news channels today. He did what all journalists should have done -- asked the hard questions and asked them repeatedly -- and it's hard to imagine a presidential election year without his presence and his trusty whiteboard that made its appearance in 2000 during the election (later upgraded to a PC in Election 2004).

-- Malavika Jagannathan, mjaganna@greenbaypressgazette.com

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3 Comments:

He just seemed like a really down to earth genuine person. I always enjoyed his political insight and passion. He didn't come off as the typical pick a side talking head. He had integrity. Its just shocking how his life ended. You have to live life to its fullest because anything can happen when it is your time. He's one of those people that you'll definitely miss come November. A rare celebrity death that punched me in the gut more than I expected. There have only been a handful that have truly saddened me like this one.

By Blogger Antony, At June 13, 2008 at 9:46 PM  

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By Blogger Mandi Lindner, At June 18, 2008 at 3:48 PM  

Political journalism won't be the same without him. I admired the way he wouldn't let politicians skirt issues or give PR padded responses to the hard questions. Let's hope NBC finds a suitable replacement to take up the Meet the Press mantle.

By Blogger Ms. Quarter, At June 18, 2008 at 3:49 PM  

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