Tim Russert

Executive, TV discussion moderator, News bureau chief
Perhaps no other news broadcaster in television history exemplified both toughness and fairness than Tim Russert. For almost two decades, Russert grilled interview subjects on his weekly show, "Meet the Press" (NBC ... Read more »
Born: 05/06/1950 in Buffalo, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (28)

Today 1951 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams 1983 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet the Press 1991 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

30 By 30: Kid Flicks -- Party Animals 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Internight 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The American President 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Tim Russert 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Decision '96 Election Night 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Why America Hates the Press 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Make Sure Everybody Eats '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Talk Back America III 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Talk Back America II 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor
Executive (1)

A Day in the Life of the White House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Production Executive

Biography

Perhaps no other news broadcaster in television history exemplified both toughness and fairness than Tim Russert. For almost two decades, Russert grilled interview subjects on his weekly show, "Meet the Press" (NBC, 1952- ), which became the model by which all other political interview shows followed. With a tenacity and preparedness unequaled by any in the business, Russert took to task politicians, Washington insiders, and even a few presidents over the most pressing issues of the day - whether war, the economy or anything else in between. Aside from his moderating duties, Russert was also an ubiquitous presence during election season, serving as a moderator for debates and as an analyst who had several memorable moments calling election night results. An author whose two novels reached the top of The New York Times bestseller list, Russert earned numerous awards and honorary degrees over the years, including an Emmy in 2005. But it was his bread and butter - "Meet the Press" - that earned his place in broadcasting history, an essential proving ground in the career for any national politician looking to make their mark.

Relationships

Elizabeth Russert

Mother

Maureen Orth

Wife
Worked on the staff of Vanity Fair magazine met at the 1976 Democratic National Convention married from 1983 until his death in 2008

Timothy Russert

Father

Luke Russert

Son
Born in 1985 mother, Maureen Orth

Betty Russert

Sister
Born c. 1948

Kathy Russert

Sister
Born c. 1955

Trish Russert

Sister
Born c. 1960

EDUCATION

John Carroll University

Cleveland , Ohio
Russert was president of the student union

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Cleveland , Ohio
Graduated cum laude

Canisius High School

Buffalo , New York

Milestones

2006

Released Wisdom of Our Fathers: Lessons and Letters from Daughters and Sons, a collection of letters, which he received in response to his first book

2004

Penned a bestselling biography, Big Russ and Me, about his relationship with his father

2001

Renewed contract with NBC in an unprecedented deal that would keep him as host of "Meet the Press" through the year 2012

1997

Signed seven year contract with NBC guaranteeing his services through the year 2004

1996

Named as contributing correspondent for MSNBC

1991

Served as moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press"

1991

Appeared regularly as a national political analyst for NBC's "Today" program

1990

First appearance as a panelist on NBC's "Meet the Press"

1988

Became the Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News

1985

Negotiated the broadcasting of a televised mass and greeting from Pope John Paul II for the "Today" (NBC) show

1984

Hired by NBC at their Washington Bureau

1982

Served as press secretary for former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo's gubernatorial campaign

1980

Chosen as a fellow of the Commission of European Communities

1977

Special counsel and later chief of staff for New York Democrat Daniel Patrick Moynihan's Senatorial campaign

Raised in Buffalo, New York

Bonus Trivia

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Russert was a popular lecturer and has spoken at places including the NYU School of Journalism, the University of Chicago, the New School for Social Research, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the Smithsonian Institution, among others.

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Russert was a recipient of a Centennial Medal from John Carroll University (awarded to the 100 most distinguished alumni).

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Russert was a recipient of the John Peter Zenger Award from the New York Bar Association.

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Russert’s March 2000 interview of Sen. John McCain shared the 2001 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television Journalism.

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Russert was the recipient of the American Legion Journalism Award, the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award and the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Journalism Award.

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In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

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