Tim Russert

  • Birth Name: Timothy John Russert Jr.
  • Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, United States
  • Died: June 13, 2008
  • Profession: Journalist
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  • Served as special counsel in the United States Senate from 1977 to '82, and as counselor in the New York Governor's office from 1983 to '84.
  • Named NBC News' Washington bureau chief in 1989.
  • Took over as moderator of NBC's Meet the Press---the longest-running series in TV history---in 1991.
  • Twice recognized as Father of the Year: in 1995 by the National Father's Day Committee and in 2001 by the National Fatherhood Initiative.
  • Shared the 2001 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television Journalism for a 2000 interview with Sen. John McCain.
  • Released two best-selling books: 2004's Big Russ and Me and 2006's Wisdom of Our Fathers.
  • Received more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees from American universities and colleges.


  • Betty Burkenroth — Sister
  • Patricia — Sister
  • Luke Russert — Son
  • Timothy Russert — Father
  • Maureen Orth — Wife
  • Elizabeth — Mother
  • Kathy — Sister


  • John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, United States (1972); Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, United States (1976)
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