As the broadcast news community and its audience still reels from the news of Tim Russert's passing, NBC has decided to broadcast this Sunday a special, Tom Brokaw-hosted edition of
Meet the Press, celebrating the political analyst's extraordinary life and career.
"Tim was a man of many passions - his family most of all, his faith, his country, political journalism, baseball and the Buffalo Bills," Brokaw shares in a statement. "As a working class Irish-American with a Jesuit education his range was wide and deep - from the sensibilities of blue-collar voters to the politics of the Vatican, from the power plays on Capitol Hill to the power plays on network television. Almost all of our conversations - and they went on every day - ended with some version of, 'Can you believe how lucky we are to be doing this?'"
Brokaw is the one who broke into Friday-afternoon programming to report the sudden passing of the NBC family's "beloved colleague."
In most markets, Meet the Press is seen on NBC stations Sunday from 9 to 10 am/ET. In Washington, D.C. and New York City, it is broadcast at 10:30 am. Check the Meet the Press website for broadcast times in your area. - Matt Mitovich
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