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Friday, June 13, 2008

In Memoriam: Tim Russert

I felt it important to change the focus of my post today and address the untimely passing of Tim Russert.

For those of you unaware, Tim Russert passed away this afternoon while at the NBC Newsroom. He was 58.

Russert was one of those rare journalists who became known for his relentless questioning of politicians on
“Meet the Press.”  Democrats or Republicans, Russert truly conducted every interview with the same thoughtfulness and intelligence wanting to seek the truth and hold politicians accountable for statements they would make. He had a true desire to get the story right and report it with integrity and honesty. He was proof that good people can also be good journalists.

I was honored enough to hear him speak at the 2007 PRSA Conference where I found him to be simply captivating as he candidly and openly discussed his father and the emotions behind his books “Big Russ and Me” and “Wisdom of Our Fathers.” During his speech it was evident he was passionate about being a reporter, being a father and being an avid sports fan.

I think
Tom Brokaw said it best today when announcing Russert’s passing. “... He was like a quarterback who could see the whole field,” Brokaw stated. “He was a tough interrogator, no question about it, but he kept his very strong personal opinions to himself. This news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice.”

I will certainly never be able to look at a whiteboard the same. He will be truly missed.

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