Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press and longtime NBC News Washington bureau chief, died today after collapsing at work and apparently suffering cardiac arrest, MSNBC reports. He was 58. A 24-year NBC veteran, Russert was also the author of two New York Times best-sellers, Big Russ and Me and Wisdom of Our Fathers.
In announcing his death on the air, Tom Brokaw called Russert "one of the premier political journalists and analysts of his time." Network anchor Brian Williams, reporting from Afghanistan, broke down on the air when asked to describe the network's loss. “It became the gold standard of political journalism,” correspondent Andrea Mitchell said of Meet the Press.