A Year Later, Russert Remembered

Legendary host's shoes may never be filled
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2009 12:06 PM CDT

(Newser) – Tim Russert died suddenly one year ago this weekend, and while a new moderator inhabits his chair on Meet the Press, no clear successor to his legacy has emerged, Patrick Gavin writes for Politico. “Of course there’s a void,” says CNN’s John King. “Tim was one of the most important journalists of our age,” adds Al Hunt of Bloomberg News.

One media critic cites a shift away from traditional journalists like Russert toward talking heads. New MTP moderator David Gregory has tried to adopt some of Russert’s Everyman appeal, and while his show remains on top, his rivals are sensing an opportunity to claim first. “Tim is irreplaceable,” said CBS’s Bob Schieffer. “But somebody has to do it.”