Tim Russert's Son to Cover Conventions for NBC

Luke, 22, will cover youth issues for the network
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 31, 2008 6:43 PM CDT
Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert, watches as his father's casket is carried into Holy Trinity Church.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Tim Russert's son will take up a family tradition for NBC News, helping to cover the Democratic and Republican conventions. Luke, 22, who drew praise for delivering a moving eulogy at his father's funeral, will cover "youth issues" as a convention correspondent. The recent Boston College graduate said he was "humbled and grateful" for the assignment.

"I'm not trying to be my father," said Luke. "He's irreplaceable. I'm simply trying to do something that I think there's a real niche for, that there's a calling for, that has to do with youth, not just in the election but in politics from now on." (Read more Luke Russert stories.)