Tim Russert

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Luke Russert Riles Rangel

Congressman berates him when asked about losing job

(Newser) - Charlie Rangel may be facing some serious ethics charges , but he's not about to discuss the possibility of losing his job. Luke Russert of MSNBC (son of Tim) found that out today when he asked Rangel if were worried, notes Mediabistro . Rangel dismissed it as a "dumb question,"... More »

10 Who Died Too Young

From Aaliyah to Tillman to Russert, they had more to offer

(Newser) - In looking back at the '00s, the sad tales of luminaries who died too young stand out. Newsweek asked friends and admirers for their reflections:
  • Randy Pausch, d. 2008: "Despite it all," JJ Abrams writes, the "Last Lecture" professor "was radiant, kind, and good-humored."
  • Tim
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Rachel Maddow Can Rescue Meet the Press

Liberal MSNBC host is Tim Russert's spiritual heir

(Newser) - Meet the Press has been pretty lame since Tim Russert died. No offense to David Gregory, who’s done respectable work, but he was always the safe choice, "and he's made the show just that: safe," writes Brian Donovan. NBC's Sunday morning stalwart needs its fire back,... More »

Tim Russert's Dad Dies

WWII veteran, preceded in death by son Tim Russert, dies of natural causes

(Newser) - Tim Russert’s father Timothy, subject of Tim’s book Big Russ and Me, Father and Son: Lessons in Life, died yesterday. Russert, 85, was also the grandfather of NBC News correspondent Luke Russert, Mediabistro reports. “While he was affectionately known to the world as ‘Big Russ,’... More »

A Year Later, Russert Remembered

Legendary host's shoes may never be filled

(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... More »

Luke Russert a No-Show at NBC

He hasn't been on the air since March

(Newser) - Tim Russert's son, Luke, landed a sweet gig covering youth issues at NBC News after his dad died last summer. Just one problem: No one's seen him since March, the New York Post reports. "It's like, 'Well, that's what you get for nepotism,' " says one NBC insider.... More »

Libby Deserves Bush Pardon

Conviction a 'miscarriage of justice,' writes Fred Barnes

(Newser) - “Simple justice” should compel President Bush to pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby, writes Fred Barnes in the Weekly Standard. “Libby has either been punished far too severely for a very small offense,” writes Barnes “or he is an innocent man.” Libby was convicted of perjury... More »

Those We Lost in 2008

(Newser) - This year saw the passing of many notable people, from Paul Newman and Michael Crichton to William F. Buckley and designer Yves St. Laurent. Here are a few that made the lists of the NY Times and LA Times:
  • Tim Russert (b. 1950)—TV journalist and 16-year host of Meet
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Gregory Named to MTP Gig

White House correspondent had been frontrunner to succeed Russert

(Newser) - As long rumored, NBC News named David Gregory the new moderator of Meet the Press on the show today. Gregory, 38, NBC’s chief White House correspondent, has been hosting a political show on MSNBC and handled election night duties for the cable channel. The move had been widely reported,... More »

NBC Delays Meet the Press Announcement

Leaks about Gregory irk higher-ups; other contenders fuming

(Newser) - NBC, peeved about leaks that David Gregory is the next host of Meet the Press, may delay the announcement, the New York Post reports. Ongoing arguments over Tim Russert’s replacement are “at a new peak,” with other NBC talent fuming about being passed over. Chuck Todd, another... More »

David Gregory to Host Meet the Press

38-year-old White House correspondent will replace Russert

(Newser) - David Gregory is about to get the nod as host of NBC’s Meet the Press, reports Huffington Post. The chief White House correspondent has been a top contender for the spot since Tim Russert’s death in June. An announcement is expected as soon as today, reports Politico, giving... More »

Post-Russert, NBC Should Remake Meet the Press

NBC seems set on finding a Russert clone, but that's a mistake: Brown

(Newser) - Paralyzed by the perceived necessity of finding a Tim Russert doppelganger, NBC has already taken too long to choose a new host for Meet the Press, writes Tina Brown for the Daily Beast. “Russert defined an era,” Brown writes, "but that era is over.” Tom Brokaw... More »

Meet the Press May Get New Anchor(s) Soon

PBS' Gwen Ifill, NBC's own Andrea Mitchell, David Gregory among candidates

(Newser) - NBC could name a new anchor, or anchors, for Meet the Press by Dec. 7, the Los Angeles Times reports. Sources at the network say that could be interim moderator Tom Brokaw’s last day on the show. Up for consideration are NBC’s David Gregory, Chuck Todd, and Andrea... More »

In His Encore, Brokaw Again a Heavy-Hitter for NBC

Russert's fill-in has played diplomat between NBC, McCain

(Newser) - NBC is preparing for a post-Brokaw Meet the Press, but replacing the elder statesman won’t be easy, the New York Times reports. Brokaw has exceeded expectations as a fill-in for Tim Russert, keeping NBC’s Sunday show atop the ratings. Less publicly, he’s been a crucial diplomat between... More »

Tim Russert's Son to Cover Conventions for NBC

Luke, 22, will cover youth issues for the network

(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... More »

How Tim Russert Saved My Life

Broadcaster's death alerted man to his own heart attack

(Newser) - TV producer Michael Bicks considered himself pretty healthy for a 50-something guy. But lying in bed to recover from an unusually exhausting bike ride, his thoughts turned to Tim Russert, who died of a heart attack with no forewarning. Hours later, Bicks was on an operating table for a stent... More »

Subdued Meet the Press Now Squirm-Free

Post-Russert, newly laid-back show doesn't challenge guests

(Newser) - Meeting the press is a much more laid-back experience with Tom Brokaw temporarily in Tim Russert’s old seat, the New York Times reports. Hosting his first standard-format show yesterday, Brokaw “kept the mood at a sober but easygoing tempo,” writes Alessandra Stanley. But with the presidential race... More »

In Internet Age, No Story Can Be Held

Wikipedia announced Russert's death before NBC did

(Newser) - When Tim Russert died on June 13, NBC News held off reporting his death until it had notified the broadcaster's family. But by the time Tom Brokaw announced the news, NBC had been scooped—by Wikipedia, which broke the story 40 minutes earlier. As the New York Times reports, the... More »

Brokaw to Replace Russert

Will pinch-hit through election; Williams' performance today unconvincing

(Newser) - NBC has anointed Tom Brokaw as Tim Russert's heir on "Meet the Press" through the 2008 election, the network announced today. "I feel right at home," said Brokaw, who has appeared on the public affairs show since the Watergate days. But Brian Williams—who took over NBC's... More »

In Russert's Life, Lessons for All

We can learn much from how he lived, writes Noonan

(Newser) - Media coverage of Tim Russert's death was unprecedented in scope—and worth every second, writes Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal. Russert lived a life worth emulating with his emphasis on family, intregrity, faith, self-discipline, and guts. As for the journalists talking about his open-mindedness and serious approach to... More »

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