NBC’s Tim Russert Dead at 58

A true broadcast and political talent, Tim Russert, NBC’s Washington Bureau Chief and host of “Meet the Press,” died this afternoon at age 58.

From Poynter’s Romenesko media column:

Tim Russert, 58, was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program when he suffered a heart attack. || Howard Kurtz: The Democratic operative turned NBC commentator revolutionized Sunday morning television and infused journalism with his passion for politics.

This is sad news. Sad because Russert was so young, and sad because he won’t be here to see the end of this already-historic presidential election. He would have loved it.

More

Tim Russert Dies From Apparent Heart Attach (New York Post)

And

Mr. Brokaw is to host a special edition of “Meet the Press” on Sunday, which will pay tribute to Mr. Russert’s life and career. With Mr. Russert’s unexpected passing, NBC will soon be forced to confront a question with no immediately easy answer: how to replace its lead political analyst with the presidential election less than five months away.

(New York Times)

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