WASHINGTON -- NBC News reports that Tim Russert died today of a heart attack. He was born in Buffalo, New York on May 7, 1950. He graduated from Canisius High School, John Carroll University and from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law with Honors. Before joining NBC, Russert served as counselor in the New York governor's office in Albany and as special counsel in the U.S. Senate from 1977 to 1982. He was admitted to the bar in New York and Washington D.C.
Russert was the managing editor and moderator of "Meet the Press" and political analyst for "NBC Nightly News" and the "Today" show. He also anchored "The Tim Russert Show," a weekly interview program on MSNBC. He wrote to New York Times #1 bestsellers -- "Big Russ and Me" "Wisdom of Our Fathers."
Russert took over "Meet the Press" in December 1991. It became the most watched Sunday morning interview program in the country. It is the longest-running program in television history. Russert joined NBC News in 1984.
Russert is survived by his wife, Maureen Orth, a writer for Vanity Fair magazine, and their son, Luke. He will be missed. Pray for his family.