Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert, Dead at 58

I shouldn't have to write this. I don't want to write it. Not now. Not ever.

Tim Russert, moderator of Meet The Press, died today of an apparent heart attack. He was 58-years-old. He is survived by his wife, Maureen Orth, and son Luke.

He was a compelling journalist, political whiz and a master conversationalist. He made current events surprisingly accessible and more importantly, interesting.

Slide shows, video collages, essays, testimonials and the like will pour in over the next week. Russert's books will fly off the shelf and we'll sit through hours of tributes and maybe a special or two. Anchors will face their own mortality and wonder just what the headlines will read when their time here is done.

So before all of that happens and before we lose sight of this, let's just stop for a second and remember Tim Russert. He was a talented journalist, but better yet, he seemed like a really genuine and wonderful person.

Photo: Daily Galaxy


Christopher Wayne said...

Well, I guess now there is really no reason to watch meet the press anymore...I was really looking forward to sunday mornings with TR (right after my 38th bday, lol)