The Passing of Tim Russert

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

A nation is left in shock and sadness as a veteran newsman dies suddenly.

It was certainly an interesting day in the newsroom as we learned of the sudden dead of NBC staple Tim Russert.  I remember growing up watching this man in awe of his expertise not only in politics but his way to break down so many facts and make them interesting, informative and easily understandable.

The NBC family has lost a great resource, and it will be interesting to see what happens when November elections roll around how the network will fill the void.

Anyone who has followed the national elections in particular the 2000 Presidential race can recall Russert and his white board which distinctly said Florida, Florida, Florida.  This simple tool was so effective and was synonymous with his dedication to bring the public the most up to date information.  He didn't need all the bells and whistles, but merely his knowledge and charismatic personality to let Americans in on what was going on.

Tim Russert will be missed, not only by myself but by the hundreds of thousands of American's who came to see his face and know what he was about to say was the truth.  He gave unbiased coverage, something I strive to achieve as a journalist.  I pray for his family at this time and hope they can find peace in knowing how high he set the bar people in broadcast journalism.

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