I Never Met Tim Russert

By: Stephanie Shoop -- News Director
By: Stephanie Shoop -- News Director

I never met Tim Russert. Never e-mailed him and never called him. Never saw him speak in public, never ran into him at a convention.  Yet Tim Russert gave me a very personal gift. 

I watched Tim Russert as you did... as a viewer. But as a young television news producer, I also watched him to learn. How do I explain a complicated, often partisan, political issue accurately and without spin? I got an education watching Tim Russert.

A lot of that learning came after hours. When election days turned into long nights, and sometimes into dawn, I was often alone in the newsroom preparing for the next round of results or next newscast.  At my side? Tim Russert. 

He didn't just talk politics. He made you understand it. Tom Brokaw called Russert one of the "premiere journalists" of our time. Russert is remembered as a masterful interviewer.  A man who loved his family, his faith, politics and sports.  He is remembered as a teacher, a leader and a mentor.

A mentor to people he never even met. And a journalist whose shining, clear voice is his legacy.

 

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  • by charlene Location: Duplin county on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    I have never met Tim Russet myself but i watch him in the poltical confrence on Sunday mornings and he knew what was going on more than i think the congress team that we have in office. I think Mr. Tim Russett would have been a great adviser, in Washington D.C.
  • by Wanda Location: Plymouth on Nov 15, 2008 at 04:31 PM
    I really missed Tim Russert this year. I felt a pain like I did know him when he passed. He was a fair journalist and a person to be admired.
  • by cathy Location: farmville on Jul 3, 2008 at 11:38 PM
    I never met Mr. Russert either but he could explain politics and could see the results of our actions before they had happened. Who will replace him?
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