Tim Russert, most recently the host of Meet the Press and the Washington Bureau Chief for NBC died earlier today.
Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday's "Meet the Press" program when he collapsed, the network said. No details were immediately available.
Russert, the recipient of 48 honorary doctorates, took over the helm of "Meet the Press" in December 1991. Now in its 60th year, "Meet the Press" is the longest-running program in the history of television.
In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Timothy John Russert Jr. was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 7, 1950. He was a graduate of Canisius High School, John Carroll University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He was a member of the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.
That's a shock - I was just listening to him on the radio this morning.
I have known of Tim Russert since I was a little girl, the reason was because when I came home from Sunday School my father was glued to the TV watching this intelligent man. When I first heard about this tragic loss I said to my father, who is now 81 , " What are you going to do on Sunday Mornings and the response was I am going to miss this intelligent journalist who made me a better lobbyist, a state representative and a better person." I then asked what will you miss most about Tim and my father said, a politician himself, " I will miss a man that loved his family, loved his profession and a man who was so comitted to a job that he will miss probably one of the best elections in history. But happy that he spent his last days seeing a son he loved graduate and spending time in Italy". And that is the impression Tim has left on America and what a tragic loss this is, not only for my father who is 81, but a daughter who is 41. God Bless Tim and his family !!