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Tim Russert speaks to the audience before a debate of Democratic presidential hopefuls at
Dartmouth College, Sept. 26, 2007.

Tim Russert Dies at 58

June 13, 2008 07:13 PM
by Cara McDonough
The “Meet the Press” host collapsed while working in NBC’s bureau in Washington, D.C., Friday afternoon.

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The cause of Russert’s death was a heart attack. He had recently returned from a trip to Italy with his family.

Russert began hosting “Meet the Press” in 1991. The show, now in its 60th year, is the longest-running program in the history of television.

Throughout his career Russert was recognized with many awards, including an Emmy for his role in the coverage of President Ronald Reagan’s funeral and an Edward R. Murrow Award for his interview of Sen. John McCain in 2001.

Russert 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.

Before he was hired to work in NBC’s Washington bureau in 1984, Russert worked for two prominent New York Democrats, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Gov. Mario Cuomo.

Tom Brokaw, the former host of “NBC Nightly News,” came on the air at 3:39 to announce Russert’s death, calling him “our beloved colleague.”

“This news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice,” Brokaw said.

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