Russert got on my last nerve many a time this silly election season, but he was at times an excellent interviewer He was also a journalist, news anchor and a host of Meet the Press plus other duties throughout his career at NBC and MSNBC. From MSNBC:
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.
Russert is survived by his wife, Maureen Orth, a writer for Vanity Fair magazine, and a son, Luke.He is also survived by his father whom he affectionally called..Big Russ. He also wrote a book entitled Big Russ and Me.