Journalist Tim Russert

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on March 25, 2001
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Tim Russert of the television news show Meet the Press is one of the best, and most fair, political interviewers I've seen. What is his background?
—Charles W., Connecticut

Tim Russert, 50, moderator of Meet the Press and political analyst for NBC's Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and Today, among many other duties, first joined NBC News in 1984 and took over the helm of Meet the Press—the longest-running program in television's history—in late 1991. Before joining NBC News, Russert observed firsthand the inner workings of government as counselor in the New York governor's office (1983-84), and special counsel in the U.S. Senate (1977-82). Russert, born in Buffalo, N.Y., graduated with honors from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia. He is married to Maureen Orth, a writer for Vanity Fair magazine. They live in Washington, D.C., with their son, Luke.