Russert, Tim 1950–

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RUSSERT, Tim 1950


Full name, Timothy John Russert, Jr.; born May 7, 1950, in Buffalo, NY; son of Timothy John "Big Russ," Sr. (a newspaper truck driver and sanitation engineer) and Elizabeth (a homemaker) Russert; married Maureen Orth (a journalist and writer), 1983; children: Luke. Education: John Carroll University, B.A. (political science), 1972; ClevelandMarshall College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1976. Religion: Roman Catholic.

Addresses: Office NBC News, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112.

Career: News anchor, commentator, correspondent, moderator, reporter, and executive. Special counsel, then chief of staff for United States senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 197782; counselor for New York governor Mario M. Cuomo, 198384; NBC News, broadcast journalist, anchor, moderator, and executive, 1984, assistant to NBC News head Larry Grossman, became senior vice president, later Washington, DC, bureau chief, reporter for United States/Soviet (now Russian) summits in Geneva, Switzerland, Malta, Washington, DC, Moscow, Soviet Union (now Russia), and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; MSNBC, contributing anchor; member of the New York and District of Columbia bars; trustee of the Freedom Forum's Newseum. Lecturer at colleges and universities, including New York University School of Journalism, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Yale University, Tufts University, St. Bonaventure University, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and University of California, Berkeley. Lecturer at various venues, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Also worked as a taxi driver, pizza maker, and garbage truck driver.

Member: Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club (member of the board of directors), America's PromiseAlliance for Youth.

Awards, Honors: John Peter Zenger Award, New York State Bar Association, 1992; CableACE Award nomination, best interviewer, 1994; Distinguished Graduate Award, National Catholic Educator's Association, 1995; Father of the Year, National Father's Day Committee, 1995; named a dream dad, Parents magazine, 1998; named best talk show host, Brill's Content, 1999; named top political journalist in a poll of Capitol Hill press secretaries, George magazine, 2000; named best and most influential journalist in Washington, DC, by The Washingtonian magazine, 2001; Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in journalism, Radio and Television Correspondents Association, and Walter Cronkite Award, Annenberg Center, University of Southern California, both for interviews on Meet the Press; Allen H. Neuharth Award for excellence in journalism; American Legion Journalism Award; Centennial Medal, John Carroll University, for being a distinguished alumnus; Alumni Special Achievement Award and Dean's Award, ClevelandMarshall College of Law; President's medal, Trocaire College; several honorary degrees from various institutions, including Canisus College, Marist College, D'Youville College, and Albany Law School; fellow, Commission of European Communities; named a "real dad," Washingtonian; named one of the one top Irish Americans in the United States, Irish America.


Television Appearances; Series:

Political analyst, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw (also known as Nightly News with Tom Brokaw ), NBC, 1984.

Moderator, Meet the Press, NBC, 1991.

Anchor, The Tim Russert Show, CNBC, 1994.

Correspondent, Internight, MSNBC, 1996.

Also appeared as a political analyst for Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show ), NBC.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Campaigning on Cue: The Presidential Election of 1984, PBS, 1986.

Analyst at large, Decision '92: The Democratic National Convention, NBC, 1992.

Analyst at large, Decision '92: The Republican National Convention, NBC, 1992.

Host, Meet the Media: Is It Unfair to Clinton? Is It Fair to America?, 1994.

Talk Back America II, CNBC, 1994.

Host, Your Money and Your Life: America's Managed Care Revolution, PBS, 1995.

Host and moderator, Meet the Media: What Is News? What Is Tabloid?, CNBC, 1995.

Moderator, Meet the Media: Fair or Biased toward Gingrich and the GOP?, CNBC, 1995.

Let's Make Sure Everybody Eats '95, The Food Network, 1995.

Profits and Promises: New Markets, New Challenges, PBS, 1995.

Profits and Promises: Reinventing the Corporation, PBS, 1995.

Talk Back America III, CNBC, 1995.

Analyst, Decision '96: Election Night, NBC, 1996.

Correspondent, Decision '96: The Democratic National Convention, NBC, 1996.

Correspondent, Decision '96: The Republican National Convention, NBC, 1996.

The 54th Alfred I. Du Pont/Columbia University Awards, PBS, 1996.

Why America Hates the Press, PBS, 1996.

Host, Before I Die: Medical Care and Personal Choices, PBS, 1997.

Host, Liberty and Limits: The "Federalist " Idea 200 Years Later, PBS, 1997.

Moderator, New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary Debate, PBS, 2000.

Himself, 30 by 30: Kid FlicksParty Animals, HBO and HBO Family, 2001.

Himself, NBC 75th Anniversary Special (also known as NBC 75th Anniversary ), NBC, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(Uncredited) Himself, "The Old and the Dead," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide and H: LOTS ), NBC, 1995.

Voice of Millard Fillmore, The American President, 2000.

The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 2002 and 2003.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2002 and 2003.

Also appeared in episodes of other series, including Larry King Live, CNN.

Television Work; Series:

Acted as a liaison to NBC News head Larry Grossman for Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show ), NBC.

Television Work; Specials:

Production executive, A Day in the Life of President Bush, NBC, 1990.

Production executive, A Day in the Life of the White House, NBC, 1990.

Production overseer, A Day in the Life of President Clinton, NBC, 1993.

Washington bureau chief, A Day at the White House, NBC, 1993.

Television Work; Episodic:

Supervisor of live broadcasts from Rome, NBC News, NBC, 1985.

Supervisor of live broadcasts from Rome, Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show ), NBC, 1985.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Himself, President Clinton: Final Days (comedic short film), 2000.

Himself, Election 2000 (documentary), 2001.



Columbia Journalism Review, September/October, 1992, pp. 4042.

Esquire, February, 1993, pp. 96102.

People Weekly, November 16, 1998, p. 203.

Publishers Weekly, January 6, 2003, p. 12.

TV Guide, October 21, 2000, pp. 4244, 59.

U.S. News & World Report, January 3, 2000, p. 8; November 20, 2000, p. 10.

Variety, March 25, 2002, p. A12.

Vital Speeches, September 1, 1997, pp. 70204.

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