He was a great family man, too....in a really big big way. He wrote a very touching book about his father that was more than a great tribute to his dear father...it was, in many ways, a very beautiful and inspiring 'American' story. It is what is so great about this country. A man from very humble beginnings can reach the heights in his chosen profession and walk with Presidents, if that is his choice.He was a man of great great integrity....something in very short supply these days. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and loved him and by the millions of us who were touched by his presence in our homes through the magic of television. Indeed, a great great journalist and a lovely human being is gone, and it makes me incredibly sad......sadder than I could have ever imagined. May God Bless him on his journey.
More To Come......
I did not know of this gentleman, but he certainly sounds like a true professional and wonderful person. So young too, very sad.
I'm sad about it too -- surprisingly so. I was touched yesterday by the length and depth of the many tributes that immediately came out. He was a journalist, so it makes sense that other journalists would create tributes, but it was the sincere sense of loss they conveyed that touched me. They weren't eulogizing a journalist -- they were missing their friend. God speed, Tim.
I couldn't believe this when I heard it on a "Breaking News" report here in Pennsylvania yesterday. It was so sad and has touched many people.
Reports are now saying a cholesterol plaque broke off an artery, causing a fatal arrythmia (heart attack). He was gone before he knew it.
It is also sad that his son just graduated but his last memories of his father will be cherished by him because of the trip they took to Italy for his graduation present. What a nice memory to hold about your father's last time with you!
He will be missed by many and much revered.
I only watched Meet the Press occasionaly, but his face is very familiar. At the moment I am watching a retrospective of his life on [his show] while also reading some blogs. As Melissa says, I too, am touched by the sincere depth of loss his colleagues are feeling.
As you'll see from my blog I did this morning, my grief is right there with yours, Naomi.
I'm still so stunned and saddened when I realize he's truly gone! I truthfully do not know how we'll get through the rest of this election year and election night without the wise wisdom, intelligence and humor of such a special man! My soul is so sad.
This news is terribly sad, and your post and wonderful tribute make me wish I would've seen more of his work. Good, professional people are hard to come by and this is a great loss, not only to his family, but to many others who knew, loved and respected him as well. My heart goes out to all of them.
Sure, Naomi, so sad... I have never seen Tim Russert on TV but I know he was a great journalist. Very touching your tribute to him, Naomi!
It is sad and such a shock. We see these people all the time, hear their analysis on the big events and just find it unreal that they can die like everybody else. He was a good man and will be missed
What set him apart was that he was the consummate professional in every way. These are few and far between. Alas, we are left with those individual who are all hair and white teeth and nothing of substance.
He will be missed.
Being in the UK, I had never heard of Tim Russert. But he seems to have been a sad loss to the US community.
What a lovely tribute - we all get so close to those TV faces that come into our houses on a daily or weekly basis.
Rest, Tim - you done good :-)
It is very sad, I have always liked him. I was going to buy the book he wrote about his dad last year but didn't get around to it. I think I will certainly have to buy it now. It is a little scary knowing that he is my age and dying like that. I feel a great sadness for his family.....
I didn't know him, Naomi, but from your post he certainly was a great person and professional...sad news ...
this was very sad..
they say no one goes before their time... but things like this makes you wonder sometimes.
Hi Naomi. Thank you for sharing...sad indeed for one so young. The late Mr Tim Russert looked familiar and the name, familiar. A great tribute post.
Being in the UK I am not familiar with Tim or his shows. From your post though it sounds like the world has lost a wonderful person, a great professional jounalist and is that little bit more empty because of it.
I know this has touched you and many others very deeply.
I'd never heard of him, but it still made the news over here. A sad day.
I read about it this morning, though I didn't know who he was.
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Sorry, I'm not able to act as I normally do. I still cry. But do my best to return to normal behaviour.
hugs to you
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I always liked Tim Russert, he was so professional and yet came across as a regular guy who knew a lot about politics. It us a loss for the news media and public
It is indeed a big loss and a very sad tragedy.
A man of integrity, like you said, who had such a constant love and commitment to his family.
I feel so sad for his wife, son, and his dear father, who I'm sure never expected to outlive his son.
I wish more TV interviewers were like him. He truly did grill people from both parties and did not have an agenda other than to get to the truth about whatever and whomever was before him.
He had honor in his professional life, and his personal life.
God be with his family as they come to terms with their loss.
I knew of him , my mother watched him all the time...she eats, sleeps and breaths american and canadian politics! ...Big loss for sure...sadly, so young...my heart goes out to his family.
I didn't know him of course but he must be a great loss to many people. And too young to go. We seem to be running out of the good guys.
Such a terrible loss. I got the feeling he was truly well-liked by everyone in journalism. He will be missed by so many.
I appreciated his not allowing his show to become a shouting festival and it was not partisan. He seems like he was a wonderful man. How sad for his family.
Tim Russert's passing is a huge loss to American voters. He was a brilliant journalist and had the gift of making his viewers feel as though they physically present during his interviews.
I am particularly sad that he won't be able to be a part of this election which he was so passionate and excited about.
Tim Russert's love and knowlege of the poltical arena has played an important part in my life. He was always fair in his interviews and equally tough on both Republicans and Democrats. I am sure his passing is an enormous loss to the NBC network.
Did you catch the interview on The Today Show with Tim's son. What an outstanding young man. No wonder his father was so proud of him.
I feel like I knew him because he was so likable and reminded me of people I knew. I think he had a similar background as me and was my age. Also, he worked for Democrats before doing his show, which I consider the party of the working class and the underprivileged, so he gets some points for that. Did you watch the PBS special on Eleanor Roosevelt last night? It brought me to tears a few times. What a human being.
Naomi, I'm a bit of a slack on the comments but I read you every single day. And it was your Russert tribute that inspired me to get back with the blog. You are very special and never fail to comment on my blog. Thank you for that. Hugs, Bud
The amount of coverage his death received, the depth of emotion exhibited by those who knew him and those who didn't, spoke volumes of just what a high quality man he was. I always enjoyed his coverage of news events and I believe his "Meet The Press" is what got me so involved in politics. He made it understandable. He did his research and asked intelligent questions, and he didn't let people slide. I couldn't tell which side he was on, because his questions were fair and deep with everyone. I greatly respected him. I do hope his son follows in his footsteps, not necessarily as a broadcast journalist, but with integrity as a man.
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