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Published on Oct 21, 2008
Tim Russert joined NBC News in 1984; the beginning of a 24 year run that brought him national acclaim and the admiration of his colleagues at NBC and elsewhere. It also gave American television viewers a tenacious interviewer famous for confronting the mighty with statements they once made and might now regret. From 1991 until his death this in June of 2008 he moderated Meet the Press, Americas most-watched Sunday morning interview program. Surviving a Tim Russert interrogation was considered an essential challenge for many an aspiring national politician, what Newsweek correspondent Howard Fineman coined the Tim Russet test.
Russert also anchored a weekly interview show on CNBC, The Tim Russert Show, and served as Senior Vice-President and Washington Bureau Chief of NBC News. Russert authored two best-selling books—Big Russ and Me (2004) and Wisdom of Our Fathers (2006), and received numerous honors over the course of his career.
This video was created for the 29th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards. Following the video tribute, Russert's wife and son accepted a special recognition from the National Academy.