NBC Washington Bureau Chief and host of ‘Meet The Press’ Tim Russert died today of a heart attack.
He was just 58 year old. Too Young. My father died of a heart attack when he was 58 years old so I can understand what the Russert family is going through.
As a person who tries to follow politics very closely and who relishes every chance to talk politics I have long admired Russert.
Just weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana Russert visited New Orleans. He and NBC correspondent David Gregory were in town for the now famous President Bush speech in Jackson Square. Following the event the two came to our TV station to do q&a with our anchors.
At the time of their visit the city was still on look-down and the crew we had in New Orleans was still living in our building on air mattresses.
Russert was engaging and polite to everyone. He went out of his way to talk to those of us from New Orleans about our personal situations.
I had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with Russert because upon finding out that I was the sports anchor at our station Russert immediately wanted to talk about J.P. Losman. A former Tulane University quarterback, Losman had been drafted the previous spring by the Buffalo Bills. Russert was born and raised in Buffalo so he of course followed the Bills Closely.
It was only one conversation but I’m glad I can say that I had the opportunity to meet Tim Russert.