June 13, 2008

Tim Russert Remembered

"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Tim Russert. … Tim was a tough and hardworking newsman. He was always well-informed and thorough in his interviews. And he was as gregarious off the set as he was prepared on it. Most important, Tim was a proud son and father, and Laura and I offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Maureen, his son Luke and the entire Russert family."

— President George W. Bush

"We are heartbroken at the sudden passing of Tim Russert. We have lost a beloved member of our NBC Universal family, and the news world has lost one of its finest. The enormity of this loss cannot be overstated. More than a journalist, Tim was a remarkable family man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Maureen, their son Luke and Tim's entire extended family."

— Jeff Zucker, president and CEO, NBC Universal

"Tim Russert is gone. He was a giant in our company, in our lives and in the combined fields of journalism and politics. He was my friend for many years and my on-air partner during the most exciting political year in generations. The members of Tim's NBC News family are thinking only of the members of Tim's own family in the wake of this staggering, overpowering and sudden loss."

— Brian Williams, anchor, "NBC Nightly News"

"Tim was a big teddy bear of a guy, but he was also a pit bull of an interviewer. He always held people's feet to the fire, often using their past words with great effect to reveal flip-flops or hypocrisy. While Tim was incredibly tenacious, he always did his job with great humanity and respect. … He was one of the nicest, most generous colleagues I ever had the pleasure of working with."

— Katie Couric, anchor, "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric"

"Tim projected vitality — always excited about the stories he covered and intrigued by the people he interviewed. That's what made him so good, and his passing so hard to absorb. His competitors — just like his co-workers — held Tim in the highest of regard."

— Charlie Gibson, anchor, ABC's "World News"

"He was one of the premier political analysts and journalists of his time. This news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice."

— Tom Brokaw, former anchor, "NBC Nightly News"

"The Buffalo Bills organization is devastated in hearing the news of the passing of Tim Russert. Tim, as everyone knows, was a tremendous Bills fan. He was always so proud to let people know just how much he loved our team and was such a great ambassador for Buffalo. .. He was a true friend and we will miss him immensely."

— The Buffalo Bills organization

"We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Tim's sudden passing. He was an integral member of our board of directors and its executive committee, and he cared about the Hall of Fame and its mission so much. We'll miss Tim's critical thinking and his unsurpassed passion for the game tremendously."

— Jane Forbes Clark, chairwoman, Baseball Hall of Fame

"Tim Russert was a valuable trustee of the Newseum. He was a strong advocate of building the new Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. It was fitting that one of the very first events at the Newseum was to honor Tim and celebrate the 60th anniversary of "Meet the Press." The guest list was more impressive than a White House state dinner list. Without trying to be, he was Washington's leading luminary. We will miss him greatly."

— Charles L. Overby, CEO, Newseum

"There wasn't a better interviewer on television, a more thoughtful analyst about politics. He was one of the finest men I know. I am grief-stricken with loss, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

— Sen. Barack Obama, presumptive Democratic nominee

"I am very saddened by Tim Russert's sudden death. … He was truly a great American who loved his family, his friends, his Buffalo Bills and everything about politics and America. … I was proud to call him a friend."

— John McCain, presumptive GOP nominee

"Tim had a love of public service and a dedication to journalism that rightfully earned him the respect and admiration of not only his colleagues but also those of us who had the privilege to go toe-to-toe with him. In seeking answers to tough questions, he helped inform the American people and make our democracy stronger."

— Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton

"Broadcast journalism lost one of its greats today. Tim Russert was a giant in our field — a standard-bearer of journalistic integrity and ethics. His masterful interviews and round-table discussions are legendary. This is a tragic loss for journalism and for all who were privileged to know him."

— Walter Cronkite, former CBS News anchor

"Tim was the best of our profession. He asked the best questions, and then he listened for the answer. We became very close friends over the years. He delighted in scooping me, and I felt the same way when I scooped him. When you slipped one past ole Russert, you felt as though you had hit a home run off the best pitcher in the league."

— Bob Schiefer, CBS News anchor, "Face the Nation"

"Tim loved everything about politics and journalism, because he believed in it. Every Sunday morning, he brought that passion to his table and made all of us better. My thoughts and prayers are with his family — especially Maureen, Luke and his father Russ."

— George Stephanopoulos, host, ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos

"Tim's passing is a loss not only to his family and many friends; it is a loss to good journalism and to our country. Tim, first and foremost, was devout in his faith and deeply devoted to his family. He loved his country with a passion and became a classic example of the ideal American journalist."

— Dan Rather, journalist, former CBS News anchor

"No one could see Tim in a room and not smile. He brought so much joy and curiosity and sheer vitality to all our lives. … He was a defining American newsman. Love of country, love of family poured through him, onto the screen, into the work, into stories at dinner, into the little chuckle that reminded us — aren't we lucky to be here in this big life."

— Diana Sawyer, co-anchor ABC's "Good Morning America"

"Tim Russert was a gentleman and giant — not just in politics and journalism — but in life. And through that life, he gave us all a model worth emulating. With a reasoned voice, a sharp mind and a fair hand, Tim took the measure of every Washington official and all those that sought to be one. He was a great journalist and an even better friend."

— Sen. Edward Kennedy

"Tim Russert was a transformative journalist. He changed American television news by bringing to it his own values: integrity, fairness, good humor, humility and a unique sense of how reporting, history, and politics are bound together. He was masterful at exposing hypocrisy. … His approach to every role was always the same: He loved what he did and sought a way to the truth, often unconventionally."

— Carl Bernstein, journalist and author

Tim Russert Dead at 58; NBC Host Was Newseum Trustee

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