'Today' debut shows Vieira's two sides

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The "Today" show's new co-host Meredith Vieira started her job kidding with partner Matt Lauer in New York, but easily assumed her news role.

Cheney: Despite no WMDs, war justified

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney says the United States should have invaded Iraq even if it had known Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction.

Pennsylvania Senate race heats up debate

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., escalated his rhetoric against Democratic challenger Bob Casey Jr., saying he has "no specifics, no answer." The two squared off for more than 40 minutes Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," in a state where polls show Casey,

Feingold: Senate out of touch on Iraq

WASHINGTON, June 26 (UPI) -- Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., one of the few senators to vote against invading Iraq in 2003, says Congress is out of touch with the American people on the war. "The American people have had it with this intervention," Feingold told NBC's Tim Russert on "Mee

Libby knowledge of Plame ID said critical

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- While I. Lewis Libby is not charged with leaking classified information, Valerie Plame's CIA status is the key issue in the case, the U.S. prosecutor says.

Pelosi: Democrats want Iraq transition

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) -- Interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press," Rep. Nancy Pelosi has said the Democrats were united around the principle of significant transition in Iraq in 2006.

Report: Cheney told Libby of CIA identity

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A legal opinion in the Valerie Plame leak case includes new information about how I. Lewis Libby learned she was a CIA officer.

Russert dads help sons in their own way

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Tim Russert's father took a part-time job to put his son through college, but the host of NBC's "Meet the Press" helped his son by taking him to games.

Reporters' information on Libby sought

WSAHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Lawyers for I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, have asked a judge to force prosecutors to hand over information from reporters. The attorneys want to review confidential conversations three reporters had with Bush administratio

James Carville to host sports show on XM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Democratic strategist James Carville will host a sports show on XM Satellite Radio together with Luke Russert, son of NBC journalist Tim Russert.

NBC's Russert resisted Libby testimony

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Court documents say NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert resisted testifying about his private conversations with I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Rice says wiretapping needed in terror war

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says President Bush's secret program of wiretapping was necessary for national security.

Celeb guitars to grace Buffalo for charity

BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- There have been fiberglass cows and horses painted for charity, and now 6-foot guitars will grace Buffalo, N.Y., streets for charity.

Russert says he didn't tell Libby of Plame

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- NBC's Tim Russert said on "Meet the Press" Sunday that he didn't tell I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Valerie Plame's name or that she worked for the CIA.

Libby indicted in CIA leak probe, resigns

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Lewis Libby, chief of staff and national security adviser to the vice president, has been indicted on multiple counts in the CIA leak case.
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Tim Russert
Tim Russert speaks with Stephen Colbert about Colbert's new book "I Am America (And So Can You!)" at George Washington University in Washington on October 19, 2007. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)

Timothy John Russert (May 7, 1950–June 13, 2008) was an American television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest-serving moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. He was a senior vice president at NBC News, Washington bureau chief and also hosted the eponymous CNBC/MSNBC weekend interview program Tim Russert. He was a frequent correspondent and guest on NBC's The Today Show and Hardball. Russert covered several presidential elections, and he presented the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey on the NBC Nightly News during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Time magazine included Russert in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008. Russert was posthumously revealed as a 30-year source for syndicated columnist Robert Novak.

Russert was born in Buffalo, New York to Irish American Catholic parents Elizabeth (Betty), a homemaker, and Timothy Joseph "Big Russ" Russert, a sanitation worker and newspaper truck driver, who were married for 30 years and separated in 1976. He was the second of four children; his sisters are Betty Ann (B.A.), Kathleen (Kathy) and Patricia (Trish). He received a Jesuit education from Canisius High School in Buffalo.

He received his B.A. in 1972 from John Carroll University and a Juris Doctor with honors from the Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1976. Russert commented on Meet the Press that he went to Woodstock, "in a Buffalo Bills jersey with a case of beer." While in law school, an official from his alma mater, John Carroll University, called Russert to ask if he could book some concerts for the school as he had done while a student. He agreed, but said he would need to be paid because he was running out of money to pay for law school. One concert that Russert booked was headlined by a then-unknown singer, Bruce Springsteen, who charged $2,500 for the concert appearance. Russert told this story to Jay Leno when he was a guest on the The Tonight Show on NBC on June 6, 2006. John Carroll University has since named its Department of Communications and Theatre Arts in Russert's honor.

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