Gregory “Working Like Hell” To Live Up Russert Legacy

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By Chris Ariens Comment

Gregory_2.2.jpgMeet the Press moderator David Gregory has made TVWeek’s “12 to Watch in 2009″ list…the only tvnewser to do so.

“For someone like me who loves to cover politics, who loves to cover Washington and cover the world, there couldn’t be a more exciting time,” Mr. Gregory said of the start of the new presidency.

Mr. Gregory didn’t come to his latest role under the easiest of circumstances. He recognizes it was a “difficult year” at NBC News due to the unexpected death of longtime “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert and the unavoidable task of finding a replacement.

“I think what Tim created for this program…was a place of tough questioning, accountability, fairness, balance and relevance, and that’s how I understand the legacy to be,” Mr. Gregory said. “I’m just working like hell to live up to both the legacy and what the program represents.”

Others on the list: Oprah Winfrey, Les Moonves and Jay Leno.