10 years ago today NBC News Washington bureau chief and moderator of Meet the Press Tim Russert died.
Russert was in the tracking booth of NBC’s Washington bureau when he suffered a heart attack and never recovered.
NBC is remembering Russert today as someone who taught a generation of colleagues lessons that live on today.
For NBCNews.com, former Meet the Press ep Betsy Fischer Martin and Erin Fogarty Owen, a former MTp producer, list 6 things Russert taught them, including: “Relationships are key: You never know where the next big tip is going to come from but Tim knew they didn’t always come from the top. He kept in touch with Capitol police officers, staffers on the Hill, and campaign aides, no matter their title. Most often, when he’d break a big story, his source came from way down the Washington food-chain. He began each morning with a series of phone calls to staff, sources and friends asking simply, ‘What do you know?’ And he listened. He was humble, approachable and kind.”
Morning Joe, on which Russert appeared regularly, remembered him this morning.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) June 13, 2018
Colleagues and friends are also sharing their remembrances on social media.
10 years ago today we lost my boss and mentor Tim Russert. I will forever be proud to say that I got to be Tim Russert’s researcher. My favorite Tim quote: “A leader cannot make tough decisions unless he or she is asked tough questions.” pic.twitter.com/M9wCY7ugnd
— Chris Donovan (@chrisdonovan) June 13, 2018
On the 10th anniversary of his death, we all miss Tim Russert. Whether we know it or not. @Morning_Joe
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) June 13, 2018
— Kathie Lee and Hoda (@klgandhoda) June 13, 2018
The small gestures, the minute details and nonstop prep, among the important lessons we’ve all drawn from Tim. https://t.co/eBuAeu7I1q
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) June 13, 2018
Today marks 10 years since we lost my good friend Tim Russert. A proud son of Buffalo, Tim was a great buddy of mine and one of my father’s most trusted advisers. Keeping his family in my thoughts today. pic.twitter.com/nh1zBlsJRf
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 13, 2018