In an age shaped by the expansion of both cable television and the internet, traditional media giants are fewer and farther between than they were in the days of Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather, or at the very least, they are less noticeable among the multitudes of television and internet journalists – they no longer dominate the spotlight themselves. And yet, some do stand out, above all others, respected and admired by all. And now, one of those men, Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press, has died at the age of 58. NBC News reports that he collapsed at work and died shortly after.
He was a family man, a sports man, and a man of character. He was well respected by politicians, co-workers, the public, and even his competitors. His show was a must-do for major news-makers, ranging from New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to Mitt Romney, to President Bush.
A great voice of American Television that will be never be heard again – Tim Russert is dead at just 58 years old.