For millions of Americans, if it's Sunday, it's "Meet the Press."
On the longest running show in television history, politicians are grilled and news is broken weekly. At the center of it all is "Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert--a staple on the American political scene, one of the most respected broadcast journalists in the country and today's Harvard Law School Class Day speaker.
During Russert's nearly 10-year tenure, "Meet the Press" has become a ritual for its average 4.2 million viewers, growing into the highest-rated Sunday morning interview program and the most quoted news program in the world.
Russert, who serves as senior vice president and Washington bureau chief for NBC News, also anchors his own program on CNBC about the role of media in American society and is a contributing anchor for NBC's other cable news channel, MSNBC.
Not bad for someone who started his journalism career just 16 years ago.
Meet Tim Russert
Born in Buffalo, New York on May 7, 1950, Russert grew up attending Catholic schools. He graduated from John Carroll University, a Jesuit university in Ohio, before graduating with honors from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
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