"In eight years, I had done it--made the best contribution, learned as much as I could. And I wanted to start a family," Russert said in his George interview.
Russert joined NBC News that year, hoping to put his legal training and governmental background to use in media. He was hired as vice president and assistant to the president of NBC News in New York. By April 1985, he was working behind the scenes, supervising the "Today" show's live broadcasts from Rome.
During that visit, Russert arranged the first-ever appearance by Pope John Paul II on an American television news program. In a commencement address to the Columbus School of Law in 1997, Russert recounted his first meeting with the pope.
"I'll never forget it," Russert said. "The door opened, there he was, dressed in white. I was there alone. As he approached me, my mind quickly turned away from Bryant Gumbel's career and NBC's ratings toward the notion of salvation. And you heard this tough, no nonsense, hard-hitting questioner from 'Meet the Press,' a trained attorney, begin my exchange, 'Bless me, Father.'"
After the Rome broadcast, Russert continued working behind the scenes, leading NBC's weeklong broadcasts from South America, Australia and China in 1986 and 1987. In 1990, he oversaw the production of a prime-time news special, "A Day in the Life of President Bush."
In the Camera's Eye
According to Marvin Kalb, who was moderator of "Meet the Press" from 1984 to 1987, Russert became involved with the show early in his NBC career.
A Midwesterner In Harvard YardWhen Tom Brokaw takes to the podium as the keynote speaker in this afternoon's Class Day festivities, the eyes of
Moses and the NRAMoses has been elected vice-president of the National Riffle Association (NRA), and his career move has significantly disrupted my peace
A Fiddler on the Roof-esque Dating Service And Other NotesThe ad in the yellow pages features a photo of a beaming, grandmotherly Zelda Fischer. But Gentlepeople, the dating service
Tim Russert To Speak on Class DayIn a break from the comedians that have graced Tercentenary Theatre on Class Day in recent years, the Class of
Russert Tapped For Class Day TalkIn a break from the comedians that have graced Tercentenary Theatre on Class Day in recent years, the Class of
From Borat to Boring?This year’s Class Day speaker will be nothing less than the paradigm of parental perfection. Tim Russert, host of NBC’s