Mr W just called and told me that Tim Russert died of a heart attack today in the newsroom of NBC Washington. What a tremendous loss, both to NBC, where he has been Bureau Chief and moderator of Meet the Press, and to the public.
Newsmen like him are rare and valuable. I never saw him be anything but concise and professional. He had a big heart, undying love for his work and great enthusiasm for political news.
We lost a real good one today.