As a young journalist, I aspired to be like Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and Dick Enberg. Growing up, I found these three to be articulate, intelligent and awe-inspiring.
As the years passed, and my writing broadened into politics, I sought the person who embodied all of the aforementioned reporters and announcers. Tim Russert was that person.
I first encountered Russert on a Sunday morning TV magazine show. He and other pundits kicked around political ideology and often “kicked” the behinds of politicians. Russert, though, always did it in the classiest of ways.
His election coverage was always on the mark, and when he interviewed presidential candidates, he never pulled a single punch.
Russert could hammer away at presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama during a 90-minute debate, then be seen with his arm around Obama, laughing gleefully afterward.
A beloved son, loving father and international face of policical journalism, Tim Russert will be dearly missed by millions.