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Honorary Degree Recipient



T I M  R U S S E R T
Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief
NBC News

As Senior Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News, Tim Russert’s astute political analyses skills have served the American public in many ways. He moderates the award-winning TV program, Meet the Press, serves as a political commentator for NBC Nightly News, anchors a weekly CNBC interview program, and acts as contributing anchor for MSNBC. Since taking over the helm of Meet the Press in 1991, Mr. Russert has turned it into the country’s most watched Sunday morning interview program and the most quoted news program in the world.
The recipient of multiple honors and awards from the broadcasting industry, Mr. Russert’s accolades include (but are not limited to): the Annenberg Center’s Walter Cronkite Award, the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Joan S. Barone Award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television Journalism. In 2001, Washingtonian magazine named him the best and most influential journalist in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Russert also authored the 2004 national bestseller, Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life.

Prior to joining NBC News in 1984, Mr. Russert worked as an attorney in the New York Government’s office in Albany and as a special counsel in the United States Senate. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Maureen Orth, and their son.

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