Tim Russert to Present Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College

April 06, 2010

"Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert will speak at Mount Union College on March 21, 2006 at 8 p.m. in the Timken Physical Education Building as part of the Schooler Lecture Series.


Since Russert took over "Meet the Press" in 1991, the show has become the most-watched Sunday morning interview program in America. The show, in its 58th year, is the longest-running program in the history of television.

In 1984, Russert joined the NBC News team. In 1985 he supervised live broadcasts of the "Today" program from Rome in which he negotiated and arranged an appearance and interview with Pope John Paul II. This meeting with the pope was a first for American television.

Russert, an aggressive and well-read reporter, is known for asking the "hardball" questions in his interviews. He has interviewed many important political figures including President Bush, and former presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. He has also interviewed Colin Powell and Caroline Kennedy. Russert also ventured into the sports world interviewing prominent figures such as Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Jim Palmer, Roger Clemens and Michael Jordan.

Russert has received 29 honorary doctoral degrees from American colleges and universities. He has also been honored with numerous awards for his work. He won the Joan S. Barone Award, radio and television correspondents' highest honor, for his "Election 2000 Meet the Press" interviews with George W. Bush and Al Gore. He was also the recipient of the Annenberg Center's Walter Cronkite Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the John Peter Zenger Award, American Legion Journalism Award, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Journalism Award, Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism and the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Communication. "Washingtonian Magazine" named Russert the best and most influential journalist in Washington D.C. in 1991. In 1998, "Parents" magazine honored him as "Dream Dad."

Russert was born in Buffalo, New York on May 7, 1950. He is a graduate of Canisius High School and John Carroll University. He attended Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where he graduated with honors. He was then admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.

He is married to Maureen Orth, a writer for "Vanity Fair" magazine. They currently live in Washington D.C. with their son, Luke.

The Schooler Lecture Series was established in 1988 through a grant made by the Schooler Family Foundation, Coshocton, Ohio. Through their gift, the College is able to provide a dramatically enhanced opportunity for young men and women studying at Mount Union College and for residents in the greater Alliance area to experience the breadth and depth of American culture.

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