An undisputed King of Sunday mornings, sitting in a chair across from him on "Meet the Press" was a rite of passage for any politician hoping to climb in the ranks. Some faired well, some fell short. Yet the same Tim Russert showed up week after week, year after year. No one was better at it than him.
You'd also be hard pressed to find folks who'd say he was anything but a kind and gracious guy. On the few occasions I had to meet and work with him, I was always reminded of his genuine humanity.
But perhaps his greatest legacy may yet be, in such sad irony considering the timing, his gift at writing about the things that mattered most to him - fathers.
Our condolences and prayers are with his family and friends.