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RIP Tim Russert

5:00 PM -- Like most people, I was shocked to learn of the sudden passing of one of the great journalists of our era, Tim Russert.

I had the honor of meeting Mr. Russert a few years ago, which is to say I shook his hand and exchanged maybe 12 words with him. It was my sister's graduation from Fordham University, and he delivered one of the keynote addresses. After the ceremony was over I walked up just to say hi to a man I had a tremendous amount of respect for. I of course was no one to him, but he introduced himself to me as if I were just as important as the Secretary of State. That made a big impression on me, which has remained.

I was still a college student at the time and not yet a journalist myself. But since then, I've come to appreciate the work of Tim Russert even more. In this modern day of media where far too often TV news personalities are just that -- personalities and not reporters -- Russert was one of the few left that understood that people weren't tuning in to watch him, but to find out what's happening in the world and why it's important.

Because of that, we often tuned in to watch him anyway. And now we'll miss him dearly.

— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading

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