Randolph-Macon College is pleased to announce that the 2008 commencement speaker
will be Tim Russert, managing editor and moderator of Meet the Press and political
analyst for NBC Nightly News and The Today Show. Additionally, he anchors The Tim
Russert Show, a weekly interview program on MSNBC. He also serves as senior vice
president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News.
Mr. Russert took over the helm of Meet the Press in December 1991. Since then, the
show has become the most watched Sunday morning interview program in America and
the most quoted news program in the world. Now in its 60th year, Meet the Press
is the longest-running program in the history of television. Without question, he
has interviewed every major figure on the American political scene.
In 2005, Mr. Russert was awarded an Emmy for his role in the coverage of the funeral
of President Reagan and he is the recipient of the Golden Plate Award of the Academy
of Achievement. His Election 2000 Meet the Press interviews with George W. Bush
and Al Gore won the Radio and Television Correspondents’ highest honor, the Joan
S. Barone Award and the Annenberg Center’s Walter Cronkite Award. He is also the
recipient of the John Peter Zenger Award, the American Legion Journalism Award,
the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award, the Congressional Medal of Honor
Society Journalism Award, the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism,
the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Communication and the Catholic Academy
for Communication’s Gabriel Award. Mr. Russert has also been inducted into the Broadcasting
& Cable Hall of Fame.
Additionally, his two books, Big Russ and Me (2004) and Wisdom of Our Fathers (2006)
were both highly acclaimed bestsellers.
For more information about 2008 Commencement activities, please visit the
R-MC Commencement Web site or contact Charlotte Parrish at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The 2008 R-MC Commencement Exercises will be conducted
on Saturday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the The Frank E. Brown Fountain
Plaza. Additional information regarding the Commencement Exercises
is available on the Commencement Web site.
For media inquiries about this and other R-MC news, please contact Anne Marie Lauranzon