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Tim Russert to speak at Manhattan graduation

February 15, 2011

By Staff Reporter

Tim Russert, moderator of “Meet the Press” and political analyst for NBC Nightly News and the Today program, has been named the keynote speaker for Manhattan College’s 156th Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 17.

Russert has been the moderator of “Meet the Press” since December 1991, having first appeared as a panelist on that program in September 1990. “Meet the Press,” now in its 50th year, is the longest running program in the history of television.

Russert also serves as senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News. In February 1994, he became anchor of the “Tim Russert Show,” a weekly program on CNBC that examines the role of the media in American Society and is a contributing anchor for MSNBC Cable. In 1994, he was nominated for the cable industry’s Ace Awards as “best interviewer.” He also hosts the Fred Friendly Seminars on PBS, a series of public television programs exploring complex, vital issues using the Socratic Dialogue format

Born in Buffalo, Russert is a graduate of Canisius High School, John Carroll University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Maureen Orth, a writer for Vanity Fair, and their 12-year-old son, Luke.

During the ceremony, Mr. Russert will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

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