Luke Russert

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Luke Russert

Russert at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, 2008
BornLuke Russert
(1985-08-22) August 22, 1985 (age 27)
Washington, D.C.
EducationB.A. degree in history and communications, Boston College
OccupationBroadcast Journalist
 
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Luke Russert

Russert at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, 2008
BornLuke Russert
(1985-08-22) August 22, 1985 (age 27)
Washington, D.C.
EducationB.A. degree in history and communications, Boston College
OccupationBroadcast Journalist

Luke Russert (born August 22, 1985) is an American television and radio personality. He is a correspondent for NBC News.

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Early life

Russert is the son of Tim Russert, who was the longest-serving moderator of Meet the Press,[1] and his wife Maureen Orth, a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. Russert graduated from St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. in 2004.[2] He worked for ESPN's Pardon the Interruption[3] while a student at Boston College, where he graduated in 2008.[4] A few weeks later, his father died.[5]

Career

Russert co-hosted the sports talk program called 60/20 Sports on XM Satellite Radio with James Carville. NBC News then hired Russert as a correspondent covering youth issues as part of its coverage of the 2008 presidential election. He was assigned to cover both the Democratic and Republican conventions.[6][7] Since May 2009, he has worked for NBC News on Capitol Hill as a congressional correspondent covering the House of Representatives. In 2011, he also reported on Hurricane Irene for NBC. On May 19, 2012, Russert debuted as a rotating (Fill-In) news anchor on NBC's Weekend Today.[8] He also serves as a substitute host of various MSNBC shows, including The Daily Rundown and Andrea Mitchell Reports.

On November 14, 2012, Russert asked Representative Nancy Pelosi "Some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and hurts the party in the long term," he said. "What's your response?". Her colleagues booed and yelled "Age discrimination" after he asked the question. Pelosi responded by saying ""Let's for a moment honor it as a legitimate question, although it's quite offensive," and said the answer was no.[9][10][11] In an interview with This Week on ABC, she said that the question amused her. She said, “I was amused. I was surprised at the response of my colleagues because they were just very offended.”[12][13]

Personal life

Russert is involved with charitable causes that were supported by his late father.[14] On April 20, 2010, he took his late father's place as emcee of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington's annual Congressional dinner, which was renamed after his father.[15] He also led the event in 2011 and 2012.

References

  1. ^ "Luke Russert Gets Into The Family Business". USA Today, David Bauder - AP, September 15, 2008
  2. ^ Yao, Laura (2008-06-18). "At St. Albans, Bidding Russert Farewell - washingtonpost.com". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/06/17/AR2008061702644.html. Retrieved 2008-09-13.
  3. ^ XM Biographies
  4. ^ Bauder, David (September 19, 2008). "Young Russert follows in father's footsteps". The Columbus Dispatch (The Associated Press). http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2008/09/16/2_TV_LUKE_RUSSERT.ART_ART_09-16-08_D5_RVBB7JK.html.
  5. ^ Morgan, David (June 13, 2008). "TV newsman Tim Russert dies of heart attack". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/06/14/usa-media-russert-idUSN1337672420080614.
  6. ^ "NBC News hires Luke Russert to cover Republican, Democratic Conventions", Daily News, July 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "NBC Hires Luke Russert as a Correspondent", New York Times, July 31, 2008
  8. ^ "Tomorrow I make...", Twitter, May 18, 2012
  9. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/nancy-pelosi-luke-russert-offensive_n_2130126.html
  10. ^ http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/11/14/nancy-pelosi-says-luke-russert-question-about-her-age-offensive
  11. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/wp/2012/11/14/nancy-pelosi-staying-put/
  12. ^ http://www.mediaite.com/tv/nancy-pelosi-was-amused-not-upset-by-luke-russerts-question-about-her-age/
  13. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/19/nancy-pelosi-luke-russert-question-amused_n_2159341.html
  14. ^ "26th Annual Tim Russert Congressional Dinner". Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington. http://www.bgcgw.org/2012/05/03/27th_annual_tim_russert_congressional_dinner. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  15. ^ "NitePics: Luke Russert Takes His Late Father's Role at Congressional Dinner". NBCWashington.com. April 21, 2010. http://www.nbcwashington.com/blogs/niteside/NitePics--91669239.html. Retrieved August 18, 2012.