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NBC News' Tim Russert is Dead at 58

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Tim Russert, NBC News' Washington bureau chief and moderator of "Meet the Press" died after collapsing at NBC Studios in New York this afternoon. He was 58 years old.

Retired NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw delivered the news at 12:39 p.m. LA time:

“Our beloved colleague,” a somber Mr. Brokaw called him, one of the premier journalists of our time. He said this was one of the most important years in his life, with his deep engagement in the network’s political coverage, and that he “worked to the point of exhaustion.” [...]

“This news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice,” Mr. Brokaw said. -- NYT.

Both presidential candidates reacted with
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grief and high praise from the campaign trail. Obama said Russert was "one of the finest men I know," and McCain called him "the preeminent political journalist of his generation."Video of Brokaw breaking the news below: