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Tim Russert, managing editor and moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press and political analyst for the network’s Nightly News and Today programs, will deliver the College’s Commencement address to the graduating class of 2005 on Friday morning, May 27.

A graduate of a Jesuit high school and college, Russert will receive an honorary degree from the College at the 159th graduation exercises.

Russert joined NBC News in 1984, and, the following year, supervised the live broadcasts of the Today program from Rome , negotiating and arranging an appearance by Pope John Paul II - a first for American television. In 1991, he took over the helm of Meet the Press, which has since become the most-watched Sunday morning interview program in America . He also anchors The Tim Russert Show, a weekly interview program on CNBC and serves as a contributing anchor for MSNBC. In addition, Russert is the senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News.

During his career, he has interviewed nearly every major figure on the American political scene and has moderated numerous gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and presidential primary candidate debates.

In his bestselling memoir, Big Russ and Me, Russert writes with fondness and appreciation of his Jesuit education. He is a graduate of Canisius High School in Buffalo , John Carroll University in Cleveland and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

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Worcester, Massachusetts


College of the Holy Cross, graduation


Arts and Humanities | Higher Education

2005 Commencement Address:  Tim Russert



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