Tim Russert to speak at 2007 Centre Commencement
RELEASED: Nov. 2, 2006
DANVILLE, KY—Tim Russert can be described in many ways: top political analyst and journalist, moderator of an award-winning television news show and best-selling author, to name a few. Now Russert can add one more honor to his impressive résumé: keynote speaker at Centre College's 2007 commencement exercises.
Russert will address the audience at Centre's 184th commencement ceremony to be held at the College's Norton Center for the Arts on Sunday, May 20, 2007, at 3 p.m. During the ceremony, Russert will also receive an honorary degree from Centre, one of more than 40 he has received from American colleges and universities over the years.
Centre student-body president Kevin Duke, a senior English and history double major from Ft. Thomas, Ky., considers Russert's visit an honor for his class' graduation ceremony.
"I'm really excited that such a huge name in the media world is coming to Centre," Duke says. "Centre is really putting itself on the map. My dad is in the newspaper business, and I know he's excited, as well."
Russert is also a political analyst for NBC Nightly News, the Today Show and other top-rated news shows. He anchors The Tim Russert Show, a weekly interview program on CNBC and is a contributing anchor for MSNBC. Russert also serves as senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC News.
Both of Russert's books—Big Russ and Me (2004) and Wisdom of Our Fathers (2006)—were New York Times number-one best sellers. Big Russ and Me is a memoir of the influence Russert's father had on his life and success. Wisdom of Our Fathers is a collection of letters Russert received from readers recounting relationships between fathers and their sons and daughters.
TV Guide selected Russert's use of the white dry-erase board during NBC's coverage of the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election as one of the "100 Most Memorable TV Moments" in history. While the election still hung in the balance, it was Russert who first predicted in advance that the entire election would hinge on "Florida, Florida, Florida." The Washington Post credits Russert with coining the phrases "red state" and "blue state" to explain the nation's political divide.
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