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"Meet the Press" moderator Tim Russert's hard-hitting interview style and ability to cut through political spin made him one of the country's most respected journalists.

As moderator of the show for nearly 17 years — longer than any previous host — Russert grilled presidents, members of Congress and foreign leaders. But he was especially remembered for his common touch.

"Inside Tim Russert's Office: If It's Sunday, It's 'Meet the Press'" recreates Russert's NBC Washington office much as it looked when he died of a heart attack in June 2008 while preparing for his next show.

The office, located on the Newseum's fourth level, offers a unique window into the world of a newsman at the top of his game.

Russert's desk is stacked high with research material, books and handwritten notes, illustrating the rigorous preparation Russert put into each show. "Meet the Press" frequently broke news and was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program

Family, faith and sports were important themes in Russert's life, as evidenced by his favorite books, family photos and mementos of his beloved Buffalo Bills that line his office.

A Newseum-produced video features some of Russert's more memorable interviews and remembrances from those who worked with him and knew him best.

Exhibit Highlights

  • A large wooden sign — "Thou Shalt Not Whine" — that was located at the front of Russert's desk and summed up his attitude about hard work.
  • An eraser board Russert used during the 2000 presidential election that referred to Florida as the critical state needed for victory.
  • Draft scripts of a "Meet the Press" interview with President George W. Bush in February 2004 that include Russert's notes and revisions.
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