November 19, 2009

Inside Tim Russert's Office

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy sent this note to Russert in 1997, along with a private printing of a book profiling family matriarch Rose Kennedy. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)
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Sen. Edward M. Kennedy sent this note to Russert in 1997, along with a private printing of a book profiling family matriarch Rose Kennedy. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)

This large wooden sign was displayed prominently on the floor at the front of the desk in Russert's office. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)
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This large wooden sign was displayed prominently on the floor at the front of the desk in Russert's office. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)

This satchel was often stuffed with research and reading material that Russert took back and forth from home to office. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)
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This satchel was often stuffed with research and reading material that Russert took back and forth from home to office. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)

During Holy Week in 1985, Russert and his wife took their young son to meet Pope John Paul II. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)
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During Holy Week in 1985, Russert and his wife took their young son to meet Pope John Paul II. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)

For a school project, Russert's son, Luke, drew a child's-eye version of what his father did for a living. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)
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For a school project, Russert's son, Luke, drew a child's-eye version of what his father did for a living. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)

Russert penned this note to Max Gregory, the newborn son of NBC colleague David Gregory, in 2002. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)
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Russert penned this note to Max Gregory, the newborn son of NBC colleague David Gregory, in 2002. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)

Russert collected historic and nostalgic items from American pop culture, including this Uncle Sam figurine. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)
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Russert collected historic and nostalgic items from American pop culture, including this Uncle Sam figurine. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)

Russert's political souvenirs included these cans of "Liberal Democrat" Boston Baked Beans and "Conservative Republican" Texas Chili Beans. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)
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Russert's political souvenirs included these cans of "Liberal Democrat" Boston Baked Beans and "Conservative Republican" Texas Chili Beans. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)

A magnum of wine with a coonskin cap sent to Russert from actor Fess Parker's winery. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)
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A magnum of wine with a coonskin cap sent to Russert from actor Fess Parker's winery. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)

This commemorative baseball bat recognizes 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)
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This commemorative baseball bat recognizes 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn. (Newseum photo/Courtesy Orth Russert Family)

Family, faith, sports, politics and journalism were important themes in Tim Russert's life, and they are reflected in the objects in his office.

Some of the stories behind the objects are contained in a flipbook at the exhibit.

Inside Tim Russert's Office: If It's Sunday, It's 'Meet the Press'

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