Tim Russert

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Posted Aug. 29, 2007
Updated Sept. 13, 2007
Updated Sept. 18, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Tim Russert, the award-winning newsman and best-selling author, will kick off Bucknell University's national speaker series, "The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen & Politics in America."

Russert, anchor of NBC's "Meet the Press" since 1991 and a political analyst for "NBC Nightly News," is scheduled to speak at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. The title of his talk is "A View from Washington."

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Online ticket registration
Online ticket registration for Bucknell students, faculty, and staff will be from noon Wednesday, Sept. 5, to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

A limited number of seats will be available to the community on Friday, Sept. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Weis Center - with government-issued identification.

In both cases, one ticket will be allocated per person. For additional ticket details and link to the online ticket registration when it is available, visit the ticket information page.

The Bucknell Forum
"We are pleased that Tim Russert has agreed to be the inaugural speaker for The Bucknell Forum," said Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell. "His deep knowledge of Washington and the media's role in presidential elections, his experience interviewing today's political newsmakers, and his stature in broadcasting make him an ideal speaker to set the stage for the Forum and its engagement with 2008 national election issues."

"The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen & Politics in America" is a national speakers series exploring major issues in the 2008 presidential election, notably those at the forefront of today's national discourse. The series will feature nationally renowned leaders, scholars, and commentators exploring these issues from multi-disciplinary perspectives and offer opportunities for campus and community conversations.

The first "Citizen & Politics in America" brownbag lunch conversation, featuring several Bucknell faculty, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Walls Lounge. Participating in the lunch conversation are Tony Massoud, associate professor of political science; Scott Meinke, assistant professor of political science; Tom Rich, professor of mechanical engineering; Steve Stamos, professor of international relations; and Michael Johnson-Cramer, assistant professor of management.

In addition, a blog has also been established to facilitate an ongoing community conversation.

Insightful and informative
In addition to anchoring the most-watched Sunday morning interview program in America, Russert also anchors "The Tim Russert Show," a weekly interview program on CNBC. Russert, noted for his insightful, humorous and informative style, has interviewed every major figure on the American political scene.

His latest book, "Wisdom of Our Fathers," published in 2006, and "Big Russ and Me," published in 2004, were both No. 1 New York Times bestsellers.

In 2005, Russert received the Emmy Award for his role in the coverage of the funeral of President Reagan. He has also been honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in Television Journalism, the Sol Taishoff Award for Broadcasting Excellence from the National Press Foundation, and the Annenberg Center's Walter Cronkite Award.

43 honorary degrees
Russert has received 43 honorary doctoral degrees from American colleges and universities and has lectured at the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan presidential libraries.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Russert is a graduate of John Carroll University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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