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A journalism icon, Tim Russert never forgot where he came from

Jocelyn Augustino / Redux

Tim Russert

Back when he was just starting in television--and ever since, but particularly back then--Tim Russert was astounded by the joys of the job. Early on, he helped arrange an interview with the Pope for the Today show--and Tim did it up right: he took along red nbc News baseball caps for the Cardinals and a white one for the Holy Father. "He put it on!" Tim told me when he came home. "We have pictures!" Then he said, more quietly, "But, you know, it was really something being in his presence. You felt something holy. It was almost as if the...

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