Poker-playin’ Journalist Dies

by , Jun 13, 2008 | 12:51 pm

Venerable journalist Tim Russert has died at age 58 of a heart attack. Russert, of course, was the Washington bureau chief of NBC News and the host of Meet the Press … and he liked, played, and respected poker. It was during the 2004 presidential campaign where he addressed the Democratic strategy of trying to win the Rust Belt states by saying that going after Ohio was “like drawing to an inside straight.”

Too true …

Back in the day, Russert played in a home game with Johnny Carson.


3 Comments to “Poker-playin’ Journalist Dies”


  1. Karridy
    says:

    Here’s a funny clip of Martin Short talking about the first time he was invited to the Carson home game on david Letterman.


  2. California Jen
    says:

    What an extraordinarily sad day for journalism, news, politics, and America. 🙁


  3. DanM
    says:

    Russert was one of my favorites. Studied him intently — especially upon learning he played poker.