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Maureen Orth and Tim Russert Marriage Profile

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Tim Russert and Maureen Orth in New York City on May 3, 2004.

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Known as a true family man and named Father of the Year, respected journalist Tim Russert died on June 13, 2008. He is survived by his wife Maureen, son Luke, and father Big Russ.

Here is information about Maureen and Tim's successful twenty-five year marriage.

Born:

Timothy John Russert, Jr: May 7, 1950 in Buffalo, New York.

Maureen Orth: Differing info on Internet.

Died:

Tim Russert: June 13, 2008 in Washington, D.C. at the age of 58. Tim died at work from a heart attack.

How Tim and Maureen Met:

Maureen and Tim met at a reception at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in Manhattan, New York.
Tim: "When I first met my wife, Maureen Orth, in 1980, I tried to impress her by bragging that I had actually booked Bruce Springsteen before anyone had heard of him. She burst out laughing. 'That's nice,' she said. 'In 1975, I wrote the cover story about him for Newsweek.
Source: Tim Russert. Big Russ and Me -- Father and Son: Lessons of Life. 2004. pg. 233.
Tim: "... I met Maureen at a reception at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in Manhattan ..."
Source: Tim Russert. Big Russ and Me -- Father and Son: Lessons of Life. 2004. pg. 304.

Wedding Date:

Tim and Maureen were married in at the Basilica de San Miguel in Madrid, Spain.
Tim: "... in 1983 we went to Spain and got married. It sounds simple enough, but we had to go through the rigors of convincing the Catholic Church in that country that we were two American Catholics in good standing who had never been married before ... we received the necessary permissions and were married at the Basilica of San Miguel." Source: Tim Russert. Big Russ and Me -- Father and Son: Lessons of Life. 2004. pg. 289.

Children:

Maureen and Tim have one son, Luke Russert, born on August 22, 1985. Luke is a broadcast journalist.
Maureen about Luke: “You know, the family motto [is] ‘To whom much is given, much is expected,’ ” Orth added. “And [Luke has] really risen to the occasion. I’m very proud of him.”
Source: Bob Considine. "Tim Russert’s widow ‘astounded’ by flood of support." MSNBC.msn.com. 7/28/2008.

Occupations:

Tim: Television political journalist and analyst, moderator for Meet the Press, NBC's Washington bureau chief, television show anchor, author, lecturer, political debate moderator, attorney, former chief of staff for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Maureen: Author, reporter, special correspondent for Vanity Fair, founder of Marina Orth Foundation.

Residence:

Tim and Maureen's main residence is in Washington, D.C.

They also owned a vacation home on Nantucket.
Source: K.C. Myers. "Russert involved in Nantucket life." CapeCodOnLine.com. 6/14/2008.

Quotes About Tim and Maureen's Marriage:

Tim about making memories: "Small moments? It's often those little gestures — a knowing look, a pat on the back, an unexpected kindness — that make a big impression and shape our favorite memories."
Source: "Tim Russert writes of fathers' advice and love." MSNBC.com. 06/12/2007.

Maureen: "Nothing has been as much fun as being Tim Russert's wife and Luke Russert's mom."
Source: MaureenOrth.com.

Maureen: "I think that he [Tim] always tried to be very authentic to himself. he would never not be who he is. whenever i tried to tell him, you know, maybe you ought to wear a better tie, he goes, that's not me. so i think authenticity is something. and also, he had a core sense of values that he felt very strongly about news."
Source: "Tim Russert's family discusses his legacy." MSNBC.msn.com. 2/13/2011.

Maureen: "Our mutual love sustains me."
Source> Maureen Orth. Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History. 2010. pg. 532.

Maureen Orth: "I said to him, 'I want to give you a hug; maybe I'll never see you again,' " says journalist Maureen Orth, 65, speaking publicly about her husband for the first time since his June 13 passing –- the day after he left Italy. "I don't know why I said that to him. I just had a feeling."
Source: "Tim Russert's Wife Opens Up About His Death." People.com. 6/19/2008.

Kathy Russert-Hughes: "His [Tim's] family was the most important thing in the world, and he always had time for family."
Source: Diane Herbst. "Tim Russert: The Father's Day That Wasn't." People.com. 6/15/2008.

Tom Brokaw: "Family and faith were the foundations of his [Tim's] life."
Source: "Tim Russert's Wife Opens Up About His Death." People.com. 6/19/2008.

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