Russert to Receive Dressler Award Posthumously


Political journalist Tim Russert, who died of a heart attack last Friday, will receive an award from Syracuse University posthumously a week from today.

Russert -- NBC’s Washington bureau chief, moderator of Meet the Press and an MSNBC contributor – was slated to receive the Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement Award from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at the Mirror Awards luncheon June 23. That award will now be presented posthumously, according to the school.

“We were shocked and saddened to learn of his passing,” Newhouse Dean David Rubin said in a statement. “We still feel we should honor Mr. Russert for the important contributions he made to the media industry, though we are sad that now we must do so in memoriam.”