The passing of Tim Russert has brought great shock and sadness to the world. His passing also shines a light on the field of journalism and reporters as a whole. Tim Russert was one of the last real journalists of our time. He was not preoccupied with creating an “image” for himself. He was more concerned with presenting the facts. In the 24 hour news world that we live in now…sensationalism reigns supreme. There was a time when you could rely on the media to give you the straight facts…like Tim Russert did. He laid out the facts and allowed us to draw our own conclusions. His ability to ask questions and wait for responses was an art form…one that will sorely be missed as we move into this historic presidential election. He was a hard hitting journalist who asked nothing more from his guests than the truth about what they were going to do for the American people and the world at large. He was the last man to rely on when you wanted to know what was happening in the world…you could sit back with your morning paper and cup of tea on Sunday morning and turn on Meet the Press and let Tim layout the news for you. You could rely on Tim Russert the way you could a family member…you may not like the questions he asked at times…but you knew they were honest, and as a result you would be better off for knowing the answer. I am fearful that the passing of this legendary figure will not only leave a seat empty on Sunday mornings but leave emptiness in credible reporting as whole. Thank you Tim Russert for your sincere and professional approach to the News!