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Tim Russert, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," will be the guest speaker for Old Dominion University's spring commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Foreman Field.

More than 2,400 students are eligible to receive degrees.

Russert, who will receive an honorary degree in humane letters from Old Dominion, is NBC's political analyst, host of "The Tim Russert Show" on CNBC and a contributing anchor for MSNBC. He is also senior vice president and Washington bureau chief of NBC news.

He was nominated for the cable industry's ACE award in 1994 and for a news and documentary Emmy award in 1998.
Russert first appeared on the air for NBC in 1990 and took over "Meet the Press" in December 1991. Since then, the program has become the most-watched Sunday morning interview program in America and the most-quoted news program in the world.
Now in its 52nd year, "Meet the Press" is the longest-running program in the history of television.

Russert joined NBC News in 1984. In April 1985, he supervised the live broadcast of NBC's "Today" show from Rome, negotiating and arranging an appearance by Pope John Paul II, a first for American television.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Russert is a graduate of John Carroll University and an honors graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. He is a member of the bar in New York and the District of Columbia. Russert lives in Washington, D.C.

Russert is the latest in a series of nationally known commencement speakers at Old Dominion. Comedian Bill Cosby, ABC newsman Sam Donaldson and PBS' Mister Rogers have delivered commencement speeches since May 1998.

The rain site for the spring commencement program is Norfolk Scope; university officials will determine the location based on weather reports by noon Friday, May 4. Details will be posted on the university's news Web site, http://web.odu.edu/news.

This article was posted on: April 2, 2001

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