Luke Russert joined NBC News in August 2008 as a correspondent based in Washington, D.C. Russert currently reports from Capitol Hill on the House of Representatives and covers youth issues for “NBC Nightly News,” “Today,” MSNBC and NBCNews.com.
Russert covered the 2008 Presidential Election, reporting from both the Democratic and Republican National conventions. At the Democratic Convention, Russert was the only journalist to interview Former President Bill Clinton immediately following Hillary Clinton’s convention speech. Coinciding with the 7th anniversary of the September 11th tragedies, Russert exclusively interviewed Presidential candidates Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain on the importance of national service. His election day reporting on the impact of young people on Barack Obama’s victory has been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy award as part of NBC News’ 2008 Election Night coverage.
Not limited to political reporting, Russert traveled to Memphis to report on evacuees on the eve of Hurricane Gustav and also appeared as a street correspondent on NBC’s “New Years Eve Special with Carson Daly.”
Since March 2006, Russert has co-hosted the critically acclaimed sports radio talk show "60/20 Sports" with political pundit James Carville on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio. On "60/20 Sports" he has interviewed the likes of former President Clinton, former President George Bush, Bill Russell, Cal Ripken Jr. and Lance Armstrong.
In May of 2009, Russert was honored with the Marlin Fitzwater Award for Leadership in Public Communication from Franklin Pierce University, an award meant to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to public discourse in the spirit of a healthy democracy.
Russert graduated from Boston College with a double major in history and communications. He is the son of the late Tim Russert and Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth. Russert lives in Washington, D.C. with his pug Chamberlain.