NBC's Andrea Mitchell called Tim Russert her "player coach. This was a man who not only led this bureau but taught all of us." NBC's White House man David Gregory recalled mornings before each Presidential press conference: "I spoke to Tim about the question I would ask, how to refine it, how we shape it, his idea, my idea, how to make it better. Only the boss can help you make it better." CBS anchor Katie Couric returned to the air to remember Russert with substitute Harry Smith. When she was working in local news in Washington DC at NBC's WRC-TV affiliate, Russert told her: "Kid I like your reporting. I think you are really scrappy." He hired her for NBC's Pentagon beat: "So I really owe it to Tim for having a network career."
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