Tim Russert's untimely death yesterday brought much talk of his tenure as host of NBC's Meet the Press. Acolades poured in on his interview style and show preparation. It was mentioned that he was the longest tenured host and that he made that program his own, forcing guests to do their own thorough preparation before appearing.
While watching and listening to the tributes to Tim yesterday we tried to remember who the Meet the Press hosts were before him and could not even remember who he replaced. After a bit of searching, here's the list of former Meet the Press hosts.
Martha Rountree 1947-1953 So far the only woman to ever sit in that position.
Ned Brooks 1953-1965
Lawrence Spivak 1966-1975
Bill Monroe 1975-1984
Marvin Kalb 1984-1985 Co-moderators
Marvin Kalb 1985-1987
Chris Wallace 1987-1988
Garrick Utley 1989-1991
Tim Russert 1991-2008
Wikipedia can be a wonderful thing, someone has already updated the Meet the Press entry to include Russert's death.