Luke Russert is an author and an Emmy Award winning journalist who served as an NBC News correspondent from 2008 to 2016. Primarily covering American politics, he was seen on popular outlets such as NBC Nightly News, Today, NBCNews.com, and MSNBC.
In addition to his NBC News post, Russert co-hosted the critically acclaimed 60/20 Sports with political pundit James Carville on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio. Russert also served as a guest host on a range of MSNBC programs such as The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, Way Too Early with Willie Geist, Andrea Mitchell Reports and NOW with Alex Wagner. He also appeared as a panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press.
While primarily known as a political correspondent, Russert also reported on important events that occurred outside the Beltway. He covered natural disasters like hurricanes, snowstorms and earthquakes as well as tragedies like the Boston Marathon bombings, the mass shooting at the Navy Yard and the Baltimore riots.
In 2012, Russert reported for Dateline on the potential wrongful conviction of Jon-Adrian Velazquez at New York’s Sing-Sing Prison. This report was nominated for a 2013 Emmy Award in the “News and Documentary” category. Velazquez was freed in 2021, Russert’s report was cited as a catalyst for overturning the conviction.
After leaving media, Russert embarked on a three year, six continent travel expedition that took him to nearly seventy countries. Published by Harper Horizon, his first book, Look For Me There, is a reflection of his deeply personal internal journey across many diverse external places.
Elin Hilderbrand, the number one New York Times best selling author of Summer of '69 said of the book, “Luke Russert’s story of heartbreaking loss and hard-earned self-discovery captivates from start to finish. This is the memoir of the year, if not the decade.”
Russert is a recipient of the “Marlin Fitzwater Award for Leadership in Public Communication” from Franklin Pierce University. This award honors individuals whose contributions to public discourse strengthen the spirit of democracy. He has also received an honorary degree from Wingate University in North Carolina.
Russert attended Boston College, where he graduated with a double major in Communications and History. He is the son of the late Tim Russert of NBC’s Meet the Press and Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth. Russert resides in Washington, DC. with his pug named Shawkemo.