Tim Russert was hired by NBC News' Washington bureau in 1984 and became bureau chief by 1989. He became the host of Meet the Press in 1991 and was the longest-serving host of the program. Over the course of his career Tim Russert won multiple awards for excellence in journalism, including an Emmy in 2005 for his coverage of the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan. He died in 2008 at the age of 58, and was mourned by friends, fans and colleagues around the world.Luke Russert began his career when he was hired by NBC News as a correspondent specifically covering youth issues during the 2008 presidential election. Since 2009, he has worked for NBC News as a congressional correspondent covering the House of Representatives and in 2012 he debuted as a rotating news anchor on NBC's Weekend Today.